How much is a Marriott Point worth? About 0.84 cents per point if you redeem for a hotel stay, but substantially less if redeemed for airline miles or gift cards. Like most hotel rewards programs, you have to redeem smart – though Marriott doesn’t exactly make it easy for you. Marriott’s nice about listing the dollar value of a night’s stay along with the points required, so you’ll have to run the quick calculation of points required/dollars required to ensure that you come out ahead. But, in general, we think they’re worth less than the industry standard of 1 cent apiece.
- Hotels- Marriott Points are worth about 0.84 cents each. We arrive at this conclusion by comparing various deals at Marriott’s website. You can see our full calculations in the table below.
- Keep in mind that you do get the 5th night free if you redeem for 4 award nights, which can be a pretty substantial perk if you can rack up sufficient points.
- You can also take advantage of their PointSavers program to use up to 33% fewer points, but the locations and dates tend to be incredibly restrictive, to the point that we don’t consider it worth factoring into the calculations.
- Gift cards – When redeeming for gift cards, you get at most 0.52 cents per point when you redeem 190,000 Marriott Points for a $1000 Marriott gift card. This is a pretty rotten use of points considering the effective reward rate is 0.52%. If you’re redeeming smaller amounts, you get an even worse deal. 20,000 points gets you a $50 gift card, a value of 0.25 cents per point.
- Airline Miles – For most airlines, you can convert Marriott points at a rate of 1/5 of an airline mile per point when you transfer 10,000 points. You get up to 2/5 of an airline mile per point when you transfer 125,000 points at a time. Clearly this is not a good deal. Furthermore, this process takes up to 6 weeks. See the Marriott Miles Conversion Table for more details.
- Purchase up to 50,000 Marriott Points per year at a rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points, or 1.25 cents per point. Don’t do it.
- Marriott Points may expire if no new points are accrued over a 2 year period.
How we calculated Marriott Points’ value when redeemed for hotel stays:
Based on a single night’s stay from July 23rd through July 4th.
|Hotel||$ per Night||Category||Points per Night||Cents per Point|
|San Francisco Marriott||$309||7||35000||0.88|
|Courtyard Los Angeles||$219||5||25000||0.88|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites Tulsa Downtown||$84||2||10000||0.84|
|Algonquin Hotel Times Square||$339||8||40000||0.85|
|Boston Marriott Long Wharf||$399||9||45000||0.89|
|TownePlace Suites San Antonio Downtown||$159||4||20000||0.80|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee Airport||$129||3||15000||0.86|
|TownePlace Suites Denver Tech Center||$89||1||7500||1.19|
|Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel||$289||6||30000||0.96|
|Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport||$159||6||30000||0.53|
|Residence Inn Phoenix||$69||3||15000||0.46|
|SpringHill Suites Seattle South/Renton||$179||4||20000||0.90|
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