5 High-Value Marriott Bonvoy Redemptions For The Budget Traveler

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A significant portion of the commentary on points and miles, ours included, is dedicated to aspirational redemptions. Posts like our review of Luxurious Redemptions with Marriott Bonvoy are designed to be both motivational and instructional, explaining how to utilize rewards programs to attain an experience otherwise not obtainable. And while aspirational redemptions are almost always a worthy goal, they only make up a segment of the points and miles community.

Many blogs focus on aspirational Marriott redemptions such as the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, but you can often achieve better value for your points targeting low-tier Marriott properties.
A lot of points and miles press focuses on aspirational Marriott redemptions such as the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, but you can often achieve better value for your points targeting low-tier Marriott properties.

Before we dig into our some of our favorite budget redemptions, we'll cover the recent changes to the Marriott Bonvoy award chart which went live on August 18, 2018. As part of the Marriott/SPG merger, Marriott unveiled a new award chart featuring all of the combined Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood properties under the one loyalty umbrella. The chart includes standard, peak, and off-peak pricing, which will come into effect sometime at the beginning of 2019.

Marriott Bonvoy Free Nights Award Chart

With that in mind, this post will focus on 5 of our top budget redemption options from Marriott. We haven't included any PointSaver hotels, although they offer over 30% off the standard award price, as none of the hotels we wanted to include are on the current PointSaver list.

Top Value Category 1 + 2 + 3 Marriott Bonvoy Redemptions

To put this list together, We've focused on the bottom 3 Marriott categories while still trying to achieve top value for our points. To ensure the price/points comparisons were fair, all stays were:

  • Priced at the Standard Member Rate
  • Using the lowest flexible member rate available 3 months in advance
  • Include all taxes and fees where applicable

We have also included the cost of a five-night stay in each hotel to show the potential value in setting your travel goals for a longer stay using Marriott’s fifth night free for award bookings. The pricing and resulting valuation of points that we were able to achieve in our examples are not a guarantee and may not match up with what you find your specific redemption.

Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport

Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport

Cleveland Airport is clearly not going to be high on the list of aspirational destinations for most award travelers, however, we've added it to our list of high-value hotels for budget travelers as it represents everything you need when overnighting between flights or on business. The property runs a complimentary airport shuttle to transit the four miles to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), the rooms are clean and functional, and The Hub Bar & Grill serves up icy cold craft beers and a prime BBQ. There's also an indoor pool and well-equipped gym, and one night will only set you back 7,500 points.

  • Category 1 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 7,500 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $680.00 or 30,000 points will give you a value of 2.27 cents per point
  • 1 night @ $136.00 or 7,500 points will give you a value of 1.81 cents per point

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch – South Africa

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch – South Africa

The Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is set in amongst the vineyards of the Cape Winelands district in South Africa. Bordering the nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg, the hotel looks over local wineries to the mountains. The city of Stellenbosch itself is a wine lover's paradise of tree-lined streets full of cafes, art galleries, and unique shops. The town oozes old-world charm and as the second oldest town in the country is home to some beautiful Dutch-heritage architecture. Sandwiched between two golf courses, 15 minutes from the beach, and just 35 km from Cape Town Int’l Airport, all for 12,500 points per night.

  • Category 2 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 12,500 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $880.00 or 50,000 points will give you a value of 1.76 cents per point
  • 1 night @ $176.00 or 12,500 points will give you a value of 1.41 cents per point

Courtyard Melbourne West – United States

Courtyard Melbourne West

Want the Miami beaches, without the Miami crowds? While Miami is the poster girl of Floridas beaches, Melbourne is the girl next door. Miles of unspoiled beaches, fantastic fishing and snorkeling, and an easy drive to the Kennedy Space Center. The Courtyard Melbourne West is the perfect base for the host of festivals held nearby every year including the Independent Filmmaker's Festival, Arts Festival, Aviation Day and Oktoberfest. Even the lower categories are equipped with the signature Marriott bedding, a variety of dining options, and easy access to the airport.

  • Category 3 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 17,500 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $875 or 70,000 points will give you a value of 1.25 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $188.44 or 17,500 points will give you a value of 1.08 cents per point.

Courtyard Aguadilla – Puerto Rico


Noted for its surf beaches and its comfortable, relaxed vibe, Aguadilla is located on the stunning west coast of Puerto Rico. Just a short flight from the Continental U.S. and the perfect escape in the winter months, the Courtyard Aguadilla is just two minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to the beach, downtown, local businesses, and many attractions. The Courtyard Aguadilla offers a top value Puerto Rican getaway at the affordable award price of just 17,500 points a night.

  • Category 3 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 17,500 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $1088 or 70,000 points will give you a value of 1.55 cents per point
  • 1 night @ $226 or 17,500 points will give you a value of 1.29 cents per point

Courtyard Chihuahua – Mexico

Courtyard Chihuahua

Just over the U.S. border in the northwest of Mexico, Chihuahua City is a history buff's dream. The hotel is located near the Spanish Baroque Cathedral de Chihuahua, and the 18th-century Palacio de Gobierno, a building covered in paintings of Mexico's history. A well-equipped fitness center, outdoor pool, and plenty of places to relax, wine, and dine, the Courtyard Chihuahua is the perfect place to base yourself before jumping aboard the Chepe Railroad, one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.

  • Category 1 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 7,500 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $754.46 or 30,000 points will give you a value of 2.51 cents per point
  • 1 night @ $134.47 or 7,500 points will give you a value of 1.79 cents per point

Final Thoughts

Taking advantage of the fifth night free, the points offered as a welcome bonus on Marriott co-brand cards could land you a lot of nights at a category 1 hotel. As opposed to the 85,000 points it would cost for just one night at the top of the new Marriott award chart.

Lower category properties don't necessarily mean lower value, in fact, 2.51 cents-per-point at the Courtyard Chihuahua is an incredible value for Marriott Bonvoy points.

Everyone has different goals when collecting reward points. Targeting lower tier properties can extend the value of your points allowing you to travel further, stay longer, and see more.

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  • sundar nilavar says:

    After being member of Marriott since 1999 along with member of MVCI (with 5 time shares) I became a LIFETIME Titanium Elite last year with over 3 Million Rewards points in Marriott Bonvoy acct ( ******179) Now, MVCI is forcing to sell (send back deeds of my 5 time(3 in Hilton Head and 2 in Orlando) shares,(for which I had spent 75K+) back to MCVI WITHOUT any compemsation. There were errors in registration (of names) of those in deeds bought in or around Sept 1999 via resale froma Marriott agent (Wayne Williams).). They added my children as tenants in common instead of my directed SPECIFIC request under ‘joint survivor ownership clause

    Now I am supposed to sign the deeds back to MVCI (WITHOUT any compensation to me!) they are demanding that my children (now grown in different cities/Countries) also sign with a notary, which is logistical nightmare for me. They are all over the country+ in foreign country. I told them to confiscate my time shares on their own and leave me alone! They keep harrasing, hounding and lately a blackmailed by putting a freeze (now removed!after I paid the fees) ) over my Marriott Bonvoy Rewards account. Early this year (NOT NOW!) they (MVCI & Marriott Bonvoy) tried /trying to harass and blackmail me, by putting AUDIT LOCK on my Marriott Bonvoy (marriott rewards) Rewards account containing more than a 3 Million (yes M) points.

    Audit Lock means I CANNOT REDEEM my points for ANYTHING – hotel rooms, airmiles etc. Essentially it is frozen until I have to pay pending fee of over 8K+( which I paid using Marriott VISA cc) for timeshares I never used! The resale office in Orlando FL, apparently headed by Mr. Alphonso Petty is involved from the very beginning. They could have CONFISCATED my 5 times shares ( 3 in Hilton Head and 2 in Orlando) at any time last year, even without compensationg me for those timeshares (paid close to 75K to Marriott agent Mr. Wayne Williams in Sept of of 1999. I sent all the documents to resale office. Instead I was forced pay additional 8K+ to remove the FREEZE aka AUDIT LOCK on my Marriott Bonvoy rewads account. This is a nightmare a bitter experience, unexpected from a well known global Corp like Marriott! This also has affected my emotional and physical health! I have told/emailed them to confiscate my ALL 5 time shares and leave me alone

    Being a life time(long time over 20yrs!) Titanium Elite member means NOTHING to them. Imagine what they do to others!? BUYER BEWARE!

    • Sundar – this sounds like a nightmare. I’d definitely contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on this, maybe a news outlet or even a lawyer.

  • carmen comite says:

    Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card with 100,000 mile bonus good deal if you like Marriott and Sheraton hotels…annual voucher on anniversary covers the annual fee