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Marriott recently launched a limited time offer on its Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, raising the sign-up bonus to an impressive 100,000 points after $5,000 in spend in the first three months. That makes this a great time to bank a large stash of Marriott points, but what’s the best way to use those points once you’ve acquired them? Fortunately, Marriott Rewards points are one of the better hotel currencies around, with multiple redemptions options not only at over 5,700 properties of its own, but the ability to book at Ritz-Carlton hotels and even at over 1,200 Starwood properties as well, so you’ve got a lot of choices.

One of the really great features of Marriott’s program is the ability to book reservations in advance even if you don’t have all the points you need just yet, so if you’ve got your eye on the perfect redemption, you can book it now, get the Marriott card and use it to make the spend and earn the points you need before your travel date arrives.

So what exactly can you do with 100,000 Marriott points? Let’s take a look at some of the best options.

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High-End Marriott Properties

Atlantis is the biggest hotel in the Bahamas. Image courtesy of Atlantis Resort.
Spend two nights at The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. Image courtesy of Atlantis Resort.

The very best Marriott hotels — listed as Category 9 on the award chart — cost 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, so with 100,000 points you can get a two-night stay and have 10,000 points left over. The options include 19 properties in Marriott’s Autograph Collection such as The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas, where rates start at over $600 per night, or Scrub Island Resort, Spa, and Marina in the British Virgin Islands, which features private beaches and a multi-tiered infinity pool. You can also redeem at eight JW Marriotts, including the JW Marriott Cannes in France, or pick from seven Marriotts in expensive London, England, such as the historic Grosvenor House. And if you get lucky and find PointSavers availability at one of these Category 9 hotels, you’ll be able to redeem for 5,000 fewer points each night.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels

The lobby at The London Edition is a mix of modern art and vintage townhouse details.
The London EDITION is a Ritz-Carlton property that’s bookable with Marriott points.

While Marriott owns the Ritz-Carlton brand along with its own, the loyalty programs remain separate. However, it’s easy to use Marriott points to book Ritz-Carlton stays, and 100,000 points can get you two nights at a Tier 3 Ritz-Carlton. At that level, you’ll find some fantastic hotels such as The London EDITION, which TPG writer Melanie Wynne loved, saying it “offers plenty of elegance and a great location.” Or if you’re heading to Asia, you can redeem at the The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, where the smallest room is over 880 square feet.

If these Tier 3 Ritz-Carltons don’t seem luxurious enough for you, you can go further up to Tier 4 for 60,000 points per night, or jump all the way up to the top of the Ritz-Carlton award chart and book one night at a Tier 5 hotel for 70,000 Marriott points. At that level, you’ll find ultra high-end properties like the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park.

Transfers to SPG

An evening shot of the St. Regis Bal Harbour in South Florida, where my upgrade/downgrade took place.
Marriott points can now be transferred to SPG and be used to book hotels like the St. Regis Bal Harbour in South Florida.

Thanks to the merger between Marriott and Starwood, it’s now possible to transfer points back and forth between Marriott and SPG at a ratio of 3 Marriott points to 1 Starpoint. That opens up an entire new world of redemptions at some terrific SPG properties, where the top Category 7 hotels can be had for 30,000 points per night depending on the season. That means if you convert 100,000 Marriott Rewards points to 33,333 Starpoints, you’ll have enough for one night at hotels like the W South Beach or the St. Regis Bal Harbour, where you’ll have access to your own personal butler as you will at all St. Regis properties. Or you can drop down a category and find hotels for as low as 20,000 Starpoints per night like the W Hong Kong, which according to TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig has a fantastic rooftop pool with excellent city views. Or check out the list of Category 5 hotels and redeem your rewards at a spot like The Westin Dublin for just 12,000 SPG points per night.

Of course, once you’ve turned Marriott points into SPG points, you’ll have the flexibility to use them the same way you can use any Starpoints, such as redeeming for SPG Cash & Points stays, SPG Moments, or transferring them to a huge roster of airline partners with a 25% bonus.

5th Night Free at Low-Cost Marriotts

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TPG had a great view from his balcony when he visited the Category 4 Protea Hotel North Wharf in Cape Town.

If you’re more interested in using your points to get a lot of nights instead of just one or two, you can combine stays at low-cost Category 1 and 2 hotels with Marriott’s 5th Night Free feature and get more than 16 free nights with 100,000 Marriott points. At just 7,500 points per night, properties like the Moxy Milan Malpensa Airport can be booked for five nights – with the 5th night free – with the entire stay costing just 30,000 points in total, while Category 2 hotels that price at 10,000 points per night mean that 100,000 points would get you 12 full nights. One such property is the JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an, offering you a fantastic deal on one of the only JW properties in the Category 2 band.

You could even step up into the Category 4 band and get a full five-night stay with just 80,000 points by using the 5th Night Free benefit. That means you can stay in properties like the Protea Hotel North Wharf in Cape Town, South Africa, a property that exceeded all of TPG’s expectations when he stayed there this past December.

Cash + Points Awards

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Use Cash + Points to book longer stays at Category 8 hotels like the AC Santo Mauro in Madrid.

Finally, if maximizing nights is your goal, consider taking advantage of Marriott’s Cash + Points awards. The chain’s system of combining points and money is a bit different from other brands’ — instead of paying a portion of the daily rate partially with cash and partially with points, the system takes a multi-day stay and combines entire nights of cash rates with points rates. That way you can pay cash for the night or nights with the lowest paid rates while the more expensive nights are covered by point redemptions.

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As an example, here’s how a Cash + Points reservation looks at the AC Santo Mauro in Madrid. If you wanted to book a four-night stay using only points, you’d need 160,000 for this Category 8 property, or you could book two nights paid with cash in one reservation and two nights using points in a separate reservation. But using the Cash + Points feature, not only can you get all four nights using just 80,000 Marriott points plus €476, but you can also pay cash for the cheapest two days in the middle while still putting the entire stay in one single reservation. It’s both convenient and a great way to make your Marriott points go further.

Bottom Line

With so many Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood properties worldwide, you’ll undoubtedly find a hotel that fits your travel needs that’s bookable with Marriott Rewards points, so if you’ve been thinking about adding to your hotel points inventory, definitely consider getting the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card now before the limited-time offer disappears.

For more information on the card and the Marriott Rewards program in general, be sure to check out the following posts:

How would you use the 100,000 points from the Marriott Rewards Premier Card?

Featured image of the W Hong Kong’s rooftop pool.

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