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With self catering holidays set for another bumper covid-driven year, Homes & Villas by Marriott International has launched a double points promotion.

The standard Bonvoy earning rate with Homes & Villas is 5 points per $1. This is doubled to 10 points per $1 for all stays with a check-in date by 30th August 2022.

Bookings must be made by 21st January 2022 to qualify. There is no minimum stay required except where the property itself imposes one to book in the first place. Existing bookings do not count.

Marriott Homes & Villas logo

As a reminder, when you make a Homes & Villas rental, you earn points based on your total spend less booking fees, taxes, cleaning fees and extra add-ons.

Elite members of Marriott Bonvoy will earn a status bonus:

  • Silver Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 10% bonus
  • Gold Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 25% bonus
  • Platinum Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 50% bonus
  • Titanium Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus
  • Ambassador: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus

…. and Gold and above receive additional points as a welcome gift:

  • Ambassador Elite, Titanium Elite, Platinum Elite: 1,000 points
  • Gold Elite: 500 points

Each night you book counts towards elite status with Marriott Bonvoy but, oddly, does not count towards lifetime status. From 2022, it is believed that Homes & Villas spend will count towards Ambasador status, which requires both 100 nights and $20,000 of expenditure.

You can find full details on the Homes & Villas by Marriott International website here.

InterContinental Dusseldorf leaving IHG Rewards

InterContinental Dusseldorf leaving IHG Rewards

IHG’s InterContinental chain is taking another hit with the loss of InterContinental Dusseldorf.

From 1st February it will rebrand as Hotel Kö 59. It will be part of Hommage Hotels, a brand of the Dorint Group.

I stayed here multiple times in my banking days, because it was literally around the corner from our German office, and I also stayed with my family on occasional trips to Dusseldorf. It was a new build hotel with a modern design and a very good executive lounge. The location worked for business and tourism, with the hotel sitting directly on the main upmarket shopping street.

Dusseldorf follows Cologne, Hamburg and Berchtesgaden in losing an InterContinental in recent years. With Frankfurt closed for refurbishment, the chain will only have the underwhelming Berlin property from February.


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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (January 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 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 (40)

  • Michele says:

    I found Curve’s insurers AXA absolutely useless when I damaged my phone and 3 months later I am still battling them. The phone was two years old and was damaged beyond repair.

    First they take weeks to reply and then send generic emails that make no sense. Instead of saying they couldn’t open an attachment they sent an email requesting I send all the documents I’d already supplied.

    When they settled they took the cost of the replacement and then deducted the depreciation from the old phone. But this was the price of the replacement so it makes no sense! It’s a new phone not the value of the old one. So I only received £175 for a phone that I had to pay £350 to replace. Better than nothing but the frustration of dealing with them and the fact they don’t seem to understand simple things is very tedious.

    • NFH says:

      Yes, AXA does unreasonably complain that it can’t open perfectly functioning attachments.

      It’s not new-for-old, so they will make a deduction for depreciation to avoid any betterment by your acquisition of brand new replacement goods. A repair is always financially better than a replacement, because you won’t suffer any depreciation.

    • Rob says:

      It’s probably easier when it is stolen and you have a police report.

      The £50 excess is also less noticeable on a pricey phone.

      It seems I get £680 less £136 less £50 so £494 back. I am only £186 out of pocket and that’s partially offset by getting a new battery.

    • Jonathans says:

      I agree they are slow but ultimately found in my favour so no complaints. My out of warranty water damaged iPhone was unrepairable and replaced by Apple. Axa tried settling for the cost price less 20% depreciation and the £50 excess taking the settlement figure to below the Apple out of warranty repair cost.

      I pointed out Apple did repair the phone (as per the invoice) by replacing the device. Axa then agreed to cover the full Apple repair cost less £50 saving the 20% depreciation.

    • flyforfun says:

      I’m a bit dubious of phone insurance. I’ve ad mobiles now for 20 years. at £15pm for that period I’d have paid £3,600 so I think I’m quids in not paying extra for it. Not sure I would make use of the other Curve benefits at the moment where I’ll be luck to get away once next year.

      • tony says:

        Feel like I’m tempting fate with this comment, but likewise have had a mobile since 1995. Only silly thing I did was wash a Nokia 6210 with my jeans, popped the battery off, stuck it on the radiator and within a couple of hours it was back to life. If only I’d invested that £15 a month into Bitcoin….

  • Alex Sm says:

    Do you happen to know if Red Investor card includes the insurance too? I used to have Legacy Black card but then got it replaced (without asking) with Red Investor one. But it looks like it is worth less than Legacy Black in terms of benefits but I can’t reverse it now…

    • John says:

      Investor is a separate category, you should still be on legacy black, but it’s entirely possible that curve messed it up and won’t reply to messages

    • DJ says:

      The Legacy Black tier is the same as before – Unlimited foreign currency spend (subject to fair use policy), but it does not come with any insurance benefits. There is an old UI bug where it still shows your insurance policy number with AXA, that is because Curve upgraded the Legacy Black tier to the Black Tier at one point.

      • Youllnever says:

        I’m not sure that’s a bug – I believe they’ve done this so that people that have used the insurance during that period can still retrieve their policy number for querying any previous claims.

  • Craig Vassie says:

    I’ve always found the IC Berlin to tick every box. Yes, it’s “old style” German, but the deluxe rooms in the tower on the zoo side are huge, and the breakfast buffet (with help yourself Sekt) is superb. The lounge used to be great until they were forced to reduce the happy hour times to fit IHG policy. Spa and pool area is acceptable, as is the ground floor cafe area. I’ve never bothered with top floor Hugo’s at £££££, when Niko’s at ££ was opposite (now closed due pandemic I think?) for superb souvlaki. The 200 tourist bus stops outside. They were always kind with the upgrades. Very nice people!

  • Michael says:

    I recently could not take a reward flight with American Airlines, but booked via Iberia. The flight was non refundable.
    my mom went to hospital unplanned and needed sudden surgery, so was unable to look after my child, so I needed to step in and could therefore no longer travel.

    What are the chances of my Amex Platinum or Nationwide Flex Plus covering me for this?
    I paid circa £300 and 40000 Avios.

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    • Blenz101 says:

      I don’t think there is a single class of reward flight on Iberia that can’t be cancelled within 24 hours for a nominal fee had you contacted them.

      Covid has also given way more flexibility up until the point of checkin which could have been explored.

      Lack of childcare is unlikely to be an insurable in the event this all happened in the 24 hour window before your flight.

      If you are going to attempt to claim you need to be really careful and read your policy carefully before speaking with your insurer. If the timeline of events show you could have moved or cancelled the flights for 25EUR etc. you are unlikely to get very far.

      • Rob says:

        You can’t contact Iberia. I lost 50k Avios in August, which I am trying to reclaim via MCOL, because I could not cancel online and they would not answer their phones, reply to emails or do anything via social media.

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