Full guide of Marriott Reward

Full guide of hotel loyalty program series:

  1. Redeem Strategy for New Marriott Frequent program
  2. Full guide of Hilton Honors
  3. Full guide of World of Hyatt
  4. Full guide of Marriott Rewards (this article)
  5. Full guide of Marriott free night certificate usage
  6. Ultimate comparison of Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott loyalty program

After the acquirement of Starwood Hotel Group, Marriott becomes the largest hotel group worldwide, 6864 hotels are managed by Marriott.


Luxury Brand: Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotel

Premium Brand: J. W. Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Sheraton, Westin, Delta, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Design Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Gaylord Hotels

Common Brand: Courtyard, Fairfield, SpringHill Suites, AC Hotels, TownPlace Suites, Residence Inn, Moxy Hotels, Four Points, Element, Protea Hotels, Aloft

Loyalty Program:  Marriott Rewards (formal name will be introduced in early 2019)


From the above table, we can see that the lower the category, the better the free night. Hotels in developed country commonly have high category; hotels in developing country generally have low category. For example, J. W. Marriott in Beijing is only category (cat) 3, even two Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis in Beijing are only cat 5. In New York, Aloft, Element and Countyard are already cat 5.

Cash + Point Redemption:

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Elite status: member, silver elite (10 nights in a year), gold elite (25 nights in a year), platinum elite (50 nights in a year), platinum premier elite (75 nights in a year), platinum premier with ambassador (100 nights in a year + $20,000 spend in Marriott hotels)

Lifetime elite status:

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Loyalty program elite status match: Marriott platinum premier -> United Airline silver elite, United Airline gold elite -> Marriott gold elite

How to get points: stay, spend money through co-branded credit card, transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards as 1:1 ratio, purchase at $12.5/1000 points from official website.

Transfer to airline miles: at ratio 3:1. If transfer 60,000 points at one time, it will have 5,000 miles bonus, as 60,000 points to 25,000 miles.

Special usage of points: air and hotel package

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The so-called “air and hotel package” refers to using considerable amount of points to get numerous airline miles and 7 day consecutive free nigh certificate. If redeeming UA will have 10% bonus.

The participating airlines are (boldare recommended airlines):

Aegean Airlines
Aeroflot Bonus AeroMexico ClubPremier

Air Canada Aeroplan

Air China Phoenix Miles
Air France/KLM Flying Blue

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan®

Alitalia MilleMiglia
ANA Mileage Club
American Airlines

Asiana Airlines Asiana Club 

Avianca LifeMiles
British Airways Executive Club Asia MilesTM

China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles

China Southern Airlines
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
Delta SkyMiles®

Emirates Skywards®
Etihad Guest

Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®

Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles®

Iberia Plus
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank 

Jet Airways JetPrivilege®
Korean Air SKYPASS

Lufthansa Miles & More
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Qatar Privilege Club
Saudia Airlines
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer®
South African Airways Voyager

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®

TAP Air Portugal

Thai Airways
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
Virgin Atlantic® Flying Club
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer


How to quickly get elite status:

Chase Marriott, AmEx SPG credit card get silver elite status;

Chase Ritz-Carlton, AmEx SPG Luxury and AmEx Platinum credit card get gold elite status;

Spend $75,000 on Chase Ritz-Carlton、AmEx SPG Luxury credit card in one year get platinum elite status.

Co-branded credit card:

Chase Marriott credit card, AmEx SPG credit card:

Chase Marriott信用卡、AmEx SPG信用卡:在Marriott及SPG酒店消费$1得6点;其它消费每$1得2点;每年送一张最高需求35000点的免房券;(SPG卡专属)Boingo Wi-Fi;每年15晚elite credit night(同一个Marriott账号限一次);年费$95;

Chase Ritz-Carlton信用卡、AmEx SPG Luxury信用卡:在Marriott及SPG酒店消费$1得6点;餐饮、租车、航司官网购票每消费$1得3点;其它消费每$1得2点;每年送一张最高需求50000点的免房券;(SPG卡专属)Boingo Wi-Fi;每年15晚elite credit night(同一个Marriott账号限一次);Priority Pass会员;(SPG卡专属)每年$300万豪酒店消费报销;(Ritz-Carlton卡专属)每年$300航空费用报销;年费$450;

Chase Marriott Business商业信用卡、AmEx SPG Business商业信用卡:在Marriott及SPG酒店消费$1得6点;在餐饮、加油、运费、有线电视及话费消费每$1得4点;其它消费每$1得2点;每年送一张最高需求35000点的免房券;(SPG卡专属)Boingo Wi-Fi;每年15晚elite credit night(同一个Marriott账号限一次);年费SPG卡$95、Marriott卡$99。


Chase Marriott Premier Plus Chase Ritz-Carlton Chase Marriott Premier Plus Business AmEx SPG AmEx SPG


$1 spend on Marriott 6X
$1 spend on dinning 2X 3X 4X 2X 3X 4X
$1 spend on car rental/ airfare 2X 3X 2X NA 3X 2X
$1 spend on gas/shipping/cable and phone 2X 2X 4X 2X 2X 4X
$1 spend on anything else 2X
annual free night certificate up to 35,000 p up to 50,000 p up to 35,000 p up to 35,000 p up to 50,000 p up to 35,000 p
complimentary status silver gold silver silver gold silver
annual fee $95 $450 $99 $95 $450 $95
other benefit NA $300 airline fee credit;


Visa Infinite

NA Boingo wifi Boingo wifi;

$300 hotel credit;


TSA Pre-check fee


Boingo wifi


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