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Ritz Carlton Reserve joins Marriott Bonvoy, finally

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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.

Ritz Carlton Reserve joins Marriott Bonvoy, finally

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.

Ritz Carlton Reserve joins Marriott Bonvoy, finally

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.

The home page for Ritz Carlton Reserve is here.


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

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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

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 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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 (10)

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  • NigelthePensioner says:

    They’ve got so many brands that Mr Marriott probably completely forgot about the RCR 5, or like us didn’t even know they existed!

  • Dev says:

    Now just the Bvlgari hotels left to add … probably will cost around 1m bonvoy points per night or something if and when they come online!

  • Chaz says:

    I don’t understand all the brands – maybe they’re for the cool kids.

    When I was a lad, there was:
    Courtyard – cheap and cheerful
    Renaissance – a bit better
    Marriott – a bit better still
    JW – good

    If you went to the US there were Residence Inn for longer stays (Whistler was ace).

    Now there are nearly as many categories as there previously were brands. What’s “Luxury” vs “Distinctive Luxury”?

    I wonder if they have so many brands to break the link to Marriott – i.e. people who don’t like Marriott, book a W not knowing.

    • memesweeper says:

      The number of brands must have doubled(-ish) when Marriott bought SPG.

    • Rhys says:

      There’s lots of overlap after Marriott bought SPG. Eg. Ritz Carlton and St Regis are broadly the same level, Sheraton/Marriott etc

  • Charles Martel says:

    Canadians hate any implied association with the US, I think your Whistler comment might upset them 🙂

  • memesweeper says:

    So, 960,000 for a five day stay at a reserve? Better start saving up…

    • memesweeper says:

      … actually, five nights in Krabi just priced up at 426,000 Bonvoy for early December.

  • PAL says:

    Shame Emirates have jacked this up – 1 mile footy games were the best value

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