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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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Pay with your card to stay at eligible hotels and earn the most points.

In early February 2019, Marriott merged its partnered rewards programs into one program called Marriott Bonvoy. This change standardized the point system and made both programs accessible through one account.

Despite the merger, staying at eligible hotels with cobranded Marriott Bonvoy cards is still the best way to accrue points. Here’s the nitty-gritty of earning points with Marriott Bonvoy.

Seven ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

Earn miles with credit cards

Making purchases with eligible credit cards is the most reliable way to earn points. Most cards also offer a signup bonus to jumpstart your points collection.

Our pick for 1:1 point transfer

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 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®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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Using a Marriott Bonvoy card is the most direct method of earning points to your Bonvoy account.
Name Product Welcome Offer Rewards Annual Fee
75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
6x points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels; 4x points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and on US wireless telephone and shipping services; 2x points on all other purchases
$125
Earn 75,000 bonus points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of card membership. Rates & fees
100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
6x points at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels and 2x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, 3x at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines and 2x for all other purchases
$450
Earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 or more within your first 3 months of card membership

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If you’re not interested in signing up for a Marriott Bonvoy cobranded card, other Chase and American Express cards can help you earn and transfer points to your Bonvoy account. These cards can be helpful if you only occasionally stay at Marriott branded hotels or if you prefer more diverse earning categories.
Name Product Welcome Offer Rewards Annual Fee
60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
2x points on travel and dining. 1x points on all other purchases
$95
Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit. 1x points on all other purchases
$450
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
$150 cash back after spending $500 in the first 3 months
5% back in rotating categories up to $1,500 combined each activated quarter, then 1% after that and on all other purchases
$0
0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers.
3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent, then unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases
3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent, then unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases
$0
Earn 3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent. After that earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases.
35,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on airfare booked directly with airlines; 4x points at US restaurants; 4x points at US supermarkets on up to $25,000 per year in purchases (then 1x points)
$250
35,000 bonus Membership Rewards® Points when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months Rates & fees

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Transfer rates

Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Marriott Bonvoy points at a 1:1 ratio.

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Stay and spend at eligible hotels

Staying and spending at Marriott Bonvoy qualifying hotels is the other primary method of earning points. You’ll earn a certain number of points per dollar spent depending on which hotel brand you’re staying with.

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Data obtained March 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Qualifying charges, in this case, include charges related to your stays, such as dining, beverages, spa services and any activities associated with the hotel such as golf.

Elite status levels

You can boost the number of points you earn on hotel stays when you become a Silver Elite member or higher. Here’s the point bonus you’ll earn and how to qualify.

Membership Qualifying stays needed Points bonus
Silver Elite 10–24 nights per year 10% bonus
Gold Elite 25–49 nights per year 25% bonus
Platinum Elite 50–74 nights per year 50% bonus
Titanium Elite 75–99 nights per year 75% bonus
Ambassador Elite 100+ nights per year and $20,000 in annual qualifying spending 75% bonus

Data obtained March 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Car rentals with Hertz

You’ll earn 2,000 points for Hertz rentals of two or more days, or 500 points for one day at participating locations. Hertz also offers discounts on base rental rates to Marriott Bonvoy members.

Book cruises with CruisesOnly

Get 3 points for every dollar spent booking a cruise with CruisesOnly. CruisesOnly also offers extra point promotions on certain destinations.

Host meetings and events

Marriott Bonvoy lets you earn points on bookings made for meetings or other business events, even if you aren’t footing the whole bill. The maximum points you can earn depends on both the cost of the event and your Marriott Bonvoy member level.

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Data obtained March 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Participating brands

Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments don’t currently participate in this program.

Refer a friend

Certain credit cards offer bonus points for referring a friend to a card and having them sign up. Chase, for example, allows you to earn up to $500 in points each year — $50 for each friend who opens an account.

Purchase points

You can purchase up to 50,000 points per year in 1,000 point increments through the Marriott Bonvoy site if you need more points for an award. Each increment costs about $12.50 as of March 2019.

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Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy remains a fairly standard hotel rewards program. Combining the Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards program offers members more consistent earnings overall.

However, if you want the most earning value, you’ll need to commit to earning Marriott Bonvoy Elite status, which might require some additional planning and effort for the highest tier levels. If you want to learn more, take a look at our guide on the Marriott Bonvoy program. And compare your redemption options to get the most value out of your hard-earned points.

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