As we approach a new year, here are 10 interesting new Marriott Bonvoy hotels which we believe will appeal to Head for Points readers.
Before we get to the list, we wanted to remind you why the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card can help you earn points to stay at these hotels (or earn bonus points if you book for cash) and get you status benefits to upgrade your stay.
Firstly, let’s look at the basics behind the card.
Here is the legal information we need to tell you: the card has a representative 41.6% APR variable based on an assumed £1,200 credit limit and £75 annual fee. The interest rate on purchases is 24.5% APR variable.
The Marriott Bonvoy American Express card earns Marriott Bonvoy points, the loyalty scheme which covers 30 hotel brands including Marriott, Renaissance, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, Luxury Collection etc.
If you sign up and meet the qualifying criteria, you’ll receive 20,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points when you spend £3,000 in the first three months of having the card.
Going forward, you earn two Marriott Bonvoy points for every £1 you spend on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card.
Stays at Marriott Bonvoy hotels earn triple points – 6 per £1.
What other benefits come with the Marriott Bonvoy Amex?
15 free elite night credits
Every year (in early January) you are credited with 15 elite night credits in Marriott Bonvoy. When you stay in a Marriott Bonvoy hotel, you earn additional elite night credits which add up to give you status in the programme.
15 nights triggers Silver Elite status immediately – see the benefits of that here. However, the real value unlocks further on.
Platinum Elite status normally requires 50 nights per year. Platinum is the sweet spot in the programme since it triggers executive lounge access or free breakfast at participating brands, decent upgrades as well as a guaranteed 4pm check-out at most hotels.
50 nights per year for Platinum Elite may be a stretch for you, but get the Marriott Amex and you’d only need 35 nights per year. This is a lot more achievable.
A free hotel night
When you spend £25,000 on the card in a year, you will be given a voucher for a free hotel night, up to the value of 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
From early 2022 you will be allowed to top this up by a maximum of 15,000 points from your account, allowing you to book a hotel costing up to 40,000 points.
Gold Elite status
Spend £15,000 on the card in a year and you will get Gold Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy. This comes with a number of benefits including 2pm check-out.
Exciting new ways to spend Bonvoy points in 2022
With an attractive sign-up bonus and decent earning power, you can rack up a lot of points using the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card.
We asked Marriott to suggest 10 properties they thought would appeal to a UK-based Head for Points reader. Here are some exciting new places to earn and spend Marriott Bonvoy points in 2022:
The Madrid EDITION
The EDITION is on an aggressive expansion plan in 2022 with several new openings including Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Tampa and Doha. The Madrid EDITION opens in early 2022 with 200 rooms and suites including some with terraces and is located near Puerta de Sol and within walking distance of Madrid’s big art galleries. The hotel will feature five restaurants and bars including a Sky Bar and rooftop terrace, as well as an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa. The Madrid EDITION will offer a fantastic new Bonvoy redemption in Madrid if Rhys’s stay at the Barcelona EDITION (review here) is anything to go by. The website is here.
Moxy Athens City
In last year’s round up we wrote about the new Lisbon Moxy before reviewing it over the summer. This year Marriott is opening another new Moxy in another ancient city. The Moxy Athens City looks surprisingly sophisticated with a lobby bar, above that wouldn’t look out of place in one of the many other new luxury hotel openings this year. The hotel is a short walk from Syntagma Square and Ermou Street and features sunrise yoga classes on its rooftop with views across the city. Opens March 2022. The website is here.
The Ritz-Carlton Amman
Marriott’s traditional luxury brand is opening a modern new hotel in the capital of Jordan with 228 rooms and 34 suites spread across two mid-rise towers. The Ritz-Carlton Amman features both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a fitness centre, spa and rooftop restaurant and bar. A large 1000 square metre ballroom is also available for hire. Opens in Spring 2022.
The trendy luxury W Hotel brand is returning to Sydney in 2022 as Marriott opens the largest W in the world with 585 guest rooms and suites with views of the city and Darling Harbour (not the one with the opera house or Sydney Bridge!) The blob-shaped building features an AWAY Spa as well as an indoor pool on the top floor. Opens November 2022. The website is here.
St Regis Chicago
11 floors of the brand new 101 story St Regis Tower will be home to the new St Regis Chicago when it opens its doors later this year. The curved glass and steel building will be the third tallest building in Chicago with 360-degree views of the city and Lake Michigan. The hotel will feature 191 guest rooms and a number of dining options. I had an impressive stay at the St Regis Mardavall in Mallorca this year and have high hopes for the St Regis Chicago. Opens Autumn 2022.
12|14 Stradom House, Autograph Collection
A new boutique hotel is opening in Krakow under Marriott’s Autograph Collection. 12|14 Stradom House is a brand new development in a fourteenth century building that has acted as a church, monastery and hospital throughout its history. The hotel is located between the Jewish and Royal Quarters with Plant y Krakowskie and The Palace of Bishop Erasmus Ciolek Museum just around the corner. 12|14 Stradom House features a seafood restaurant and a wine bar called Hedwigs in a former chapel. Opens early 2022.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
St Regis Kanai Resort
In addition to the St Regis Chicago Marriott is also opening a new St Regis on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. The St Regis Kanai Resort will features a design of connected semicircular buidlings that allow for coastal views from every angle. The hotel features 124 rooms and suites as well as 32 villas with private pools and two 18-hole golf courses designed by José María Olazábal and Nick Faldo. Opens Autumn 2022.
Portugal will also be getting its first W hotel, in the Algarve. The hotel will have 134 rooms and 83 suites and is located directly on the waterfront with direct access to three beaches and a golf course. All hotel rooms have sea views and suites will be complete with rooftop plunge pools. A sky deck rooftop terrace will offer unrivalled 220-degree view of the Algarve coastline. Opens April 2022. The website is here.
JW Marriott Jeju Resort and Spa
If you’re heading off the beaten tourist track then the new JW Marriott Jeju Resort and Spa might be what you are looking for. Located in a UNESCO Natural Heritage site on the southern coast of Jeju island, the hotel features 198 guest rooms with ocean views designed by Bill Bensley. the JW Marriott Jeju resort features an infinity pool ovelrooking the iconic coastline as well as natural hot springs with a Korean-style Jjimjlbang sauna. Opens Spring 2022.
Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah
If you’re looking for a holiday with guaranteed sun then the new Marriott Resort on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai could be one for you. The resort is located at the base of the palm, just before it splits into fronds, and with easy access to attractions on the Palm as well as around the Dubai Marina. There are 608 rooms with a private sandy beach and beachside pool, fitness centre and spa as well as a kids club and eight restaurants. Opens July 2022. The website is here.
As you can see, Marriott has a lot of exciting new openings planned for 2022. The Marriott Bonvoy American Express card will make it easier to earn and burn points at these hotels.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (November 2022)
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.
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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)