Marriott Rewards is a great rewards program because the hotel chain has so many properties that cover a wide range of price points. Regardless of where in the world you are traveling to, chances are you can find a Marriott hotel nearby.
The most popular redemption options are below:
Hotel Stays. At its root Marriott is a hotel company so it should comes as no surprise that you’ll maximize your points value if you redeem them for hotels stays. A hotel stay can cost you anywhere from 5,000 points to over 100,000 points depending on the category and season. However based on the redemption rate chart, you should be able to book a middle-of-the-road hotel anytime of the year for about 25,000.
Marriott Moments. This redemption option allows you to either redeem a fixed amount of points for a particular experience, or bid your points for some truly once-in a lifetime opportunities. We actually highly recommend checking both the redemption and bidding options as they do have some great deals for a wide range of points.
An example of the redemption option, you can attend the Boston Wine Riot for 7,500 points – and this includes a crash course on wine. Another example of the redemption option would be watching a Lakers game from a luxury suite for 105,000 points.
The points auction is where the fun can truly be had, and where the most exclusive experiences are found. In our experience, not that many people actually go an bid so you have a decent chance of getting something for below market value. An example of an auction item would be lunch with Michelin Star chef Marco Sacco that has a starting bid of 15,000 points. Another example would be a NY Times Square VIP new year’s experience including a two night hotel stay that has a winning bid of over 500,000 points.
The current Marriott Moments can be found here.
Point Transfers. Transferring your points to another program doesn’t provide great value, but can be useful if you’re just a little short on points for redeeming through one of your other loyalty program. We have recently transferred some points from Marriott to American Airlines so that we can redeem a free flight reward. The most up to date transfer partners can be found here.