Point 6: hotel reward programs

     Each hotel reward program offers a selection of hotels that may be suited to your ideal trip or vacation. Some hotels offer the ability to redeem points for free nights, while others offer certain hotel amenities. We suggest that you apply the same approach in choosing a credit card or airline to hotels as well: sign up for all hotel reward programs that meet your budget and travel needs, as they are all free!

Below are some of the major hotel chains and a brief outline of their benefits:

Marriott Bonvoy is the new name for the combined loyalty programs including Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG. Marriott Bonvoy offers a reward program for both business and leisure travelers. You can earn reward points by staying at any one of their 6,700+ hotels across 29 affiliated hotel brands in over in over 130 countries. Something important to note is that Marriott rewards vary based on the hotel brand.

How to Earn

Earn 10 points per US dollar spent on all qualifying charges (room rate plus incidentals such as room and laundry service) at:

  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • St. Regis
  • Edition
  • The Luxury Collection
  • W Hotels
  • JW Marriott
  • Marriott
  • Sheraton
  • Marriott Vacation Club
  • Delta Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • Westin
  • Autograph Collection Hotels
  • Design Hotels
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Four Points
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott
  • Protea Hotels
  • Fairfield by Marriott
  • AC Hotels
  • Aloft
  • Moxy Hotels

You will earn 5 points per one US dollar on eligible hotel charges, at the following hotels:

  • Element
  • TownePlace Suites
  • Residence Inn by Marriott

Earning Partners Only

You will earn 2.5 points per one US dollar on eligible hotel charges at the following Earning-only partner hotels:

  • Marriott Executive Apartments: Earn 2.5 points per US dollar spent on qualifying room rate only and one elite night credit for every three nights stayed.
  • Execustay: Earn 2.5 points per US dollar spent on qualifying room rate only and one elite night credit for every three nights stayed

​How to Redeem

     Marriott Bonvoy breaks down its point reward system into specific categories based on hotel brand, location, and room type. Below are the point values necessary for different seasons based on the hotel category:


*Coming Soon: Peak/Off Peak values

There are so many ways to save points; pointsavers, points and cash, and points. For more information, see https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/redeem/hotels/point-savers.mi

In addition to earning points with your hotel stays, you can also earn points with Airlines. Marriott Bonvoy has three preferred partners that give you more earning power: United’s Mileage Plus, China Eastern, and Emirates Skyward. See https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/earn/miles.mi for more details.

Lastly, you can earn points for Marriott Bonvoy’s travel partners. WIth Hertz, you can earn up to 2,000 points on a Hertz rental or with CruiseOnly you can earn three points for every US dollar you spend when you book with CruiseOnly.

There are many ways to earn points, through hotel stays, airlines, and travel partners.

     Hilton has a similar structure to other hotel chains. When you stay at a resort or hotel within Hilton’s network of hotels/resorts you will earn 10 Base Points for every US dollar spent on your room rate and other eligible room charges. However, there are some exceptions to the rule: 1) At Hampton Inns and Homewood Suites, you will only receive points on your room rate. 2) At HOME2 Suites by Hilton, you will only receive 5 Base Points for every US dollar spent exclusively on your room rate. You may also increase your rate of accumulation of points through Hilton HHonors Bonus Points or Airline/rail miles with participating travel partners.

How to Earn

You can earn points through:

  • Accumulating HHonors Bonus Points

  • Accumulating airline miles​

  • Using an HHonors credit card​

  • Using partner car rentals, cruises, and more​

  • Obtaining Elite Status to earn bonus points​

How to Redeem

     Redeeming your points depends on the hotel you choose, the room type, and the booking and date of stay. For example, at a category 8 hotel, points can range from 40,000 to 70,000 points per night, whereas at a category 4 hotel points can range from 20,000 to 30,000 per night. With the Hilton Honor Program you can use a combination of points and money.

     Hyatt’s loyalty program, the Gold Passport Program, allows members to earn points from Hyatt’s 10 hotel brands worldwide, with each brand exuding its own personal flavor. For instance, the Andaz brand provides a more personalized and vibrant atmosphere in a boutique-style hotel, whereas a Grand Hyatt is typically located in a city center, more grandiose in its style, and more convenient in its location.

How to Earn

     Hyatt membership can be broken down into three categories: Gold, Platinum, and Diamond membership. The more frequently you stay with Hyatt and achieve elite status, the more points you will be rewarded. Below is a breakdown of the several ways you may accumulate points:
  • Earn points with a stay at the hotel

    • 5 Hyatt Gold Pasport points​ for every eligible stay

    • Platinum: Earn 15% bonus after 5 eligible stays or 15 eligible nights​

    • Diamond: Earn 30% bonus after 25 eligible stays or 50 eligible nights​

  • Earn points by using a Hyatt credit card from Chase ​

  • Earn miles when traveling on an airline partner ​

  • Earn points at M life Resort Las Vegas​

  • Earn points with car rentals​

  • Earn points with meetings​

How to Redeem

     To redeem your points for a free night, the amount of points varies based on hotel categories and room types. For instance, a category 1 standard room may be redeemed for 5,000 points, whereas a category 7 room is worth 30,000 points. You may also redeem your points for:
  • Upgrades on rooms

  • M life stays​

  • Usage at participating restaurants and spas (with or without stay)

To the point – Point 6 :

Keep it simple: One airline, one hotel.


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