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5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Los Angeles

Aug. 16, 2019
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The city of Los Angeles is home to many things — beautiful beaches, delicious eats from around the world, terrible traffic and some luxurious hotels. Whether you are looking to stay near the ocean, in the middle of the action or somewhere in between, there is a great place for you in the City of Angels, and many great locations for you to redeem your hard-earned hotel points.

Here are six hotels that offer exceptional value for your points in Los Angeles.

JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live

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The JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live is a stunning property right in the heart of the city's entertainment. You're located walking distance from LA Live, the entertainment district that includes the Staples Center, Microsoft Theatre, countless restaurants and numerous bars. You're also a short stroll away from the LA Convention Center and a quick ride away from the University of Southern California's campus. However, the hotel can also provide a more relaxing experience, as it's equipped with a rooftop pool and bar along with a serene day spa to complement the plush rooms it offers.

As this hotel falls into Category 6, the standard award rate is 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (worth $400 according to TPG's valuations) per night. Rooms at the property start at roughly $500/night, which will net you a minimum of 1 cent per point, compared to TPG's valuation of 0.8 cents. However, rates can easily

It could also be a great use of the annual free night certificate offered on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card — though starting September 14, 2019, you'd need to find either off-peak or standard award availability here to use it. If you don't currently have the card, it's offering new card holders a welcome bonus of 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account opening. It also includes automatic Marriott Gold Elite status, Priority Pass Select membership and a $300 annual Marriott credit, all of which can easily offset its $450 annual fee (see rates & fees).

If you are looking for more than a standard room and want to use more of your Bonvoy points, there are several strategies to accomplish exactly that.

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

Photo courtesy of Intercontinental.

Located just a few blocks away from the JW Marriott is another stunning property — the Intercontinental Los Angeles in Downtown. With incredible food options like the premium steakhouse La Boucherie and an open-air bar on the 73rd floor (Spire 73), there is nothing lacking in the full luxury experience at the Intercontinental.

This hotel is currently running at a base award rate of 60,000 IHG points (worth $300). However, the base cash rate frequently reaches $500/night, which will easily result in some fantastic value at this property.

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Further Reading: First Look: The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Hyatt Place Pasadena

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If you are looking to go a bit more inland, the Hyatt Place Pasadena is a perfect way to use your World of Hyatt points. If you decide to stay here, you are only 12 miles from Downtown LA, across the street from the Pasadena Convention Center and a short ride from the Rose Bowl. Along with those attractions, you are in the heart of shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment in Old Town Pasadena.

This property is currently a Category 3 hotel, which has a base award rate of 12,000 World of Hyatt points (worth $204). The cash rate for the Hyatt Place Pasadena is typically over $250 with taxes, which will put you over 2 cents per point in value.

You could also consider applying for the World of Hyatt Credit Card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 points. New card holders will earn 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spend on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening. The card also awards a free night certificate each year when you renew your card, valid at Category 1-4 properties (which includes this location). As a cardholder, you will automatically earn Hyatt Discoverist status as well, which can enhance your experience during your stay.

AC Hotel Beverly Hills

Photo courtesy of AC Hotel.

The name Beverly Hills doesn't need further introduction as one of the most iconic cities in all of California. The AC Hotel Beverly Hills is reflective of that luxurious lifestyle in a very simple, rustic manner. As the first AC Hotel in the Los Angeles area, Marriott is experimenting with a brand centered around "thoughtful service and a modern mindset" that can also offer some terrific value for your points. Located only two miles from the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, you are within a quick ride to all of the best attractions that West Los Angeles has to offer.

As this hotel is a Category 5 property, the nightly standard award rate is 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (worth $280 according to TPG's valuations). Rooms at the property start at roughly $350/night, which will net you a minimum of 1 cent per point, a nice boost over TPG's valuation of 0.8 cents. This could also be a great option for the free night certificate offered every year to holders of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, which is valid at properties up to 35,000 points per night. Just note that peak dates here — set to kick in on September 14, 2019 — will not be eligible for the certificate.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Photo courtesy of Marriott.

For the ultimate crossover of beach and luxury, drive about 60 miles south of Los Angeles and you'll find the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel atop a beautiful cliff overlooking the ocean. With six different on-property restaurants, an outdoor lounge and access to premier golf courses, this is as good as it gets in Southern California.

In addition, this hotel is a steal when using your Marriott Bonvoy points. Base rates start at $569 per night (over $600 with taxes) but can easily run over $1,000 on high-demand dates. However, as a Category 7 property, the base award rate is 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Even at the lowest rate during the year, you're still getting a value of 1 cent per point — well over TPG's most recent valuations.

Bottom Line

Los Angeles is a popular travel destination, largely because of the diversity of activities available. It's also an international hub, providing nonstop (or one-stop) service to just about anywhere in the world. If you are very patient while sitting in traffic and have hotel points to spend, there are many spots that can offer some terrific value for your next trip.

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Apply for American Express® Gold Card
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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees