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May 16, 2022
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Looking to book a vacation rental soon? It might be time to turn to Homes & Villas by Marriott International as the brand is offering the chance to earn 30,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points with a limited-time promotion.

If you didn’t know, Marriott isn’t just a hotel company. Back in 2019, it entered the home rental business with the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International, which is celebrating its third birthday this month. Today, the brand has about 60,000 curated listings around the world, though the homes aren’t owned or managed by the company itself. That said, the program offers a much more hotel-like experience compared to its more well-known competitors.

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Homes & Villas may sound a lot like Airbnb. However, what truly sets it apart is that Marriott Bonvoy members who book rentals on the platform can earn and redeem points for stays, as well as elite qualifying nights.

To celebrate its third birthday, now through the end of May 18, Bonvoy members who book a stay of five nights or more with Homes & Villas will earn a bonus of 30,000 points. That’s in addition to 5 base points per eligible dollar spent on the booking (plus a potential bonus if you have elite Marriott Bonvoy status).

This is the biggest points promotion Homes & Villas as offered since its launch, according to Marriott. However, unless you already happened to be planning a trip and were about to book a vacation rental, it’s not necessarily the most incredible offer.

With Marriott’s recent move to dynamic pricing, 30,000 points won’t really get you very far, especially as hotel prices are skyrocketing this summer. For example, a Tuesday night stay at a Residence Inn in New York City later in May costs 40,000 points. In downtown Los Angeles, a Courtyard by Marriott will also set you back 40,000 for that same Tuesday night.

That doesn’t mean 30,000 points can’t get you somewhere, though. In San Antonio you could book a Saturday night stay at a SpringHill Suites near the River Walk for 25,000 points. For 27,000 you could snag a night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites near Universal Orlando Resort or the TownePlace Suites Orlando at SeaWorld.

If you decide to pass on this particular promotion, however, there are plenty of ways to earn extra points and miles on a stay with Homes & Villas.

One way is to pay for your booking with a cobranded Marriott card like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card which earns 6 Bonvoy points per dollar spent. You can also earn points by booking through a shopping portal. Homes & Villas by Marriott International happens to be on a handful of portals including American Airlines, where you can earn 1 mile per dollar spent.

In fact, TPG’s own executive editor was able to triple stack on a vacation earlier this year that earned him a whopping 210,000 points and miles for a five-night stay at a luxury ski rental. It just goes to show that with a little clever maneuvering you maximize any stay.

Bottom line

For Marriott Bonvoy loyalists, Homes & Villas by Marriott International is a great way to earn points for a vacation that’s better suited for a home rental than hotel. The brand’s current 30,000 bonus point offer is solid for people who are ready to book a stay now. However, it’s not such an impressive offer that it’s worth changing plans or frantically trying to throw a trip together before the booking window.

If you really want to snag the bonus points you could apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card to earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Marriott Home and Villas)
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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670-850
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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • 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
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    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 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • 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 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.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • 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