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Overview

Marriott Rewards
The Marriott Rewards program accommodates both business and leisure travelers who visit major cities in the United StatesCanada, Asia and Europe. As a program member, you will earn rewards points when you stay with one of 29 affiliated brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Courtyard by MarriottWestin, Renaissance and more. You can earn additional points by making purchases with one of Chase Visa's Marriott- or Ritz-Carlton-affiliated credit cards or one of American Express' Starwood-affiliated credit cards. In addition to hotel stays and room upgrades, you can redeem points for retail gift cards, cruise vacations, rental cars and unique experiences, such as concerts and sporting events. Plus, Marriott Rewards points can be used to pay for TSA Precheck applications, airport lounge access and flights through more than 40 airline rewards programs like United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles.

Pros & Cons

  • No blackout dates when redeeming free nights
  • More than 6,500 participating hotels in 100-plus countries
  • Rewards can be used on hotel stays, flights, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages
  • Points expire after two years of inactivity
  • Rooms at high category hotels cost a large number of points
  • Marriott's top-tier membership level is harder to reach than the highest levels within the Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt programs
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Overall

Scorecard

  • Property Diversity
    5.0
  • Geographic Coverage
    5.0
  • Ease of Earning Free Night
    4.5
  • Additional Benefits
    5.0
  • No. of Hotels
    > 4,000

Rankings

Marriott Rewards is ranked No. 1 in the Best Hotel Rewards Programs. U.S. News evaluated 16 loyalty programs associated with major hotel brands across several indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank rewards.

Marriott Rewards is ranked as:

Points

As a Marriott Rewards program 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, Ritz-Carlton or Starwood 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.

Points Can Expire

Can Earn Points On:

  • Credit Card
  • Hotel Stays

Can Use Points On:

  • Room Upgrades
  • Booking Hotels
  • Air Travel
See details about how to earn and use points

Membership Levels

The Marriott Rewards program is divided into six membership levels based on paid nights per calendar year: member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Platinum Premier Elite and Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. To qualify for Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador status, you must also spend a certain amount of money with Marriott annually.

See details about how membership works

The Fine Print

  • Individual accounts for Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards are no longer separate (even if you've previously linked them) as of Aug. 18, 2018.
  • Points can be transferred to another Marriott Rewards member's account.
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used to partially cover a stay.
  • Rewards members can no longer receive Crossover Rewards with Delta SkyMiles.
  • A new free night award chart with additional hotel and peak and off-peak rate categories is expected to be unveiled in early 2019.

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