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FAQ: Marriott Bonvoy
How many properties does Marriott Bonvoy have?
Marriott Bonvoy provides access to over 7,600 properties around the globe, with more than 5,000 hotels in the United States alone.
With over 30 hotel brands in its portfolio, brands range from Aloft and Moxy to the boutique Autograph Collection to storied luxury options like St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton.
How do you make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points?
To make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points, travelers can visit the Bonvoy website and then choose either the hotel you are looking to book, or see how many points you have and select options accordingly based on which properties are available in certain categories.
What are the Marriott Bonvoy categories?
Marriott groups its Bonvoy properties into categories from 1 to 8, with 1 being the lowest spend (typically 5000 points during off-peak) and 8 as the most expensive category (up to 100,000 points during peak times such as holidays).
Hotels can also be viewed by specific dates, or through flexible search options for travelers wishing to scope the best deal but who aren’t wedded to a specific date.
Because Marriott separates its Bonvoy spend into standard, peak, and off-peak pricing, you can expect to pay more when visiting, say, Hawaii at Christmas, and less in, for example, Chicago during the dead of winter.
Does Marriott Bonvoy have any deals if you redeem points?
If you redeem points for more than four nights at a Marriott Bonvoy property, you’ll receive a fifth night complimentary, known as their Stay for 5, Pay for 4 program.
What are the Marriott Bonvoy membership levels?
Marriott Bonvoy offers six different standard membership levels. To gain Member status, you can sign up for the Bonvoy program for free here. The membership levels are outlined here:
There are also three lifetime elite levels, with benefits lasting forever and points never expiring. Lifetime status is based on the total number of years guests have been elite members, plus the collectively earned Marriott Bonvoy number of nights. The tiers are as follows:
What are the best ways to earn and maximize Marriott points?
In addition to accruing points through hotel stays, Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned in a variety of other ways, including car rentals through Hertz, cruise bookings through Cruise with Points, several flight partners including United, Emirates, and American Airlines, and more than 11,000 restaurants in the US through Eat Around Town by Marriott Bonvoy.
Guests can also earn points through a participating credit card, such as two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through Chase, and two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through American Express. Benefits vary, but each card allows guests to accrue points through dollars spent, and some cards — such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card — grant complimentary Gold Elite status.
When should I use points and when should I pay for a hotel?
On average, Marriott Bonvoy points are worth 0.7 cents per point each according to Insider’s points and miles valuations. Always pay attention to the math to determine whether the stated points redemption is better than paying for a night.
How else can I use Marriott Bonvoy points?
There are many different ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points, ranging from flights and car rentals to shopping at outlets like Apple, Bloomingdales, and Best Buy. An unexpected use of points: donating to charities including the Marriott Disaster Relief Fund, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and UNICEF. Donated points are transferred into the equivalent cash value for charitable purposes.
Points can also be redeemed for gift cards, and Bonvoy users are also able to purchase and gift up to 100,000 points per calendar year.
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