Real World Machine values Marriott Rewards points at 0.8 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes Marriott points less valuable than Accor, Hyatt, Starwood, and Wyndham points, as equally as valuable as IHG points, and more valuable than Best Western, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, and Hilton points.
Measured as a reward points rebate for non-elite members, the Marriott Rewards program rebates you 8.0%, in the form of points, for your spending on room rates, exclusive of taxes but inclusive of incidentals at full-service brands, with Marriott International. Those at the top elite status level, which is Platinum Elite, get a 12.0% points rebate.
On a related note, Marriott Reward Platinum elite status is worth $3,770.
How Did We Calculate the Value?
The value of one point is determined primarily by the point cost to redeem Marriott Rewards points towards room nights. Award night redemption costs are are based on 20 destinations…10 domestic and 10 international. For consistency, the same cities are used to compare multiple hotel groups when determining point value.
The valuation also factors in the variety of redemption options, the size of the Marriott’s network, and the availability of awards. Marriott does very well on all three of these factors, especially following their buyout of Starwood. Marriott points can be transferred to the Starwood’s SPG program at a rate of 3 Marriott points to 1 SPG point.
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First, Marriott’s 30 brands, including Starwood brands, offer a variety of amenities and luxuriousness at different price points for points redemption, from the high-end Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott luxury brands, to family-friendly brands like Fairfield Inn, to extended-stay brands like Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites. Whether you traveling by yourself, with your significant other, or with family using your award nights, there is almost certainly a Marriott brand to match your style and number of traveling companions.
Marriott also has an extremely strong presence in the United States and one of the strongest global footprints of any hotel group following the Starwood buyout, with only South America and Africa having less extensive coverage. Marriott has the third greatest number of properties and the most number of rooms of any hotel group in the world.
Finally, award availability and inventory at most Marriott International properties tends to be good. Marriott Rewards members can also take advantage of the “fifth night free” benefit, wherein the member pays points for four award nights and receives the fifth award night during the same stay for free.
Want to see more? You can check out our full table of the value of one point, and the average rebate percentage (in points) per dollar spent, for leading hotel groups like Accor, Best Western, Carlson Rezidor, Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Starwood, and Wyndham along with airline, rail, and rental car travel providers.