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.
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
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 (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.
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.
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).
(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.)