The Ritz-Carlton and Starwood merger with Marriott eventually gave way to the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. With it came 4 new credit cards, with benefits such as complimentary Elite status, free night awards, purchase protection, lost luggage insurance, statement credits for purchases at Marriott hotels, and more. Each of the 4 Marriott Bonvoy credit cards: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, Brilliant, Bold, and Business, have different benefits. Check the Marriott website for more information.
Ritz-Carlton and Starwood both had their own loyalty programs, which were discontinued in 2019. Thus, the SPG Credit Card and the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card are no longer available to new applicants. However, people who had earned points with Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programs can combine their points into one Marriott Bonvoy loyalty account.
Marriott owns about 1% of the 7,200 hotels and resorts that belong to its portfolio of 30 lodging brands. Rather than owning the other 99% of its hotels, Marriott holds management agreements with many of these properties, and licenses the Marriott name to franchisees.
Some of the hotels currently owned by Marriott include the Elegant Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and the W New York at Union Square. However, many of the hotels Marriott currently owns will be sold, and the company will likely retain long-term management agreements with the new property owners. This is part of Marriott’s business model, according to the company’s annual report.… read full answer
Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 points per $1 spent on stays at most Marriott properties. A $100 hotel stay earns 1,000 Marriott points, for example. There are some exceptions to this rate, however. Members earn 5 points per $1 spent during stays at Element, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties. Plus, staying at Marriott Executive Apartments and Execustay will earn you 2.5 points per $1 spent and one elite night credit for every three nights stayed.… read full answer
You can earn even more points per night if you have Marriott Bonvoy Elite status. The higher the status tier, the more bonus points you earn.
Marriott rewards points earned per night by status tier:
Members: 10 points per $1 spent
Silver Elite: 11 points per $1 spent
Gold Elite: 12.5 points per $1 spent
Platinum Elite: 15 points per $1 spent
Titanium Elite: 17.5 points per $1 spent
Ambassador Elite: 17.5 points per $1 spent
Those earning rates apply to most Marriott Bonvoy brands. It's also worth noting that Bonvoy members don’t just earn points on the cost of a room. You can also earn points on qualifying hotel purchases, such as dining, beverages, rounds of golf, and spa services. And all the points you earn on your stays can be applied to your next Marriott stay – free nights start at 5,000 points.
There are 8 Marriott hotel categories, which rank Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts based on brand, location, type of property, and how many Marriott points a free night requires. Marriott hotel categories 1-4 generally represent more budget-friendly hotels with comfortable amenities, while categories 5-8 typically include higher-quality hotels with additional amenities and services. However, this can vary significantly depending on the brand and location.… read full answer
Marriott hotel categories are used to determine how many Marriott points are needed to redeem a free night at a particular hotel, and each category has a point range attached to it. The range represents peak, off-peak, and standard pricing, so the number of points you need for a free night at any category of Marriott hotel depends on what time of year you stay. Each hotel will have a different “peak” season, because every location has different popular attractions at different times of year. So a free night at a category 1 Marriott hotel requires 5,000-10,000 Marriott points, for example, depending on when you choose to stay.
Here’s a breakdown of the Marriott hotel categories:
Marriott Hotel Category
Off-Peak Night Cost
Standard Night Cost
Peak Night Cost
Example of a Hotel in this Category
Fairfield Inn & Suites in Dallas, Texas
Fairfield Inn & Suites in Thousand Islands, New York
TownePlace Suites in Boca Raton, Florida
TownePlace Suites in Anaheim, California
King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
Four Points Hotel in Juneau, Alaska
The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
Across all 8 Marriott hotel categories, there are nearly 8,000 Marriott hotels to choose from. They range from affordable, family-friendly properties to luxury resorts in exotic locations. For more detailed information, read WalletHub’s in-depth Marriott Bonvoy program review.
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