The best way to keep your Bonvoy points from expiring is to stay at any Marriott hotel. Earning or redeeming points at a Marriott hotel is one of the most straightforward ways to keep your account active.
But there are other ways you can keep your Bonvoy points from expiring:
Make a purchase with a Marriott co-branded credit card at least once every 24 months.
Transfer points to airline miles. Converting your points to miles or converting miles to points with any of Marriott’s 40+ airline partners will count as a qualifying activity.
Earn Marriott points with program partners like Hertz or Cruises Only.
Book an activity through Marriott, such as a culinary experience or tour.
Book a qualifying event or meeting through the Rewarding Events Program.
Donate points to eligible charitable organizations.
Marriott Bonvoy is the Marriott hotel chain’s loyalty program. Marriott Bonvoy was created in February 2019 following the merger of Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Marriott Bonvoy brings together Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG under one umbrella.
Marriott Bonvoy is one of the world’s largest loyalty programs with 120 million members and more than 7,200 properties in over 130 countries and territories. The majority of Marriott’s hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Bonvoy, including Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Sheraton, Westin, and The Ritz-Carlton – though there are some notable exceptions, like the Ritz-Carlton Residences or the Marriott Vacation Club at The Empire Place. It’s free to join Bonvoy, and membership offers … read full answerperks and benefits that will appeal to different types of travelers.
Earning Bonvoy Points
Bonvoy gives members lots of opportunities to earn points. Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 points per $1 spent on stays at most Marriott properties, 3 points per $1 spent on cruises booked through Cruise with Points, and up to 2,000 points when booking a car rental with Hertz.
Another easy way to earn Marriott points is by signing up for – and using – one of Marriott’s co-branded credit cards. All of the Marriott credit cards – Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, Business, Bold, and Boundless –offer points for every purchase you make.
Bonvoy’s Status Tiers
Marriott Bonvoy has six status levels: Member (entry level), Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador. By simply joining Marriott Bonvoy, members get free Wi-Fi access, mobile priority check-in, and discounted rates on rooms booked through a Marriott channel (such as the Marriott website or app). Each level offers additional benefits and perks, such as complimentary room upgrades, in-hotel welcome gifts, late checkout, and bonus points.
Members advance to a higher status tier by staying more nights at Marriott hotels and resorts or earning points through different types of transactions, such as booking cruises through Cruise with Points or renting a car through Hertz. You can also gain status by signing up for one of Marriott’s credit cards.
Redeeming Marriott Points
Marriott Bonvoy points can be redeemed for free stays, rental cars, cruises, gift cards, special events, Priority Pass membership, TSA PreCheck, and travel packages. Members can also redeem points through Marriott Bonvoy’s partnership with United MileagePlus, called RewardsPlus, which offers benefits and points bonuses when transferring miles and points between programs. Bonvoy allows points transfers to lots of common airline loyalty programs, too, and many offer bonus rewards just for doing it.
You can use points for Marriott cruises by booking a cruise through Marriott’s Cruise With Points program, which allows full or partial payment with Marriott points. The minimum amount of points you can redeem is 63,000, which will get you a $250 credit toward a cruise booked through Cruise With Points. You can use as many Marriott points as needed to redeem for a free cruise. Available cruise lines include Disney, Royal Caribbean, Viking and more.… read full answer
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Redeem Points” at the bottom right. Here, you can see any current special promotions.
Find the “Search Cruises” button or navigate to your preferred cruise line from the top navigation bar. Select your cruise.
Call 800-596-0452 Monday-Friday from 8 am to 8 pm EST to make a reservation with your Marriott points, after finding a cruise. Final booking requires a phone call when you pay with points.
By booking a cruise through Marriott Cruise With Points, members get discounted rates and receive a 110% best price guarantee. That means if you find a lower price on another website within 48 hours of booking, Marriott will refund you 110% of the difference.
Marriott points are worth 1 cent each, on average. That means 10,000 Marriott points have a value of about $100. Plus, Marriott points are worth about the same amount as the average hotel points, which are worth roughly 0.90 cents each.
It’s important to remember that the value of Marriott points depends on how they are redeemed. They have the most value when used for Marriott Bonvoy hotel reservations. You can easily calculate the value of Marriott points for any redemption method, though.… read full answer
How to Earn More Marriott Points
One of the best ways to increase the number of Marriott points that you earn is to apply for a Marriott credit card. That can also help you reach a higher status tier in the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, further boosting your earning potential.
The easiest way to calculate the value of Marriott points is to determine the dollar value of what you’re redeeming for, minus any taxes and fees that you’ll still have to pay, and then divide that amount by the number of points you’re required to redeem. For your convenience, here’s the formula:
Dollar Value of Redemption Item / Number of Marriott Points Needed = Marriott Point Value
By doing this calculation, you’ll discover that Marriott points are generally worth more when redeemed for weekday reservations during a destination’s off-season, as opposed to weekend nights during peak months.
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