How to Earn 100,000+ Marriott Bonvoy Points [In 90 Days]

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Despite the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest merger not going quite as well as planned, Marriott points continue to be super valuable.

Not only can you use them to stay at thousands of properties worldwide, but you can transfer them to super valuable (and hard to earn) airline mileage programs like Alaska Airlines and Asiana.

With so much flexibility, it’s a good idea to keep a stash of Marriott points on hand. But if you don’t have any points, it may seem like a daunting task — especially if your end goal is a balance of 100,000+ Marriott Bonvoy points.

Don’t worry: it actually isn’t that hard to rack up 100,000 or more points in a short amount of time. In fact, you don’t even have to stay in a Marriott hotel to start earning tons of points.

To prove this, we’ll show exactly how you can earn 100,000+ Marriott Bonvoy points in 90 days in the article below. We’ll highlight unique earning methods like credit cards, points transfers, car rentals, and more.

If 100,000 points just isn’t enough, make sure to check out our guide to earning tons of Marriott points to keep the fun going (and earn even more free hotel nights).

Let’s dive in!

Why Would You Want to Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points?

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As mentioned earlier, Marriott points are super versatile. You can use them to redeem for free nights at over 7,000 worldwide properties that span all of the earth’s inhabited continents. Better yet, the Marriott portfolio is home to 30 hotel brands, ranging from long-term stay Residence Inns to super-luxurious Ritz-Carlton resorts.

Plus, you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to 44 different airline loyalty programs at a 3:1 ratio. When you transfer 60,000 hotel points (20,000 airline miles), you’ll get a 5,000 airline mile bonus, yielding a total transfer of 25,000 miles. On top of this, Marriott transfers to United Airlines receive an additional 10% transfer bonus.

Check out our full guide to Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners for a list of airlines supported.

How to Earn 100k+ Marriott Bonvoy Points in 90 Days

Sold on Marriott Bonvoy points? Great — here’s all of the different ways you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points quickly. We’ll start by taking a look at the different Marriott Bonvoy credit cards and then dive into other creative (and quick!) ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points.

1. Marriott Credit Cards

Both American Express and Chase issue Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards. Chase offers 1 personal card, while American Express offers 1 premium personal card and 1 business credit card. Each of these cards has unique benefits, points earning structures, and — of course — welcome bonuses.

These cards sometimes see introductory offers of 75,000 points or more. This, combined with everyday spend, can put you near your 100,000 point goal rather quickly, so definitely give them a look when you’re first starting to collect Bonvoy points.

Here’s a look at all of the Marriott Bonvoy credit cards:

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card - for a limited time, earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

2. Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards

Likewise, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy. Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio and generally take 2 days to process and appear in your Marriott Bonvoy account.

However, we usually advise against transferring Chase points to Marriott as you’ll lose over 1 cent per point in value according to our most recent valuations.

Additionally, Chase and Marriott share many transfer partners, with Chase having the better transfer ratio. For example, Chase points transfer 1:1 to United, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and others. This is much more favorable than Marriott’s standard 3:1 transfer ratio.

Chase offers an array of different Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards — here’s a look at the suite:

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

This sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you a $150 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Easy earning at 1.5% on all purchases. Just know that you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a whopping 80,000 sign up bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This bonus is worth $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Also, if you pay for your cell phone bill with this card, you can get up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.
Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card - earn $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. In addition, get up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses such as office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services. This is one of the best no annual fee business cards.

3. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

Like Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards also transfer 1:1 to Marriott, but you’ll also lose value in the transfer. If you need to earn points in a pinch, American Express points transfer near-instantly to Marriott, making it a good option if you’re short a few thousand points for a specific redemption.

Here’s a selection of the Amex Membership Rewards earning cards:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $2,700+ in value from the card every year.

Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.

With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 50,000 after you spend an additional $15,000, on purchases within the first 3 months.

We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks. This excludes getting one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork, up to $2,700 in value.

This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

4. Refer a Friend to a Marriott (Or Amex or Chase) Credit Card

American Express and Chase frequently offer referral bonuses for their in-house and co-branded credit card products. These offers vary, but we’ve seen referral bonuses for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card from American Express hover around 15,000 points per referral.

Note that the person you refer needs to be approved for the card in order for you to get the bonus points. Check out the refer a friend page on your credit card of choice for more details.

5. Stay at a Marriott Hotel

No matter your credit card situation, you can always earn Marriott Bonvoy points when staying at any Marriott hotel.

Earn 10 Marriott Points Per Dollar At The Following Hotels
Earn 10 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar at these hotel brands. Image Credit: Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 points per dollar on all qualifying charges at all of the Marriott brands pictured above. Note that Residence Inn, Townplace Suites, and Element hotel stays earn 5 points per dollar on qualifying charges and Marriott Executive Apartments earn just 2.5 points per dollar on the qualifying room rate.

Those with Marriott Bonvoy elite status will earn a points bonus — starting with a 10% bonus for Silver Elite members. Note that you can earn Gold Elite (25% bonus points) by opening an American Express Platinum Card, making it easy to earn a bonus without organically earning elite status.

Here’s a look at all of the Marriott Bonvoy elite status tiers and their respective points bonus:

Elite LevelBonus Marriott Points Earned
Silver Elite10%
Gold Elite25%
Platinum Elite50%
Titanium Elite

Titanium Elite with Ambassador

75%

Note that you need to book your Marriott stay through Marriott.com in order to earn points. Unfortunately, hotels booked through Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, and other third-parties are not eligible for points earning.

6. Hertz

Marriott Rewards partner Hertz
A car rental from Hertz is worth 500+ Marriott points. Image Credit: Hertz

Another strategy for earning Marriott points is by booking rental cars through Hertz. Simply book through the Hertz portal and you’ll earn 500 points for one-day rentals and 2,000 points for longer rentals. Even if you only rent a car once a month, you can earn 24,000 points per year.

7. Reward a Friend with Marriott

Sharing the benefits of Marriott with friends can earn you 10,000 points a pop (maximum 50,000 points per year). It’s a win-win for your friends too: each new member referred can earn up to 10,000 points — 2,000 points for each of the first 5 Marriott stays they book. You’ll also earn 2,000 points for each of their first 5 bookings.

8. Host an Event at a Marriott Property

Need to host a wedding, work event, or another large gathering? Consider hosting your event at a Marriott property and you’ll have the ability to earn a ton of points in the process.

When you host an event at a Marriott property, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar on an eligible room, food, beverages, and audio/visual charges, up to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. However, Titanium Elite members can earn up to 105,000 Marriott points per meeting.

You’ll also earn Elite Night Credits in the process — 10 for your first meeting, and 1 for every 20 room nights you book, up to 20 Elite Night Credits per event.

If you’re an event planner or are planning a wedding, you can earn some serious points if you plan your event at a Marriott property. Check out Marriott’s meetings and events page for more info.

9. Book a Marriott Experience and Earn Big

Marriott Experiences are travel activities — think tours, food crawls, and cooking lessons — that can be booked directly through the Marriott website. Many of these activities aren’t exclusive to Marriott (and may be booked elsewhere), but you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points when booking through the Marriott Experiences website.

Hot Tip:
Make sure to price-compare activities on Marriott Experiences with Airbnb and other activity brokers. Oftentimes the money saved will outweigh the value of the Marriott Bonvoy points you’d earn.

You’ll earn 10 Marriott points per dollar spent on Marriott Experiences. To book an experience, just navigate to the Marriott Experiences website, sign in, and book an experience. Plus, you’ll earn bonus points if you pay for your Marriott Experience with a Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card.

10. Take Advantage of A Marriott Promotion

Earn 10 Marriott Points Per Dollar At The Following Hotels
Take advantage of Marriott promotions to earn extra points on paid stays. Image Credit: Marriott

Marriott Bonvoy frequently runs promotions that let members earn extra points on paid stays. Some examples of these include the summer 2019 Endless Earning promotion. In this promo, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn 1,500 bonus points per 2+ night Marriott stays starting with your second booking.

Note that some of these promotions are targeted and you must enroll in them. Doing this is easy, though: just head over to the Marriott Bonvoy promotions page, sign in to your account, and enroll in your available promotions.

Using Those 100k+ Marriott Points

Between Marriott properties and the many airline transfer partners in the Marriott program, you’re bound to find a redemption that fits your needs! Check out our full articles on Marriott Bonvoy redemptions to inspire your next big trip including flights, hotels, and Hotel + Air packages.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it: how to earn 100,000+ Marriott Bonvoy points in just 90 days. We recommend starting out with a Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card and then moving onto the other methods outlined on this list. Before you know it, you’ll have a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points to fuel your next vacation!


FAQ

What hotel brands earn Marriott Bonvoy points?

The following hotel chains are part of the Marriott Bonvoy brand portfolio and earn Marriott points:

  • AC
  • aloft
  • Autograph Collection
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Delta Hotels
  • Design Hotels
  • EDITION
  • element
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott
  • Four Points
  • JW Marriott
  • La Meridien
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • MOXY Hotels
  • Protea Hotels
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Sheraton
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • St. Regis
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Tribune Portfolio
  • W Hotels
  • Westin

How many Elite Qualifying Nights do I need to earn Marriott Bonvoy elite status?

Each elite status tier requires a different number of Elite Qualifying nights. Here’s how many each status tier requires:

  • Silver Elite: 10 Elite Qualifying Nights
  • Gold Elite: 25 Elite Qualifying Nights
  • Platinum Elite: 50 Elite Qualifying Nights
  • Titanium Elite: 75 Elite Qualifying Nights
  • Titanium Elite with Ambassador: 100 Elite Qualifying Nights and $20,000 spent at Marriott properties

Alternatively, you can earn Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status through the American Express Platinum Card.

Can I have more than 1 Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card?

Yes, there is no limit on the number of Marriott Bonvoy cards you can have from American Express or Chase.

Andrew Kunesh

About Andrew Kunesh

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City. He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt.

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