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Book the new Le Meridien Maldives from 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

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If you are looking for a good value hotel redemption in the Maldives, Le Meridien Maldives is now open for booking.

It is due to open on 1st September, although you should always take these dates with a pinch of salt. That said, if you did book for the first week and they were late, you might get moved to the St Regis or JW Marriott properties instead …..

The hotel booking page is here.

Le Meridien Maldives

An overwater villa from 30,000 Bonvoy points

Fancy the look of this?

The Sunrise Overwater Villa is 100 square metres. Maximum occupancy is three people.

30,000 points is the off-peak price. It will be 35,000 points or 40,000 points on some nights.

However, you also receive ‘fifth night free’ when you book for five or more nights.

Here are typical cash rates, basically $1,000 per night including taxes for a November stay:

Based on 35,000 points per night x 4 for a 5-night stay, you are getting 2.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point.

This is ever-so-slightly better than our target Marriott Bonvoy valuation of 0.5p per point.

Of course, this still isn’t a cheap holiday

The idea that you are going to get a ‘cheap’ Maldives holiday here is obviously nonsense.

For a start, you’ve got the (reportedly) $420 per person, return, 35-minute seaplane transfer from Male. You can be sure that food and drink will be reassuringly expensive too.

Avios redemptions are very hard to get if you want British Airways flights to use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher. Your best bet is to hope that BA adds additional services and then jump in when the automatic ‘two Club World seats’ get added to the schedule.

We usually post on HfP when new Maldives services are launched so regular readers will maximise their chances of getting seats. You can also set alerts via SeatSpy.

A good alternative is via Doha with Qatar Airways, which is an Avios partner. Either fly Qatar Airways all the way, or use a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to fly to Doha and then use cash or Avios for a separate booking from Doha to Male.

You could also fly to Dubai on BA on a 2-4-1 and pay cash for an Emirates connection. You obviously need the Middle East to come off the Red or Amber quarantine lists if you do this. Cash connections via a BA flight to India are also possible but clearly riskier to book at the moment.

SriLankan Airlines is in oneworld, and so bookable on Avios, and used to fly from London to the Maldives. I’m not sure if this flight will return post-covid.

Conclusion

The new Le Meridien Maldives is currently an exceptional deal for Marriott Bonvoy points, although the overall cost of getting there means that this will never be a cheap holiday.

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

PS. Check the cancellation deadlines carefully before booking, especially over Christmas and New Year


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 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 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.

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20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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.

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You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), 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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (43)

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    I’d be shocked if you are moved to St Regis or even JW Marriott, if there are delays. Most likely you’ll be moved to Sheraton and given half or full board free as compensation.

    • Tom says:

      This. If you’re lucky you’d get moved to the Westin. If not I imagine it would be the Sheraton.

      • chabuddy geezy says:

        The Sheraton does not have good reviews. It’s a shame the sunrise over water villa do not have a plunge pool.

        • meta says:

          Yes, that’s a shame and given that base rooms are nearly sold out, it will no doubt be difficult to get any sort of upgrade.

  • The Streets says:

    Currently all dates showing as not available

    • meta says:

      Because it is all booked out on points. When I looked earlier today, it was already displaying almost sold out sign.

    • YC says:

      Plenty of dates available again for anyone interested

  • cinereus says:

    The fetishization of the “luxury” of Maldives in the awards travel sphere is getting ridiculous. So so so many better places to go if all you want to do is lounge about in a beautiful setting and be waited on.

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