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The Marriott Bonvoy program is one of the most popular hotel loyalty programs in the world — it also has some of the most luxurious brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and The Luxury Collection.
A few assumptions were required when putting together the best values for the hotels on this list:
With this series, the goal is to uncover which luxury Marriott hotels offer the most value on a cents-per-point basis. Both cash and points rates will fluctuate depending on the time of the year, so the value you receive may be different than what is shown here. We intend to show travelers the value of what’s possible when booking luxury Marriott hotels.
Now that we’ve crossed that bridge, it’s time to jump into the best luxury Marriott properties to book with your hard-earned Marriott Bonvoy points. Holding Marriott Bonvoy elite status makes your stay at any of these properties more enjoyable. That’s why we’ll first cover which Marriott Bonvoy credit cards help you to earn elite status.
From there, we’ll highlight the luxury Marriott properties that made our list and share the other ways you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points.
American Express and Chase are the 2 financial institutions that issue Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.
There are currently 6 personal and business credit cards that earn Marriott Bonvoy points directly with your spending available for new applicants — 3 are offered by American Express and 3 are offered by Chase.
There are several restrictions to which new cardmembers are eligible, so it’s helpful to research eligibility requirements before applying.
A great option for Marriott hotel fans who want a no annual fee card and automatic Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Casual travelers who like to frequent properties that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection of brands may want to consider the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.
The Marriott Bold card rewards cardholders for Marriott stays and gives them a boost towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Marriott loyalists will love this card's annual free night award, automatic elite status, and up to 17x points per $1 on Marriott hotel stays.
If you’re a frequent traveler and a Marriott loyalist, there’s a lot to love about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. The card comes packed with several great benefits like a free hotel night once a year, automatic Silver Elite status (with a fast-track to Gold Elite status), and multiple options for redeeming points.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card gives you automatic Marriott elite status and helps you earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on your everyday purchases.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, the latest mid-tier offering in the Marriott Bonvoy lineup of cards, offers cardholders automatic elite status and ways to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on each of their stays and daily purchases.
A premium card for Marriott fans who want perks like an annual statement credit and Free Night Award, plus a fast track to Marriott elite status.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a premium card designed with road warriors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalists in mind.
So is the card a worthwhile addition to your wallet?
If you’re not sure which credit card to start with, check out this detailed guide to the best credit cards for Marriott Bonvoy loyalists.
Marriott Bonvoy currently uses a dynamic award pricing system, which means that the price you’ll pay in points will vary based on demand.
The Maldives is one of the most talked-about destinations in Asia amongst U.S. travelers. And why not? It has some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the world.
The St. Regis Maldives spans more than 22 acres in the Dhaalu Atoll. Lush rainforests compliment the white-sand beaches on this private island where there’s a variety of activities and excursions at guests’ disposal.
This hotel is insanely expensive, averaging more than $1,400 per night during peak dates. For travelers with a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points, a minimum of 85,000 points per night yields nearly 2.5 cents per point in value.
Hot Tip: The seaplane transfer round-trip flight to the resort from Velana International Airport (MLE) is $695 per adult, $399 per child (ages 2 to 12 years), and complimentary for infants (2 years and younger). The cash rate shown above does not include this cost.
Points Required: Starting at 85,000 points per night
December to April Rate: $2,500 per night
Points Value: Up to 2.9 cents per point
Like the Maldives, Bora Bora is a destination many U.S. travelers want to travel to. And when you see pictures like the one above, how could you not want to make the trip?
The St. Regis Bora Bora has a secluded white-sand beach to relax on, as well as a Lagoonarium, which is a lagoon for protected fish and coral. This luxury resort also has several swimming pools, and a spa, and is home to the largest overwater villas that start at 1,500 square feet for a standard room.
Cash rates are surprisingly much cheaper at The St. Regis Bora Bora compared to The St. Regis Maldives. Just under $2,500 is the per night rate with many June to August award nights starting at 85,000 points per night.
Hot Tip: The St. Regis Bora Bora airport boat transfer costs $130 per person round-trip. Guests can arrange the boat transfer in advance and the ride takes about 20 minutes to get to the resort. The cash rate above does not include the boat transfer cost.
Points Required: From 85,000 points per night
June to August Rate: $2,500 per night
Points Value: Up to 2.9 cents per night
For non-Marriott Bonvoy elite travelers, the most efficient way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is to both sign up for and put your spending on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. With 6 co-branded cards open to new applicants, anyone should have an easy time quickly earning Marriott Bonvoy points.
Another way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is to become a loyal member and stay at Marriott. Members earn 10 points per $1 spent at Marriott with elite members earning an additional 10% to 75% bonus points.
All in all, the best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is to earn elite status and put your spending on Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards. When you factor in a sign-up bonus on top of earning bonus points during your Marriott stays, it’s fairly easy to rack up Marriott Bonvoy points.
Marriott has one of the largest hotel portfolios in the entire world, making this company a mainstay, especially with its luxury properties.
Unfortunately, many luxury properties have increased the number of points required for an award night, so high-value hotel redemptions may be a thing of the past. For this reason, we are putting Marriott second in our rankings behind Hyatt. Hilton comes in third with IHG coming in fourth.
What Marriott Bonvoy lacks in cents per point value compared to World of Hyatt, the hotel makes up for in the sheer number of luxury properties around the world. Almost all major cities and many mid-sized cities have a luxury Marriott property making it extremely easy to find a luxury property to book.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
EDITION, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, and W Hotels and are the brands listed in the Marriott luxury category. Hotels in this category would be considered nice hotels.
From a cents per point value standpoint, out of the 46 hotels evaluated for this article, St. Regis and The Ritz-Carlton had the most hotels in the top half of the list.
Yes. JW Marriott is a luxury hotel brand.
Marriott has 33 brands that include AC Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Autograph Collection, Bulgari Hotels & Resort, City Express by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, EDITION Hotel, Element by Westin, Fairfield Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Homes & Villas, JW Marriott Hotels, Le Méridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, Moxy Hotels, Protea Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, SpringHill Suites, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, TownePlace Suites, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels, and Westin Hotels.
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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.
Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare. That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.
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