Marriott’s rewards partners are Hertz, United Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Chase Bank and American Express, plus countless cruise lines, restaurants, and bars. In addition, Marriott has 30 hotel partners under its umbrella, as well as partnerships with many companies to make transferring and using points easier for Marriott Bonvoy members. Marriott programs like Eat Around Town and Cruise With Points use outside partnerships to allow Bonvoy members to use their Marriott points in more places.
Dining Partners: Marriott Bonvoy members can sign up for Marriott’s dining program, Eat Around Town, to earn Marriott points for purchases at over 11,000 bars and restaurants. The Eat Around Town program is free to join and offers Bonvoy members 4 points per $1 spent at these establishments, while Elite status members (Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador) get 6 points for every $1 spent.
To earn these points and see which restaurants are participating in your area, create a free Eat Around Town account on Marriott’s website and link your credit or debit card. You must be a Marriott Bonvoy member to participate.
Car Rental Partners: Through Marriott’s partnership with Hertz, Bonvoy members have access to exclusive discounts on qualifying rentals and can earn up to 2,000 points by booking a Hertz car rental through Marriott’s car rental portal. Other benefits include pay later options, unlimited miles and free cancellations. Make sure to include your Marriott Bonvoy membership number when making a reservation.
Cruise Partners: Marriott’s cruise program, Cruise With Points, partners with major cruise lines such as Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, and many others. Bonvoy members earn 3 points for every $1 spent, up to 30,000 points. As the name of the program suggests, members can also book a cruise entirely with Marriott points if they have enough. By booking a cruise through the Marriott program, Bonvoy members get discounted rates and receive a 110% best price guarantee. This means if you find a lower price on another website within 48 hours of booking, Marriott will refund you 110% of the difference.
Airline Transfer Partners: Marriott Bonvoy has partnerships with more than 40 airline partners. Members can transfer their Marriott points to most of these airlines at a rate of 3 Marriott points for 1 airline mile. Marriott also offers 5,000 bonus miles for transferring at least 60,000 points to most of its airline partners. That means you’ll get a total of 25,000 airline miles for transferring 60,000 Marriott points.
Marriott has two preferred airline partners: United Airlines MileagePlus and Emirates Airlines World Rewards. Both give members access to extra benefits and bonus award miles.
Credit Card Partners: Marriott Bonvoy has an array of co-branded credit cards issued by Chase and American Express. These credit cards allow Bonvoy members to earn tons of extra Marriott points, Elite status, and other perks.
Hotel Partners: Marriott’s 30 different hotel brands include 7,000+ hotel properties, nearly all of which participate in the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program (Ritz-Carlton Reserve does not). That means when Bonvoy members stay at a St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance, or Courtyard hotel, for example, they will earn Bonvoy points for every qualified dollar spent there. Bonvoy points can also be redeemed for free nights at these partner hotels. These diverse brands – and their widespread locations – are part of what makes Marriott Bonvoy such a valuable program to travelers.
Clearly, even at Member level, a Marriott Bonvoy account provides a lot more than just points for hotel stays. For more details about how Marriott Bonvoy works – and how it can work for you – read the full Marriott Bonvoy rewards program review on WalletHub.
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