As a coda to our article on Saturday about the new Radisson RED at London Gatwick Airport, a reader flagged that the Four Points is now open.
Four Points by Sheraton London Gatwick is on Horley Row. The building has been closed since 2013, but it was previously the Menzies Chequers Hotel. It has also operated as a Thistle in the past.
The building itself dates back over 500 years in places, although some photos – not the one above – show an ugly 1960’s style extension. I’m not sure if this is still there but I doubt you would fit over 100 rooms into the building you see above.
This is the first Four Points to open in the UK. I genuinely don’t know what to expect – my mental image of a Four Points from trips to the US in the past is not great, but the public areas of Four Points London Gatwick looks good from the website.
“Touch down into opulence and comfort” is the tagline on the Four Points Gatwick website, which isn’t something you would say about most Sheraton properties let alone their nominally cheaper sibling.
If nothing else, it should be a cheap way of picking up some Marriott Bonvoy elite qualifying nights. We won’t be rushing to review this one, given that it is over two miles from the airport, but if the opportunity comes up we will take a look.
The Four Points by Sheraton London Gatwick website is here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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