Regular readers will remember that Rhys reviewed the Phulay Bay resort in Krabi, Thailand, earlier this month. Two images are below.
Phulay Bay is part of the ‘Ritz Carlton Reserve’ brand, which is one that most of you probably don’t even know exists.
It consists of just five resorts – see here – comprising:
- Phulay Bay, Krabi, Thailand
- Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
- Mandapa, Bali
- Los Cabos, Mexico
- Higashiama Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan
If you want to know what these properties have in common, it is effectively linked to size (75 rooms average) and a level of remoteness in the location.
With immediate effect, the five Ritz Carlton Reserve hotels have joined Marriott Bonvoy. It was always a weird quirk that they were not already in.
Some things are standard – you earn 10 points per $1 spend plus one elite night credit per night towards status.
Some things are not standard – redemptions will cost up to 240,000 Bonvoy points per night, and Ambassador members of Bonvoy receive a $150 resort credit per stay.
This won’t have a major impact on Marriott Bonvoy but does represent a bit more tidying up of the odd loose ends within the programme.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 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.)