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How to get a $200 discount and 21,000+ bonus points on your next vacation rental

July 16, 2021
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A new Amex Offer and two Marriott promotions can make your next Homes and Villas by Marriott stay less expensive and incredibly rewarding. You can stack these promotions to save $200 and earn 21,000+ bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your next Homes and Villas stay.

For some background, Homes and Villas is Marriott's vacation rental program that lets you rent homes and apartments around the world. It's similar to Airbnb but provides a more curated and hotel-like experience. You can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for stays at these properties.

Here, we'll take a look at each of the three promotions and discuss how you can stack them on your next Homes and Villas by Marriott stay.

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Maximizing your next Homes and Villas by Marriott stay

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As discussed in the intro, you can use three ongoing promotions for your next Homes and Villas by Marriott booking. One is an Amex Offer and two are offered directly from Marriott. You can stack these promotions to save money and earn bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your next stay. Let's take a closer look.

Save $200 on a $1,000 Homes and Villas by Marriott booking with this Amex Offer

This week, several TPG staffers were targeted for a Homes and Villas by Marriott Amex Offer. A handful of us received this offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, while others got it on The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and other Amex cards.

With this Amex Offer, you'll get $200 back after spending $1,000 or more on a Homes and Villas by Marriott booking. Simply add the offer to your card and charge your Homes and Villas stay to your card by Sept. 24, 2021, to receive the $200 as a statement credit. You'll get the credit shortly after paying for your stay.

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As with all Amex Offers, it's only valid on purchases made with the published merchant, and other Marriott brands are excluded. The $200 back is earned in addition to other credit card rewards, which leads us to the next promotion.

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Related: I earned 15,000 Marriott points just by renting a home for 10 days — here’s how

Earn 10 points per dollar when you pay with your Marriott cobranded credit card

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All Homes and Villas by Marriott bookings charged to a Marriott cobranded credit card earn 10 points per dollar spent through Dec. 31, 2021. There is a $7,500 cap on this bonus earning — any charges beyond this will earn at the standard rate for Marriott bookings. You do not need to enroll in this promotion.

This offer applies to all Marriott cobranded cards issued by American Express and Chase. This includes currently available and discontinued Marriott cards, like the .

The information for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Here's a look at currently available Marriott cobranded credit cards and their welcome offers:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Earn 125,000 bonus points + 1 free night (valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 in the first three months from account opening (total of up to 175,000 bonus points).
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card: Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and a bonus free night award (redemption level worth up to 85,000 Marriott points) after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership. Resort fees may apply. Offer expires 11/3/2021.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card: Earn 125,000 Marriott bonus points & Two bonus free night awards after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership. Each bonus free night award has a redemption level up to $50,000 points. Certain hotels have resort fees. Offer ends 11/3/2021.

Related: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card review

Get 21,000 bonus points on Homes and Villas by Marriott stays booked by 9/30

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Finally, Marriott is running a promotion called 21 in '21 that gives Marriott Bonvoy members 21,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on Homes and Villas stays — but there's a catch.

To be eligible for 21,000 bonus points, you must book a Homes and Villas stay by Sept. 27, 2021, with check-out on or before Sept. 30, 2021. You must stay a minimum of three nights and spend at least $2,100 (including taxes and fees) on your stay. On the bright side, these points are earned in addition to the 5 points per dollar (plus applicable elite status bonuses) Marriott Bonvoy members earn on Homes and Villas bookings. Note that taxes, cleaning fees and other fees are not eligible for points earning.

Interestingly enough, nothing in the terms and conditions states that this is only applicable to your first Homes and Villas booking. You should be able to earn the bonus points on each stay completed before the end of the promotion that meets the spend and night requirement.

This is a huge points bonus. The 21,000 bonus points are worth $168 per TPG's Marriott Bonvoy points valuation, a solid return on a $2,100 stay. That said, we don't recommend going out of your way to earn the bonus if you don't have an immediate need to travel.

Related: Promotions that will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Maximizing these promotions on a single Homes and Villas booking

The real value of these promotions comes when you stack them. You can use them in tandem to earn a ton of bonus points and a solid discount on your next Homes and Villas by Marriott booking.

For example, say you book five nights at this Homes and Villas property in North Bay Village, Florida. The stay costs $2,226.09 after taxes and fees, so you're eligible for the 21,000 bonus points promotion. Further, you charge the stay to your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card with the $200 off $1,000 Amex Offer and have Marriott Gold Elite status included with the card. (enrollment required).

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The stay costs $1,820 before taxes and fees, so you'd earn 11,375 Marriott Bonvoy points on the stay. Plus, you'll earn an additional 22,261 points when you charge the stay to your Amex cobranded credit card. Combined with the 21,000 bonus points, you'll earn a huge 54,636 Marriott Bonvoy points, equal to $437.08 per TPG's valuation and $200 in statement credits. This gives you a total of $637.08 in savings and is effectively a 28.6% discount on your stay.

Related: 5 ways to use points to book vacation home rentals

Bottom line

These Homes and Villas by Marriott promotions have the potential to be incredibly valuable. Again, you shouldn't book an expensive just for the points. But if you're already planning a vacation, it's worth checking if a Homes and Villas property makes sense for over a hotel stay.

Feature photo of Lough Cutra Castle courtesy of Marriott

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