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If you are planning a Dubai break now that the UAE is on the Amber list, allowing vaccinated people to avoid quarantine on their return to the UK, Atlantis The Palm has a special offer for American Express cardholders.

Take a look here.

When you book an Imperial (Club) room or suite, you will get 4 nights for the price of 3 or 6 nights for the price of 5.

Atlantis The Palm special offer

On a four night booking, you would also receive Dhs 500 (c£100) of dining credit. On a six night stay you would receive Dhs 1,000 (c£200) of dining credit.

You also receive guaranteed late check-out and, as this is Atlantis, unlimited free access to Aquaventure, the largest waterpark in the world.

The Atlantis The Palm Amex page is here if you want to find out more. The offer is good for stays up to 30th September.


Hotel offers update – September 2021:

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.

Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September) and Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September).

Comments (31)

  • Dubious says:

    Does purchasing Marriott points reset expiry dates?

    • HPN-HRL says:

      Marriott’s terms & conditions are not 100% clear, but it looks to me like purchasing points will reset a member’s expiration date. Take a look at section 1.6.d. at https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/terms/default.mi and decide for yourself.

      • Dubious says:

        Thanks. Does seem suitably vauge doesn’t it
        “*Examples* of activities that do not count toward maintaining an active status in the Loyalty Program include, *but are not limited to*:

        A. Gifting or transferring Points; however, converting Points to Miles or Miles to Points does count toward maintaining an active status;

        B. Receiving Points as a gift or transfer”

  • Mike says:

    I have bought points in the past to reset the expiry date.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    What happened to the disappearing Amex offer article? Did it disappear too?

  • Anna says:

    Is it worth buying at 0.6p to get 0.9p of value given the lost points earning opportunity of paying in cash? I’ve got 9 nights at the Westin GCM next summer (🤞) on a mix of cash and points and using this offer could convert a few of the cash nights to points (with the 5 for 4 rate as well).

    • Memesweeper says:

      Cutting costs by 30%? Seems unlikely to me Marriott’s points earning will close that gap.

      One reason not to buy is uncertainty — if the booking doesn’t go ahead as planned are you sure you’d get outsized value again?

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        Basic points earn (at 10 points per dollar spend) works out at something like a 7% return on cash stays. If you’re Bonvoy Gold you get a 25% earn boost which takes it to about 8.5% and at Platinum it’s around 10%. Even stacking a bonus offer won’t close the gap and there’s no way of knowing what offers will be running next summer. So Memesweeper is correct to say that the points return on paying cash won’t give you anything near a 30% return unless you are also getting the 5 for 4 discount (on a 5 night stay that gives you a straight 20% off). Staying for 9 nights like you are planning, I would imagine the optimum points return strategy would be to redeem for at least 5 nights to get that free night.

        • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

          PS If you are cash booking and want to really maximise the return have you tried going via the BA shopping portal? on the face of it, Marriott gives 4 avios to the £, assuming it tracks! 😉

    • ken says:

      In normal times it would seem a no brainer.

      If however you can’t get there you are left with an even bigger balance of points that you struggle to spend while at risk of devaluations.

      Hard to believe that Marriott won’t have at least 1 more sale with up to 50-60% bonus (or 30% discount which is not quite as good), between now and then.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks – also we need 2 rooms and cash rates are around £430 pn in July which is low season!!

  • Chas says:

    What do good “points purchase” options from Marriott look like, and how often do they come around (not wanting the second half of that to elicit a whole load of “how long is a piece of string” comments….)? I appreciate I may have missed the best opportunities during Covid, but am keen to increase my balance when I can at a decent rate.

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      I think a 60% discount (July last year) is the best they’ve ever offered and that this is a decent level. There are potentially out-sized value redemption opportunities in their portfolio too (e.g. Al Maha in Dubai, St Regis Vommuli in the Maldives). In the UK at least, it can be quite hard to ‘earn’ Bonvoy points via the usual credit card route, unless you have one of the legacy Marriott cards, although the revamp of the Amex Bonvoy card intro offer helps. I have a stay planned at the House in Barbados next year where even at this cost the points redemption represents a 30% discount against the usual flex rate so makes sense for me to buy but there is always a risk of a devaluation eating into the return you can make.

      • Chas says:

        Thanks. I doubt we’ll get back to the sort of discount that was offered last summer, so my 50% bonus is looking appealing. I have the current (well old…) SPG card rather than the legacy Marriott, and most of my card spend goes on the BAPP for the vouchers, so I know how hard it is to earn Marriott points. This offer might have legs for me – will mull it over.

        • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

          PS most disappointed to see that my Platinum status only gives me a 45% bonus whereas Mrs Trotter (a ‘mere’ Gold) has 50%!

          • Chas says:

            Well that’s clearly where you’ve gone wrong – I’m a lowly Gold too! 😉

          • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

            Well I get the last laugh as I run her account anyway 🙂
            All joking aside, this is a good example of why it’s worth having more than one account in these schemes, especially where they allow you to transfer points between them relatively easily …

          • Dubious says:

            ‘Member Status’ here and I got 50% bonus 🙂

  • chabuddy geezy says:

    I’m tempted by the Atlantis offer. Is it really continental breakfast? reviews have hot options in the lounge.

    • Mart says:

      We bought a Travelzoo offer last year worked out at £225 a night including half board but it wasn’t the imperial club room.But we value the half board more than imperial club.We have stayed before with imperial club and there is hot options for breakfast in there but again we found the half board suited us better mixing between the buffet and Gordon Ramsay’s for breakfast.

    • Yuff says:

      None of the main restaurants( kaleidoscope, saffron, etc plus seafire at October half term and Easter) limit the breakfast to continental as they are all buffet style.
      We always use the imperial club and they have chefs to cook your egg/pancakes/waffles etc in the lounge plus the buffet breakfast

    • KP says:

      I was considering Atlantis but I believe currently the water parks etc are closed. So I was swayed away from booking there

      • Blenz101 says:

        Definitely not the case. There is a section of the park under refurbishment but that is due to finish any day now.

        The park closed for a few months last year at the height of the pandemic but has been open since including the opening of a massive extension almost doubling it in size.

  • Stiv says:

    I need a paltry 5,000 Bonvoy points to make a 5 for 4 redemption booking, but have already bought 100,000 points at a previous bonus time this year . Can my husband buy the 5,000 points and gift them to me, or would they be counted in the 100,000 max per year total? T&c’s have me going round in circles trying to find the answer so any advice appreciated.

    • Andrew says:

      Marriott T&C’s say it’s 100,000 combined purchased or “gifted”, however your husband can buy the points for his own account and then “transfer” them to you:

      2.8.a. In accordance with the conditions for transferring Points as described in Section 1.6.c., a Member can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 Points per calendar year to another Membership Account as long as both Accounts are in good standing and have each been open for at least thirty (30) days with qualifying activity, ninety (90) days without qualifying activity (see 2.8.b). A Member can receive up to a maximum of 500,000 Points per calendar year from other Membership Accounts as long as the Accounts are in good standing and have each been open for at least thirty (30) days with qualifying activity, ninety (90) days without qualifying activity.

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      According to my notes you can transfer up to 100k points per year to another member free via phone if your a/c has been open for 90 days + tel 020 3564 6335

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