When you join Marriott Bonvoy, it means you are enrolled as a member in the Marriott loyalty rewards program. You can earn Marriott Bonvoy points by booking hotel stays and spending money at affiliated merchants, and can spend those points on free nights and other benefits. It does not cost any money to join Marriott Bonvoy, and it’s very much worth doing if you will stay at a Marriott hotel more than once.
What It Means to Join Marriott Bonvoy
You must create an account. To join Marriott Bonvoy, all you need to do is create an account on Marriott’s website. Just fill out your name, ZIP code and email, then create a password.
You will earn points. The easiest way to earn Marriott points is to book hotel stays with Marriott and its partner brands like The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin and Sheraton. Other ways include spending money with Marriott-affiliated restaurants and cruise lines, as well as Hertz and a few other places.
The points can be redeemed for special rewards. You can use your Marriott Bonvoy points to get things like free hotel nights, flights on major airlines, car rentals, cruises and several other options.
There are special perks. The more nights you stay at Marriott properties, the more benefits you get with Marriott. Perks include point bonuses, room upgrades, special amenities, lounge access and more.
In all, joining Marriott Bonvoy means that you’re taking advantage of free benefits that Marriott offers. You can end up saving a lot of money by spending the points you earn if you’re a frequent traveler.
Marriott Bonvoy is free to join, but spending money at Marriott properties is required to reach the highest status levels. To join Marriott Bonvoy, create an account on the Marriott website. You will need to provide your name, postal code, and email address to sign up.
Joining Marriott Bonvoy with a free basic membership will get you benefits like complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, discounted room rates and mobile check-in. Plus, you’ll earn points that you can redeem for free nights or a variety of other options like airline miles or travel packages.… read full answer
You can reach the lowest elite membership status level – Silver Elite – by staying 10 nights at Marriott properties in a year or by getting a Marriott co-branded credit card. Each elite status tier (Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador) offers additional savings and benefits when you stay at a Marriott property.
If you have any questions about joining or Marriott Bonvoy membership in general, contact Marriott customer service.
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.
Marriott points are worth 0.98 cents each, on average. That means 10,000 Marriott points have a value of about $98. Plus, Marriott points are worth about the same amount as the average hotel points, which are worth roughly 0.95 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
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