These 8 Marriott hotels offer extraordinary value for your points – Forbes Advisor

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The Marriott Bonvoy program should be part of every traveller’s arsenal. With properties in 131 countries, you’re likely to find a hotel wherever you go. Plus, with thirty brands to choose from, you can earn points on everything from basic overnight stays to lavish getaways (more importantly, you can redeem them across the spectrum as well).

Earning free nights is easy. Bonvoy members earn 5-10 points per dollar spent on qualifying stays, with bonuses for Elite members. There are also several Marriott credit cards to choose from to earn additional points. Cards with an annual fee include annual free night certificates each year when you renew your card.

Redemptions are just as simple. Each property is classified into one of eight categories with predefined award prices. Off-peak dates are billed at the lower price of the rewards range, but standard and peak dates are also available for rewards (albeit at a higher price). Since hotel categories and price ranges are published, members can save and budget their stays accordingly. Overall, rooms cost between 5,000 and 100,000 points per night.

If these prices seem too high, take a second look. There are several ways to get even more value from your points. PointSavers exchanges feature a rotating list of properties available for 10-20% less points. If these don’t meet your needs, you can also save money by booking longer stays. If you redeem points for five consecutive nights, you will only have to pay four. It seems like the perfect excuse to extend your stay a little longer.

For now, Marriott lacks a few popular redemptions offered by other programs, such as the ability to use points to book suites or specialty rooms at all properties. Cash + Points redemptions are also inconsistent – some properties don’t even offer the option and others limit when they will accept them. Either way, Bonvoy Points can save you a lot of money on your next trip. These eight hotels prove that they are worth collecting.

Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

Category 6 hotel with rewards available for 40,000 to 60,000 points per night

About halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Tambo del Inka would be a great hotel for the location alone. There is even a private train station where you can take a tour of Peru’s largest Inca ruins. However, this is only the beginning: the hotel also has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fine cuisine and breathtaking views.

You can certainly cut costs by staying elsewhere in the Sacred Valley, but now is not the time to overdo it. The altitude here is no joke, so having a comfortable place to rest and acclimatize is worth its weight in gold, especially when that “gold” starts at 40,000 Bonvoy Points.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Category 2 hotel with rewards available for 10,000 to 15,000 points per night

Most people assume that African safaris are astronomically expensive, but with a little bit of effort, you can plan a DIY trip to save a lot of money. The Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the best places for this: Wildlife sightings are frequent and varied, and the roads are in good condition for getting around. In addition, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is a Category 2 hotel that you can book for just 10,000 points per night.

If you think such a low reward price means this is a basic hotel, think again. You can relax by the infinity pool, watch the Big 5 from the on-site bar, or take in the bird’s-eye view from the observation tower. By the way, you are only 100 meters from the entrance gate to the national park. Not bad for a free night.

Suiran, a Luxury Collection hotel, Kyoto

Category 8 hotel with rewards available for 70,000 to 100,000 points per night

As a Category 8 hotel, you’ll need a lot of points to book a stay at the Suiran in Kyoto, but it’s still a good deal compared to paying in cash. Inside the century-old villa, the rooms harmoniously blend Japanese history and modern luxury.

When you can get away from the boutique property’s private hot springs, you will find yourself in the heart of historic Arashiyama. Walk to bamboo groves, parks filled with spring cherry blossoms, or even the monkey park across the river. Of course, you will also be connected to Kyoto’s temples and castles thanks to its central location.

Residence Inn Charleston Kiawah Island / Andell Inn

Category 5 hotel with rewards available for 30,000 to 40,000 points per night

There are times when you want a luxury stay and times when you just want space. In this hotel you can have both. The Andell Inn on Kiawah Island overlooks a lake for a vibrant sunset (wraparound porch included) so you can relax after playing on one of Kiawah Island’s many golf courses including including the Ocean Course which hosts the 2021 PGA Championship. There is also a free beach shuttle and a saltwater pool on site.

This property’s awards include king-size studios, providing you with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living areas. Since breakfast is included and there are several restaurants within walking distance, not to mention historic Charleston just 20 miles away, you may not need the kitchen. Still, it’s always nice to have the option.

The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Category 7 hotel with rewards available for 50,000 to 70,000 points per night

When Dubai starts to feel too busy, it’s an hour’s drive north to the Ritz Carlton Ras al Khaimah which sits on a 1,235-acre protected reserve. During your stay, you can choose to relax with leisurely activities like stargazing and nature walks or dive into archery, desert biking and horseback riding. Kids will love extras like falconry shows and the chance to feed resident oryxes.

Standard rooms here are anything but. You can expect a 1,700 foot villa all to yourself, with wraparound decks and private plunge pools. The rest of the resort is also impressive, with a communal pool, four restaurants, and a spa with a popular hydrotherapy circuit.

Moxy Glasgow Merchant City

Category 3 hotel with rewards available for 15,000 to 20,000 points per night

Contrary to popular belief, hotels don’t have to be fancy to earn buyouts. Lower-category hotels, where rewards cost less points, may still offer added value over paying cash. Take the Moxy Glasgow Merchant City, for example. Clean and comfortable rooms are available for just 15,000 Bonvoy Points per night so you can put your wallet aside.

Limited-service hotels like the Moxy brand don’t always have amenities like spas or room service, but value-conscious travelers are likely ignoring these things anyway. If you’re the type who spends all day exploring and prefers local restaurants, this hotel is tailor-made for you. You can walk to Glasgow Cathedral or take the tube to High Street station less than a block away.

Aegon Mykonos, Autograph collection

Category 6 hotel with rewards available for 40,000 to 60,000 points per night

There’s a reason Mykonos is so expensive. This Greek island has it all, from gorgeous beaches and epic nightlife to unforgettable restaurants. Assuming you’re ok with the tourist crowds (at least if you’re visiting in July or August), this is the place to be.

The Aegon Mykonos opened in 2019 and is still practically new given the lack of international tourism as the borders were closed. This leaves you with beautiful, contemporary rooms at great value for money. Choose between the Retreat side of the property for mountain views and a quieter stay or the Revive section for closer access to the hotel’s private beach. Either way, it’s theft. Note that like most tourists to Mykonos, the hotel is only open in season.

West of Toronto

Category 6 hotel with rewards available for 40,000 to 60,000 points per night

You don’t need to be staying at a resort to get the most of your Bonvoy Points. The W Toronto is a metropolitan getaway with a tantalizing combination of on-site amenities and a convenient location to the rest of downtown Toronto. At the very least, you’ll want to check out the rooftop bar and restaurant during your stay.

As Toronto is large, the hotel’s location in Yorkville is ideal. The world-class Royal Ontario Museum is just down the street and there are some trendy restaurants a short walk away. For trips further afield, the hotel also offers direct access to the Yonge-Bloor subway station.

Final result

With a global presence of over 7,000 properties, the Marriott Bonvoy program should be on your radar, whatever your travel style. With so many options, these eight hotels are just the start.

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