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Now that Australia’s borders have reopened after COVID-19 closures, it's ready to welcome travelers, who will find a number of new hotels where they can earn and redeem hotel points.
From big cities to smaller destinations popular with business and leisure travelers, there's a lot to explore Down Under.
And coming later this year (and beyond) are many exciting openings. Marriott Bonvoy fans will have a new W Sydney, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Melbourne and Moxy Sydney Airport (among other Marriott family brands) to look forward to on future trips.
Hilton Honors guests will find a new Hilton Garden Inn in Busselton, Western Australia, facing Geographe Bay. World of Hyatt fans will be pleased to see a new Hyatt Regency Hotel Adelaide and Hyatt Place Brisbane opening next year.
Accor All Live Limitless fans have a new opening in the Porter House Hotel Sydney (part of the M Gallery Collection) later this year. And IHG One Rewards loyalists willing to hold out even longer can look forward to the InterContinental Parramatta in Western Sydney, which will open in 2025.
Here are some of the best new hotels in Australia where you can take advantage of hotel elite status benefits while earning and redeeming hard-earned points.
1. W Melbourne (Marriott Bonvoy)
The design-forward W Hotels brand has opened in Melbourne, and it is said to be the city’s first luxury lifestyle brand. A Japanese restaurant, pool and fitness center, and cocktail and coffee bars all are designed to impress at W Melbourne.
Marriott Bonvoy has moved to a partial dynamic pricing model, which means that award night redemption rates vary by night, but Marriott is keeping most hotels within a certain range of points for 2022.
2. The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart (Marriott Bonvoy)
Tasmania has a new luxury hotel, The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, which opened in a historic 1940s art deco building. The property has views of the waterfront and a restaurant under the helm of a Tasmanian chef.
Located in Hobart, the hotel is near Parliament Square and the city’s Salamanca Markets. Not sure what you want to do on the island? The hotel is home to Tasmania’s only Clefs d’Or concierge to guide you. The points needed for a redemption night here will depend on the dates of your stay.
3. Marriott Melbourne Hotel Docklands (Marriott Bonvoy)
In the Docklands district, the Marriott Melbourne Hotel Docklands is welcoming visitors with a panoramic rooftop pool, designer interiors and an M Club lounge accessible to top-tier elite guests and those who book premium rooms.
The hotel aims to deliver a resort-style experience near the city center.
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4. Kimpton Margot Sydney (IHG One Rewards)
Within Sydney’s bustling downtown, the Kimpton Margot Sydney opened in an art deco building with beautiful interiors and a rooftop pool. It brings with it the brand’s signature flair with special touches like morning coffee and tea, yoga mats, bikes to cycle around town and an evening happy hour.
The Intercontinental Hotel Groups has launched a new rewards program, IHG One Rewards, as well as a renewed elite status program. The number of points needed for a redemption at this hotel, due to the dynamic pricing model the program uses, vary depending on the date and length of stay.
5. Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour (IHG One Rewards)
With its rooftop pool and easy access to the city center and tourist attractions, the Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is sure to be a favorite of business travelers. Three on-site dining options offer both local and European cuisine, plus an art deco-inspired cocktail bar.
IHG’s dynamic pricing model for redemptions means guests will need to know their exact dates to plan the points required for a stay.
6. Voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley (IHG One Rewards)
North of Sydney, in the wine country of New South Wales known as Hunter Valley, IHG’s newest brand voco has opened in a historic property. Voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley sits along 70 acres of countryside property close to numerous vineyards and wine-tasting experiences. Private gardens, fire pits and chic guest rooms give wine connoisseurs an ideal place to relax.
Points needed for an award night here depend on the time of stay and room type.
7. InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula (IHG One Rewards)
Seven dining options, a beautiful pool and a historic building make the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula a relaxing and enjoyable place to visit in Victoria. Just one hour from Melbourne, this region is famous for dining, nearby vineyards and beautiful beaches, making it a popular place to visit after seeing the big cities.
Now that it’s open for bookings, IHG One Rewards members can search their travel dates to find out the cost in points for an award night at this hotel.
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8. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street (Hilton Honors)
In a historic building in central Melbourne, this Hilton Honors hotel gives members a chance to earn or redeem their points in the middle of the city. Guests at Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street can hop a tram to visit landmarks like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Hilton Honors doesn't provide an award chart, so the points needed for a stay depend on room type and reservation dates.
9. Hyatt Regency Brisbane (World of Hyatt)
The Hyatt Regency Brisbane (for now) is the only World of Hyatt option in town although a Hyatt Place is also coming soon. With a city view, heated rooftop pool and convenient Queen Street Mall location, there is plenty to do here whether you want to shop, relax or work downtown.
This Category 3 hotel requires at least 9,000 Hyatt points for a standard room redemption.
10. Hyatt Centric Melbourne (World of Hyatt)
As the first Hyatt Centric in Australia, Hyatt Centric Melbourne features a restaurant and bar on the 25th floor, Yarra River views, and a central location in the city. The Hyatt Centric brand is a full-service, lifestyle brand located in the center of the action of each of its locations.
As a Category 4 property, a standard room redemption starts at 12,000 points per night.
11. Peppers Maryville (Accor All Live Limitless)
Ninety minutes from Melbourne, Accor Hotel’s Peppers Maryville is not far from Yarra Ranges National Park, Cathedral Ranges and the vineyards of the Yarra Valley — an excellent place for those who love to explore.
Members of the Accor All Live Limitless program can use points as a credit toward the cash room rate, with as few as 2,000 points equaling a $41 discount off the cost of the room. This means no one needs to worry about an award chart when making a reservation.
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New Australia hotels, recapped
Welcoming tourists and visitors again, Australia is back in business. Now, the best hotels in Australia may just be the new ones that opened while the borders were closed. There are plenty of places to earn and redeem points, so get started on saving points for your Australia visit.
How to maximize your rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2023, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card