Marriott International is a global company with more than 5,700 properties in over 110 countries. Members of Marriott Rewards collect points for stays at hotels owned by Marriott and its partners. Points can also be earned for using branded credit cards.
This article will break down the many ways available to earn Marriott Rewards points so you can redeem them for a variety of travel and non-travel rewards. Let’s begin!
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- Earn Points With Marriott Rewards Credit Cards
- Earn Points With Credit Cards
- Business Stays, Meetings, and Events
- Utilize Travel Partners
- Home & Retail Options
- Converting to Marriott Rewards Points
- Special Offers and Deals
Earn Points With Marriott Rewards Credit Cards
Open a Marriott Rewards Account
Sign up here to join Marriott Rewards, and you will be assigned “Member” status, which is the first tier in the elite status program. Unlike bank-established loyalty programs (e.g. Citi ThankYou Rewards), you don’t need an affiliated credit card to start earning points!
Hot Tip: You can combine points with a spouse or domestic partner for free when making a redemption! This is a terrific way to qualify for bigger awards!
1. Marriott Rewards Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses
One of the fastest ways to earn Marriott Rewards points is by using one of the 2 Marriott co-branded credit cards: the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card or the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card.
Both of these hotel credit cards offer sign-up bonuses.
As a Marriott credit card holder, you’ll automatically skip the first tier and become a “Silver” member, which will earn you extra perks explained below.
As always, it’s a good idea to evaluate your financial situation before selecting a card to ensure it fits your spending habits. When you’ve made a decision, click on the card links in the table below to learn about current sign-up promotions and apply!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review||Application|
|Marriott Rewards Loyalty Program||Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card||Apply Here >>|
|Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card||Apply Here >>|
2. Marriott Credit Card Bonus Categories
Using Marriott credit cards is a terrific strategy for earning Marriott Rewards points. Every credit card purchase earns 1-5 points per $1 spent, depending on the bonus category.
For example, earn a whopping 5 points per $1 spent at the more than 5,700 participating Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest properties around the world! That’s on top of the 5-10 points per $1 earned for being a Marriott Rewards member!
Also, earn 2 points per $1 spent when using the card to book airline tickets through the airlines, as well as at restaurants and car rental agencies.
3. Marriott Rewards Elite Status
As already mentioned, you will start out in the loyalty program with either Member status (for opening a Marriott Rewards account) or Silver Elite status (for having a Marriott Rewards credit card). The other membership tiers are Gold and Platinum.
Each tier comes with a variety of perks like free in-room Wi-Fi, room upgrades, and much more. Here, we’ll focus on the bonus points earned based on your membership tier.
|Tier Level||Bonus Points|
Silver Elite status is a permanent benefit for as long as you remain a Marriott credit card holder.
Every year, you’ll receive 15 credits with your Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, ensuring you remain at Silver Elite status and continue to earn 25% bonus points!
In addition, every time you spend $3,000 on the card you will receive 1 credit, which will help you move up to a higher status and earn more bonus points!
Stay 50 qualifying nights to achieve Gold status, and 75 qualifying nights for Platinum status.
4. Link Your SPG Account for More Points!
Marriott International and Starwood hotels recently merged.
While there are no plans to combine the 2 loyalty programs (Marriott Rewards and SPG) into one program until at least 2018, you can link your accounts to earn more points and benefits than ever before!
(Just a quick note, The Ritz-Carlton is also part of this merger. However, you can only become a member of 1 loyalty program between either The Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards.)
With merged accounts, you’ll still earn Marriott Rewards points and SPG Starpoints for hotel stays separately, depending on which program your hotel is a part of. Marriott brands and SPG brands will remain in the same programs.
You can’t use one program’s points with the other’s directly, but you can transfer them between programs to build up your Rewards or Starpoints for bigger redemptions!
Any credit cards you use will continue to link to the associated loyalty program, and you will continue to earn points in that program. If you have elite status through your credit card, it can be applied to the other program through status match.
Linking your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts
Just log in to your Marriott Rewards account and follow the prompts to link the 2 accounts. If you are not already an SPG member, enroll online here first.
You must link accounts online. It’s not possible to link accounts:
- With the Marriott mobile app or SPG app
- At hotel check-in
- By telephone
- With your Elite Concierge or ambassador
5. Stay at Marriott Hotels
Marriott has more than 4,000+ brand hotels in over 70 countries. Earn 5-10 points per $1 based on the hotel:
Hot Tip: As a Marriott Rewards member, you can earn points for your qualifying stay plus 2 additional rooms. At least 1 of the rooms must be reserved and registered in your name. You must also stay in 1 room and pay for all of them. Make sure your membership number appears on your folio and the folio for the 2 additional rooms.
Earn Points With Credit Cards
6. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards
As we discussed above, Starwood and Marriott recently merged, making it easy to transfer points between these 2 loyalty programs.
One way to build up your SPG Starpoints balance is to use the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.
Think of all the Starpoints you could transfer!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review||Application|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
7. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards
Though you can’t transfer American Express Membership Rewards directly to Marriott Rewards, there is another way to do it.
First, transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to SPG Starpoints (1,000 MR=333 Starpoints). Then transfer the Starpoints to Marriott Rewards points in 1,000-point increments (1 Starpoint=3 Marriott Rewards points).
It’s almost a 1:1 ratio!
Use the following Amex cards to earn SPG points and start the process:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review||Application|
|American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program||The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN||Apply Here >>|
|Gold Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|American Express® Green Card||Apply Here >>|
|Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
|Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN||Apply Here >>|
|Blue from American Express®||Apply Here >>|
|Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
|Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
8. Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards
Use any of the 6 Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards and transfer points to the Marriott Rewards program. Each Ultimate Rewards point converts to 1 Marriott Rewards point, and it takes approximately 2 days for the transfer to complete.
Here are the Chase credit cards that participate in Ultimate Rewards.
Business Stays, Meetings, and Events
9. Executive Hotel Stays
Looking for a place to stay on extended business?
Earn 2.5 points or 1 air mile per $1 on the room rate at Marriott Executive Apartments. You will also earn 1 elite night credit for every 3 nights stayed. Execustay, another Marriott property, offers the same deal.
10. Host Business Meetings or Events
If you’re in need of a place to hold a meeting, look no further. Marriott offers meeting and event services that earn you points!
Earn a maximum of 50,000 points (3 points per $1) or 15,000 miles (1 mile per $1) for 1 qualifying event. You’ll even earn miles on room stays associated with your event, whether you cover the room or not!
You also have the option of splitting the 50,000 points with another member.
Hot Tip: Book 10+ rooms for at least 1 night and earn points plus 10 Elite night credits. Use the credits toward achieving the next tier level so you can earn a bigger bonus on stays.
Utilize Travel Partners
11. Choosing Miles Over Points
Do you prefer to earn frequent flyer miles rather than points?
You can’t earn points and miles for the same stay, but you can choose between the 2 options since Marriott partners with more than 40 airlines. For instance, earn 2 Alaska Mileage Plan miles per $1 for Marriott stays.
Of course, you can also convert points into miles when redeeming for a reward.
12. Hertz Auto Rental
Earn 500 Marriott Rewards points when booking a Hertz car rental. Use code 154080 for additional discounts and benefits.
13. Book With CruisesOnly
If you’re planning a cruise, consider booking it through CruisesOnly, a Marriott Rewards partner. Earn thousands of Marriott Rewards points for sailing on world-class cruise lines.
14. Earn Avios for Stays
Avios is the travel reward currency of over 1,000 partners including British Airways, Iberia, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
As a Marriott Rewards member, you receive up to 2 Avios per $1 spent on hotel stays. To start earning Avios for travel rewards, upgrades, and more:
- Log in to your Marriott Rewards account
- Select ‘Miles’ as your earn preference and then choose Avios
- Add your Avios membership number when you book a stay or check in
- Avios will be applied to your account 6 weeks after your stay
15. Book with Ctrip
Members of both Marriott Rewards and travel booking partner Ctrip can earn Ctrip points for stays at the thousands of Marriott hotels worldwide. Ctrip points can be redeemed for travel rewards.
16. Travelling Connect
Call abroad and earn up to 10 Marriott Rewards per minute of call time with Travelling Connect. Participating networks are located in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Home & Retail Options
17. Home Utilities and Services
Earn points for NRG Home utilities and NRG Home Solar in select states. Click on a link to find out if the offer is valid where you live. Always read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in a program to ensure it fits your budget.
|Company||Product or service||Bonus points|
|NRG Home||Utilities (select states)||10,000 bonus points (up to 2/$1)
|NRG Home Solar||Solar energy||Up to 30,000 points|
18. Earn Through Online Shopping
Earn Marriott Rewards points for shopping at online retailers through the Shop My Way portal. Be on the lookout for special limited time offers for extra points! Need flowers, gifts, or wine? The Shop My Way Boutique has just what you need.
Converting to Marriott Rewards Points
19. Diners Club International
Convert Diners Club® Club Rewards® points into Marriott Rewards points through Diners Club International.
20. Identity Points
If you are a member of the Identity Points program at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, you can transfer Identity Points to Marriott Rewards points.
Special Offers and Deals
21. Refer a Friend
Earn up to 50,000 points by referring friends to the Marriott Rewards program. Refer up to 5 new members each calendar year. They’ll benefit by earning 2,000 bonus points for their first 5 stays (10,000 points total!).
22. Earn Points and Badges
The Badges program is a fun way to earn badges (and points!) for staying at Marriott hotels. Plus, this program is free!
Automatically earn Marriott Rewards points for these badges:
|Brand Explorer Badges||25 points|
|5-Brand Explorer||50 points|
|10-Brand Explorer||75 points|
|Uber Brand Explorer||250 points|
|100-Night Badge||25 points|
|500-Night Badge||125 points|
|1,000-Night Badge||250 points|
23. Your Choice Housekeeping
What if there was a way to help the planet and earn points at the same time? There is!
Get a credit of 500 bonus points for each day you skip housekeeping services at participating Renaissance and Marriott hotels.
Pass on housekeeping at participating Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, and SpringHill Suites hotels and earn 250 bonus points per day.
The program allows you to pass on housekeeping for up to 3 consecutive days when you provide your Marriott Rewards number at check in.
24. Link Your Social Media
Link your social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to Marriott Rewards, and you may earn extra bonus points!
Marriott periodically offers specials, such as a holiday promotion with the opportunity to earn 1,500 Marriott Rewards points! Plus, you’ll keep up-to-date on new promotions and unique ways to earn more points.
25. Marriott Rewards Member Specials
Search for promotions and deals at the Marriott Rewards website. Just enter the city and state where you want to travel to find points/mile offers, partner offers and more!
As you can see, Marriott offers a huge number of ways to earn Marriott Rewards points. Start collecting them now and you’ll have plenty of points to redeem for Marriott stays, upgrades, and partner offers!