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News: Turnberry to leave Marriott, £300 easyJet Holidays and £100 Mandarin Oriental cashback

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News in brief:

Trump Turnberry to leave Marriott

The Turnberry resort in Scotland is, unfortunately, leaving Marriott Bonvoy.

A reader with an existing reservation received a note to say that the hotel is leaving Marriott on 15th January. In fact, if you look at marriott.com, you cannot book the hotel for any dates after 3rd January.

It isn’t clear if the hotel, currently part of The Luxury Collection, will be joining another brand or will be trying to survive as an independent.

The loss of Turnberry will be a blow for Marriott, since it offered one of the very few premium redemption options in the UK. With Turnberry gone, The Langley near Iver will become the most ‘aspirational’ Bonvoy hotel outside London.

The hotel page on marriott.com is here.

Anika’s 2017 review of Trump Turnberry is here.

Turnberry leaving Marriott

Save £300 on an easyJet Holiday with American Express

American Express has launched a new cashback offer with easyJet Holidays.

If you are targetted for this offer it will show under the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page or in the Amex app. You need to click ‘Save to Card’ to activate.

The deal gets you £300 cashback on a £1,250+ booking with easyJet Holidays. Your payment needs to be processed by 31st December.

The offer is limited to the first 20,000 people to save it to their card. Flights must depart from UK airports, but apart from that there is no onerous small print.

A Mandarin Oriental deal too ….

I’m not sure if this is new but we haven’t covered it before.

If targetted, Amex is offering £100 cashback on a £500 spend at Mandarin Oriental hotels in London, Paris, Munich, Barcelona, Geneva or Madrid.

The deadline is 28th February which gives you a bit of time to plan a Winter break.

If booking, get a quote from our hotel booking partner Emyr Thomas first. He can access additional benefits, for the same price as the online Best Flexible Rate, as he is a Mandarin Oriental Fan Club appointed agent.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2022 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the top current deals.

There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.

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Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

The bonus on the Capital On Tap card is increased from points worth 10,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios until 4th February 2022.

The bonus on the British Airways Accelerating Business card is increased from 30,000 Avios to 45,000 Avios until 28th February 2022.

American Express Business Gold

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For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Apply 31st March 2022 and your cashback will be increased to 2% for the first three months.

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Comments (52)

  • ash says:

    In the Watson suite of Turnberry as we speak, a bargain at 30k a night. Who cares who the owner is it’s not like he is at the front desk! In truth you spend money every day of the week and don’t know whos pockets it ends up in. Just live and enjoy life is too short.

  • Dave says:

    With dynamic reward pricing coming in Turnberry was likely to become far more expensive anyway. Glad I stayed earlier this year, using an SNA to upgrade to a massive double balcony suite. It’ll be sad to see it leave the Marriott brand.

  • Jumble Tales says:

    I have a points redemption week booked at Trump Turnberry in April but have not received any notification. One of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in. Genuinely friendly staff and a good employer of locals. Is there an alternative use for the Marriott points in Scotland?

  • AlanC says:

    Was at Turnberry on Monday night and after reading the article will burn 30k points on another night before Christmas. Although one or two minor service issues the stay and property was excellent.

  • ES says:

    Gutted not to get Easyjet offer again…

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