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The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card offers an alluring sign-up bonus for a card with an annual fee of $0: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
You might be wondering: What can I do with those points?
It’s easy to get pulled down the points maximization rabbit hole, looking for the “best use” of points. But for those who would rather use their points than spend hours poring over articles and spreadsheets about them, we’ve compiled three simple ways to use 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
1. Index on value: Book five nights at a Category 2 property
The Marriott Bonvoy program offers a valuable perk: Award bookings of five consecutive nights get one night free. That is, the cost of a five-night booking is actually the cost of a four-night booking (when using miles).
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Booking five nights with only 50,000 points is tricky, but doable. Here’s how:
Using Marriott’s hotel directory page, click the “Filter” button.
Open the “Bonvoy Marriott Category” section and select only Category 2.
Why Category 2 hotels? Because standard Category 2 bookings run 12,500 Bonvoy points per night per Marriott’s current award chart. So four nights x 12,500 points = 50,000 points — plus a bonus fifth night.
Next, find a Category 2 hotel that fits your travel needs and enter dates that total 5 nights. Make sure to check the “use points” box.
After selecting a hotel, you’ll see that the free night is automatically applied to your booking.
Category 2 properties may not be the swankiest in the world, but five nights for only 50,000 Bonvoy points is a great deal for anything with a roof and running water.
2. Get comfortable: Book two nights at a Category 4 property
Looking for something more comfortable? Marriott’s Category 4 properties cost 25,000 per night for standard bookings, so 50,000 points won’t score you a free fifth night. But these hotels are generally more convenient and comfortable than the lower-end Category 2 options.
Finding them is easy. Follow the same instructions as above, selecting “Category 4” in the filter.
If you’re looking for something a little fancier, select the “Brands” section of the filter and then “select all luxury brands.”
The vast majority of the 43 hotels that match the “Luxury” and “Category 4” filters are found in Asia, but maybe those great redemptions will inspire your next trip.
3. Splurge: Book one night at a Category 6 hotel
Many people get into travel rewards for those “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunities they would never pay for with cash. Sound like you? Then go all out with a Category 6 booking, which will exhaust your entire 50,000 point budget in one night.
Marriott offers many unique properties at this range that are far from cookie-cutter. Check out the “Autograph Collection Hotels” option under the “Brands” section of the filter to find some particularly off-beat hotels.
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It’s easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about using Bonvoy points. With over 7,000 hotels, 30 brands and 8 award categories, the Marriott program is a true behemoth.
On the other hand, Marriott likely offers something you’re looking for, wherever you’re traveling. The trick is knowing how to look.