Last month, Sinead reviewed The Athenee hotel in Bangkok. Unexpectedly, she was upgraded to a gigantic 190 square metre room – the Vimarn Suite. It featured a sitting room, dining room with space for at least 10, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a grand total of three bathrooms.
A lot of you complained that it wasn’t representative of a ‘real’ stay at the hotel, with such ‘ridiculous’ suites being out of reach for many. And you were right – the suite sells for just shy of £2,000 per night. However ….
Having read your comments, the hotel has decided to do something about it. It has launched a unique redemption offer due to HfP reader feedback.
Get a two bedroom, three bathroom £2,000 suite from just 87,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
For the rest of the year (well, almost, some blackout dates apply), The Athenee has decided it will give you a guaranteed ‘at the time of booking’ upgrade to one of its Theme suites for free to everyone booking a Royal Club Suite redemption.
There are four Theme suites at The Athenee hotel:
- The Vimarn Siam suite which Sinead stayed in
- The Ruen Thai two bedroom suite
- The Royal Pimai two bedroom suite
- The Ratanakosin 1 king, 2 double suite
Each suite comes with 24-hour butler service and access to the Royal Club lounge. The suites are all between 178 and 350 square meters and can sleep up to six people – four adults and two children under the age of 12.
It goes without saying that getting a guaranteed upgrade to a suite like the one Sinead reviewed for 87,000 Marriott Bonvoy points is unbelievable value.
For obvious reasons, the offer is only valid ‘whilst stocks last’. There are a finite number of suites available at the hotel which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
All you have to do to claim the offer is book a Royal Club Suite redemption room using Marriott Bonvoy points via this page of marriott.com. A Royal Club Suite is usually available for redemption between 87,000 and 100,000 points per night.
Once the hotel has received your booking, it will manually upgrade it to one of the Theme suites available (you can’t choose which one). Your booking should be updated within 48 hours, or by Monday, if booked over a weekend.
Again, with just four Theme suites available, early booking is advised. If there is no availability, you will be able to cancel or change your redemption booking free of charge.
The offer is valid for the almost the entirety of 2022, up to 28th December 2022. The only blackout dates are Saturday nights in November and December.
The offer will also stack with the usual ‘Book 4 nights, get the 5th free’ redemption offer, increasing the value even further.
For any questions, you can reach out to the hotel directly via this email address to discuss the offer. If you are heading to Bangkok soon, especially if it is for a special occasion, this offer is seriously worth considering.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 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.)