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Marriott Tips and Tricks

The Basics

Marriott’s Bonvoy Loyalty Program is probably the way to get the most bang for your buck. The program includes thirty brands ranging from luxury short-term stays to classic long-term townhouse stays. Points earned in the program are worth .80 cents apiece. Points can be redeemed to cover the cost of hotel stays, car rentals, vacation packages, and flights including trusted brands of Marriott like JetBlue and many others.

How to Earn Rewards

If you aren’t already a member, get a friend to refer you. You and your friend both will earn 2000 bonus points for each of your first 5 stays. Once a member, refer as many people as possible.

Use sites like ebates to get cashback when you book with Marriott.

These sites send you to Marriott to make your reservation meaning you get the savings from them as well as the benefits of booking directly.

Use a Marriott branded credit card through Chase or American Express.

You earn more points on every purchase, not just those at Marriott locations. Depending on which card you have, you earn double and triple the points of a normal rewards program. You earn even more when purchasing gas and eating at qualifying restaurants.

Opt-out of Housekeeping and other amenities

You will be given the option to receive bonus points in exchange for forgoing daily housekeeping. You can earn 500 points per day at most properties. Sometimes you can earn points by opting out of breakfast or other amenities too.

Book Marriott Experiences.

This program offers special activities and experiences chosen specifically for Marriott Bonvoy members. You earn 10 bonus Marriott points for each $1 spent on Marriott Experiences!

Book Your Events at Marriott locations.

You will earn 2 points per dollar spent on eligible room, food, beverages, and audio/visual charges for a total of up to 60,000 Marriott points for each event when booking at any Marriott property.

Book Car Rentals through Hertz.

They offer Marriott Bonvoy members up to 35% off base car rental rates and unlimited miles. Members can earn up to 3,000 Marriott points for Hertz car rentals of 2 days or more and enjoy the benefits of reserving now, paying later, and even canceling their reservation for free.

Buy Gift Cards

Receive 6 points per dollar spent using a Marriott credit card. Marriott gift cards make great gifts for weddings, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, or graduates who will be traveling.

Redeem those points.

This is the fun part! You can choose to use your points in so many different ways. You can use them on one extravagant stay that you otherwise would not have been able to afford, or you can space it out and get free average stays for your next few trips. You have save up and use it to book your flight, car rental, and hotel to cover an international trip. Make sure to pay attention to seasonal price changes to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriott

When Do Marriott gift cards expire?

Marriott GiftCards never expire.

Where can I use my Marriott GiftCard?

Marriott GiftCards / eGiftCards can be used at any participating Marriott hotel at these brands, including AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Courtyard®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, EDITION®, Element®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels®, JW Marriott®, Le Méridien®, Marriott Hotels®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Moxy Hotels ,Renaissance® Hotels, Residence Inn®, Sheraton®, SpringHill Suites®, St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve® hotels, TownePlace Suites®, Tribute Portfolio™, W®, Westin®

What can a Marriott GiftCard be used for?

At participating locations, GiftCards can be used for stays, dining, spa, golf and more. Please contact the hotel directly about acceptance guidelines prior to your visit or stay.

Can I use a Marriott GiftCard to pre-pay for a room reservation?

No, but you can use it when you are ready to book online or on location.

How to check my Marriott GiftCard balance?

Find your balance here.

Can I replace my Marriott GiftCard if lost or stolen?

Yes, if previously registered on

About Marriott

Marriott International is a hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad number of hotels and related lodging facilities. They have 30 brands and 7,000+ properties across 131 countries and territories. No matter if you want luxury hotels in destinations around the globe, premium rooms with sophisticated and thoughtful amenities and services, a classic room that makes traveling simple, or something completely unique to itself Marriott has the perfect stay for you. Their mission is to “enhance the lives of our customers by creating and enabling unsurpassed vacation and leisure experiences.” The brand prides itself on putting people first, pursuing excellence, embracing change, acting with integrity, and serving the world.

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