Marriott Bonvoy

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Hotel
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Marriott Bonvoy
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+1 800-228-2100
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Hotel stays at Marriott properties

Marriott Bonvoy is one of the main hotel programs in North America for points and miles enthusiasts. With over 8,000 properties worldwide, understanding the hotel rewards program in regards to how to earn, burn, and take advantage of their elite status offerings can go a long way in making your next vacation that much more enjoyable and affordable.

Let’s delve into the specifics of the Marriott Bonvoy program, with a comprehensive guide on how to earn and make the most of your points.

Acquiring Marriott Bonvoy Points

When it comes to earning Marriott Bonvoy points, there are three main methods in Canada: staying at Marriott Bonvoy properties, credit card welcome bonuses, and credit card spending on Marriott branded credit cards. You can also purchase Marriott Bonvoy points from Marriott, and convert points from other airline and bank programs.

Stay at Marriott Bonvoy Properties

The most well-known way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is to stay at Marriott properties. As a Marriott Bonvoy member, you will earn points for every dollar (USD) spent at most Marriott hotel brands. The rate of earning depends on the property but is 10 points per dollar spent for most. See the chart below.

Marriott BrandPoints Per USD Spent
Marriott Executive Apartments2.5 points per US dollar spent
Residence INN, TownePlace Suites, Element, Homes & Villas5.0 points per US dollar spent
All other Marriott brands10 points per US dollar spent

Eligible hotel purchases include dining, beverages, rounds of golf, spa services and much more. You can earn points for buying gift cards at most Marriott hotels as well.  

Marriott Bonvoy digital gift card

Also as an Elite Status member, you get a boost to the earning rate, depending on your status level. Marriott also has promotions from time to time that offer extra points for consecutive stays.

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status LevelBoosted Earning Rate on Marriott Hotel Stays
Silver Elite10%
Gold Elite25%
Platinum Elite50%
Titanium Elite75%
Ambassador Elite75%

Do note that to earn points for a stay, you must book directly with Marriott. Booking through a travel agency will generally not allow you to earn Marriott points or benefit from your Elite Status. 

Credit Card Bonuses

One of the easiest ways to rack up a lot of Marriott Bonvoy points quickly is to apply for a Marriott Bonvoy credit card. All Marriott Bonvoy credit cards come with welcome bonuses and some give cardholders the opportunity to earn well over 100,000 Bonvoy points after meeting the minimum spend requirement.

In Canada, there are two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards both issued by American Express, the American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card and the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business credit card.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Card

The American Express Marriott Bonvoy card earns Bonvoy points and offers cardholders benefits including an annual free night and 15 qualifying nights towards elite status.

Check out our American Express Marriott Bonvoy card review for more details.

BONUS
50,000 Marriott Bonvoy
MINSPEND
$1,500
NET VALUE
$330+
ANNUAL FEE
$120
FOREX FEES
Yes
EXPIRY
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card

The American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business card earns Bonvoy points and offers cardholders benefits including an annual free night and 15 qualifying nights towards elite status.

BONUS
60,000 Marriott Bonvoy
MINSPEND
$5,000
NET VALUE
$390+
ANNUAL FEE
$150
FOREX FEES
Yes
EXPIRY

If you have an individual tax identification number (ITIN) and can access the US credit card market, there are five Marriott Bonvoy credit cards available:

Credit Card Welcome Bonus Net Value
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (US) 250,000 Marriott Bonvoy $2,125 Apply
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy $1,255 Apply
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Bevy Card (US) 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy $515 Apply
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Credit Card 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy $515 Apply
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy $270 Apply

Credit Card Spending

All Marriott Bonvoy credit cards earn Bonvoy points at various rates, depending on the purchase category. In general, the highest rate you can earn is on purchases made at Marriott Bonvoy hotels. This of course stacks with the points earned as a Marriott Bonvoy member, as described above.

Marriott Credit CardEarn Rate on Marriott PurchasesEarn Rate on Other Categories
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Personal (Canada)5 points per CAD dollar spent2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business (Canada)5 points per CAD dollar spent3 points per dollar spent on gas, dining, and travel purchases
2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant (US)6 points per US dollar spent3 points per dollar spent on dining (including takeout and delivery) and on flights booked directly with airlines.
2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases.
American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business (US)6 points per US dollar spent4 points per dollar spent on restaurants, gas stations, shipping providers, and wireless phone services
2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases.
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless6 points per US dollar spent2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold3 points per US dollar spent2 points per dollar spent on travel-related purchases
1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases

Related: Learn more about how to get a US credit card as a Canadian + use our ITIN service to get started

Purchase Marriott Bonvoy Points

Marriott Bonvoy points can be purchased at a rate of 1.25 USD cents per point. Marriott has been known to offer bonuses on purchasing points, with up to 55% bonus points which can reduce the cost per point significantly. Members are able to purchase up to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points during a calendar year.

Marriott Bonvoy buy points or gift points

If you are looking to top up your points balance for a hotel redemption, this can be a viable option in a pinch. Alternatively, you may also find value in buying points during a promotion since buying points and redeeming them may be cheaper than paying cash rates for specific properties.

If you are going to purchase Bonvoy points, use a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees to save 2.5% since the purchase will be charged in US dollars. You can purchase Marriott Bonvoy points here.

Transfer Points From Other Loyalty Programs

If you collect points in other loyalty programs, a number of them can convert their loyalty currencies into Marriott Bonvoy points. The eligible programs and transfer ratios are listed in the table below:

Loyalty Program Transfer PartnerTransfer Ratio
American Express Membership Rewards points (CA)10:12
American Express Membership Rewards points (US)1:1
Chase Ultimate Rewards points1:1
United Airlines MileagePlus points
(Only available for United Premier status members)
1:1

In general, American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be redeemed for better value through airline programs. Ultimately, this means that transferring these currencies to Marriott Bonvoy is really only recommended if you have a surplus of airline points and a deficit of hotel points, or are looking to top up for a redemption.

Combine Points with Other Members

While not truly accruing new points, this is a neat feature that members need to be aware of. If you earn Marriott Bonvoy points with a significant other or player two, you can combine Bonvoy points between accounts. This is a stellar way to build an even bigger points balance for aspirational hotel redemptions.

Members can transfer up to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per calendar year to other accounts and are eligible to receive up to 500,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per calendar year. Marriott Bonvoy points must be transferred in increments of 1,000 points. The transfer can be completed online by filling out this form here.

Other Ways to Earn Marriott Bonvoy

Aside from the above, there are several more obscure methods to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, including:

  • Organize meetings and events.  If you hold an event at a Marriott property you can earn 2 points per dollar spent.
  • Refer up to five friends to Marriott Bonvoy per year. Both you and the friend earn 2,000 points for each of their first five paid stays (10,00 points for them and up to 50,000 points for you per year).
  • Eat Around Town by Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott has its own hotel dining rewards program, where you can earn 6 Marriott points per dollar spent as a Marriott Bonvoy program member. To participate, sign up and add your credit card to the program to use at participating restaurants. The 6 Marriott points are in addition to any earned by the credit card or restaurant’s reward program. Note: currently only US restaurants are participating. 
  • Book travel with Marriott travel partners. When booking directly with Hertz car rentals you can earn 500 points per rental by adding your Marriott Bonvoy number to the reservation, or you can earn 2,000 points per rental booking through Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities. You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points when you book a cruise through Marriott Cruise With Points.
  • Buy a bed from Marriott Bonvoy. You can purchase a mattress from any of Marriott’s 15 online retail stores, including Shop EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton Shops, The Luxury Collection Store, St. Regis Boutique, W Hotels The Store, Curated by JW, Shop Marriott, Sheraton Store, Westin Store, Shop Le Méridien, Collect Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels The Store, Shop Courtyard, Fairfield Store and Shop Four Points.

Redeeming Marriott Bonvoy Points

There are three ways to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points: staying at Marriott Bonvoy properties, transferring to airline partner programs, and Marriott Bonvoy moments.

Stay at Marriott Bonvoy Properties

The best way to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points is to use them for hotel stays at any of the Marriott properties worldwide. Marriott has properties that range from a simple room to rest at night to gorgeous properties in some of the most desirable locations in the world.

Maldives sea plane to W hotel
Image Credit: Upgraded Points via Unsplash

Redeeming points with Marriott Bonvoy is simple. In order to redeem points, you will need to visit the Marriott website or open the Marriott app and search for a city or hotel, and select “Use Points/Certificates”.

Santorini Greece search on Marriott Bonvoy using points/certificates

Once you select the property you are interested in staying at, you will see the rooms that are available to book on points. At many properties, they may only offer a certain room type for points or may offer the option to book with points and cash combined. Select the room type that you are interested in staying at.

Marriott Bonvoy Santorini Mystique Junior Suite booking page

Once you select the room, you will be at the reservation confirmation screen where you will see your dates, property selected, and room type. If you scroll down, you will be able to confirm that you are making a points redemption as it will show that you are redeeming a set amount of Marriott Bonvoy points for your reservation.

Marriott Bonvoy summary of charges totaling 120,000 points

In March 2022, Marriott Bonvoy introduced dynamic pricing for all of its properties. This means that point pricing can fluctuate significantly, so I would recommend checking your existing bookings a few times before your stay to see if the total points cost was reduced. If so, it is easy enough to cancel and rebook your stay to save on points.

While Marriott Bonvoy does operate on tiers of properties even with dynamic pricing, these tiers are not publicly available as they once were. Simply put, you can expect to pay more Bonvoy points for a St. Regis property than you would for a Courtyard property.

Santorini mystique hotel Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy also offers the fifth night free on award bookings. This means that if you book a five-night stay and redeem Marriott points, you will only pay the total amount of points for the first four nights of the stay. This benefit is only available on a hotel booking that is completely paid with Marriott Bonvoy points; free night certificates can not be used toward the fifth-night free benefit.

Transfer Points to Airline Partners

Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred to over 40 airline partners at a ratio of 3:1. Additionally, Marriott will add an additional 5,000 airline miles for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred. This means that Bonvoy points can be transferred to frequent flyer programs at a ratio of 60,000 Bonvoy to 25,000 airline miles.

Transferring Bonvoy points can be a good alternative if you need to top up airline points in a specific program, such as Alaska Miles or Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. I would not recommend transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to programs that you can easily earn points for in Canada, such as Aeroplan. 

The full list of airline transfer partners can be found here.

Marriott Bonvoy convert points to frequentl flyer miles

To initiate a transfer of your Marriott Bonvoy points, take the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account at Marriot.com
  2. Navigate to this page: Transfer Points to Miles – Marriott
  3. Click the button labeled ‘TRANSFER POINTS’
  4. A modal will pop up prompting you to select what frequent flyer program you want to transfer to, enter your frequent flyer number, and how many Bonvoy points you wish to convert.
  5. Click confirm once you’ve entered the required information. 

Note that it can take up to 1 week for the transfer to complete and be reflected in your account. You can see the current transfer ratios, including any bonus promotions, by viewing our Miles & Points Transfer Partner Tool.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Marriott Bonvoy Moments give members the opportunity to redeem their points for unique culinary, arts, sports, and entertainment experiences worldwide.

Moments are offered for fixed prices or in an auction format, meaning that certain experiences can go for a large amount of points. Whether you are looking to score exclusive box suite tickets to a concert by your favorite artist or excellent seats at the next F1 event, Marriott Bonvoy Moments can help get you there.

You can view all currently available Marriott Bonvoy Moments here.

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

Elite Status is a staple of what makes the Marriott Bonvoy program worthwhile. By earning status you unlock a host of valuable perks and benefits. Marriott Bonvoy also offers lifetime status which is earned by staying a specific number of nights and holding status for a specific number of years.

Marriott Bonvoy elite status Brad Pitt acceptance speech meme

How to Earn Bonvoy Elite Status

Marriott Elite Status is granted based on the number of nights you’ve stayed at a Marriott property in a calendar year, which are called ‘Elite Qualifying Nights’ or EQN for short. 

Status is awarded based on the following chart:

Status LevelNumber of EQNs Required
Silver Elite10 nights
Gold Elite25 nights
Platinum Elite50 nights
Titanium Elite75 nights
Ambassador Elite100 nights + $20,000 spending

Once you earn a given status level, you’ll be entitled to the benefits of that status level when staying at Marriott properties for the rest of the year it was earned, the following year, and January and February of the year after. Essentially, you will get benefits for a minimum of 14 months and potentially much longer. 

Of course, there are lots of tricks to getting to elite status faster. By holding any Marriott Bonvoy credit card, in Canada or the US, you immediately get 15 Elite Qualifying Nights. Unfortunately, you cannot stack multiple Bonvoy credit cards to get more than 15 EQN, except in one specific instance: holding both a personal and business Bonvoy credit card in the US. 

If you want more details on how to take advantage of the EQNs from credit cards and get Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status quickly, read our article: Fast Track to Earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Status. Not to mention, if you earn 30 EQN from a combination of two credit cards, you will earn Gold Elite status with no work required.

Once you have the 15/30 EQN from your credit card, you can further expedite your status by doing what are called ‘mattress runs’ – this is where you stay at a lower-end Bonvoy hotel during off-peak dates (ie. for the lowest amount of points possible) purely to acquire EQNs. By getting your status as fast as possible, you can enjoy the higher tier of status for your memorable trips to more exotic destinations.  

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Mattress Runs

Benefits of Bonvoy Elite Status 

The full list of benefits for each Marriott Bonvoy status tier can be found here.

We’ve summarized the most worthwhile benefits in the table below. In general, only Platinum and higher get really juicy benefits, such as free breakfasts, suite upgrades, lounge access, and so on.

BenefitsGold ElitePlatinum EliteTitanium Elite
Points Bonus25%50%75%
Late Checkout
*Based on availability
☑️
2pm*
☑️
4pm
☑️
4pm
In Hotel Welcome Gift
*Varies by brand
☑️
Points*
☑️
Points, Breakfast offering or Amenity*
☑️
Points, Breakfast offering or Amenity*
Enhanced Room Upgrade
Based on availability
☑️☑️
Including Select Suites
☑️
Including Select Suites
Lounge Access☑️☑️
Annual Choice Benefit
Awarded with 50 qualifying nights
☑️☑️
Annual Choice Benefit
Awarded with 75 qualifying nights
☑️
Note that this table does not include Silver or Ambassador Elite levels, for brevity.

The Annual Choice Benefit is a major perk of Platinum Elite status and Titanium Elite status (Titanium gets two). With this, you get to select one of the following:

  • Five Nightly Upgrade Awards (NUAs)
  • Five extra elite qualifying nights
  • Give the gift of Silver Elite status to another member
  • 40% off your favorite hotel mattress
  • US$100 charity donation

It’s really not worth choosing anything other than Five NUAs, in our opinion.

Free Night Certificates

A few of the Marriott co-branded credit cards offer a free night certificate award as part of your cardholder anniversary. 

For example, on the Canadian side, both the American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card and the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business credit cards offer a free hotel night certificate worth 35,000 Bonvoy points on the cardholder’s anniversary.

On the US side, the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business card (US) and the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card also offer a free night certificate worth 35,000 Bonvoy upon the cardholder’s anniversary. On the other hand, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card offers a 50,000 Bonvoy annual free night certificate.

Related: 18 Best Hotels in North America to Redeem Marriott Free Night Certificates

If you have any free hotel nights in your Bonvoy account, they can be viewed under your “Account Activity” or in the Marriott Bonvoy app. Your free night certificates will have an expiry listed; this expiry date is when you must complete the stay by, not by when the booking must be made.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Free Night Award up to 85K points

If you want to redeem a free night certificate, search for a points redemption booking on the Marriott Bonvoy website. Once you are at the booking page where you are able to select your type of payment, if you are eligible to apply a free night certificate towards the booking, it will appear as a payment option.

Marriott Bonvoy redeeming a free night award for 35k points

The option to use a free night certificate will only appear if your free night certificate covers the Bonvoy point cost of one night of your stay. However, you can top up the certificate with up to 15,000 Bonvoy points to cover the booking. 

So for example, if you have a 35k points certificate, the option to use the certificate will show up on the payment screen for any hotels that cost 50,000 points or less.

Marriott Bonvoy redeeming a free night award for 35k points with a 5,000 points top up

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Marriott Bonvoy points expire if your account does not have any qualifying activities for 24 months. Qualifying activities include any transaction in which you earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points.

To view your certificate, navigate to your Marriott account dashboard on Marriott.com. Your Marriott Bonvoy free night certificate will appear under the ‘Activity’ tab, where the value and expiration date will be shown. When searching for Marriott Bonvoy hotels, if you select ‘Use Points/Award’, you will see the certificate listed as a payment option on the booking page, IF the certificate value is enough to cover at least one night (either by itself or with a top-up of up to 15,000 points).

If you have Nightly Upgrade Awards earned through elite status, you can apply them to your bookings (when allowed) to increase your chance of being upgraded for your stay. One Nightly Upgade Award will be consumed per night of your stay.

To apply them to an existing booking, select your booking on the Marriott website or in the Marriott app. If eligible, there will be a button that you can click to apply the Nightly Upgrade Award(s). You will then need to select the room type(s) that you would like to upgrade to. The more types of suites you select, the greater the chance of approval. Nightly Upgrade Awards will clear a few days before your stay and you will receive an email notification if you have been upgraded.

Yes, Marriott Bonvoy members are able to purchase up to 100,000 Bonvoy points in a calendar year. Points can be purchased at a rate of 1.25 cents (USD) per point. If you are interested in purchasing Bonvoy points, you can do so here

From time to time there are discounts on the purchase rate, sometimes points can be had for as little as  80-90 cents (USD) per point.

The value of one Marriott Bonvoy point is approximately 1 cent. This means that you should aim to receive 1 cent per point when making an award booking to ensure you are getting good value for your points, else it may make more sense to make your booking with cash.

Yes, you are able to transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points to another member. In order to initiate a transfer, you will need to call Marriott customer service.

The minimum amount that can be transferred is 1,000 Bonvoy points. You are eligible to transfer up to 100,000 Bonvoy points per calendar year to other accounts. A Marriott Bonvoy account is eligible to receive up to 500,000 Bonvoy points total per calendar year.

The expiry date indicated on your Marriott free night certificate is the stay-by date. This means that you need to complete the stay before this date, not just redeem the certificate.

Marriott Bonvoy customer service can be reached at 1-800-228-2100 in Canada and the United States.

A few days after you achieve Platinum or Titanium Status, you should be sent a congratulations email prompting you to go to the Annual Choice Benefit website to make your selection.

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