Everything About The Marriott Rewards Program

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Marriott's merger with Starwood is complete, and the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood loyalty programs have integrated to form a single rewards program under Marriott Rewards.

The new program combines the Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG loyalty platforms into a single rewards program with one rewards currency, a unified award chart; new elite status tiers, qualification requirements and benefits; a revamped credit card lineup; and significant changes to airline transfers, travel packages, and reciprocal agreements.

Trading under the Marriott Rewards banner for now, Marriott plans to rebrand the combined loyalty program at the start of 2019 when it introduces seasonal award pricing and adds the final tier to its new award chart. More on this below.

Marriott Rewards Logo

The merger of two of the biggest hotel brands in the world has been a complicated affair, with substantial changes to almost every aspect of the rewards program. With that in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to Marriott Rewards, detailing all the changes, pulling together every scrap of information on the new loyalty program into a single point of reference.

The Combined Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and SPG Rewards Program

On August 18, 2018, the SPG, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs combined into a single entity. When the programs merged, points from all three programs were converted into one rewards currency at a ratio of 1 Starpoint to 3 Rewards points, although if you had loyalty accounts with both programs you still need to combine them into a single account manually. Marriott has provided a dedicated website to help members consolidate accounts, alongside instructions and a timeline detailing what happens after you submit your request.

If you held elite status with either program (or both), elite status credits and status are combined under the new plan, potentially elevating you to a new elite tier if you spread your stays across both brands. New award charts are live for Free Night, PointsSaver, and Cash + Points awards, and Marriott has introduced new Hotel + Air Travel Packages and a revised Experiences Marketplace.

29 Brands in the Marriott Rewards Hotel Portfolio


The integrated Marriott Rewards program now comprises 6,700+ properties in 129 countries across 29 different brands (there are 30 brands inside the Marriott portfolio, but BVLGARI® Hotel & Resorts doesn’t participate in the rewards program).

Marriott breaks the different brands up into distinct categories which we’ve grouped in the table below.

Classic LuxuryRitz-Carlton
St. Regis
JW Marriott
Distinctive LuxuryThe Luxury Collection
W Hotels
Classic PremiumMarriott Hotels
Marriott Vacation Club
Delta Hotels
Distinctive PremiumLe MERIDIEN
Renaissance Hotels
Gaylord Hotels
Classic SelectCourtyard Hotels
Four Points
SpringHill Suites
Protea Hotels
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Distinctive SelectAC Hotels
Aloft Hotels
Moxy Hotels
Classic Longer StaysMarriott Executive Apartments
Residence Inn®
TownPlace Suites
Distinctive Longer Stayselement
CollectionsAutograph Collection Hotels
Design Hotels
Tribute Portfolio

Marriott Rewards Membership Tiers & Elite Status Benefits

The revamped rewards program has expanded to feature five elite tiers plus a basic Member level. One of the aspects that didn’t carry over from SPG is that members can no longer qualify for elite status via stays, only elite night credits are awarded in the chase for status. The change is reflected in the revised benefits on the SPG co-brand cards, which now provide elite night credits only, as opposed to the option of the stay credits or night credits we’ve seen in the past.

Member 0-9Complimentary In-Room Internet Access
Member Rates
Mobile Check-In/Services
Silver Elite10-24Basic Member benefits plus:
10% Points Bonus
Dedicated Elite Reservation Line
Priority Late Checkout (Not Guaranteed)
Ultimate Reservation Guarantee
Gold Elite25-49Silver Elite benefits plus:
25% Bonus Points on Stays
2 p.m. Priority Late Checkout (Based on Availability)
Enhanced In-Room Internet
Gold Welcome Gift (Points - Varies by Brand)
Enhanced Room Upgrade (Based on Availability)
Platinum Elite50-74Gold Elite benefits plus:
50% Bonus Points on Stays
4pm Priority Late Checkout
In Hotel Welcome Gift (Choice of Points, Breakfast Offering, or Amenity - Varies by Brand)
Enhanced Room Upgrade Including Select Suites (Based on Availability)
Lounge Access
Guaranteed Room Type
Annual Choice Benefit (5 Suite Night Awards or Gift Option - Awarded with 50 qualifying nights)
Titanium Elite75-99Platinum Elite benefits plus:
75% Bonus Points on Stays
Additional Choice Benefit (5 Suite Night Awards or Gift Option - Awarded with 75 qualifying nights)
48-Hour Guarantee
Ambassador Elite100 Nights + $20K Qualifying SpendTitanium Elite benefits plus:
Ambassador Service

In the past, SPG members enjoyed the ability to double down on elite night credits when booking more than one room per night. SPG would credit up to three rooms per night booked under a member’s account number. Moving forward, Marriott will only credit elite nights on one room per night.

Platinum Elite Welcome Gift Options

Marriott has also released details of the Platinum Welcome Gift, divided up by brand and region. Unfortunately, they’ve made the welcome amenity overly complicated, with 76 possible outcomes depending on the hotel, and the region you are traveling.


Platinum Breakfast

Designed by the same thought leaders that put together the Welcome Gift options, breakfast is now a mix of lounge access policies that differ by brand, or one of the options ePlatinum Elite members select as a ‘choice benefit’ upon check-in. While breakfast has been stripped from Gold Elite perks, Marriott has lifted the exclusion on free breakfast at resorts, and is adding the breakfast benefit across more brands to include, AC Hotels, Courtyard, Moxy, and Protea properties.

There is still no breakfast offered for Platinum and above at Design Hotels, Editions, Gaylord Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, or Ritz-Carlton properties. At brands that hypothetically ’should’ have a lounge, but the lounge isn’t open or doesn’t exist, the policy changes again. It is hard work keeping track of all the ‘if-this-then-that’ style conditions in the program T&Cs.


For 50-night and above Platinum Members, suite upgrades are now a standard feature of the Marriott program. A familiar feature for SPG members, Marriott Platinum’s will be upgraded “to the best available room subject to availability for the entire length of stay at the time of check-in.” Platinum complimentary upgrades include “suites, rooms with desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors.” Moreover, members can select 5x Suite Upgrades from the list of Platinum Welcome Gifts at 50 nights and again at 75 nights.

Earn Marriott Elite Status via Credit Card

There are seven cards in total providing either low or mid-tier elite status as a benefit just for holding the card. Unfortunately, you can no longer stack the elite night credits from separate cards as a shortcut to elite status, with Marriott capping the elite night credits at 15 combined across all of your cards.

Co-brand cards:

Amex cards:

Will Marriott Status Match Other Loyalty Programs?

Traditionally, Marriott doesn't status match your elite status in another program. However, they do offer a status challenge typically requiring one-fifth of the stays needed to achieve status outside of the challenge. Post-merger, it’s hard to know whether Marriott will continue to offer this under the combined program, or the volume of Marriott Platinum members created during the merger will make them rethink it.

Either way, the decision to award the status challenge is entirely at the discretion of Marriott Rewards. To apply, either call the Marriott Rewards member services team on 1-801-468-8000 or head to the contact page and request one using the form.

Receiving Status via Reciprocal Rewards Programs

You can double up on elite status by tapping into the reciprocal agreements Marriott has in place with United, Emirates, and China Eastern. The primary program is the matchup between Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus, a program called RewardsPlus.


As a Marriott Platinum Premier Elite, you can sign-up for complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver status. And United Premier Gold and above are eligible for Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status. Registration is required. The program also allows all members to double up on points and miles for revenue flights and hotel stays and provides a bonus when converting points to miles (and vice versa).

Lifetime Status

Lifetime-Marriott- SPG-Status-Conversion

Marriott has adjusted the qualification requirements for lifetime elite status. They have removed the lifetime points requirement, and members now earn lifetime status based on total nights stayed across all brands and the number of years spent at an elite tier. You have until the end of 2018 to qualify under the existing rules, with the new regulations coming into play for 2019.

Lifetime Elite Status in the new Rewards Program requires:

  • Lifetime Silver Elite – 250 Lifetime Nights + 5 Years Elite Status
  • Lifetime Gold Elite – 400 Lifetime Nights + 7 Years Gold Elite Status or Higher
  • Lifetime Platinum Elite – 600 Lifetime Nights + 10 Years Platinum Elite Status

If you previously held lifetime status with SPG or Marriott, or you will achieve lifetime status when you combine accounts (Marriott is combining lifetime elite status stays/years from both programs), we’ve put together a post covering all the details of how your old status maps to the new elite tiers.

Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Credit Cards

The easiest way to accumulate Marriott points is by acquiring the Marriott co-brand credit cards. Marriott has struck agreements with both Amex and Chase to provide co-brand cards for the combined Rewards program, with new products introduced and a revamp of existing cards and benefits.

Here's an overview of the Marriott co-brand credit lineup including welcome offers, return on spend, key benefits, and the annual fee for each card.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (previously the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card)Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!• 6x on Marriott spend
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (previously the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 04/24/2019. Terms Apply.• 6x on Marriott spend
• 4x at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
$125 (If application received before 03/28/19, $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95) - Rates & Fees
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (previously the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)Limited time offer: Earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 4/24/2019.• 6x on Marriott spend
• 3x at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 50,000 points
• Automatic Gold Elite status
• Path to Platinum Elite status when you spend $75,000 on the card in an account year
• $300 annual Marriott/SPG hotel credit
• Priority Pass Select membership
• Global Entry/TSA Pre credit every four years
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit CardNo longer accepting applications • 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 4x at restaurants, gas stations, shipping, internet, cable and phone service purchases
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressNo longer accepting applications • 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $30,000 on the card in an account year (rising to $35K from January 1, 2019)
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 3x at restaurants, rental car agencies, on flights booked direct with the airline
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 50,000 points
• Automatic Gold Elite status
• Path to Platinum Elite status when you spend $75,000 on the card in an account year
• $300 annual incidentals travel credit
• Save $100 on multi-passenger domestic airfare purchases
• Priority Pass Select membership
• 3 annual club level upgrades on paid stays up to 7 nights
• Global Entry/TSA Pre credit every 4 years
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 5x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 2x restaurants, car rental agencies, and airfare purchased directly from the airline
• 1x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any Cat 1-5 property up to 25,000 points
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases
Marriott Rewards® Consumer Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 3x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 1x on all other purchases
• Free night certificate valid at any Cat 1-4 property after you spend $25,000 on purchases each year
• 10 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases
Marriott Rewards® Business Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 3x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 1x on all other purchases
• 10 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases

The changes to the SPG cards see the return on spend for everyday purchases drop by 33%, a hard pill to swallow for folks that have traditionally used the card for non-bonus spending. While the earn rates have dropped, every card in the range now gifts an annual free night. Provided you redeem it for more than the yearly fee, the free night offsets the cost of holding the card year-on-year

From August 26, 2018, Marriott also introduced a complicated set of application restrictions, spanning the entire range of co-brand cards. Here’s an overview of the new eligibility criteria for receiving welcome bonuses on Marriott co-brand cards.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (previously the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card)The product is not available to either:

1) current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), OR
2) previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), who .

If you are an existing Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier customer and would like this product, call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for an upgrade bonus.
Welcome offer not available if you're a current cardmember, OR, were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of the:

• Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express)

OR applied and were approved for any of the following cards in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)
• Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)

OR are a current or previous cardmember of the following cards and received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)
• Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (previously The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had:

• The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card.

OR the following cards in the last 30 days:

• The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan
• J.P. Morgan Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

OR have acquired any of the following cards from Chase in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase

OR have received a welcome or upgrade offer for any of the following cards from Chase in the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (previously The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had:

• The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

OR the following cards in the last 30 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card from Chase

OR have acquired any of the following cards from Chase in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

OR have received a welcome or upgrade offer for any of the following cards from Chase in the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

It’s important to note, elite night credits acquired as a credit card bonus are not stackable. Even if you hold multiple co-brand cards, Marriott has capped the total number of elite night credits members can receive as a credit card benefit at 15 per year.

Interestingly, Marriott will provide the information to Chase and Amex regarding eligibility for co-brand cards, rather than Chase and Amex sharing information directly. One of the more frustrating restrictions is holding a business card from either provider will prevent you from receiving the welcome offer on a personal card and vice versa. It’s also worth noting that the restrictions only apply to receiving the welcome bonus on the card, and don’t apply to acquiring or holding more than one card.

Earning Marriott Rewards Points Outside of Card Spend

Where SPG was focused heavily on elite benefits over the ability to double down on points, Marriott has traditionally prioritized the ability to earn lots of points. The new program strikes a balance between the two loyalty schemes, adding plenty of elite level perks while retaining the ability to bank a substantial number of points through stays, credit card spend, partnerships, and promos.

Stays and Spending at Marriott and SPG Properties

All members earn a base 10x points per dollar spent across the combined Marriott and SPG portfolio except for Elements, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites properties where you’ll earn 5x points. While 10x is the status quo for Marriott members, it marks a substantial increase for SPG members who historically earned just 2x Starpoints (6x when converted to Marriott points).

In addition to the base points earned by all members, those with elite status earn a tiered bonus (bonus shown including 10x base points).

  • Silver Elite – 10% bonus (11x points)
  • Gold Elite – 25% bonus (12.5x points)
  • Platinum Elite – 50% bonus (15x points)
  • Platinum Premier Elite – 75% bonus (17.5x points)

Provided you charge everything to your room, members now earn points for all on-property spending including dining and spa services.

Marriott Rewarding Events

Whether you’re an event organizer, planning a reunion, or want to maximize the points earned on your wedding, Rewarding Events offers bonus points and elite credits for meetings and events at 25 of 29 brands participating in Marriott Rewards. Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments and Design Hotels do not take part in Rewarding Events.


Basic members can earn up to 60,000 points per event (2x points/$1), and elite status members can earn as many as 105,000 points as a Platinum Premier Elite (see chart below for other elite tiers). You can also choose to earn frequent flyer miles instead of Rewards points up to a maximum 20,000 miles per event (1 point/$1).

Rewarding Events elite night credits:

  • Earn 10x elite night credits when you book your first meeting
  • Earn 1 elite night credit for every additional 20 room nights you book — up to 20 nights per contract

Marriott Rewards Promotions

Marriott Rewards runs regular promotions such as the MegaBonus promo or the recent free night after two stays promo for new Marriott members. These promotions run year round, and we regularly cover them here on the blog.

Marriott Rewards® More™ Shopping Portal

You can shop Marriott partners like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and Apple in Marriott's shopping portal, Marriott Rewards® More™, and earn bonus Marriott points on purchases. Marriott allows you to purchase items through the portal using points or a combination of cash and points, or you can receive bonus points on purchases including an extra 25% if you hold a co-brand credit card.

Marriott Rewards Partners

You can earn up to 3,000 Marriott points through Hertz rental cars, thousands of points through Cruises Only, or convert your Diners points to Marriott through Marriott’s partners. You can find all the partners on the Marriott Rewards Partner page.


You can earn 2,000 bonus points every time the person you refer stays, up to 5 stays per referral, up to 50,000 points. Your referrals will also receive an additional 2,000 points per stay up to 10,000 points.

Purchase Points

You can purchase or receive as a gift a maximum 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points per calendar year. The purchases are processed through Points.com so you won't receive any travel related bonus for credit card spend. Purchase points in increments of 1,000 points at US$12.50/1,000 points.

Do Marriott Points Expire?

Yes, Marriott Rewards points expire after 24 months without qualifying activity on the account. You can keep them alive by spending on your co-brand card to earn points, paid or points stays, earning points through partners, redeeming points, and much more. For all the details, see our dedicated post on Marriott Points expiration.

Redeeming Marriott Rewards Points

With a massive global footprint of 6,700+ hotels spanning over 120 countries, the combined Marriott and Starwood portfolio is now home to 30 separate brands catering to every budget.

Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Portopiccolo

You can find top-value redemptions across all levels of the Marriott award chart from high-value redemptions for budget travelers through to some of the most luxurious award stays in the world. While Marriott has taken an ax to the value of it’s (formerly) popular Hotel + Air Travel Packages, the inclusion and expansion of SPG’s airline transfer program is a big win for members. Marriott has also retained PointSaver awards and will continue to offer the 5th night free and Cash + Points awards where available.

Marriott Rewards Free Night Awards

Following the merger of Marriott Rewards and SPG, Marriott released a new award chart that encompasses all 29 brands participating in the Rewards program. The award chart features eight award categories and includes seasonal award rates (off-peak, standard, and peak), although the 8th category and seasonal rates won’t be introduced until 2019.

Marriott has assured members there will be no blackout dates in the new program, although awards are in essence capacity-controlled to standard rooms. If a standard room is available as a revenue stay, it should be possible to book it as an award stay.


As part of its media push for the merger, Marriott released a helpful website detailing category changes to all hotels under the combined Marriott umbrella. The site allows you to research hotels and displays the brand, location, points required, and the new category, in addition to linking out to the hotel’s website to book direct.

5th Night Free

Remember, when you are calculating the cost of an award stay with Marriott, you will receive the fifth night free. If you want to see how significantly this can affect the cost of your stay, we detail the results in our post featuring luxurious Marriott redemptions, with comparisons on all sample properties.

PointSavers™ Awards

Marriott PointSavers Awards is a rotating list of properties featuring discounts of up to 33% off the standard award rate. The properties featured in the PointSavers list are available for a limited time, and you must book your stay within the dates listed on the PointSavers page.

The new PointSavers award chart details current rates for discount Standard award rates, plus the Category 8 and seasonal award pricing due to go into effect in 2019.


Cash + Points Awards

Marriott Cash + Points awards are one of the ‘pot-luck’ redemptions in the Marriott Rewards program. There is currently no way of isolating or filtering award searches to show Cash + Points stays, instead, if Cash + Points is available at the time of booking it will display in the redemption options on the room selection page. You can redeem Cash + Points stays from as little as 3,500 points plus $55, so you are essentially buying the extra points required for your stay.

New Marriott Rewards Cash + Points Award Chart

Cash + Points | Points Only
Cash + Points | Points Only
Cash + Points | Points Only
1$50 + 2,500 | 5,000$55 + 3,500 | 7,500$60 + 4,500 | 10,000
2$60 + 5,000 | 10,000$65 + 6,000 | 12,500$70 + 6,500 | 15,000
3$70 + 7,500 | 15,000$80 + 8,500 | 17,500$90 + 9,000 | 20,000
4$90 + 10,000 | 20,000$105 + 12,000 | 25,000$120 + 13,500 | 30,000
5$120 + 16,000 | 30,000$140 + 17,000 | 35,000$165 + 19,000 | 40,000
6$165 + 22,000 | 40,000$190 + 25,000 | 50,000$225 + 27,500 | 60,000
7$225 + 27,500 | 50,000$250 + 30,000 | 60,000$325 + 35,000 | 70,000
8$325 + 35,000 | 70,000$440 + 42,500 | 85,000$635 + 50,000 | 100,000

One of the big advantages of using Cash + Points is that all nights count as Elite credits. If it's status you are going for, Cash + Points may be the cheapest path to take.

Points and Paid Upgrade Awards

When redeeming for a free night award, members may have the option to upgrade to a better room like an ocean view room or a suite using points or cash. Upgrade awards are only available at select properties, and requirements vary by property, category, room type, and season. Check out Marriott’s T&Cs for details.

Points Advance

If you find award availability but don't yet have all the points needed to secure your reservation, Marriott offers a unique benefit called Points Advance. This allows members to make an award booking without the points required in their account, provided the number of points needed doesn't exceed the 50,000 point purchase limit, or you can accumulate the required points before the cutoff date, which is 14 days before your arrival date.

Points Advance is not currently offered at the following hotels:

  • St. Regis®
  • The Luxury Collection®
  • W®
  • Sheraton®
  • Le Méridien®
  • Westin®
  • Design HotelsTM
  • Tribute Portfolio®
  • Four Points®
  • Aloft® Hotels
  • Element®
  • Other select, non-branded properties listed in the Marriott T&Cs

Airline Transfer Program

Of all the concerns expressed by SPG members on the lead up to the Marriott merger, the airline transfer program was front and center for most members. Thankfully, Marriott has done a standout job of maintaining the integrity of the airline transfer program and improving the program with respect to the expanded list of airline partners and a few improved transfer ratios.

Keeping in line with the 1:3 transfer ratio of SPG points to Rewards points, members can transfer Marriott points to airline miles at a 3:1 rate, with a bonus 15,000 points awarded for every 60,000 points transferred. With the added 15,000 points, equivalent to 5,000 miles in the frequent flyer program you’re transferring to, you receive 25,000 miles for every 60,000 points transferred to airline miles. All but two of the transfer partners convert at a ratio of 3:1, with JetBlue receiving a 6:1 ratio and Air New Zealand a mind-numbing 200:1.

Check out the full list of transfer partners below.

Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus3:1
Aeroflot Bonus Program3:1
Aeromexico Club Premier3:1
Aeroplan/Air Canada3:1
Air China PhoenixMiles3:1
Air France/KLM Flying Blue3:1
Air New Zealand Airpoints200:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan3:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia3:1
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club3:1
American Airlines AAdvantage3:1
Asia Miles/Cathay Pacific3:1
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club3:1
Avianca LifeMiles3:1
British Airways Executive Club3:1
China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles3:1
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club3:1
COPA ConnectMiles3:1
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles3:1
Emirates Skywards3:1
Etihad Airways3:1
Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns3:1
Gol Smiles2:1
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club3:1
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
Iberia Plus3:1
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank3:1
Jet Airways JetPrivilege3:1
JetBlue TrueBlue6:1
Korean Air SKYPASS3:1
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass3:1
Lufthansa Miles and More3:1
Qantas Frequent Flyer3:1
Qatar Airways Privilege Club3:1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan3:1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer3:1
South African Airways Voyager3:1
Southwest Rapid Rewards3:1
TAP Air Portugal Victoria3:1
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus3:1
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles3:1
United MileagePlus3:1.1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club3:1
Virgin Australia Velocity3:1

Hotel + Air Travel Packages

Marriott’s Hotel + Air Travel Packages enable you to redeem a set amount of rewards points for a seven-night stay at any Marriott or SPG property, plus receive up to 100,000 airline miles across one of Marriott's airline partner. United MileagePlus members enrolled in RewardsPlus receive 10% additional miles when redeeming for a Hotel + Air package, receiving 110,000 United miles.

What used to be the jewel in the crown of Marriott Rewards, the Hotel + Air Travel Packages have been stripped of the value they once held and now represent almost universally poor value.

The only saving grace for Marriott’s Travel Packages is that the program is a lot easier to understand. Where the old Hotel + Air packages were a complicated mess of award charts, airline partners, and transfer ratios, the new program has been simplified down and now features just two award charts. One for RewardsPlus members transferring to United, and one for all other airlines.

 7 Nights + 50,000 Miles (55K for RewardsPlus)7 Nights + 100,000 Miles (110K for RewardsPlus)
Category 1-4255,000330,000
Category 5315,000390,000
Category 6435,00510,000
Category 7495,00570,000
Category 8675,000750,000

Marriott Moments

Initially rolled out as the Marriott Experiences Marketplace just months after Marriott announced its takeover of Starwood, the first iteration of the marketplace was an SPG Moments replica allowing members to bid on specially curated events and experiences using Marriott Rewards points.


The current iteration of Marriott’s experiences marketplace, rebranded as Marriott Moments, features a significantly expanded platform, including a supersized experiences marketplace full of custom tours and activities that Marriott promotes as ‘the worlds largest selection of tours,’ plus the original auction-style marketplace now labeled Member Exclusives. For a full rundown on the expanded Marriott Moments platform, we’ve gathered all the details in our comprehensive Marriott Moments guide.

How to Book Marriott Rewards Free Night Awards

Booking award stays with Marriott is easy. Just head to the Marriott website and search for your desired dates and destination, click the ‘Use Points‘ checkbox, and click the ‘Find Hotels‘ button.

Marriott Rewards Free Night Awards can be booked through the Marriott website
Marriott Rewards Free Night Awards can be booked through the Marriott website
  • Select the hotel you want to book from the list.


  • Select your date from the available nights.


  • Select your room.


  • Confirm your details and proceed to the checkout.


Transferring Marriott Rewards Points To Another Account

Marriott Rewards members can transfer up to 100,000 points per year between accounts that have been open for a minimum 60 days. The 100,000 point limit applies only to transfers from your account to another member, however, you can receive up to 500,000 points into your account, transferred from multiple friends or family.

“2.8.a. In accordance with the conditions for transferring Points as described in Section 1.6.c. Members can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 Points per calendar year between any two accounts in good standing that have each been open for at least sixty (60) days, whether sending or receiving Points.”

New members can transfer points provided their account is at least 30 days old, and reflects activity such as a qualifying stay or other activity that traditionally extends the life of your points. Members cannot transfer miles or elite night credits.

For a more in-depth look at the rules around Marriott Rewards points transfers, check out the Marriott’s T&Cs sections 1.6 and 2.8.

Marriott Rewards Look No Further® Best Rate Guarantee

Marriott has the Look No Further® Best Rate Guarantee to guarantee you get the lowest price for your room, although you only receive it when you book directly with Marriott. From the Marriott website:

  1. Make a reservation using any official Marriott reservation channel (Marriott.com, SPG.com, Marriott App, SPG App, Customer Engagement Centers, or directly with a hotel).

  2. If you find a lower rate for the same hotel, same room type, and same reservation dates on a non-Marriott website or non-Marriott mobile app (“Comparison Rate”) you may submit a Best Rate Guarantee claim.

  3. If we approve your claim, we’ll match the Comparison rate AND give you your choice of either an extra 25% discount on the room (20% discount for Design Hotels) OR give you 5,000 Marriott Loyalty Program Points.

There are too many conditions and ’Not eligible if’ statements to list here, so for all the participating brands, applicable rates, claim guidelines, the verification process, and lots of other riveting fine print, grab a coffee and head over to the Best Rate Guarantee T&Cs.

Final Thoughts

When Marriott first announced it was taking over Starwood, and would combine the rewards programs into a single entity, it’s safe to say most points and miles fans feared the worst. The editorial staff here at AwardWallet included.

Fast forward to 2018, and, bar a few casualties, the combined program is a mix of the best parts Marriott Rewards and SPG.

Marriott members receive expanded elite status privileges, access to a new breed of luxury hotel, much-improved airline transfer program, a revised credit card lineup, and some new partnerships. SPG members can earn a ton more points, retain the much-loved airline transfer program, have access to a significantly expanded portfolio of hotels to choose from, and hold onto the elite status benefits most feared would be cut from the combined program. Overall, the resulting program is as good as we could hope for (almost) given the scale of the merger.

If there’s any info we’ve missed or you have questions about the new Marriott Rewards program, don’t hesitate to reach out on the comments and we’ll do our best to dig up an answer.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees)

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  • great article and exactly what I was looking for… except: I still don’t quite understand what “qualifying charges ” are… can’t find it anywhere else online either… any thoughts?? Cheers, Wendy

    • Marriott doesn’t explicitly list this. A general summation is anything you can charge to your room minus taxes/fees would be considered eligible.

      • Unfortunately I suspect Marriott keeps this somewhat vague deliberately.

        For example the restaurant that serves breakfast at the Wailea Marriott charges to your room, but they didn’t award points because it was not run by the hotel (although you’d struggle to know this).

    • Anything you charge minus fees.

      Except be careful many Marriott properties DO NOT own adjacent restaurants even though connected via the lobby within the hotel and no points are awarded unless its all Marriott property.

  • gotcha! Thanks Howie, also for the mega-fast response 😉

  • Donna bollinger says:

    We have always been gold and we slipped to silver last year … I remember reading somthing that we could pay to be put back to gold status ? I was wondering if this is still available and how much it is if so ?

  • What about if we already have the Marriot rewards card as of June 2018? Will it roll over into the new card?

  • Rachelle Kaplan says:

    I waited 15 minutes to talk to an agent. I finally hung up in disgust. I will be needing a reservation in May of next year. I want to find out when rewards on my anniversary will be applied, so I’ll know if I can use them in May. My husband wants to know also, as he has an account too.

  • Do you know if a stay using the credit card’s annual free night award counts towards elite status (i.e., in addition to the 15 elite nights credit)? Thanks in advance!

  • I’m still a bit confused. I have the Marriott Business card, renewing in late November. Will I receive 15 nights stay credit after I pay the annual fee? I’m currently at 62 nights, so it’s kind of crucial.
    Thanks –

  • Can you potentially earn 16 points per dollar spent at Marriott with the Marriott rewards program (10 points/$1) along with the Marriott Premier Plus credit card (6 points/$1)?

  • I’m sharing this with as many folks as possible just so you know.

    I’ve been a loyal marriott member for at least 20 years. Last checked I had about 300,000 points (I’ve used lots over the years).

    They stole all the points. I now have zero. They changed their policy so that if you do not stay at a marriot location for 24 months they steal your points. And of course, they did not notify me so I’d have a chance to not loose them.

    Be warned. Suffice to say I’ll never use marriott or an associated facility again which is fine. There are lots of great options out there.

    Happy travels!





  • I have 49 nights and need 1 more this year to get platinum. If I use my Chase Marriott card anniversary free night will that count for my 50th night? A rep told me no but they didn’t seem very knowledgable.
    I also heard that Marriott and Westin Vistana timeshare nights now count toward elite status. Can you confirm?

  • Does it matter if you merge Marriott Rewards points into SPG or vica versa?

  • Is there an advantage to merging Marriott Rewards in SPG or vica versa? Sorry if a duplicate question as I couldn’t tell if first one went through. Thanks.

  • Wow, extensive great article. After the merger, I decided I wouldn’t push for status as in years past. I’ve been SPG platinum elite for several years, but it doesn’t seem worth it for Marriott. Really loved SPG.

  • Wow!
    A lot of useful information.

  • Thanks for this excellent recap.

  • Some of the changes are disappointing, but overall, still a good program.

  • A great program but so many confusing issues right now. Hopefully when they change the name and a few other things it will get easier.

  • Thanks for the comprehensive summary. I noticed on the credit cards summary that the “Marriott Rewards Premier” credit card is no longer accepting applications. However, for those of us that have this card, are we grandfathered into the “1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases”? Secondly, I’m not 100%, but I think the annual fee for the “Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card” is also $85, and not $45.

  • Have Cat 7 hotel rooms been allocated for points now.

  • Outstanding resource you all have put together. It is so nice to see all of this combined into one post. Thanks!

  • charles janay says:

    Do you know if those free points through social media or whatever that they offer occasionally (like the contest entries a month or 2 ago) count as activity?

  • Sharing this and saving this so I can review, there are so many properties etc that I have trouble keeping track. Im new to SPG but know many who are loyal to Marriot brand. I hope this can clarify some of the confusion and im glad to see (at first glance anyways, the points balance is not needed for lifetime stay earners – it looked impossible to obtain)

  • Very useful info summarized. Thanks!

  • Jamie Eubanks says:

    Really nice breakdown Howie. This is definitely a bookmark post. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the post, it is very helpful.
    Marriott’s latest program is really too big and too confusing.

  • Thanks for the comprehensive overview.

  • Thanks for the great info.

  • Really comprehensive article on a very complicated merger. Thanks. I really miss SPG but I’m happy that Marriott didn’t get rid of the airline transfer program.

  • WOW that is a lot of info….I guess now that there is no more SPG I better learn this stuff…

  • This is very comprehensive, thank you!

  • Sophie Pearson says:

    Thanks, this is awesome. The merger has been quite confusing, glad you have compiled such an extensive guide.

  • A superb comprehensive rundown on the program. Thanks!

  • Program has been devalued so much…..

  • Customer service surely has gone downhill. I was missing lifetime nights after combining accounts and I emailed customer service. It’s been 2 weeks and they never replied.

  • Wow, so comprehensive article. Great job.

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    nice list, love marriott.

  • I agree with everyone else. This is an awesome post! They used to have Marriotts Rewards More but discontinued it. I had the app and the browser extension and now they do not work. I liked those too. Wonder what happened.

  • This summary is OUTSTANDING!!

  • wow!! Great write up!! Thanks for all the details!

  • Thanks for your excellence in breaking this down! It’s still a bit overwhelming, but you’ve inspired me to pursue more knowledge and act upon the status challenge!

  • Great info, thanks!

  • Thank you so much, Howie. For better or worse, we are “Marriott people”. We own Vacation Club properties, and my husband is Lifetime Premier Platinum Elite–primarily on leisure travel. I feel like I know the Marriott system pretty well. AND yet, I keep a screen shot of the 76 different Welcome Amenity options/breakfast offerings, etc on my phone. And before we check into a Marriott property, I do my research so I know what to expect. It’s crazy!

  • Now that’s a thorough review. I’m keeping this post handy

  • I have a question about a Gift of 5 Elite Night Credits. If I claim that will it be added to 2018 nights or 2019? I do not need 5 nights in 2018, since will not be able to reach next level. It says I have till Jan 14th to claim. Thanks.

  • Great break down, thanks!

  • Fantastic summary! Thank you.

  • These write-ups are much better than the membership guides.

  • I just wish they could fix their IT. It really is still much deficient.

  • Very useful! I’m assuming the separate credit cards will get nixed at some point? Or will they continue as normal?

  • I have some questions:
    – how many points will I receive if I cancel the old category 5 – 7 nights package?
    – if I convert it to the new category 4 – 7 nights package and then I can’t use it, can I cancel also the new package?
    – the credit of points in my account for the cancellation of the travel package reset the expiration date of my Marriott points?

  • Let’s see.
    The old certificate expires in April, in February or March I’ll ask for the cancellation and have points in my account or ask for the conversion to the new certificate.

  • Great write up Howie, very useful.

  • Howie, sorry if this was asked somewhere above but I can’t find the answer. Can I use my free SPG night and my free Marriott night at the same property for two consecutive nights? I have not combined my accounts as of yet because somehow wound up with Marriott Platinum by mistake and don’t want to chance losing it. Not sure if both free certs would show up only if I merge. Thanks!

  • I currently have 27 stays and 33 nights for 2018. Will I qualify for Platinum Elite Status for 2019? From what I’ve read and the limited (poor) customer service support I’ve received, I believe I will, but am still not sure.

  • When staying at Marriott hotels, check your rewards account statement carefully to make sure your points are posted properly. I’ve had three stays in the past couple months, none of which were automatically credited. In each case, I had to submit a “missing credit” report on their website and wait 10 days for an investigation.

    • Yes, in my book, this is one of the biggest mistakes such a loyalty program can make – not having points properly, easily credit. Having to work for your points, by requiring the additional step of submitting “missing credit” reports is a big ding. Getting that function right is the very essence of a program.

  • Curious about points advance. Are you charges taxes and local fees up front or when you complete the booking?

  • I’ve been a long-time SPG member. Recently used points post-merger and not quite the same level of service, but will hope it will improve after some growing pains.

  • So are there no rollover nights at all?

  • really helpful- thank you 🙂

  • Nice to see the off peak rewards for 2019

  • Zhang Shao says:

    Still think the IT from Marriott is terrible. I still prefer the IT from SPG

  • Thanks to this post I decided to check my SPG account (which I haven’t used in a looong time) and apparently I lost it. Not a big deal as it was probably empty, but thank you anyway to bring this to my attention! I’ll have to register again.

  • I’m a gold customer , I had a horrible experience with the new merger. Firstly, we are a family of 5 when you book a room which accommodates for 5, you are charged ontop of the room charge $120 usd per extra person being the 3 children which equals $ 360.00 and plus the room rate per night. The only thing the hotel has to do is make sure there is 3 extra towels because the beds are made up. Secondly, Just now I was organising our holiday for June and I was going to use points and the points have jumped from 7000 per room per night to 25000 point per room per night we stay at this hotel in Europe a number of times and 25000 points it’s unfair. I wish they would be more reasonable because I have to go to another hotel group. As well the hotel we stayed at recently where striking for 50 days regarding the merger.

  • I am a gold elite member wtih 7-night hotel and air package expiring end of March. My husband is a platinum elite with 3 club upgrade certificates.
    Is there a way to combine/transfer accounts to best take advantage of our current status and rewards?

    • Hey Keana, that’s a really good question. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer for sure. It might be possible to redeem the hotel package and then change the loyalty number on the reservation to your husband to take advantage of his elite benefits. Marriott has been less than clear about the rules for these things since the SPG merger. I’d recommend giving them a call.

  • David Hollander says:

    Out of all the cards above, if you spent over 75k a year on them, which would you choose?

  • How do I cancel membership in Marriott Rewards? Can’t find that anywhere on the site.

  • Pablo Rincon says:

    Any idea if 5n Travel Packages are still a thing? Haven’t read any DPs from people buying them since the merge.

    • I think those have been phased out completely. At one point you could still book them by phone, but we also haven’t heard any confirmed success stories recently. Please keep us posted if you get something booked by phone.

  • Hi,
    Did anyone have any issues with the Marriott app this year ? As of Dec 31st 2018, my app showed I have 50 nights and I thought I should be eligible for choice benefits bonus for reaching 50 nights ? but now when I call customer service to check, they claim to see only 43 nights + 5 nights from Amex SPG card ?

    Can someone clarify ?
    Also where can I view if the 5 elite night credits and 2 stays per 2018 SPG Amex card was credited or not ?


    Comment on the new fake No BlackOut Dates which entitles hotels to cap the available nights so they are indeed multiple BlackOut Dates in place now and how the cheat Marriott Vacation Club Owners by not increasing ever the amount of points they get when they trade in their weeks reaching the point that the 110,000 points obtained for a red season week only gets you an average of 2 nights at a hotel or 1.5 at a top quality one.

  • If a member of Starwood rewards has 15 bonus nights. How does that work? Are those free nights they are entitled to?

    • The 15 bonus nights are nights towards elite status qualification. So you don’t get 15 free nights; you get credit towards elite status as if you had stayed (and paid for) 15 nights.

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