The Many Ways You Can Use Marriott Bonvoy Points

Carrie Madison
By Carrie Madison 
Edited by Mary M. Flory

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There are many ways to use Marriott Bonvoy points — some may seem obvious, but others might come as a surprise. NerdWallet values Bonvoy points at 0.8 cent apiece, so depending on what choice you make, these redemptions can be a deal, a steal — or just a great way for you to enjoy earned points.

Let’s look at some options so you can decide which is best for you.

Hotel stays and vacation packages

In our book, taking a trip without paying for accommodations is an obvious winner. Marriott Bonvoy has many options to choose from where you can use your points to pay for a stay.

Marriott Bonvoy properties require between 5,000 and 100,000 points per night for your stay. The number of points needed will increase or decrease based on how much demand there is for your travel dates. Here's an example of how much two different properties in Denver would cost on the same night:

Another nice perk of using Marriott points for hotel stays? If you use your points to book at least five consecutive nights, the fifth award night is free. This can be a great way to stretch the value of your points even further if you have the time in your schedule.

Points can also be redeemed for vacation packages that include seven-night stays (or more), along with miles for various airline mile programs.

Homes and villas

Homes & Villas is a newer opportunity that gives travelers access to entire properties, which are reviewed and approved before being added to the program. Currently, there are homes and villas available in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Each property provides 24/7 support for guests, high-speed internet and premium amenities for bedding and bath. The locations are managed by professional property management companies that Marriott audits.

When you use Marriott Bonvoy points to pay for these rentals, the amount needed will vary based on the destination and length of stay. Each home will show the points rate after you select your dates and before you book.

To use points, you’ll need to include your Bonvoy account number and email address in your reservation. Assuming you have enough points in your account, you’ll receive confirmation within 48 hours of booking your reservation.

Airline miles

Need some airline miles? You can transfer your points to more than 40 participating airlines, with a minimum transfer of 3,000 points and a maximum of 240,000 points a day.

Your points will transfer to airline miles at a 3:1 ratio for most airline programs, which means that for every 3,000 Marriott points transferred you will get 1,000 miles. In addition, Marriott will add 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points you transfer. Note that this transfer bonus does not apply to American, Delta, Avianca or Korean Air.


Another way to use Marriott Bonvoy points is to redeem them for “Cruise Certificates” via Cruise With Points (a third-party provider). Depending on the number of points you have, you can redeem them for a monetary credit or pay for your whole cruise. This must be done by phone, not online.

Below is a chart with some example redemption rates, showing how many Marriott Bonvoy points are needed to redeem gift certificates toward the price of the cruise:

Since NerdWallet values Marriott points at 0.8 cent each, these aren’t the most valuable redemptions out there. But if you have points to use, there are many cruise lines available for this benefit, from luxury lines to river cruises in destinations all over the world.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Marriott Bonvoy Moments are ways to use your miles for “experiences.”

Here are two examples showing both the auction-based bid system and how you can buy event packages with your points.

First, let's look at a bidding event. The particular example shown is offered for a specific date, March 16-18 in Herzliya, Israel.

The package includes a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya in an executive suite; daily breakfast for two and a Van Gogh-inspired dinner at Herbert Samuel Restaurant; a tour of the Van Gogh exhibition at the Arena Mall Promenade; and a private VIP tour of graffiti art in Florentine, Tel Aviv.

When we checked, the top bid for this event was 105,000 points.

Other packages are not auction items, like this event for two to attend an LA Kings vs. Dallas Stars game on April 4 in a luxury suite at the Staples Center. You can simply purchase access to this event for 50,000 points.

Gift cards

Bonvoy points can also be used to purchase gift cards for dining, retail, apparel, entertainment and more. Some well-known examples include CVS, Macy’s, Starbucks and even Uber.

Points needed will vary depending on the merchant, but some may be similar. For example, a $25 gift card for any of the merchants listed above costs 10,000 points. However, some merchants may only offer certain card amounts for purchase.


Many items that can be purchased with points, including electronics, health and beauty items, and home/outdoor living products. Some examples are Citizen wall clocks from 17,500 to 70,000 points or fragrances from many brands (also varying widely in the number of points necessary).

Frequently asked questions

You need at least 4,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to earn for a free night when you book with PointSavers. Here is the Marriott Bonvoy award chart for reference.

Simply log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account, search your desired redemption opportunities, then select "Use Marriott Bonvoy points" or "Use Cash and Points" when checking out.

NerdWallet values Marriott points at 0.9 cents per point, making 25,000 points worth about $225. You can also exchange 25,000 points for a standard free night stay at a category 4 hotel, not to mention a free night stay at category 1-3 hotels during peak, standard and off peak times.

There are many ways to redeem Marriott points on Marriott's website. You can book hotel stays, experiences, rental cars and travel packages or donate your points to relief efforts.

The bottom line

Marriott points can be redeemed in many ways beyond just hotel redemptions. Though some options may cost more points than others (and some can provide better value), your spending and travel priorities should always dictate how you use those points.

Booking hotels will usually be your best bet if you’re looking to get the most value from your points.

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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
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Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card. 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.


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Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card!

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

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Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
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Earn up to 14X total points for every $1 spent at thousands of hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® and 2X points on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains). 1X point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.


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Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.

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