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Marriott Bonvoy announces new promotion for double points on home rentals

July 11, 2022
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Marriott Bonvoy announces new promotion for double points on home rentals
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Just in time for the late-summer vacation season, Marriott Bonvoy has announced a new promotion for its members, offering double points for home rentals through its Homes & Villas program through January of next year. The booking period begins July 11 and runs through July 29 — giving you a relatively short window of time to lock in your plans.

The program offers a good opportunity for Bonvoy members to earn additional points on late-summer home rentals, as well as those looking to book home rentals with family or friends over the Thanksgiving and winter holidays.

And the promotion is yet another sign of just how aggressively hotel brands are expanding into the home rental market.

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Promotion details

A Marriott vacation rental in Lake Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

In order to earn double points, Bonvoy members must book a Marriott home rental property through the Homes & Villas by Marriott website sometime in the next three weeks — between July 11 and July 29. The home rental period must be completed by the end of January 2023, and you must stay a minimum of three consecutive nights.

The program has no blackout dates, meaning you'll be able to redeem this bonus for home rentals this summer as well as popular family vacation times in December and January — as long as you find availability, of course.

Bonvoy members normally earn 5 base points per dollar spent on the rental (excluding additional items like taxes, cleaning or optional rental services). The promotional bonus will be awarded after the rental is complete, giving you a total of 10 points per dollar spent. This is an effective return of 8.4% based on TPG's most recent valuations.

The terms indicate that the additional points should be deposited in your account three to six weeks after the stay. In addition, members choosing to receive miles rather than Bonvoy points are ineligible for the bonus, so no double-dipping here. However, the points are in addition to elite bonus points earned during the stay.

The reservation must be made with cash, so stays booked with points along with points-and-cash redemptions are not eligible for the promotion.

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Related: How I triple stacked and earned 210,000 points on an epic Marriott Homes & Villas booking

Home rentals are a growing trend

A rental property in Sydney. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Marriott promoting non-hotel properties may be a surprise to some people, but its well-established Homes & Villas program has become an important part of its brand. Established in 2019, Marriott's rental program now has more than 65,000 properties in more than 700 destinations around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Related: You can now earn Marriott Bonvoy points with home rentals in Australia and New Zealand

While independent property management companies are in charge of the operations of the homes in Marriott's program, the booking is fully integrated into Marriott's loyalty system. This allows you to use points for participating properties and offers the ability to earn points on your stays — and includes bonuses like this one.

The rise and popularity of home and apartment rental programs like Airbnb, Vacasa, Vrbo and other independent companies have been putting pressure on hotel brands to keep up with the trend. The vacation rental option is becoming popular with both the millennial demographic looking for a unique experience and family travelers looking for something affordable and flexible, particularly during these times of inflation and high prices.

Mandarin Oriental and Accor have recently entered into the vacation rental business, seeing the opportunity to expand their customer base and cater to the specific needs of their existing users.

Expect to see more hotel brands get into the home rental business going forward, as well as additional promotions and opportunities to leverage your points -- both in terms of redemptions and earning possibilities.

Related: The future of the hotel guest experience? Less Moxy, more Airbnb

Featured image by Marriott vacation rental in Barbados (photo courtest Marriott International Media Images)
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

Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

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  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
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  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
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  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees