Our Marriott rewards guide gives a complete overview of the new Marriott Bonvoy program, including what Marriott points are worth and how to earn and redeem points for the most value.
What is Marriott Bonvoy?
Marriott Bonvoy is the loyalty program of the Marriott corporation, whose portfolio of hotels includes Marriott hotels, as well as Starwood and Ritz-Carlton brand hotels, which were previously under the fold of the Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton loyalty programs. With Marriott Bonvoy, you can earn points on many types of purchases, including hotel stays and spending through one of its co-branded credit cards, and redeem those points for rewards, such as free hotel nights.
Marriott acquired the Ritz-Carlton and Starwood brands in 2016 and a revamp to the Marriot rewards program has been in the works since then. The updated program was launched in August 2018 and rebranded as Marriott Bonvoy in February 2019, and it’s pretty impressive: not only can you seamlessly redeem points at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels worldwide across a huge portfolio of brands, but the new program incorporates many of the best features of the Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, including the ability to transfer points to more than 40 frequent flyer programs at a good ratio.
Read on to see why Marriott Bonvoy may be your best bet for flexible, versatile hotel points.
Marriott Bonvoy program overview
|Type of currency||Hotel points|
|Average point value||0.8 cent|
|Credit cards||Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card|
|Redemption options||Hotel nights, room upgrades, Cash + Points, travel packages, hotel statement credits, cruises, car rentals, experiences, merchandise, charity|
|Minimum required to redeem||5,000 points for an off-peak rewards night, 7,500 points for a regular rewards night|
|Do rewards expire?||Yes – if your account is inactive for more than 24 months.|
|Blackout dates/travel restrictions||None. If a standard room is available, you can book it.|
|Hotel brands||Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Edition, The Luxury Collection, Bulgari, W Hotels, JW Marriott, Marriott, Sheraton, Marriott Vacation Club, Delta Hotels, Westin, Autograph Collection Hotels, Design Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points, Springhill Suites, Protea Hotels, Fairfield, AC Hotels, Aloft, Moxy, Marriott Executive Apartments, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Element|
|Hotel coverage||Excellent. 7,000+ properties in 130+ countries.|
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- Which Marriott credit card is the best for you?
- How to earn the most Marriott points
- Best ways to redeem Marriott points
- Marriott elite benefits
- Transferring Marriott points
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