This chart shows what you earn in Marriott Rewards point value as a share of dollars spent on paid nights. Invert the percentage to calculate the average number of paid nights required for one reward night at the same property. E.g., at “Member” level, 1 / 8.4% or 12 nights are needed to earn one free night at a similar hotel. Overall Marriott Rewards offers good cashback, especially for the lower elite levels.
The Marriott Rewards Premier Visa offers 15 credits toward elite status, resulting at least in instant Silver status. Card holders also receive 5 bonus points per dollar spent at Marriott Rewards properties, resulting in an extra cashback of 4.2%.
At main Marriott Rewards brands, members receive 10 base points per dollar spent. Silver members receive a 20% bonus, Gold and Platinum members a 25% and 50% bonus. While stays at certain brands will result in lower number of base points (5 points per dollar at TownePlace Suites and Residence Inn, and 2.5 at Execustay and Executive Apartments), elite level percentages remain the same. At most brands an elite amenity is offered to Platinum members (see below for more details). Read more about elite benefits on the Marriott Rewards Member Benefits page.
At Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph and Marriott Vacation Club points are earned on room and all other expenses. For stays with other brands in the portfolio, points are only earned for room expenses only. The Marriott Rewards Premier Visa provides 5 bonus points per dollar spent.
This chart shows point value by hotel category. Value is expressed in ¢ (U.S. dollar cent) and calculated as average non-refundable room rate divided by number of points needed. An overview of all hotels by category can be found on the Marriott Rewards Hotels by Category page.
On average, Marriott Rewards points are worth 0.84¢. This means that 10,000 points have an average value of $84.
Value is significantly higher at the lower end, where points are worth 1.6¢ at category 1 and 1.48¢ at category 2 hotels. The highest category 9 hotels also exceed the average, with point’s value of 0.86¢. Book reward stays at the lowest and highest categories to get most value out of your Marriott Rewards points.
Marriott Rewards members can qualify for higher elite levels by completing a certain number or “nights” within a calendar year. Note that there is no alternative requirement based on number of “stays” as is common with many other hotel chains. To reach “Silver”, a member must complete 10 nights, for “Gold” 50 nights and for “Platinum” 75 nights. Nights earned during a calendar year in excess of those required for elite status are considered “Rollover Nights”. These extra nights will be carried into the next year. You can find more details on the Marriott Rewards Member Benefits page.
Marriott Rewards also offers Elite Lifetime Status for which you can qualify by completing a number of nights or earning a number of points during your entire program membership (read more on the Marriott Rewards Elite Lifetime Status page).
Marriott Rewards Platinum members receive an elite amenity for stays at most brands in the portfolio. There is no benefit for Gold members.
At the lower end of the quality scale, TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites give 200 points per stay. This is increased to 250 points at Moxy, Protea and AC hotels, and to 400 at Courtyard. All other Marriott brands offer 500 points per stay.
Marriott Rewards has a broad range of brands with an average star rating of 3.2 stars across 4100 hotels.
TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites and Residence Inn are the brands with an average star rating of 3 or lower. Courtyard has an average quality of 3.1 stars and is the largest brand in the portfolio with almost 700 hotels. Marriott, AC by Marriott and Renaissance have about 4 stars. JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton are the program’s luxury brands with 4.7 and 4.9 star ratings on average.
About 90% of Marriott Rewards’ hotels are located in North America. Courtyard is the largest brand in the region, followed by Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and Marriott. Those 4 brands together make up about 80% of all Marriott Rewards hotels in North America. In Europe and Asia, Marriott is the largest brand with more than 30% of Marriott Rewards hotels in the region. AC is the second brand in Europe with a large presence in the Mediterranean. Marriott Rewards also has more than 100 Protea Hotels in Africa since 2015.
Marriott Rewards has 9 hotel categories. In addition, it has 5 tiers for Ritz-Carlton, Edition hotels, and several resorts. Since the category changes in March 2015, the average points required for a reward nights equals 21.2K. Consult the full list of hotels by category on the Marriott Rewards Hotels by Category page.
Points needed range from 7.5K to 50K for the 9 “reward categories”, and from 30K to 70K for the “reward tiers”. Lower point rates can be realized using “PointSavers Rewards” (more info on the Points Grid page). It is also important to note that your 5th reward night is free when redeeming 4 reward nights at a property.