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The ultimate travel hacking guide to Marriott Bonvoy

To the point Marriott Bonvoy is the loyalty program of more than 7,000+ hotels around the world,a program you absolutely need to know to save a lot of money on your travels! Thanks to this ultimate travel hacking guide, you'll be able to earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points.
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Open a Marriott Bonvoy account

To open an account in the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, visit this page.

Once a member, you will have access to:

  • free Wi-Fi
  • check-in through your phone
  • at the lowest member rate

With this registration, you will have to give your Marriott Bonvoy membership number when you apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. By doing this, American Express will not create a new account for you.

If you are in a relationship, EACH open one Marriott Bonvoy account.

Enter your personal membership number when you apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card It will then be possible to transfer points from one account to another.

Points accumulation

Before you get free nights in the Marriott Bonvoy program, you’ll need to earn points!

Let’s discover together all the accumulation possibilities:

With credit cards

In Canada, Marriott Bonvoy chose American Express to issue 2 credit cards

These two credit cards allow you to earn DIRECTLY Marriott Bonvoy points.

Each of these credit cards offers:

  • a very interesting welcome bonus
  • an annual one night free certificate (at renewal) worth up to 35,000 points
  • 15 Elite Nights (Elite Silver status)
  • travel insurance
  • the ability to earn points on all purchases

If you are self-employed/professional/small business owner, you could apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card. The points earned will be accumulated in your Marriott Bonvoy account.

With American Express membership rewards

Another possibility for Marriott Bonvoy points accumulation is the partnership with American Express membership rewards.

It is possible to transfer 1,000 membership rewards into 1,200 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Thus, 10,000 membership rewards = 12,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

In other words, 5 membership rewards = 6 Marriott Bonvoy points.

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My American Express membership rewards cards

The 5 American Express membership rewards card allow you INDIRECTLY to earn Marriott Bonvoy points.

There are 3 consumers cards:

The American Express Cobalt™ Card allow you to earn up to 5 membership rewards per dollar on certain business categories. This means that you indirectly accumulate 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar!

And there are also 2 cards for self-employed/professional/small businesses:

This means that in Canada, there are 7 cards that allow you to earn Marriott Bonvoy points DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLY!

With stays and purchases at the hotel

The primary goal of a loyalty program: to reward your… Loyalty.

Thus, the more you stay or eat at Marriott Bonvoy establishments,the more points and benefits you will earn (with the statutes).

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai - Suite Bédouin

Ainsi, à chaque fois que:

  • vous séjournez dans un hôtel Marriott Bonvoy
  • vous mangez dans un restaurant de l’hôtel
  • vous faites une activité organisée par l’hôtel

Donnez votre numéro de membre Marriott Bonvoy ! Vous gagnerez 10 points Marriott Bonvoy par US dollar dépensé dans l’établissement.

En fonction de votre statut, vous accumulerez davantage de points Marriott Bonvoy pour toutes ces dépenses !

And if you use the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card for these expenses, you’ll earn 5 points/dollar on your card!

The guarantee of the best price

Marriott Bonvoy’s best price guarantee allows you to get:

  • a match on the comparison rate AND offer you either an extra 25% discount on the room
  • OR 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

It’s up to you to calculate whether it’s better to have 5,000 points… or a discount on the room price!


Your room didn’t meet your expectations? Did a problem take place during your stay?

Don’t hesitate to make a claim on the Marriott Bonvoy website: the compensation you get will be points!

With cruises

This is a unknown accumulation technique.

Marriott Bonvoy has a cruise booking portal that allows you to earn 3 points for every dollar spent (up to 30,000 points).

After several tests, the prices offered by Marriott Bonvoy are very competitive with several advantages:

  • no deposit fee for some cruises
  • significant reductions (up to 75%)
  • best price guarantee with 110% refund of the difference

Don’t hesitate to use this service… to earn up to 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when booking your future cruise!

With car rentals

It is also possible to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via car rental on the dedicated portal.

Marriott Bonvoy has partnered with Hertz to offer:

  • discounts
  • up to 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per 2-day rental or more

We recommend, as usual, you compare rates with other suppliers like Auto Europe or Holiday Autos!

With activities booking

Marriott Bonvoy has an activity booking portal:

  • Guided tours
  • Culinary tours
  • Tickets for points of interest (museums…)
  • Tickets for amusement parks
  • Tickets for shows / theaters / sporting events…
  • Classes

You earn 10 points for every US dollar spent on business.

Prices on Marriott Moments are often the same as those found directly from service providers. It is therefore particularly advantageous to use this service!

With promotions

Marriott Bonvoy offers promotions throughout the year to earn more points.

For example, the one allowing you to accumulate 1,500 points for a stay of 2 nights or more.

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By regularly reading milesopedia – or by subscribing to our newsletter – you will be aware of these promotions!

With the organization of events

Event or meeting organizers can earn 2 points per dollar for any event held at most Marriott Bonvoy establishments.

The maximum per event is 60,000 points (105,000 points maximum for Elite Titanium members).

The brands who do not participate in this: Marriott Executive Apartments, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Design Hotels, Bulgari Hotels and Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and Vistana.

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The first event held during the calendar year allows you to get 10 Elite Nights for your Marriott Bonvoy status.

It is also possible to get 1 Elite Night for each block of 20 rooms reserved during your event.

Anyone can book a meeting room at a Marriott… even for an hour! There is no need to book a room. A good way to get 10 Elite Nights to progress to higher statuses!

With points purchase

Finally, when all the accumulation techniques have been used and you are missing only a few points to get a free night, it is possible to buy Marriott Bonvoy points.

Some rules on buying points:

  • It is possible to buy up to 50,000 points per calendar year
  • In increments of 1,000 points
  • The cost is US$12.50 per 1,000 points
  • The transaction takes 24-48 hours

Buying points is generally not advisable. This should be reserved “in case of emergency.”

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Use points

Now that we know how to earn many Marriott Bonvoy points, let’s redeem them!

Let’s discover together all the possibilities of redeem:

For free hotel nights

This is the main purpose of the program: to get free hotel nights.

The award chart

Marriott Bonvoy a divisé ses 7 000+ hôtels en 8 catégories tarifaires.

Et au sein de chacune de ces catégories, il y a 3 niveaux de tarif:

  • basse-saison
  • standard
  • haute-saison
Catégorie Basse saison Standard Haute Saison
1 5,000 7,500 10,000
2 10,000 12,500 15,000
3 15,000 17,500 20,000
4 20,000 25,000 30,000
5 30,000 35,000 40,000
6 40,000 50,000 60,000
7 50,000 60,000 70,000
8 70,000 85,000 100,000

Thus, a free night in a Marriott Bonvoy hotel can cost between:

  • 5,000 points (category 1 – low season)
  • and 100,000 points (category 8 – high season)

Low-season and high-season

The low/high-season are NOT based on:

  • geographical region
  • a specific time of year

In fact, this will be related to the hotel directly.

In the same city, it will be possible to see hotels classified in different seasons (low-standard-high).

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Stay 5 nights at the price of 4

When you use Marriott Bonvoy points, for a 5-night stay, you’ll only pay 4!

The cheapest of the 5 nights (in case of a difference in low/high season fare) will be offered!

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5 nights including one free

In the example above, for a Kuala Lumpur hotel, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Autograph Collection,classified as category 3 (17,500 points per night), 5 nights would return to 70,000 points.

This represents a saving of almost 20% in points over the entire 5-night stay!

The combined payment Cash + Points

This option allows you to divide the payment between:

  • Points
  • Cash
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This is not a recommended option given the rate charged in US$.

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JW Marriott Hanoi - Chambre

The PointSavers option

The PointSavers option is a promotion that is offered on select hotels for pre-defined weeks. The list of hotels offered is here.

This option allows a saving of up to 33% compared to the normal rate.

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The PointSavers option

So, with the PointSavers option, a free night at a Marriott Bonvoy hotel can cost between:

  • 4,000 points (category 1 – low season)
  • and 90,000 points (category 8 – high season)
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The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort Puerto Rico

How to book with points

To book free nights with your points, it’s easy!

Log in with your Marriott Bonvoy account on Marriott’s website and Check “Use Points”in the hotel search box. Then select “Find”.

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Séjournez 5 nuits au prix de 4

Hotels available with points will then be displayed in your search. You will be able to sort by number of points required, distance…

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Séjournez 5 nuits au prix de 4

If you have enough points in your account, the number of points will be immediately debited at the booking. If you don’t have enough points AND your stay is in more than 14 days, you can use the“Advance Points”option.

Points advance

If you do not yet have Marriott Bonvoy points, but would still like to book a room, you could use the points advance.

You must have accumulated enough points 14 days before your stay. If this is not the case, your booking will be cancelled.

It is not possible to make more than 3 reservations with advance points.

When you use the points advance, you block“one room”and not “a points rate.” At any time, the planned night may change to seasonal rate (low/standard/high-season) or category (each year). To definitively block a fare, all points must be applied to the reservation.

Canceling a reservation with points

For most hotels, it is possible to cancel your reservation up to 48 hours before arrival.

Your points will then be refunded.

Check the terms of your booking: in some hotels, cancellations must be made 14 days or even 30 days before arrival.

The best destinations

There are sweet spots in the Marriott Bonvoy program, i.e. geographic areas where it is particularly interesting to use your points.

As for example in South Africa with many hotels in Category 1 and 2 .

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Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai - Chambre

The hotels map around the world

We’ve listed the 7,000+ hotels around the world in this exclusive map!

Don’t hesitate to filter it by category!

To get airline programs miles

Marriott Bonvoy is a partner with dozens of airline loyalty programs.

This will allow Marriott Bonvoy points to be transferred in airline program miles. For most programs, the rate is the same: 3 Marriott Bonvoy points = 1 mile.

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For every 60,000 points transferred in miles, Marriott Bonvoy offers a 5,000 miles bonus.

Thus: 60,000 points = 20,000 miles + 5,000 miles in bonuses = 25,000 miles

Here is the partner table and different rates / bonuses and transfer time.

Partenaire Ratio Bonus en milles / 60,000 points Délai en jours
Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus 3:1 5,000 10
Aeroflot Bonus 3:1 5,000 14
AeroMexico Club Premier 3:1 5,000 2
Air Canada Aéroplan 3:1 5,000 5
Air China Phoenix Miles 3:1 5,000 5
Air France/KLM Flying Blue 3:1 5,000 1
Air New Zealand Airpoints 200:1 25 2
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 3:1 5,000 2
Alitalia MilleMiglia 3:1 5,000 7
ANA Mileage Club 3:1 5,000 7
American Airlines AAdvantage 3:1 5,000 2
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club 3:1 5,000 10
Avianca Airlines Lifemiles 3:1 5,000 14
British Airways Executive Club 3:1 5,000 1
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 3:1 5,000 10
China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles 3:1 5,000 14
China Southern Airlines 3:1 5,000 3
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles 3:1 5,000 14
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 3:1 5,000 2
Emirates Skywards 3:1 5,000 6
Etihad Guest 3:1 5,000 5
Frontier Airlines MyFrontier 3:1 5,000 14
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings 3:1 5,000 14
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles 3:1 5,000 2
Iberia Plus 3:1 5,000 6
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank 3:1 5,000 7
JetBlue TrueBlue 6:1 2,500 1
Korean Air SKYPASS 3:1 5,000 7
Latam Airlines Latam Pass 3:1 5,000 2
Lufthansa Miles & More 3:1 5,000 6
Qantas Frequent Flyer 3:1 5,000 6
Qatar Airways Privilege Club 3:1 5,000 6
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan 3:1 5,000 14
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 3:1 5,000 6
South African Airways Voyager 3:1 5,000 14
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards 3:1 5,000 2
TAP Air Portugal 3:1 5,000 14
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus 3:1 5,000 10
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 3:1 5,000 14
United MileagePlus 3:1.1 5,500 2
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 3:1 5,000 1
Virgin Australia Velocity 3:1 5,000 2

Some airline programs often carry out promotions to convert hotel points into miles (such as Aeroplan or British Airways Executive Club).

For Marriott Bonvoy Moments activities

Finally, it is possible to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points to book unique activities with Marriott Bonvoy Moments:

  • Sports event
  • Concert
  • Festival
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For sports fans, it’s an opportunity to participate in events in Marriott Bonvoy’s VIP boxes. There are often good deals!

Manage your points

Do you know how earn and redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points?

Now let’s see how to manage them… every day!

The points value

The value of 1 Marriott Bonvoy point is estimated between 0.5 and 1.5 cents per point depending on the use. So we decided to rate the point at 0.9 cents per dollar.

This means that the welcome premium for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card is worth about $500.

The expiration of points

Marriott Bonvoy points expire after 24 months if your account is inactive.

To keep your account active, all you need to do is:

  • to earn points (through purchases on an affiliated credit card hotel stays…)
  • to use points

A transfer of American Express membership rewards to Marriott Bonvoy Points counts as an activity! All you need to do is transfer 1,000 membership rewards into 1,200 Marriott Bonvoy points to delay the expiry by 24 months.

The transfer of points between accounts

Each calendar year, it is possible to transfer 100,000 points to another member.

You’ll need to call +1 800 535 4028.

This is a great opportunity for couples or friends to collect on the same account the points accumulated on each of their credit card… including the welcome bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card.

Points earned with credit cards

All points earned with purchases on the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card are automatically transferred to your Marriott Bonvoy account for 48-72 hours after issuing your monthly statement.

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Points from a Marriott Bonvoy credit card

In the case above, I have earned:

  • 9,537 points for spending at 2 points per dollar
  • 1,859 points for spending at 5 points per dollar (Marriott Bonvoy Hotel)
  • 2,674 points for spending at 3 points per dollar(exclusivity of the version for self-employed/professional/small businesses)

The Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card allows you to earn 3 points per dollar for:

  • gasoline
  • meals (restaurants / bars…)
  • travel (airfare, hotels, car rental…)
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Marriott Bonvoy Statutes

There are 6 status levels in the Marriott Bonvoy program:

Member 0-9
Silver Elite 10-24
Gold Elite 25-49
Platinum Elite 50-74
Titanium Elite 75-99
Ambassador Elite 100+
US$20,000 in expenses

To achieve a higher status, 2 possibilities:

  • Via your stays in Marriott Bonvoy Group hotels: whether paid nights or with points, these are counted towards a higher status.
  • Via credit cards
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Marriott Bonvoy - Surclassement

The validity of the status

As soon as you reach a status level, it is valid until February, 2 years later.

For example, if you qualified for Gold Elite status in August 2019,this status will be valid until February 2021.

The benefits of different statutes

Each Marriott Bonvoy status has distinct advantages:

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To move to a higher status, it is necessary to have obtained a certain number of “Elite Nights” in the calendar year.

It is possible to have 15 Elite Nights easily by subscribing to:

Each of these cards offers 15 Elite Nights per year.

(If you have both card unfortunately it’s NOT cumulative).

Get Silver Elite Status

This status is awarded to those who have spent between 10 and 25 nights per year.

The holder of these cards immediately obtains the Silver Elite status:

This adds to the member level:

  • Absolute booking guarantee
  • Bonus points of 10%
  • Priority late departure
  • Welcome gift

Getting Silver Elite status is easily attainable for anyone, without even staying a single night at a Marriott hotel. Simply apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card

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Cadeau de bienvenue - Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

Get Gold Elite Status

This status is granted to those who have spent between 25 and 49 nights per year.

The holder of these cards immediately gets 15 Elite Nights:

That means only 10 Elite Nights are missing to get Gold Elite status.

It is possible to obtain these 10 Elite Nights by booking a meeting room at a participating Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Some meeting rooms in North America cost less than US$50 an hour… Cheap enough to get 10 Elite Nights!

It is also possible to obtain Gold Elite status by carrying $30,000 per year in purchases on one of the 2 credit cards so the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card.

This status adds compared to the Silver Elite level:

  • Points bonus of 25%
  • Priority late departure until 2 p.m.
  • Elite Special Booking Line
  • Upgrade to superior room
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The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico - petit-déjeuner

Get Platinum Elite Status

This status is the most coveted by Marriott Bonvoy members. It is awarded to those who have spent between 50 and 74 nights a year.

But the holder of these cards immediately gets 15 Elite Nights:

This means that 35 Elite Nights are needed to obtain Platinum Elite status.

Using the 10 Elite Nights meeting room trick, 25 Elite Nights is still missing to achieve Platinum Elite status. So it’s reserved for those who would have planned 25 hotel nights in the year!

This adds compared to the Elite level:

  • 50% points bonus
  • Priority late departure until 4 P.M.
  • Welcome gift including breakfast
  • Upgrade to superior room including some suites
  • Access to the hotel lounge
  • Type of room guaranteed
  • 5 free Suite upgrades

Get Elite status through challenge

It is also possible, once in a lifetime, to participate in a“challenge”in order to obtain Gold Elite or Platinum Elite status.

This challenge requires you to complete, within 90 days:

  • 8 nights (Gold Elite status)
  • 16 nights (Platinum Elite Status)

These must be paid nights (i.e. without using points).

You’ll need to ask by phone at 1-801-468-4000.

The 90 days start the month after your application… which gives you more time! Ask the agent over the phone for the deadline to complete your challenge.


Marriott Bonvoy is a particularly interesting program thanks to:

  • multiple possibilities of earning points
  • to the more than 7,000+ hotels around the world
  • credit card that allow you to obtain points directly OR indirectly

Enough to stay for free (or almost …) almost anywhere in the world!

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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