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You Can Now Go Glamping Using 35k Marriott Points

July 26, 2019
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You Can Now Go Glamping Using 35k Marriott Points
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Slide over, Bali — there's a pretty cool looking points property in Indonesia, but it's not on the island that first comes to mind for most tourists. Marriott's Tribute Portfolio has recently taken over what was known as The Canopi on Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. If ever you've dreamed of glamping in a safari-themed (points-friendly) tent, but in the tropics, here's your chance.

Natra Bintan's crystal lagoon (Photo courtesy of Natra Bintan)

Formerly the Canopi Bintan, now known as the Natra Bintan, the newly renamed property is home to 100 tents, with each encompassing more than 40 square meters. In true glamping fashion, the tents are equipped with an LCD TV, Wi-Fi connection, a garden and outdoor patio, four-poster bed and -- blessedly -- air conditioning.

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Natra sits directly on the Crystal Lagoon, which is Southeast Asia’s first and largest man-made seawater lagoon. The bumper boats and slides may be a turn-off for some, though families may see things differently.

Natra Bintan's glamping interior (Photo courtesy of Natra Bintan)

Another strong draw here is the location. It's merely a ferry ride away from Tanah Merah Port (Singapore), Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang from Berjaya Waterfront (Johor Baru, Malaysia) and Telaga Punggur (Batam, Indonesia). If you're coming from the port in Singapore, a transfer service is offered to guests. Given that Singapore is known for its relatively low airfares, those who are planning a mileage run to one of the world's most elaborate airports should consider a stay at Natra Bintan.

Yes, you can ride the Jetovator at Natra Bintan. (Photo courtesy of Natra Bintan)

Natra will also offer guests an all-inclusive package "infused with unique destination experiences, curated to allure to the world’s traveler." Evidently, that may include a death-defying ride aboard the Jetovator.

For most dates, we're seeing wide availability at 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Yes, Indonesian currency prices look odd.

While that appears to be a fairly low amount of points for such a luxurious property, it's worth putting in context. This region as a whole is home to quite a few luxury properties that don't cost a fortune. Paid nights here for most of the year are around $140 per night for the base garden tent, and the safari tent isn't much more. The top-tier lagoon view tent, which doesn't appear to be bookable with points, can be had for under $180 per night. That could put you under the .8 cents per point valuation for Marriott Bonvoy set by TPG.

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However, in the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, there are cobranded credit cards offering an annual free night worth up to 35,000 points at each renewal, so using those certificates would also be an option. This perk can make it (more than) worth it to pay the annual fee each year on these cards. Marriott cards available with that benefit include:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Here are some of the best uses of those certificates.

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Featured image by Natra Bintan tented property in Indonesia (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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TPG featured card

Best for Marriott perks at a reasonable cost
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

2 - 17X points
17XEarn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
3XEarn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
2X2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

Intro offer

Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points)
Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases.

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless carries a $95 annual fee but offers plenty of ways to get more value from it year after year. You'll get automatic Silver elite status, which awards 10% bonus points on stays, and enjoy a pathway to Gold status (with 15 elite night credits each year) to lock in some even better benefits. Cardholders also receive an annual free night certificate (worth up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary. Those who are able to maximize this certificate can lock in a room with a rate that far exceeds the $95 annual fee.

Pros

  • Annual free night certificate (up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary
  • Automatic Silver elite status with pathway to Gold
  • 15 elite night credits annually to help earn a higher tier of Bonvoy status. Plus, you can earn one credit towards elite status for every $5,000 you spend.

Cons

  • There are better Marriott cards if you want higher tier status or no annual fee
  • Doesn't make sense if you don't stay at Marriott properties
  • Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases.
  • Earn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
  • Earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year, and path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
Best for Marriott perks at a reasonable cost
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

17XEarn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
3XEarn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
2X2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases.

    Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points)
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless carries a $95 annual fee but offers plenty of ways to get more value from it year after year. You'll get automatic Silver elite status, which awards 10% bonus points on stays, and enjoy a pathway to Gold status (with 15 elite night credits each year) to lock in some even better benefits. Cardholders also receive an annual free night certificate (worth up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary. Those who are able to maximize this certificate can lock in a room with a rate that far exceeds the $95 annual fee.

Pros

  • Annual free night certificate (up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary
  • Automatic Silver elite status with pathway to Gold
  • 15 elite night credits annually to help earn a higher tier of Bonvoy status. Plus, you can earn one credit towards elite status for every $5,000 you spend.

Cons

  • There are better Marriott cards if you want higher tier status or no annual fee
  • Doesn't make sense if you don't stay at Marriott properties
  • Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases.
  • Earn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
  • Earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year, and path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.