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News: Conrad Miami hotel leaves Hilton, join a virtual tour of the Mercedes F1 HQ for 500 Bonvoy points

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News in brief:

Conrad Miami hotel leaves Hilton

If you are planning a trip to Miami and were looking to earn or redeem Hilton Honors points at the luxury Conrad Miami, you will need to rethink.

The hotel left Hilton a couple of weeks ago following its sale. It has become the first hotel under a new brand, aka, which is creating a chain of properties with larger than average rooms for the medium and long stay market.

Whilst never well regarded as a Conrad, the hotel had seen a renovation of its rooms and public areas recently and featured a rooftop lap pool.

Marriott Bonvoy F1 event

Join a virtual tour of the Mercedes F1 HQ for 500 Bonvoy points

Whilst covid restrictions are still stopping Marriott Bonvoy from offering their in-person tours of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team headquarters in Brackley, it has put together a virtual event.

For a nominal 500 Marriott Bonvoy points – which we’d value at just £2.50 – you can be one of 75 people attending a live virtual tour of the centre. This may be especially interesting for anyone outside the South East who couldn’t travel to the earlier in-person events.

Here is the official description:

Get close and personal with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team. Join the team for an exclusive Virtual Factory Tour, broadcast live from the Team Headquarters in Brackley, UK. You will receive behind-the-scenes insight into what goes into designing, manufacturing and running the world’s most advanced racing cars. Live Q&As with key Team members will give you unique insight into the team’s race preparations. 

Exclusive access to a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Virtual Factory Tour on Tuesday 23rd November from 4.00 to 5.30pm BST

500 Marriott Bonvoy points gets you a ‘one use’ code to join the live stream.

You can redeem on the Bonvoy website here. There were originally 75, I think, with 50 remaining as of last night.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 (12)

  • Nick says:

    I am trying to secure virgin reward flights to cpt in April. Can’t see any availability. Have virgin confirmed their schedule? I’m shocked they are only flying until March?

    • Jonathan says:

      There probably won’t be any redemption availability even when “summer” schedule confirmed. Cape Town is generally one of the toughest routes to use points on & April is the tail end of the holiday season there.

      Virgin redemption availability in general is also pretty dire at the moment. They don’t guarantee a minimum number of seats on each flight like BA do so seem to have withdrawn all Premium/Upper seats except a handful to NYC whilst they try & cash in on any pent up demand. Hopefully things will improve if the surge in bookings doesn’t materialise.

  • Nick says:

    Never well regarded? Interesting… the Conrad Miami was one of my favourite hotels anywhere in the world. Maybe I was lucky but I always got treated incredibly well there. Hadn’t realised it had been sold, it’s actually quite sad news.

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      Came here to say this: The lounge, for diamonds, was actually a wine, cheese and meats event. And if you’d ever seen their wine room… well!

  • Oldman7 says:

    thx for highlighting the Mercedes tour. 21 left when I grabbed one earlier today.

  • Hostime says:

    Good riddance to the Conrad Miami… it was a dreadful property with the most obnoxious staff. Pleased Hilton kicked it out.

  • Babyg says:

    me thinks it will be at least a 50% HFP zoom party for the Merc virtual tour….

  • Paul says:

    £75 off upper class fare……is that even a sale.

  • Andi Hawes says:

    Slightly off topic but where do i see a 241 vouvcher if i have one?

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