As a Marriott Bonvoy member, you earn points on expenses at participating hotels, including on-site dining and spa charges. Plus, members can accrue additional points by making everyday purchases with their Marriott Bonvoy credit card. Points can be used for nightly stays and room upgrades at Marriott-affiliated properties, as well as for merchandise purchases, rental cars, flights and more.

Earning Points

The number of points you earn varies by hotel. You earn 10 hotel points for every dollar spent at Marriott hotels, including its higher-end brands like JW Marriott Hotels & ResortsAutograph Collection Hotels and Delta Hotels. Meanwhile, you'll earn five points per dollar spent at Element Hotels, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties. You can earn two-and-a-half points for every dollar spent on Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay accommodations as well.

You can also earn points with one of four Marriott Bonvoy credit cards from Chase Visa or American Express. You can purchase up to 50,000 additional points in a calendar year at a rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points. Marriott Bonvoy also offers the chance to earn points on rental cars and cruises. Plus, you can earn 2,000 bonus points every time you refer up to five friends or family members to the Marriott Bonvoy program in one calendar year and a new member stays at an affiliated property (up to five per referral). If you have elite status and link your Marriott Bonvoy account to a Emirates Skywards account, you can earn both Marriott Bonvoy points and Emirates Skywards miles during stays at Marriott properties and Emirates flights. What's more, you can opt to earn miles for airline rewards programs like HawaiianMiles and JetBlue TrueBlue instead of points.

Using Points

Marriott's properties fall into eight categories. The required amount of points needed for a free night starts at 5,000 per night and varies depending on category tier and time of booking. Depending on current availability at a given property, award redemption rates will fall into one of three categories: Off Peak, Standard or Peak. When you redeem five nights at a participating hotel, you'll only use points for four nights.

Should you be short on points, rewards members can use the program's Cash + Points option to book a reservation using a combination of points and traditional payment methods. Cash + Points redemptions for standard rooms at Category 1 properties start at $55 and 3,500 points. Below are the number of points needed for one free night in any room (ranging from standard rooms to premium rooms) in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:

Destination No. of hotels Cost of room in points
Honolulu 6 50,000 - 77,000
Paris 30 17,500 - 85,000
Orlando 58 17,500 - 119,000
New Orleans 34 12,500 - 35,000
Miami 57 17,500 - 555,000
Cancun 10 17,500 - 90,000
San Juan, PR 4 25,000 - 80,000
Los Angeles 55 25,000 - 60,000
Punta Cana 2 17,500 - 35,000
Vancouver 13 25,000 - 202,000
New York City 110 12,500 - 231,000
Las Vegas 21 17,500 - 49,000
Chicago 41 17,500 - 75,000
San Francisco 30 25,000 - 50,000
Charlotte 50 12,500 - 50,000
Washington, D.C. 89 12,500 - 90,000
Houston 60 7,500 - 35,000
Toronto 32 17,500 - 60,000
Boston 60 17,500 - 50,000
Atlanta 72 12,500 - 79,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on July 12, 2019. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date. Only hotels with room availability that sit within a 15-mile radius of each destination are reflected in the above chart.

If you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can also use points to pay for travel packages, cruises, TSA Precheck applications, airport lounge access and retail gift cards. Additionally, Marriott offers a variety of experiences that members can use points to purchase, from tickets to sporting events to backstage concert passes. You can also exchange your points for miles with more than 40 airline rewards programs, including United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles. For every 60,000 points you transfer to miles, you'll receive 5,000 bonus miles from Marriott. Other redemption options include gifting your points to another Marriott Bonvoy member and donating your points to charity.

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