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You can now redeem Marriott points for private-island retreat in the Seychelles

Feb. 18, 2020
4 min read
North Island Resort
You can now redeem Marriott points for private-island retreat in the Seychelles
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Back in November, we learned that an incredibly-exclusive resort — the North Island Resort in the Seychelles — would be joining the Marriott Bonvoy program under the Luxury Collection brand. This private-island paradise consists of just 11 villas, and with room rates of $6,000+ per night, there was rampant speculation of how this would fit into Marriott's award chart — especially when language was added to the program's terms and conditions that indicated it would be higher than the current top rate (100,000 points per peak night at Category 8 locations).

Well now we have our answer. As of today, you can now book award rooms at this incredible property, though it'll cost you. Each night will set you back 365,000 Marriott points, worth $2,920 based on TPG's most recent valuations — and that's before taking into account the required helicopter transfer to and from the resort, which will set you back another 1,628 Euros (~$1,760).

A Marriott spokesperson confirmed this information in an email to TPG this morning:

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"We are excited to announce that North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort in the Seychelles will start participating in Marriott Bonvoy later today. As you know, this exclusive, 11 villa private island resort commands a very high average daily rate far in excess of all other participating properties. As a result, the nightly award rate will be 365,000 points per night ...The redemption rate includes breakfast, complimentary use of an island buggy, morning yoga, kids activities and more."

He went on to point out that this was just a starting price, and if the average daily rate changes "significantly" in the future, the rate may be recalibrated. However, he also stressed that this "would not be done dynamically," and after following up, he confirmed the property would have peak and off-peak dates, just like the rest of the Marriott portfolio. However, those rates are calibrated monthly as opposed to dynamically, but given the already-high award rate plus the required out-of-pocket cost for transfers, one would hope there wouldn't be notable increases.

He also stated the property will not participate in Points + Cash, nor would it be available as a PointSavers redemption.

Would you redeem 365,000 Marriott points for a free night here? (Photo courtesy of the North Island Resort)

There's no debating that this is a lot of Marriott points to spend on a single night. However, with base rates that start at 5,225 Euros (~$5,650 based on current exchange rates), it's nowhere near as bad as it could've been.

In searching availability online, it appears that award availability is now loaded, and I even see some dates falling slightly below the stated price.

Unfortunately, it appears that Marriott's fifth-night free benefit doesn't fully apply, as a five-night stay is pricing at 1,705,000 points — or an average of 341,000 points per night.

The rate details show you're technically still getting a benefit of 85,000 points off — which happens to be Marriott's standard nightly pricing for a Category 8 property. However, if you were hoping that a full night would be taken off, you're out of luck.

Finally, I haven't been able to get the flexible search feature on Marriott's site to display award availability, so there's no easy way to quickly see award prices across dates at this point.

Featured image by North Island Resort (Image courtesy of the resort)

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Best for Marriott perks at a reasonable cost
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

2 - 17X points
17XEarn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
3XEarn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
2X2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

Intro offer

100,000 Bonus Points
Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
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.

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless carries a $95 annual fee but offers plenty of ways to get more value from it year after year. You'll get automatic Silver elite status, which awards 10% bonus points on stays, and enjoy a pathway to Gold status (with 15 elite night credits each year) to lock in some even better benefits. Cardholders also receive an annual free night certificate (worth up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary. Those who are able to maximize this certificate can lock in a room with a rate that far exceeds the $95 annual fee.

Pros

  • Annual free night certificate (up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary
  • Automatic Silver elite status with pathway to Gold
  • 15 elite night credits annually to help earn a higher tier of Bonvoy status. Plus, you can earn one credit towards elite status for every $5,000 you spend.

Cons

  • There are better Marriott cards if you want higher tier status or no annual fee
  • Doesn't make sense if you don't stay at Marriott properties
  • Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
  • Earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year, and path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
Best for Marriott perks at a reasonable cost
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

17XEarn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
3XEarn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
2X2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

    100,000 Bonus 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 Marriott Bonvoy Boundless carries a $95 annual fee but offers plenty of ways to get more value from it year after year. You'll get automatic Silver elite status, which awards 10% bonus points on stays, and enjoy a pathway to Gold status (with 15 elite night credits each year) to lock in some even better benefits. Cardholders also receive an annual free night certificate (worth up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary. Those who are able to maximize this certificate can lock in a room with a rate that far exceeds the $95 annual fee.

Pros

  • Annual free night certificate (up to 35,000 points) each cardmember anniversary
  • Automatic Silver elite status with pathway to Gold
  • 15 elite night credits annually to help earn a higher tier of Bonvoy status. Plus, you can earn one credit towards elite status for every $5,000 you spend.

Cons

  • There are better Marriott cards if you want higher tier status or no annual fee
  • Doesn't make sense if you don't stay at Marriott properties
  • Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
  • Earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year, and path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.