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How to Earn Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Points

How to Earn Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Points

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Whether you're testing the waters with Marriott or you’re a devout loyalist, you probably already know that you can save up Marriott points and redeem them for free hotel stays, room upgrades, vacation packages and more.

What you may not know are all the different ways you can earn Marriott points — in addition to earning on stays, your options for earning Marriott points include using the right credit card, booking cruises, dining out and renting cars. The more methods you incorporate, the sooner you'll be able to book your dream vacation with points. Maximize your points balance with this guide on all the ways to earn Marriott points.

Book a Marriott hotel stay

The most common way to earn Marriott points is by staying at hotels within the Marriott family. You'll earn points based on how much you spend throughout your stay, which includes spending on your room rate, as well as dining and beverage purchases, spa services and more.

The base earn rate is 10 points per dollar spent at most Marriott properties, although a handful of Marriott's brands offer lower earning rates. You'll earn a base rate of 5 points per dollar spent at any Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites or Element hotel, while at Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay properties, you'll earn a base rate of 2.5 points per dollar on the room rate only.

In addition to this base rate, elite members of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program earn a points bonus on all stays, making it easier to earn Marriott points quickly. The bonus amount increases with higher Marriott Bonvoy elite status tiers, as explained in the table below. For example, while a regular Marriott Bonvoy member would earn 2,000 Marriott points on a $200 stay, a Titanium Elite member would earn 3,500 points.

Marriott points per stay

Status levelRequirementsPoints earned/$1
Member0 to 910
Silver Elite10 nights11
Gold Elite25 nights12.5
Platinum Elite50 nights15
Titanium Elite75 nights17.5
Ambassador Elite100 nights and $20k annual spend17.5

Marriott credit cards

Marriott has four credit cards through Chase and American Express that offer cardholders the chance to earn additional Marriott points. You'll earn Marriott points on all of your credit card spending, and you'll even get the chance to earn a generous welcome bonus.

CardIntroductory bonusEarning categoriesAnnual fee
Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card from ChaseEarn 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.Earn 3X points for every $1 spent at 7,000+ hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™ and 2X points on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).$0
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from ChaseEarn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.Earn 6X points for every $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™ and 2X points on all other purchases.$95
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® CardEarn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after your first anniversary of Card Membership. Offer Expires 1/13/2021Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy Hotels. 3 points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines. 2 points on all other eligible purchases.$450
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® CardEarn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. 4x points 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 points on all other eligible purchases.$125

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, please click here

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, please click here.

The points you get from credit card spending are earned in addition to what you earn on stays as a Marriott Bonvoy member. For example, if you're a Platinum Elite member and have the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase, you’ll earn an effective rate of 21 Marriott points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, allowing you to accumulate Marriott points much faster.

Each card also comes with a lucrative welcome bonus that you can earn if you spend a certain amount of money within the first three months of opening the card. These welcome bonuses are one of the best ways to earn lots of Marriott points quickly.

There's a long list of restrictions for both product and introductory bonus eligibility on all of these credit cards. If you've never had a Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) or Ritz-Carlton credit card, and you meet the card issuer’s application requirements, you should be in the clear. If you've ever had any Marriott, SPG or Ritz-Carlton credit cards, though, make sure you read up on the bonus eligibility for Marriott Bonvoy card offers as well as product eligibility information before applying.

Transfer Chase points to Marriott

In addition to earning Marriott points with Marriott's co-branded credit cards, you can also earn Marriott points indirectly with the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. This program allows you to transfer your points to a long list of Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners at a 1:1 rate, including the Marriott Bonvoy program. In the table below, you’ll find Chase’s main Ultimate Rewards-earning credit cards.

CardIntroductory bonusEarning categoriesAnnual fee
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardEarn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.2X points on travel and dining at restaurants, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.$95
Chase Sapphire Reserve®Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.$550
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit CardEarn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year. Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases—with no limit to the amount you can earn.$95

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy is easy and fast — you simply log into your Ultimate Rewards account and provide your Marriott Bonvoy member information. Transfers are typically processed by the following business day.

It's worth noting that this isn't the best use of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points in most cases. Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1.25 to 1.50 cents each when redeemed for travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal, which is more than you can usually squeeze out of Marriott points. You can also transfer your points at a 1:1 rate to 10 different airline loyalty programs, and these airline miles are often more valuable than Marriott points. That being said, this transfer option is handy if you’re a few thousand points short of a stay you want to book with Marriott.

Transfer Amex points to Marriott

Just like Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, the American Express Membership Rewards program lets you transfer your Membership Rewards points to various airline and hotel partners that include Marriott Bonvoy. Below, you'll find a table with the most popular Membership Rewards-earning credit cards.

CardIntroductory bonusEarning categoriesAnnual fee
American Express® Green CardEarn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.Earn 3X Membership Rewards® Points on Restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery. Additionally, earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on all eligible travel, from subway swipes and window seats to hotel stays and city tours.$150
American Express® Gold CardEarn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points on Restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery. Additionally, earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X), and 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.$250
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressEarn 75,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 6 months.5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel and 5X Membership Rewards® points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.$550

For rates and fees of the American Express® Green Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

Membership Rewards points transfer to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 rate, although American Express regularly runs promotions that allow you to transfer your points to certain transfer partners at a higher rate for a limited time. One recent targeted promotion allowed Membership Rewards members to transfer their points to Marriott Bonvoy with a 30% bonus, meaning 1,000 Membership Rewards points could be exchanged for 1,300 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Even with a promotional bonus, transferring Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy isn't always the best redemption option for folks who want to get the highest value possible. American Express’s other transfer partners, particularly the airlines, tend to yield more value on a per point basis.

Marriott Cruise with Points

The Marriott Bonvoy Cruise with Points portal allows you to book cruises with a variety of cruise lines and earn Marriott points in the process. You'll earn 3 Marriott points per dollar spent on cruises booked through this portal, which includes cruises offered by Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages and more.

Marriott Refer a Friend (Reward a Friend)

The Marriott Reward a Friend program gives you the chance to earn up to 50,000 Marriott points when friends you refer to the Marriott Bonvoy program complete stays. You'll get 2,000 points each time one of your referrals completes a stay, up to five stays per referral. You can refer up to five new members each calendar year, so make sure you choose friends who’ll actually stay with Marriott. As an added incentive, let them know that they'll earn 2,000 bonus points after each of their first five stays by using your referral to join.

Rent a car with Hertz

You'll earn 500 Marriott points per rental with Hertz simply by including your Marriott Bonvoy number on your Hertz rental car reservation. If you rent cars regularly, pairing your Marriott loyalty with Hertz can pay off in more ways than one — in addition to earning Marriott points on your car rentals, if you achieve Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite status with Marriott Bonvoy, you’ll get complimentary elite status with the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program.

Marriott Bonvoy Events

If you ever have to plan events or host meetings, hosting them at participating Marriott properties through Marriott Bonvoy Events can earn you up to 60,000 Marriott points — or more, if you have elite status with Marriott Bonvoy. You'll earn 2 points per $1 spent on room, food, beverage and audio/visual expenses at any qualifying event, up to 60,000 points, plus a points bonus ranging from 10% to 75% for elite Marriott Bonvoy members.

Marriott Eat Around Town

Eat Around Town is a portal for Marriott Bonvoy members that lets you earn additional Marriott points at participating restaurants, bars and clubs when you sign up for an Eat Around Town account and pay with a linked credit or debit card. The portal includes more than 11,000 establishments, and you'll earn 4 to 6 points per dollar spent at all of them, depending on your Marriott Bonvoy membership status).

Marriott Green Choice

Marriott's Make a Green Choice program allows guests who are staying at least two consecutive nights at a Marriott property to forgo housekeeping for up to two consecutive days in exchange for a small sum of Marriott points. While this is marketed as a sustainability initiative, it's worth noting that it's come under fire from labor advocates and the housekeepers themselves for promoting reduced hours and job loss.

The information related to American Express® Green Card, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card has been independently collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information.

Elizabeth is a personal finance writer specializing in credit cards, student loans, financial planning, and small business. Her work has appeared on The Motley Fool, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, and Bankrate. She’s an avid credit card points collector and ex-business traveler who now enjoys frequent trips abroad for leisure.

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How We Calculate Rewards: ValuePenguin calculates the value of rewards by estimating the dollar value of any points, miles or bonuses earned using the card less any associated annual fees. These estimates here are ValuePenguin's alone, not those of the card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer.

Example of how we calculate the rewards rates: When redeemed for travel through Ultimate Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred points are worth $0.0125 each. The card awards 2 points on travel and dining and 1 point on everything else. Therefore, we say the card has a 2.5% rewards rate on dining and travel (2 x $0.0125) and a 1.25% rewards rate on everything else (1 x $0.0125).