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Everyone travels differently, and uses their points differently. Some people prefer to spend their points on a night or two at super luxurious properties, while others prefer to stretch their points for as many nights as possible. There is no right or wrong way to use points — but today we’re going to show you how you can stay at Marriott properties for as many nights as possible using 100,000 Marriott points or less.

Based on TPG’s latest valuations, 100,000 Marriott points are worth about $800. If you spend a single night at a Category 8 property like the Al Maha Resort, St. Regis Bora Bora or Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection, you’ll blow 85,000 points — which TPG values at $680 — on just one night. But that same amount of points could get you a week or more at Category 1 or 2 properties — so, let’s take a look at some of the more attractive examples with that option.

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How Many Nights Can I Get?

The current Marriott award chart has eight categories. Although the chart lists peak and off-peak award costs, these won’t be implemented until later this year.

For the purposes of this piece, let’s look at Category 1 and 2 properties, as these are the properties where you’ll be able to stay the most nights with 100,000 points. Category 1 properties cost 7,500 points per night, which TPG values at $60. Category 2 properties cost 12,500 points per night, which TPG values at $100.

You might assume that you’d be able to stay 13 nights at Category 1 properties or eight nights at Category 2 properties using 100,000 points and some basic division. But since Marriott members get a fifth night free on award stays, if you book your stay in increments of five nights you can actually get up to 16 nights at Category 1 properties and up to 10 nights at Category 2 properties.

Note: Once off-peak pricing is introduced later this year, you’ll be able to squeeze even more nights out of 100,000 points on select nights.

Notable Category 1 Properties

Marriott has 390 Category 1 properties, which represent about 5% of the entire Marriott portfolio. Of these 390 properties, 145 are located within the US, 30 are in Mexico, seven are in Canada, two are in Central America, 34 are in Europe and three are safari lodges in Africa. As a reminder, Category 1 properties cost 7,500 points per night, or 30,000 points for a five-night stay when you take advantage of the fifth night free benefit.

Here are eight Category 1 properties that look particularly appealing:

SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge North/Airport (Louisiana)

The SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge North/Airport is located near the Baton Rouge airport, but is within easy driving distance of Baton Rouge attractions like Southern University, Baton Rouge River Center and Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium. This is an all-suite property, and each suite has a half-wall between the sleeping area and living area. Prices usually range from $82 to $170 per night before taxes and fees.

SpringHill Suites Vernal (Utah)

The SpringHill Suites Vernal is a 25-minute drive from Dinosaur National Monument and a short drive from numerous other outdoor adventures. This all-suite property features rooms with mini fridges, microwaves and a separate work and living space so it is well set up for a family trip. Prices usually range from $77 to $136 per night before taxes and fees.

Fairfield Inn Huntsville (Alabama)

The Fairfield Inn Huntsville is located right off University Drive and Route 255 near many of Huntsville’s attractions including the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Redstone Arsenal. Prices usually range from $76 to $178 per night before taxes and fees.

Fairfield Inn Albuquerque University Area (New Mexico)

The Fairfield Inn Albuquerque University Area is located in midtown Albuquerque near the University of New Mexico. Prices usually range from $76 to $200 per night before taxes and fees.

Protea Hotel Cape Town Mowbray (Cape Town, South Africa)

The hotel
The hotel’s garden overlooks Table Mountain.

The Protea Hotel Cape Town Mowbray is an historical Cape Dutch Manor house that dates back to approximately 1880. The property is located between the Mowbray and Observatory neighborhoods in Cape Town, South Africa. Prices usually range from $66 to $148 per night before taxes and fees.

Protea Hotel Lusaka Safari Lodge (Chisamba, Zambia)

Photo courtesy of Marriott.

The Protea Hotel Lusaka Safari Lodge is located just 25 miles from Lusaka in its own private game reserve of approximately 2,500 acres. It has beautiful gardens where you can relax and watch wildlife, as well as open-sided buildings for the restaurant and bar. This is the perfect place to get a fifth night free, as you’ll want plenty of time to watch the wildlife and take game drives organized by the lodge. Prices usually range from $105 to $167 per night before taxes and fees.

Aloft Panama (Panama City, Panama)

The sitting area in a suite.
The sitting area in a suite.

The Aloft Panama is next to Atlapa Convention Center and just a few miles away from Metropolitan National Park, the Canal Museum of Panama and the Presidential Palace. Prices usually range from $85 to $118 per night before taxes and fees.

Protea Hotel Walvis Bay Pelican Bay (Walvis Bay, Namibia)

The Protea Hotel Walvis Bay Pelican Bay hotel overlooks the Walvis Bay Lagoon, which offers a safe refuge from the Atlantic Ocean for flamingos, whales and dolphins. Prices usually range from $100 to $141 per night before taxes and fees.

Notable Category 2 Properties

Marriott has 1,360 Category 2 properties, which represent about 19% of the entire Marriott portfolio. Of these 1,360 properties, 983 are located within the US, 15 are in Mexico, 35 are in Canada, eight are in Central America and 71 are in Europe. As a reminder, Category 2 properties cost 12,500 points per night, or 50,000 points for a five-night stay due to the fifth night free benefit. Here are six Category 2 properties that may be appealing:

SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center (Colorado)

The SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center is a new all-suite hotel next to Fiddlers Green Amphitheater and suitable for day trips into the mountains around Denver. Prices usually range from $74 to $293 per night before taxes and fees, so double-check cash rates before using your points.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Palm Coast I-95 (Florida)

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Palm Coast I-95 isn’t on the beach, but beaches, nature preserves and golf courses are all just a few miles away. Prices usually range from $91 to $169 per night before taxes and fees.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Mobile Daphne/Eastern Shore (Alabama)

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Mobile Daphne/Eastern Shore is located near attractions on the Gulf Coast and in Mobile. The USS Alabama battleship, Gator Alley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are all within a one-hour drive. Prices usually range from $82 to $132 per night before taxes and fees, so double-check cash rates before using your points.

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes (Egypt)

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes is located outside Cairo in the residential community of Katameya Dunes. There’s a 27-hole championship golf course and all of the resort’s room overlook the fairways. Prices usually range from $67 to $147 per night before taxes and fees, so double-check cash rates before using your points.

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch (South Africa)

The Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is in the wine country just outside Cape Town, South Africa, near the cute town of Stellenbosch. Prices usually range from $86 to $161 per night before taxes and fees, so check cash rates before using your points.

Courtyard Mexico City Revolucion (Mexico)

The Courtyard Mexico City Revolucion is located in Mexico City near the World Trade Center Mexico City and the National Museum of Anthropology. Prices usually range from $60 to $220 per night before taxes and fees, so double-check cash rates before using your points.

Bottom Line

There’s something to be said for using your points to stay at luxurious properties. But, if you’re looking to stretch your points as far as possible, there are plenty of Category 1 Marriott properties that cost 7,500 points per night and Category 2 properties that cost 12,500 points per night. Many of these properties are even all-suite properties, so you’ll be able to spread out if you’re traveling with your family.

I was impressed when I found multiple Category 1 safari lodges in Africa, but there are also many Category 1 and 2 properties in the US. If you’re looking to plan a trip using as few Marriott points as possible, head over to Marriott’s hotel directory, filter by Category 1 and/or 2 and see if any of the locations work for your trip. If possible, book five-night stays or longer when using points so you’ll get the fifth night free. Since award nights also count toward earning elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program, you may find yourself getting close to Marriott Platinum status when you factor in the 15 elite night credits that come from having the card and all of the award nights you can book using the 100k bonus points.

Featured image of Marriott Category 2 property The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes in Egypt. All hotel images in this post are courtesy of Marriott.

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