5 ways to get a great deal with your Hotel Points in Dubai

Posted: 28-Jun-16 11:54

While many travellers dream of taking a holiday to Dubai the city is not usually on the list of the most affordable destinations for travellers. With a number of luxury hotels competing for travellers there are, however, ways to stretch your budget. Five particular Dubai hotels translate to great deals when you take advantage of hotel points.

5 ways to get a great deal with your Hotel Points in Dubai

From first class accommodations to splendorous sites and attractions there is no place in the world that equals the extravagance and beauty of Dubai. To help make the city more affordable Flipboard.com recently published an article detailing The Points Guy’s recommendations on using hotel points to get the best deals in Dubai.

As part of a series of guides around the world focused on the best use of travel points and miles, contributing author Whitney Magnuson revealed five different options in Dubai hotels that allow travellers to spend less money by taking advantage of travel rewards.

Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence

Right along the Persian Gulf, sunny Jumeirah Beach is one of the most favoured public beaches in Dubai, with impressive skyscrapers in the background and glimmering turquoise water for miles.

This is where you’ll find the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, a portion of the larger Jumeirah Beach Residences. While a night’s stay typically costs around $189, it’s pointed out you can stay here now for about 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points thanks to a recent restructuring of the program. That’s translates to roughly 1.3 cents per point.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

To the south of Jumeirah Beach, the manmade island of Palm Jumeirah offers dozens of miles of private beachfront acreage, including some of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels, shops, restaurants and residences. Because it’s not easy to book a points-based stay at most of the hotels on The Palm, the author suggests booking a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, close to the island but located in the city’s marina area.

With tennis courts, restaurants, a spa and a pure white sand beach it’s not uncommon to spend more than $650 per night out of pocket. However, it’s noted you can also choose to redeem 70,000 in Marriott Rewards points. You’ll get the best redemption, up to 0.9 cents per point, during the busiest travel months of the year, though, because during the hot summer season rooms sometimes drop to just $230 per night out of pocket.

To get a free night’s stay try opening up a Marriott Rewards Premier credit card. You get 80,000 in bonus points if you spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months of opening the account.

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

Golfers will delight in the city’s eleven golf courses, with two courses at home at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Hamra Golf Club and Tower Links Golf Club each offer 18-hole championship golfing, while the hotel also offers an outstanding spa, tennis courts, a white sand beach and nine restaurants.

For about $460 per night, or 1,687 AED during autumn, the rate is equal to 50,000 Hilton HHonors points per each night of your stay. That’s noted as more than 0.9 cents per point, which is nearly twice what The Points Guy currently values Hilton HHonors points.

Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel

If you’re looking for an escape from triple digit temperatures, Dubai features two options for indoor snow skiing. The massive Mall of the Emirates is home to Ski Dubai, with its multiple ski and snowboarding slopes, plus the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel. This Starwood Category 5 property generally costs around $245 per night, or between 12,000 to 16,000 Starpoints, translating to about 1.5 to 2 cents per point.

Magnuson points out, however, you could gain a free one-night stay by using the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest credit card, which offers you 25,000 in Starwood bonus points after you spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months of opening it. For an even better redemption rate it’s suggested you spend some cash as sometimes the hotel allows for a cash plus points rate equalling 6,000 points plus $110.

Hilton Dubai Creek

If your travel to Dubai is more business related than holiday related, the article points out Hilton Dubai Creek near the airport is a great choice. Offering complimentary shuttles to another hotel’s private beach and its own rooftop pool, Hilton Dubai Creek runs about $197 per night in the autumn, or 40,000 Hilton HHonors points. That’s about 0.5 cents per point.

If you want even more of a deal, it’s stated that the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card supplies an extra 40,000 HHonors points when you charge $1,000 during the first few months of opening the card. With no annual fee, either, it could translate to a free night’s stay. The Hilton Silver status generated with the card also allows you to check in digitally and gives you the advantage of a late checkout.

Whether you enjoy spending time on the beach, the ski slopes or the golf course, you’ll find plenty of options in Dubai. By mixing in some of your accumulated hotel points at select locations, too, you are sure to uncover some great deals in the process.


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