The Marriott Bonvoy rewards levels are Member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite. Most Marriott rewards levels require a certain number of qualifying stays at Marriott properties, and each comes with its own array of benefits and points-earning potential.
Requirements and benefits for each Marriott rewards level:
Member: Free to join. Gets you 10 points per $1 spent at Marriott hotels, member discounts, mobile check-in, and free in-room Wi-Fi access.
Silver Elite: 10 stays in a year to qualify. Gets you Member-level benefits + 10% points bonus, priority late checkout, a dedicated elite reservation line, and ultimate reservation guarantee.
Gold Elite: 25 stays in a year to qualify. Gets you Silver-level benefits + 25% points bonus, priority late checkout until 2 p.m., upgraded internet access, complimentary enhanced room upgrades, and a free welcome gift of extra points.
Platinum Elite: 50 stays in a year to qualify. Gets you Gold-level benefits + 50% points bonus, extended priority late checkout until 4 p.m., enhanced room upgrades (including Select Suites), choice of free breakfast or points, lounge access, dedicated Elite support, guaranteed room type, and an annual gift. Gift options include 5 Suite Night Awards, 40% off a Marriott bed, a $100 charity donation, free Silver Elite status for a loved one, or 5 extra qualifying stays to maintain your Elite status.
Titanium Elite: 75 stays in a year to qualify. Gets you Platinum-level benefits + 75% points bonus, guaranteed room when booking at least 48 hours in advance, and an annual gift. Gift options include Platinum options or 1 free night award.
Ambassador Elite: 100 stays + spend at least $20,000 at Marriott in a year to qualify. Gets you Titanium-level benefits, Ambassador service (a personal ambassador to arrange transportation, restaurant reservations, appointments, excursions, etc.) and Your24 concierge services, which allows you to choose a check-in time.
The more nights you spend at Marriott hotels and resorts, and the more money you spend with a Marriott credit card, the higher your “Elite Status” level will go. For more in-depth information on the Marriott reward status levels, check out WalletHub’s full review of the Marriott rewards program.
A Category 5 Marriott hotel is a Marriott property that can be booked for 35,000 Marriott points per night, based on its brand, location and type of property. There are 1,117 Category 5 Marriott hotels that range from affordable, family-friendly properties like SpringHill Suites near Disneyland to 4-star luxury resorts in exotic locations. Some deluxe Category 5 Marriott hotels include Le Meridien in Tahiti, Domes Miramare in Greece, and the Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa in China.… read full answer
Marriott has 8 different hotel and resort categories. Generally, categories 5-8 represent higher quality hotels with additional amenities and services. However, the amenities can vary, even with hotels in the same category. It is best to do your research on a hotel before booking to make sure it fits your preferences. On that note, each Marriott Bonvoy hotel category includes off-peak, standard, and peak pricing. While the standard redemption rate for a one-night stay at a Category 5 Marriott hotel is 35,000 points, this rate could drop to 30,000 points during off-peak season or rise to 40,000 points during peak season. Marriott adjusts peak and off-peak rates monthly based on market conditions.
To see how many points are needed to redeem one free night for each hotel category, you can check out Marriott’s redemption chart. But there is no system-wide calendar to provide a quick snapshot of the seasonal rates at Marriott hotels. So, your best bet is to search for a specific property on the Marriott website and select the "Flexible Dates" option to explore their rates. Marriott also updates its award category assignments annually, causing some hotels to change categories. To see if your favorite hotel has changed categories, you can filter Marriott’s hotel directory to search for hotels based on your selected category.
Marriott points expire after 24 months of inactivity. That means two consecutive years without earning or redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points will result in the loss of any unredeemed points.
You can check to see when your Marriott points will expire by signing into your Marriott Bonvoy account and looking up Account Activity. Clicking on “Latest Activity” will tell you the date of your last qualifying transaction. Just add two years to that date to find your Marriott points expiration date.… read full answer
Once points have expired, they cannot be reinstated. But Marriott rewards members can earn new points after losing some to expiration.
To keep your Bonvoy points from expiring, you only need one qualifying activity every two years. Fortunately, there are many qualifying activities that require minimal effort or cost. Read on to learn more about how you can keep your Marriott Bonvoy account active and make sure you don’t lost your hard-earned points.
Here are some ways to keep Marriott Bonvoy points from expiring:
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.
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.
While it is fairly easy to keep your Marriott account active through these qualifying activities, there are a few activities that will not reset your points expiration date. These activities include gifting or transferring points to other Marriott members, receiving points as a transfer or gift, and earning points through social media programs/promotions, such as #BonvoyPoints.
You can buy Marriott points by going to the “Buy Points" page on Marriott’s website, selecting how many points you want to buy in increments of 1,000, and entering your member account information. Then, follow the prompts to enter your payment information to complete the purchase. It can take between 24 and 48 hours for the points to be deposited into your account.… read full answer
Marriott Bonvoy members can buy points at a rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points. Marriott points can only be purchased in 1,000-point increments. Bonvoy members can buy up to 50,000 points each calendar year.
Occasionally, Marriott runs promotions that could save you 20%-50% off the regular purchase rate. That’s one reason to buy extra points, rather than earning them. Another reason to buy Marriott points is if you only need a small number to reach a specific redemption. You are essentially booking a hotel stay (or some other redemption) for a steep discount if you already earned most of the points.
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