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What to do with 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for the 2021 holiday season

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For this series of What to do with ... here are suggestions for hotel stays during the 2021 holiday season using 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less.

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After showing you what you can do with 100,000 Aeroplan points, here are some ideas for using your points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels during the 2021 holiday season!

Of course, this scenario is subject to travel restrictions.

Therefore, we assume that :

Marriott Bonvoy American Express Bank

Moreover, these scenarios are built with the following criterias:

  • Total cost of stay of150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less
  • Standard room
  • Reservation can be cancelled without charge
  • Hotel rated more than 4 out of 5 stars, according to customer reviews

In all the examples below, taxes are included.

150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned by two people.

Actually, with the current promotion for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, you can earn 70,000 points after only $1,500 in Card purchases within the first three months.

Then, a total of 5 points per dollar of eligible travel, gas and Marriott hotel purchases are awarded as a bonus, during those same 3 months.

All other purchase categories earn 2 points per dollar. In total, you can earn 15,000 bonus points, in addition to the 70,000 points, for a maximum of 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Conservatively, you could apply for the card today. If you reach the minimum spending requirement quickly, you will earn:

Purchase category
Gas and Travel
Purchase category
Other
Total
$1,000 $500 $1,500
Multiplier 5x 2x
Points 5,000 points 1,000 points 70,000 points
(welcome bonus)
76,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

So you and a travel buddy could get just over 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. This will allow you to pay for a stay during the holiday season.

In addition, this card gives you one free night’s stay per year, worth 35,000 points or less.

And if you want more points – or have had the Card in the past – you could sign up for the small business version, the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card:

If you do not have enough points, you can use, under certain conditions, theadvance of Marriott Bonvoy Points (or buy some during promotional periods).

For more information on the Marriott Bonvoy program, see our ultimate guide to the Marriott Bonvoy program. Read about the best credit cards affiliated with this program.

Stay in Canada with 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less

With the current federal government restrictions, it is very difficult for a family with children under 12 to travel outside the country.

But there are some great options for holiday travel in Canada!

Stay at Mont-Sainte-Anne

This excellent Marriott hotel opened this year. My colleague Frédéric has written his review of theDelta Mont-Sainte-Anne hotel.

There are already no more places between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but other dates are available. Go downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing!

For a Studio room with 1 King bed, a sofa bed and a kitchenette, it will cost 150,000 points for 3 nights. Such a room has a value of $1,206.

Delta MSA K

Staying in Toronto and Niagara Falls

For the holiday season, almost all downtown Toronto hotels are 30,000 points per night. The most popular are:

For those with Platinum status or higher, note that the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre has announced the re-opening of its Concierge Lounge. This hotel is also 30,000 points per night.

For a more luxurious stay, use your 150,000 points to pamper yourself for 3 days at :

This is a great use of your points, especially since this stay costs $2,312 at the Ritz-Carlton (and about the same at the St. Regis).

There is the traditional CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium to visit, but also Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest.

Toronto Marriott City Centre hotel points

While you’re in the area, you can also make a trip to Niagara Falls. It is more advantageous to pay for the stay in dollars than in points. The only night worth using the points is December 31.

The 3 most popular hotels are :

Each of its hotels is asking 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for the holiday season. While the basic room rates range from about $200 to $230.

But the brand new Fairfield Niagara Falls Hotel has just opened. At 35,000 points per night, you can use your free night certificate.

See Niagara Falls and enjoy the free Winter Festival of Lights. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark makes you feel almost like you’re in the South.

Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

Staying in Whistler

A holiday tour or ski trip to Whistler is very expensive.

The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler has an average room rate of about $1,700 or 70,000 points per night.

With140,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, there is a way to subtract $3,400 from the bill.

Westin Whistler points

Staying in Vancouver

With any luck, there will be little or no snow in Vancouver this holiday season.

However, Grouse Mountain will have plenty of it! Nearby, take the opportunity to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge all lit up. Check out all the holiday activities in the Greater Vancouver area here.

Capilano Bridge lights

The Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver Downtown is a good destination for 150,000 points.

A similar room with 2 double beds would cost $1,391. The night of January 1 is the most popular, with 45,000 points. But the other 4 nights are at 35,000 points. Plus, the fifth one is free!

Pinnacle Vancouver points

Staying in the US with 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less

The American borders will be open as of November 08, 2021. If you are travelling to our southern neighbours, there are great possibilities.

Moreover, it is advantageous to pay in points, while avoiding the exchange rate.

Staying in Orlando and Tampa, Florida

First, a 5-day getaway to the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is available for 150,000 points (value of $2,445 CAD). However, there is a resort fee of $30 US, which includes access to the Water Park and shuttles to Disney.

For an idea of what a Gaylord hotel is like, here’s an article by my colleague Brigitte at the grandiose Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.

Gaylord Palms Resort Kissimmee

To be close to the Disney Parks, you can spend 6 nights at the TownePlace Suites Orlando Theme Parks/Lake Buena Vista. Breakfast is included as well as shuttles to the Disney parks.

This saves you $1,740 CAD.

TP Lake Buena Vista Orlando

Finally, category 1 and 2 hotels are interesting options to stretch what the points can offer. Due to the fact that they require few points per night, you can stay there much longer.

In Florida, there are very few hotels in these categories. However, it is possible to stay 14 days in Florida for free, during the holidays! That’s $2,535 in savings.

TownePlace Suites Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher has a full kitchen and offers free breakfast. It’s a Category 2. The hotel is one hour from Disney Parks and Clearwater Beach or minutes from Busch Gardens.

TP TPA North I days Florida K

Staying in Las Vegas

The JW Marriott hotel chain is known for being expensive, both in points and dollars. They are classified in the luxury category of Marriott Bonvoy.

Is it possible to stay for 5 nights in a JW Marriott and still meet our criteria? At the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, yes, it is possible!

For 130,000 points, play golf and lounge in the huge pool with waterfalls. With nights under 35,000 points this holiday season, you can even top off your stay with a free night certificate.

On the other hand, there is a resort fee of US$39 per night, which includes parking and a US$20 hotel credit.

JW Marriott Las Vegas K

Staying in New York City

Spending New Year’s Day in New York is an experience in itself. But it’s very expensive!

Staying at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park or The St.Regis New York requires 85,000 points to 100,000 points per night.

To say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022, you can celebrate the end of the year with a room with a butler. Those 100,000 points save $2,005 CAD.

St Regis NYC

To make the fun last, there are other options for staying longer in New York City.

The vast majority of Marriott Bonvoy hotels located in Manhattan are 60,000 points per night. With the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square, that means you get away with 120,000 points for 2 nights, instead of paying about $1,450 CAD.

CY NYC Manhattan TS

If you want to get away from the action, the highly rated Residence Inn Jersey City at is available for 140,000 points. This is valid for 5 nights, including one free night.

In addition, there is free breakfast for all and the possibility of taking the metro nearby. Several dates are also available to use the free night certificate.

RI Jersey City

Stay in San Diego

In San Diego, you can enjoy the moment at the beautiful Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa for 3 days.

Party on a cruise on December 31 in San Diego Bay. Not to mention that the San Diego Zoo is open on January 1st!

Coronado Marriott K

If you want to stay a few more nights, you have to take a hotel with a lower category. The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter or the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter both offer a 5-night stay for 145,000 points.

They even offer the possibility of using a free night certificate for certain dates.

Moxy SAN gaslamp

International stay with 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less

Stay in Mexico

We have published articles on Mexico City, both on the activities to do and the multipleaccommodations in the Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

Staying there during the holidays is inexpensive, both in points and money. At the Courtyard Mexico City Revolucion, you can stay for 14 nights for 142,500 points.

Note that a night there costs $64 US. Since it is inexpensive, the point value is below our valuation. But if it can allow you to relax for free for 2 weeks, why not?

CY MEX points

Another possibility is to spend 8 nights at the Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel, which is very well located. If you are a Platinum member or above, you will get a great breakfast for free.

Sheraton MEX points

Stay in Curaçao

When we published our article on what to do with 100,000 Aeroplan for the holidays, some readers confided that they were going to Curacao during this period. Out of curiosity, we did some research.

Two Marriott Bonvoy category 5 hotels are located there:

For 40,000 points per night for each hotel during the holiday season, this is a good option. Especially since each night costs about $385!

Since these rooms have no view, you can negotiate an upgrade for a better one with a few tricks.

Curacao Renaissance

Stay in Madrid, Spain

To stretch the pleasure in Madrid, there is AC Hotel La Finca. Category 2, you can spend 17 nights during the holidays for 142,500 points!

The disadvantage is that it is located away from the city centre. However, the city centre can be reached in 40 minutes by public transport.

AC La Finca

In order to be close to the city centre, the Aloft Madrid Gran Via charges 135,000 points for a room for 6 nights. While paid in money, it would have cost 1,090 Euros ($1,560 CAD) for this stay.

While the Westin Palace, Madrid offers a more luxurious experience and even closer to major attractions, with overnight stays ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 points each. This is worth approximately $1,350 CAD, for 3 nights or 140,000 points.

The Westin Madrid

Conclusion

These costs and points were valid when the article was written. They may therefore fluctuate over time.

For more inspiration, check out our full map of Marriott Bonvoy by category.

Found a stay under 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a destination during the 2021 holiday season? Do not hesitate to let us know. Join us in the milesopedia Facebook group!

Have a good trip!

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