Marriott Points

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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.

Redemption Options

  • 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.

Purchasing Points

  • 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.

Expiration

  • 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
Average 0.84

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  • For a limited time, earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in Category 1-4 locations
  • Receive 1 additional free night stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, thereafter $85
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point elsewhere
  • Receive 15 credits toward your next Elite membership level after account opening and every year after your account anniversary
  • Unlimited Point Accumulation
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$0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year, then $85 Earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening. 15.99% (Variable) Purchase: None
Transfer: None

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  • Jeff S.

    Points redeemed for hotel rooms also include taxes so that raises the value.

    • GS

      Still a great chart for comparison – thanks for a quick reference

  • Mark B.

    Wouldn’t they have a much lower value if used on a weekend that wasnt so busy like July 4th? Is that fair to use that weekend to make a chart?

  • jocelyn

    Can the 70,000 points bd redeemed for$700 cash?