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Not all points and miles redemptions happen by booking flights or reserving hotel rooms. There are other lesser-known ways to use points, such as using them to book experiences through Marriott Bonvoy Moments. Let's look at exactly what this is and how you can use your Marriott Bonvoy points for fun new experiences.
- What Is Marriott Bonvoy Moments?
- How To Purchase Marriott Bonvoy Moments
- How To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points
What Is Marriott Bonvoy Moments?
Marriott Bonvoy Moments give members exclusive access to things like concerts, festivals, sporting events, culinary experiences, and more. Some experiences are auctions where you bid points in hopes of winning, while others have a fixed-price point. Additionally, the experiences are always changing based on what events are happening at the time.
Marriott Bonvoy Moments arranges offerings into four categories:
- Arts & Lifestyle — These are things like cultural tours, museum exhibits, art lessons, wellness weekends, and more.
- Culinary — In this category, you can do things like dine at high-end restaurants (even Michelin-starred ones!), take cooking classes, go on food tours, and more.
- Entertainment — This includes things like tickets to concerts and music festivals. It also includes suite packages for a true VIP experience.
- Sports — No matter your sport, Marriott Bonvoy Moments has something for you. There are options for baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, racing, and more.
Marriott Bonvoy Moments has a long list of partners that allow them to offer these experiences to their members. These are big names like American Express, Chase, NCAA, PepsiCo, NFL, and more.
Visit the Marriott Bonvoy Moments home page here to search by keyword, location, or any of the categories listed above.
How To Purchase Marriott Bonvoy Moments
First, log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account using your email or member number and password. Next, find the experience you're interested in on the Marriott Bonvoy Moments page. There are two types of Marriott Bonvoy Moments purchases.
Fixed-Price Marriott Bonvoy Moments
Redeeming is simple and straightforward, and you don't have to worry about being outbid. You will select the quantity that you want, then select “redeem now.” After this, you can go through the confirmation process to finalize your purchase.
Auction-Based Marriott Bonvoy Moments
In this case, you are placing a bid and hoping to be the winner when the bidding ends. There are two ways to place your bid. First, you can enter a one-time bid in the increment amount listed. Second, you can place a maximum bid and the bidding system will automatically bid for you in the required increment amount until bidding closes, or your maximum bid amount is reached.
You will automatically be dropped from the bidding process once your maximum bid is reached. However, if someone bids higher, then you are able to set a new maximum bid amount.
Marriott Bonvoy Moments Rules and Restrictions
There are some rules you need to be aware of when it comes to purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Moments.
- You are allowed up to five experiences per calendar year.
- You can purchase up to two packages per event, if available.
- All redemptions are final.
- Points will be immediately deducted from your around when purchasing fixed-price experiences. When purchasing auction experiences, points will be deducted from your account once bidding closes and you have won.
How To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points
In order to do any of the above, you need to have some Marriott Bonvoy points. First, you'll need a free Marriott Bonvoy account. If you don't have an account, click here to sign up. This is where your points will be collected to be used to book hotel stays or to purchase Marriott Bonvoy Moments.
There are a lot of options when it comes to earning Marriott points. Let's look at what they are.
Stay and Spend at Marriott Hotels
The most straightforward way to earn points is by paying cash to stay at a Marriott hotel. You will earn 10 points per dollar spent on most Marriott stays. An exception to this: staying at Marriott long-term brands. For example, staying at Element, Residence Inn, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, TownePlace Suites, and now Protea earn 5 points per dollar spent.
Additionally, elite members earn a points boost:
- Silver Elite — 10% bonus
- Gold Elite — 25% bonus
- Platinum Elite — 50% bonus
- Titanium & Ambassador Elite — 75% bonus
You can earn additional points through on-property spending, like restaurants and spas.
Credit Card Options
The easiest way to earn a lot of points quickly is to open a co-brand Marriott credit card. Marriott currently offers four personal card options (two from Chase and two from American Express), along with one business card option.
The $95 annual fee includes an annual Free Night Award (up to 35,000 points), automatic Silver Elite status, and 15 Elite Night Credits per year. This card earns Marriott Bonvoy points at 6x on money spent at Marriott, 3x on gas, dining, and groceries, and 1x on everything else.
You will earn 15 Elite Night Credits per year, along with 3X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, plus 2X points for every $1 spent on other travel purchases.
American Express Cards
This card earns 125,000 points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership. The $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees) includes an extra 1,000 points per Marriott stay, automatic Gold Elite status, an annual free night award (up to 50,000 points), and 15 Elite Night Credits per year. The card earns:
- 6X points on purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy
- 4X points on up to $15,000 in combined purchases per year at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets
- 2X points on all other eligible purchases
The final personal card earns two 85K Free Night Awards after you use your new Card to make $6,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. It has a larger annual fee of $650 (Rates & Fees). In addition to automatic Platinum Elite status, this card offers an annual $300 dining credit at worldwide restaurants ($25 per month), an annual Free Night Award (up to 85,000 points), and 25 Elite Night Credits per year. Points earned from spending:
- 6X points on purchases at Marriott Properties
- 3X points at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery
- 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines
- 2X points on all other eligible purchases
This business card earns 125,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new Card to make $8,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 11/1/23. It has a $125 annual fee (Rates & Fees) and offers a 7% room rate discount, automatic Gold Elite status, an annual Free Night Award (up to 35,000 points). Plus, cardmembers can earn an additional free night after spending $60,000 on the card. You will receive 15 Elite Night Credits and earn 6x on money spent at Marriott, 4x at restaurants, gas stations, and telephone services, plus 2x on everything else.
Marriott Bonvoy Promotions
Additionally, Marriott regularly runs promotions for its award members. These are always changing, so for the latest promotion be sure to check out our Marriott promotions page, which we regularly update. You can even occasionally buy Marriott points with a bonus or discount.
Other Marriott Partners
Marriott also has many partners that allow you to earn points when purchasing or spending. Earn points by:
- Linking your Marriott and Uber accounts here
- Dining at Eat Around Town restaurants
- Renting a car through Hertz
- Booking a cruise
- Buying a Marriott vacation package
Finally, you can transfer points from both Amex and Chase. Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards can be transferred to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000 points. Occasionally, there will be transfer bonuses where they will transfer at a higher ratio, so always keep an eye out for those!
For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), and Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card (Rates & Fees)
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