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5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Miami

Aug. 09, 2019
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Miami is known for being a popular travel destination, attracting both domestic and international visitors. With millions of people flocking to The Magic City each year, hotels are battling to have our business. With a variety of brands covering all ends of the luxury spectrum, there is a property to meet everyone's needs when it comes to using points — whether you're looking for beach-front relaxation, the South Beach party vibe or the downtown culture scene.

Today we'll go through five of the best-value points hotels in Miami, Florida.

JW Marriott Miami

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The JW Marriott Miami, located in the Brickell neighborhood, is right in the heart of Miami's shopping, dining and nightlife. With rooms starting at 400 square feet, there is plenty of space to relax after a day at the beach or long night out.

As this hotel is a Category 5, the standard award rate is 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (worth $280 according to TPG's valuations) per night. Rooms at the property tend to start at roughly $400/night, which will net you a value of 1.3 cents per point, a nice boost over TPG's valuation of 0.8 cents. This could also be a great spot to use your annual free night certificate (worth up to 35,000 points) from the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card.

If you're short on Marriott points, there are many ways to boost your account — including applying for one of the program's cobranded credit cards. For example, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. You'd also receive a $300 annual Marriott statement credit in each year of cardmembership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami is an incredible beachfront property outside of the city of Miami. With over 1,200 feet of beachfront, there is plenty of space to relax and tan away. For those traveling with children, it's also a very kid-friendly property, with amenities such as The Ritz Kids program. With three on-property restaurants, beach and poolside cabanas, a club lounge, and the majority of the rooms overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean or Biscayne Bay, this property is nothing short of the Ritz-Carlton experience.

This hotel is a Category 6 property, which will set you back 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a free night (worth $400). However, rooms at the property typically start at over $700/night — inclusive of taxes and pesky resort fees. At this price, you're getting a value of roughly 1.3 cents per point. You could also make great use of the annual free night certificate offered on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, which is valid at properties with award rooms up to 50,000 points per night. A free night here would cover the card's $450 annual fee (see rates and fees) in one fell swoop.

Hyatt Place Miami Airport-East

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If you are traveling in and out of Miami International Airport (MIA), the Hyatt Place Miami Airport-East can be a great use of points. It's a relatively-new hotel right next to the airport, and it offers a complimentary shuttle that runs 24 hours a day. It's also close to MIA's subway station, allowing you to easily reach the downtown area without suffering through the city's notorious traffic.

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This hotel is a Category 2 property within the World of Hyatt program. This means the hotel will cost 8,000 World of Hyatt points (worth $136). Rooms at this hotel do start at just over $100/night, which doesn't offer fantastic value. However, they can quickly spike in price during peak travel times — like the night of March 13, the Friday before spring break for many Florida public schools ($264.48 with taxes). This this case, having points to use can save you from paying these hyper-inflated rates.

If you are looking to earn Hyatt points, consider applying for the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of up to 50,000 points. You'll earn 25,000 World of Hyatt points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening and an additional 25,000 points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening. As a cardholder, you'll automatically earn Discoverist status in the program as well, which can enhance your experience during your stay.

InterContinental at Doral Miami

Photo courtesy of the hotel

If you're a loyal IHG Rewards member and want to avoid the crowds of downtown and Miami Beach, consider redeeming your points at the InterContinental at Doral Miami. Located just west of the airport, the property provides all of the luxurious amenities you'd expect from this full-service brand, including an on-site restaurant (Blue Matisse), bar (Nau Lounge), outdoor pool and 24/7 fitness center. And you're not restricted to staying on the grounds of the property; it offers complimentary scheduled shuttle service within three miles.

A free night here requires just 40,000 points, so with revenue rates that frequently climb over $250/night in high season, you can get solid value by using points here.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell

Hilton Honors loyalists have plenty of hotel options in and around the downtown area, but if you want both solid value for your points and some additional space, consider the Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell. As its name indicates, the hotel is near both downtown and the Brickell neighborhood but is just off the main drag, giving you a small buffer zone. It's walking distance to both the metro and (free) metromover, giving you easy access to the main sights in the city. The brand offers free breakfast and complimentary dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday nights, and each room features a fully-equipped kitchen.

Hilton doesn't publish a formal award chart anymore, but the program's Points Explorer tool indicates that free nights range from as low as 38,000 points to up to 60,000 points. Paid rates during high season typically start around $275/night all-in, but there are days where it climbs higher — none more so than the night of Feb. 5, 2020:

This award reservation would offer you an astonishing value of 2.67 cents per point, nearly four-and-a-half times TPG's most recent valuations.

If you're eyeing this property, consider applying for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card. It's currently offering a welcome bonus of 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points plus a free night reward after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.

Bottom Line

Miami is a beautiful place to see with a ton of hotel options at which you can use your points. However, you'll want to make sure to crunch the numbers on these awards, as many of these fall below TPG's point valuations — especially during off-season. Before you jump on the hotel stay of your dreams, be sure to do a bit of math to make sure you aren't wasting your hard earned points.

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, please click here.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more