Luxurious Redemptions with Marriott Bonvoy Rewards

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With Marriott Rewards and SPG finally tying the knot, the loyalty programs for Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood hotels are now housed under a single umbrella program, Marriott Bonvoy. The newly named rewards program brings 29 brands under the Marriott Bonvoy branding, allowing members to earn and redeem Marriott points across the combined range of brands using a single rewards currency.

With the merger complete, we felt it was the perfect time to touch on some of the luxury redemptions available to members of the consolidated Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. The hotels we've selected don't always represent the best cent per point value, a title which often goes to properties at the lower end of the award chart, instead focusing on what we think of as one-of-a-kind redemptions. Those properties that are an experience in and of themselves.

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The combined Marriott Bonvoy Rewards program allows members to redeem Bonvoy points for outstanding properties like the W Koh Samui.

Aside from how easy it is to earn a ton of Marriott points, there are some other standout features of the program that can add substantial value to an award stay.

Marriott Rewards provides the fifth night of every award booking free. You only pay for four nights when booking a five-night award stay. You can share Marriott points for free between accounts (send 100K points, receive up to 500K points per year), and, if you keep an eye on promotions, you can catch PointsSaver awards which will save you as much as 33% off the cost of award redemptions.

Redeeming Marriott Bonvoy Points For Luxury Stays

While you can redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for as low as 4,000 points for a Cat-1 Off-Peak PointSaver award, the hotels on today's list are all aspirational redemptions that sit at the top of Marriott's award chart, in categories 7 and 8. Ranging anywhere from 60,000 points per night up to a whopping 85,000 points for standard awards, these are some of our favorite luxury redemptions for redeeming Marriott Rewards points.

To ensure the price/points comparisons were fair, all stays:

  • Were priced at the Standard Member Rate
  • Used the lowest rate available three 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.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

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If you've had your eye on the ultra-luxury Al Maha in Dubai but been put off by the astronomical cost (previously 60K Starpoints per night), the merger with Marriott now has this property priced at a much more realistic 85,000 Rewards points per night, roughly half what it cost under SPG. Located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the Al Maha is a suite only property surrounded by vast desert sand dunes spotted with lush palm groves. The suites are straight out of Arabian Nights, filled with dark textured woods and Persian inspired furniture, with each suite displaying a panorama out to the Hajar Mountains.

  • Category 8 property requiring 85,000 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $9,246 or 340,000 points will give you a value of 2.72 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $1,897 or 85,000 points will give you a value of 2.23 cents per point.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Maldives has attained a kind of cult status in the points and miles community. Like the bobby pins worn by Boy Scouts when they attain a new secret handshake, award travelers love to recount their experiences here and share how hard it was to book (not to mention get to). Cult status or no, the resort is one of the worlds most aspirational properties for good reason. Following a 45-minute seaplane ride from the international airport nearby, you'll be greeted by the famous St. Regis Butlers who can organize all things food, drink, activity, and spa during your stay. Situated on its own island and covering roughly 9 hectares of tropical rainforest, gardens, and white sandy beaches, the property's overwater bungalows are some of the most Instagrammed suites and villas on the planet. There are six restaurants and bars to choose from, or you could have your butler deliver canapes and cocktails while you dangle your feet in the water and watch the sunset.

  • Category 8 property requiring 85,000 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $14,115 or 340,000 points will give you a value of 4.15 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $2,823 or 85,000 points will give you a value of 3.32 cents per point.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

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Set in the heart of Manhattan, just a few minutes walk from some of the best shopping, dining and cultural experiences in America, the Ritz-Carlton Central Park embodies the old world elegance of 19th century New York. Fronting Central Park with its Art Deco exterior, this New York City icon is home to 259 guest rooms and suites featuring marble bathrooms and hot tubs. Guests seeking an added level of comfort can retreat to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge or La Prairie Spa before dining out at Auden Bistro & Bar for an elegant dining experience. The Ritz-Carlton Central Park harks back to a day when design was timeless, and grace and beauty were of fundamental value to a hotel's experience.

  • Category 8 property requiring 85,000 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $6,736.11 or 340,000 points will give you a value of 1.98 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $1347.23 or 85,000 points will give you a value of 1.58 cents per point.

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel

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Delivering contemporary luxury in the center of London's Mayfair area, the JW Marriott Grosvenor House overlooks Hyde Park from its famous Park Lane home. Newly refurbished suites feature marble bathrooms and unique designs with some including expanded living space and kitchens. Nearby access to iconic attractions like Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, and Madame Tussauds London, and numerous award-winning dining options make for a well-rounded holiday experience in central London.

  • Category 7 Marriott Rewards property requiring 60,000 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $2,402.12 or 240,000 points will give you a value of 1.00 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $472.12 or 60,000 points will give you a value of 0.79 cents per point.

Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel

Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel

While most reviews of luxury Marriott Rewards properties in Paris focus on the iconic but somewhat showy Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel, a personal favorite is to redeem Marriott Points for the Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel. With a distinctly Parisian feel and located in the heart of Paris' fashion district on Rue du Mont Thabor, you're only a short walk from the Louvre, Opera, and Place Vendôme. A Michelin-starred chef operates the hotel's world renown restaurant, or you can walk out the front door and chase a breakfast of espresso and croissants. The Renaissance Paris Vendôme includes an indoor heated pool and hotel spa to indulge in a post-shopping massage.

  • Category 7 Marriott Rewards property requiring 60,000 points per night
  • 5x nights @ $2,340.09 or 240,000 points will give you a value of 0.98 cents per point.
  • 1 night @ $459.02 or 60,000 points will give you a value of 0.77 cents per point.

Final Thoughts

The goal of award travel should be finding the perfect mix of luxury and experience, as well as securing outstanding value for your points, and all of the above stays exemplify these ideals. Earning points is easy using the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and other Marriott points-earning cards, plus the numerous points earning promotions every year. The ability to share points with family and friends and excellent transfer partners to top off your account for specific redemptions gives you flexibility when redeeming points.

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Comments

  • Cindi Anderson says:

    I compared the points and prices on these hotels and others like it. Unfortunately they limit the value of the points by adding $ surcharges when the room rates are higher. For example, the Paris Opera Ambassador should be 270,000 points per week, but instead is 270,000 plus 700 euros.

    • Not sure I follow. Can you provide a specific example of when you see this?

      • Cindi Anderson says:

        Sure, today I checked the Paris Opera Ambassador for the first week of June 2017 and instead of 270,000 points it says 270,000 plus 100 euros per night.

        • I don’t see it. What is the breakdown of the 100 euros / night for?

          I just went through a booking and selected 4 nights and the only fee was 2.48 euro/day taxes.

          • Cindi Anderson says:

            OK just checked again. I don’t remember the dates I used before so this time used June 5-12. The opera only says 30 euro surcharge per night, the Vendrome says 100 euro surcharge. When I look at the detail, it’s for a Superior room. Checking the hotel website, they also have a Cozy room. So is the problem that they are calling that a room upgrade and that’s what the 100 euros is for? Likewise the Opera with the 30 euro surcharge, says Deluxe room. So basically neither hotel has entry level rooms available?

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