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Marriott’s PointSavers awards allow you to use fewer points than usual (up to 33% off) to book a stay at some of the brand’s top properties. Marriott recently released its PointSavers list for the summer months, and the ones below are definitely worth considering if they align with your upcoming vacation plans — or maybe they provide the inspiration you’ve been looking for to lock in some travel.

Before jumping into the top options from this latest list, I feel obligated to remind you of the golden rule of Marriott points: Book nights in five-night blocks because with every four nights spent on points, you get the fifth one free.

Earn Points to Pay for Your Stay

If you’re short on Marriott points but are tempted by any of the options below, you have a few ways to rack up the necessary rewards. First, remember that you can transfer Starpoints to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio and then book one of these PointSavers properties — so if you’re sitting on lots of SPG points that’s a quick solution.

If you don’t have any points you can transfer over, you could buy Starpoints with a 35% discount now through the end of May. And as a last resort, you could sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card and earn 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You might not earn the points in time to lock in one of these properties for summer, but at the very least you’d be in a good position by the time the next PointSavers list comes out.

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Available dates: May 28 – June 7; June 11 – August 9; August 13 – 31

PointSavers rate: 30,000 points per night

Standard rate: 35,000 points per night

Summer isn’t necessarily the ideal time to travel to Palm Springs, but if you’re in need for a resort-style getaway, this property can still fit the bill. It’s situated at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, with access to hiking trails, museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions. The pool features late-night hours and cabanas — essential if you’re going to bear the Coachella Valley’s summer heat.

Courtyard By Marriott Waikiki Beach

Image courtesy of the Courtyard By Marriott Waikiki Beach.

Available dates: Through June 24

PointSavers rate: 30,000 points per night

Standard rate: 35,000 points per night

This property frequently shows up on the PointSavers list, but that’s no reason to shy away. Hawaii is picturesque any time of year, and Waikiki Beach is a convenient home base on the island of Oahu. Steps away from the Pacific Ocean, location is the primary attraction of this property. Though it doesn’t offer resort-style amenities, it makes up for it with easy access to snorkeling, scuba diving and more.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (Nashville)

Available dates: Jul 1-12; July 17-22; July 25-28

PointSavers rate: 30,000 points per night

Standard rate: 35,000 points per night

There’s no better time to visit country music’s capital than summer. This resort offers more than just access to the city, though, including golf, an indoor riverboat cruise, expansive fitness facilities and an indoor promenade. The Country Music Hall of Fame and General Jackson Showboat are nearby.

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

Image courtesy of the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Available dates: June 8-1; June 15-17; June 28-30; July 1-8; July 13-14; July 20-22

PointSavers rate: 35,000 points per night

Standard rate: 40,000 points per night

Is there a better place to spend the Fourth of July than our nation’s capital? By far the best deal among Marriott PointSavers this summer, the property is walking distance to the White House and National Mall. Close proximity to Chinatown and Penn Quarter District make D.C.’s nightlife easily accessible.

Bottom Line

This summer’s “Point Savers” offerings encourage travelers to largely stay stateside. Though some offer deals in destinations that will be in the offseason this summer, there are attractive destinations at great properties in the height of peak travel season in both Nashville and Washington, D.C. Regardless of your aspirations for summer travel, if using points, definitely consider these properties first.

Featured image courtesy of the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

Earn 75,000 Marriott Rewards points when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months - worth up to $675 in value based on our most recent valuations. On top of the sign-up bonus you'll earn 6x points at participating Marriott and Starwood properties and 2 points on everything else plus a free reward night (worth up to 35,000 points) every year after your account anniversary.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Guaranteed Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year.
  • Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • Coming in 2019, 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points and get Free Night Stays faster.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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