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TPG readers' best Marriott Bonvoy redemptions

Sept. 08, 2019
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We recently asked our TPG Lounge members to share the best redemptions they’ve ever had with the Marriott Bonvoy program. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

Memorable Marriott stays around the U.S.

Several TPG Lounge members said they had cashed in their Marriott Bonvoy points for free nights in Hawaii, while others used them to save on hotel stays in New York City and Vail, Colorado, during ski season.

"A seven-night certificate for Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui; Southwest Companion passes for two years; another seven-night certificate for Kauai; plus 120,000 Alaska miles." — Derrick D.

"The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort for five nights for 140,000 Marriott points when the normal nightly price was $1,039. Those points saved me over $5,000!" — Mark F.

Have you stayed at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Hawaii? (Photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy)

"40,000 Marriott points per night for The New York EDITION, with a double upgrade from status to a Madison Park view room worth about $1,300 a night." — Gavin D.

"Five nights at The St. Regis New York for 240,000 Marriott points." — Ramón V.

"Four nights at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort during ski season, booked before the August devaluation for 35,000 points a night." — A.J.A.

Epic trips to Europe, the Maldives, Asia and Australia

From canal-side upgrades in Venice to luxurious stays at a desert resort in Dubai, our well-traveled TPG Lounge readers definitely know how to make the most of their Marriott Bonvoy points when it comes to planning incredible vacations around the world.

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"Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice. Used Marriott points for a basic room and was upgraded to a lovely suite with a balcony overlooking the Grand Canal." — Chris C.

"Five nights at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. We were upgraded from a standard room to a two-story loft suite!" — Ian B.

"Free nights at a hotel in Manchester. We also scored free box seats at the Manchester United vs Liverpool game because of the recent partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and the Manchester United Football Club." — Ian B.

"Five nights — the fifth night was free — at the Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection for our honeymoon. Actually there right now!" — Kim A.

"Five nights at Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, and just completed five nights at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort with a complimentary upgrade to an overwater villa, both for 240,000 Marriott points." — Dayan Z.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

"Seven nights and eight days at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in a deluxe overwater bungalow for 360,000 Marriott points, including 130,000 United miles. Also seven nights and eight days at Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica for 100,000 Marriott points. Both were amazing properties with superior service. To the best of my knowledge, it’s really not possible to get that kind of deal at The St. Regis post-merger. We went in October 2018." — Evan F.

"Redeemed 390,000 Marriott points for a Category 8 stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong for seven nights and was upgraded to a suite due to my platinum status. I also chose Alaska Airlines miles from the package to use toward Cathay Pacific first class." — Tim L.

"35,000 Marriott points per night at The St. Regis Bangkok. 140,000 Marriott points for five nights at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam." — Ken S.

"I was upgraded to the 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite — the same room Presidents Obama and Trump have stayed in — at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi during a 17,500-point stay." — Alex M.

"I recently got two rooms for five nights at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas near the Great Barrier Reef for 160,000 Marriott points per room. We got upgraded to a swim-out suite and the breakfast buffet, included with status, was outstanding." — Dustin C.

More ways to maximize Marriott Bonvoy points

Some of our TPG Lounge members shared how they were able to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to airline partners like Cathay Pacific and JAL to fly first class to their destinations, while others used them to book vacation packages and special Marriott Bonvoy Moments.

"I bid the 127,500 Marriott points I earned from my welcome bonus and from spending in bonus categories on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card to get two tickets to the Aquaman movie premiere and after party. While that was a lot of points to use, it was well worth the cost because my boyfriend and I love superhero movies and he's a huge Aquaman and DC Comics fan. However, I think that experience will be topped by our upcoming five-night stay at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for only 240,000 Marriott points." — Shana G.

"The best vacation package I ever booked was seven nights at Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club and 120,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points back when that immediately gave you a Companion Pass. My wife flew with me for free for two years and our room slept six people comfortably." — Mark G.

"An (old) Category 8 seven-night stay at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and 120,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for 325,000 Marriott points. The stay was during New Year's so the cash price with resort fees was over $3,210 plus the value of the miles." — Grant G.

Picture yourself poolside at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. (Photo by Kelsy Chauvin)

"Transferred about 250,000 Marriott points to Miles and More for two business-class seats on Lufthansa from Vienna to Washington, D.C." — Randy G.

"Transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to book Cathay Pacific or JAL first class. It's only 70,000 miles to Asia! I was also able to transfer and book Cathay Pacific first and business class to Australia for 80,000 miles." — Albert G.

"It has to be almost four years of Southwest Companion Pass status while transferring at the key time and getting two- to seven-night travel certificates. One of them was good for seven nights at the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel. Too bad Southwest changed what counted toward the Companion Pass." — Richard R.

"Far and away, it was the seven-night travel package I bought in 2017 for 330,000 Marriott points. I got a seven-night Category 7 (now Category 5) certificate I used this past April at the Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea before it changed to Category 6 and 162,000 Aeroplan miles with a 35% bonus at the time for transferring hotel points to Aeroplan. We used that for two one-way business-class tickets from Koh Samui to Bangkok to Istanbul to Atlanta on Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines." — Paul S.

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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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
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  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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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

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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  • 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.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023