News in brief:
Luxair launching a new route to Manchester
Following the recent launch of its London City to Antwerp route, reviewed here, Luxair is turning to Manchester.
From 1st April 2024, it will offer three flights per week between Manchester and Luxembourg. Services will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The route will use a Dash 8 aircraft as pictured above.
Luxair uses Lufthansa’s Miles & More programme as its frequent flyer scheme.
You can check fares and flight times on the Luxair website here.
Marriott opens a Four Points hotel in Edinburgh
For some reason Marriott didn’t publicise this three weeks ago when it actually happened, but the company has opened a mid-market Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Edinburgh.
This is a conversion of the former Apex Haymarket hotel.
This is only the second Four Points hotel in the UK. It is virtually a boutique with just 69 rooms. The restaurant, Almafino, is Italian themed with ‘a centrepiece pizza oven’ and replaces the previous ‘Metro West End’ restaurant from the Apex days.
The location seems promising, by Haymarket railway station. Midweek rates in the coming weeks are £175 – £200 per night.
You can find out more on the hotel website here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.
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.
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.)