Marriott points make it possible to get more from your Marriott travel experience. With every stay at participating Marriott properties and every purchase made using a Marriott Bonvoy credit card, you can earn points redeemable for hotel stays, unique experiences, online shopping or travel with participating airline partners.
But getting the most from your Marriott membership isn’t just about up racking points—it’s about creating a strategy that balances saving with spending to maximize your Marriott points value.
Bankrate’s Marriott points valuation
Bankrate’s valuation of Marriott’s points considers three key factors: What these points are worth, how they can be spent and what transfer options are available. Marriott Bonvoy offers rewards earnings across more than 7,000 hotels in 130 countries. The brand has also partnered with credit providers to offer Marriott Bonvoy credit cards that provide bonus point earnings on every purchase.
Marriott points value
What are Marriott points worth? Typically, one point is worth around 8 cents. In practice, this means you should get $80 in value when you redeem 10,000 points, but the actual conversion rate depends on what you’re redeeming for and how you’re earning points.
Consider a hotel booking. Since Marriott divides its hotels into eight different categories—each with increasing point costs for a one-night stay—the value of your points differs significantly depending on the hotel type you choose. For example, an off-peak stay in Hotel Category 1 is just 5,000 points, while an off-peak stay in Hotel Category 5 is 30,000 points.
Want to get more points? Maximize the value of your Marriott points with hotel credit cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, which give you 6X points at participating Bonvoy locations along with 2X points on all other purchases.
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Marriott transfer partners
Marriott Bonvoy offers multiple airline transfer partners, including:
- AEGEAN Miles+Bonus
- Aer Lingus AerClub
- Aeroflot Bonus
- Aeromexico ClubPremier
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- Air China PhoenixMiles
- Air France-KLM Flying Blue
- Air New Zealand Airpoints
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Alitalia MilleMiglia
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- ANA Mileage Club
- Asiana Airlines Asiana Club
- Avianca LifeMiles
- British Airways Executive Club
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club
- Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
- Delta Skymiles
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- FRONTIER Miles
- Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Iberia Plus
- Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass
- Multiplus Fidelidade
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- SAA Voyager
- Saudia Alfursan
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer
- Vueling Club
How to transfer Marriott points
To transfer Marriott points, head to the Transfer Points to Miles page and click “Transfer Points.” You’ll be prompted to log into your Bonvoy account. Select the partner program, how many points you want to convert, click “continue” and then select “convert.”
Most airline programs transfer at a rate of 3 points per mile, except for United Mileage Plus (3 points to 1.1 mile), JetBlue TrueBlue (6 points per mile) and Air New Zealand Airports (200 points per mile). A minimum of 1,000 points must be redeemed to qualify for a transfer, and members can transfer up to 240,000 points per day.
Is Marriott’s program right for you?
Pros of Marriott points
- Redemption at more than 7,000 properties worldwide
- No expiration on points, unless you have no account activity for two years
- Fixed hotel reward chart makes it easy to see the value of your points
- Huge list of travel transfer partners
- Multiple ways to earn extra points, including elite status and Bonvoy credit cards
Cons of Marriott points
- Semi-recent data breach issues have prompted some concerns about members’ personal information
- Peak travel dates come with higher point costs—for example, Category 1 properties cost 5,000 points in non-peak season and 10,000 points during peak times
- Top-tier property stays are costly. Even during non-peak times, Category 8 hotels are 70,000 points for a one-night stay
The bottom line
The Marriott points program offers a host of redemption, transfer and shopping options—though not all provide the same value. With the ability to earn extra points with elite status or by using a Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card, however, it’s possible to significantly reduce the cost of hotel stays and airline travel even as you rack up points for your next trip.
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