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UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2023:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.

Click here for our article on Marriott’s Spring promotion, which runs from 7th February to 23rd April. You receive 1,000 bonus points per night and double elite night credits. You can register here.

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 (February 2023)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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)

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  • TGLoyalty says:

    IC Bucharest is leaving too.

    • GaryC says:

      Yes, sadly I was supposed to be staying their next month on a points redemption, and got an email a couple of weeks ago saying they were leaving the IHG group and my stay was cancelled.

      • Lady London says:

        Wow. Do I have time to get to IC Sofia before that leaves IHG too.

        IHG does seem to be in some disarray.

    • Oliver says:

      Sad to hear. It’s quite tired, so I assume will undergo an extensive refurb and then rebrand?

      We opted for the Hilton Athenee Palace in September, and really liked it – the newly refurbished Courtyard Suites are very impressive.

      There is also a high-end Marriott that recently opened in the old town (can’t remember which brand), so potentially worth a look.

  • MikeL says:

    Can you provide details of the distraction method used as it could potentially help others avoid the same consequences.

    • JanM says:

      Someone was loudly discussing exchanging MR points for cash. 😛

      • Colin MacKinnon says:

        They saw his underlying card was Virgin – and asked why he wasn’t buying Greggs sausage rolls with his points!

  • Sam G says:

    If your iPhone is ever lost be EXTREMELY careful with any links/calls/messages you subsequently receive, especially to the “please contact” number you add to the home screen from find my iPhone.

    I left mine in a taxi and they then managed to spoof the find my iPhone login page to capture my credentials so they could log in and delete the phone from my account. Usually very careful but when you are stressed by losing the phone your guard can drop

    • Brighton Belle says:

      I’m curious how thieves, or just people that find your iphone, can get past the FaceID lock. Is that possible? My phone has a SIM passcode too enabled to stop SIM swap fraud.

      • Yuff says:

        It’s ridiculous you can turn the phone off without the pass code in my opinion
        Would stop a lot of thefts

      • Rob says:

        A few days after your phone is stolen, you get an authentic looking text message saying it has been found. You are sent to an authentic looking website to get details, where you are asked to input your Apple ID and password. Once in, the thief can wipe your phone and it is sellable.

        Even if that fails, they are worth a few quid as recycled parts apparently.

    • Rob says:

      I had the same, see other comment.

  • DreamingOfFirstClass says:

    I hope you didn’t have your IHG Creation Card linked to your Curve card.
    I did 😭

  • Jonathan says:

    I thought a large number of HfP readers have mentioned or appear to be moving away from bendy, since people have had their credit card accounts closed and although the reason wasn’t specified, it was believed that the card being linked to curve was the main reason

    I’m not denying that they’re useful cards (or cuts of metal !) but some credit card might get paranoid that people have been using them for MS spending

    • John says:

      Has anyone had any other CCs closed apart from creation? Rob mentioned one person had Hilton closed but haven’t heard any further reports.

      I still use bendy for almost everything including some MS. And my IHG card is still working normally (delinked from bendy obviously)

  • Toppcat says:

    I have also claimed on the Curve insurance for a cracked screen – pretty impressed by the service. Told me to arrange my own repair and paid out without any issues at all.

  • Seb says:

    I have claimed twice on Curve’s travel insurance and both times had the claim settled, both for Coronavirus related issues. Took a little while second time around but that was probably due to the timing of it (March 2020!). I’d recommend Curve Metal to most people I think it is quite a decent package for the cost.

  • BillySillyWilly says:

    Curve Metal wasn’t helpful in my case where I dated my phone. They won’t handle damaged phones at all, expecting you to get a repair cost. For me that would involve sending a Pixel 4 back to Google for assessment. That plus the hefty £75 made me think twice.

    • Blenz101 says:

      You were a silly billy not to get an iPhone where those nice men in blue T-shirt’s will fix anything same day.

      • flyforfun says:

        The only apple phone I’ve ever had is a work phone. When it went wrong, while still under warranty I had to got to their shop – except they wouldn’t fix it. They told me to call their support number. Had to wait for them to send me a box to post it back to them to have it sent back saying it there was nothing wrong with it. When I sent it off, it wouldn’t even turn on!! Telephone support were very flippant expecting you to know exactly what they were talking about. Horrid support.

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