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Marriott Homes and Villas Now Available for Paid and Award Reservations

May 10, 2019
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Last month, we reported on Marriott's foray into the vacation rental business with the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Despite being the world's largest hotel chain — with over 1.3 million rooms across 7,000+ properties as of the end of Q1 2019 — Marriott was clearly going after travelers who've been swayed by platforms like Airbnb and Homeaway, though few details were available at the time.

Well that's now changed. Per the Frequent Miler, reservations for these properties are now available at the brand's website. The drop-down menu for destinations include 119 unique markets around the world, from smaller spots like Bend, Oregon, to more mainstream locales like Paris. This provides a nice layer of additional variety both in locale as well as accommodation type. After all, there aren't any Marriott-branded hotels that could offer a 10-bedroom estate on the western edge of Anguilla.

(Photo courtesy of Marriott Homes & Villas)
(Photo courtesy of Marriott Homes & Villas)

If you book a paid reservation at any of these properties, you'll earn 5 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent on the base price of rooms (excluding cleaning fees and add-ons) plus elite bonuses, and each night will count toward your Marriott elite status qualification. It appears that the search engine requires at least a three-night stay across the dozens of locations I checked, though individual properties may have longer minimum stay requirements.

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It's also worth noting that these rentals will almost always impose stricter cancellation policies than Marriott's usual brands. Many require 50% or even full prepayment in advance, and it looks like 30-day cancellation windows are common, though some require cancellations 60 or even 90 days before the stay in order to get a full refund.

Of course, the big question is whether these properties are available using points, and the good news is that they are. It appears that they offer a consistent redemption value of 0.7 cents per point, like this example of a Fourth of July stay in Asheville, North Carolina:

However, the process for redeeming points is a bit convoluted. When you click the Use Points icon, you'll see the following process:

As you can see, this isn't yet an automatic process, though the FAQs page indicates that the program plans to offer login using members' Marriott.com credentials in the future, which would likely simplify the process.

For now, if you're looking to use your points at one of these spots, verify that you have enough Bonvoy points in your account prior to submitting the reservation request.

Unfortunately, I'm running into the same issue as Frequent Miler did regarding international locations. No matter the date or destination, I get the following error message:

I'm assuming this is simply a glitch in the platform going live, as I can't imagine that all international Homes & Villas are sold out (I even checked several Caribbean destinations during the heart of hurricane season).

Bottom Line

This is an exciting development and hopefully represents just the start of Marriott's entry into the home-sharing market. For family travelers, gaining access to larger, alternative accommodations and the ability to earn or redeem points is a definitive positive, and while a 0.7-cent-per-point redemption value is slightly lower than TPG's most recent valuations, it sure helps counter the idea that hotel points can be worthless.

We'll be back with a full, deep-dive analysis into this new booking option early next week!

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6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
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The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
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Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees