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Quick Points: Why you should search for Marriott award nights before logging into your account

July 08, 2022
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Many airline and hotel websites have mysterious and frustrating quirks, some of which may be perplexing enough to drive away your business.

Those of us who use these sites daily (for research and for speculatively booking lots of trips we may never take) have become so familiar with these eccentricities that we hardly give them a second thought anymore. But some of the quirks are useful enough that we realize we should share them with you.

Today we’ll look at a quick way to make your life considerably easier when booking a Marriott Bonvoy award stay.

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Log out of your Marriott account to do a calendar search

Marriott has one of the best search features in the hotel reward game. Aside from Hilton Honors, you generally won’t find such a handy tool offered by World of Hyatt, Choice Privileges or others.

It allows you to search both award night and cash rates by calendar month. This is wildly useful if you’ve got flexible dates, as you can easily locate and book the cheapest price.

To search by calendar month, simply click on the “Dates” box and toggle to “Flexible Dates.”

(Screenshot from marriott.com)

Here’s the hitch: For some reason, Marriott will usually not display any availability unless you’re logged out of your Marriott account.

As an example, you can see that Marriott shows tons of availability at Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai when I’m logged out of my account.

Related: How to redeem points with the Marriott Bonvoy program

(Screenshot from marriott.com)

But when I log into my account, all availability seemingly disappears.

(Screenshot from marriott.com)

You can still find availability by searching specific dates. This only applies to the calendar view. But if you were unaware of this oddity, you may give up on searching for reward nights when there’s actually plenty of availability.

Related: IHG now has a calendar search to help you find the best cash or points rates

Earning Marriott points

If you're looking to book a Marriott award but are short points, you can boost your account by 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 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.

The program also allows transfers from both Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, though you’ll usually get better value through other transfer partners.

Related: 17 ways to earn lots of Marriott Bonvoy points

Bottom line

If you intend to use Marriott’s Flexible Dates calendar, be sure you’re logged out of your account first. If you often stay logged into your account like me, you could simply do your flexible date searches in an incognito browser to find what you need.

It’s possible that you may be able to view prices on the monthly calendar while signed in, but it’s a rarity. If you’re seeing a suspiciously low inventory of available nights, make sure you’re logged out of the Marriott website.

Featured image by (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
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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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases