The Value of a Marriott Reward Point

Dollar value of 1 Marriott Reward point is
$0.0081

Dollar value of 1 point Flexibility of points Can points cover taxes and fees?
$0.0081 Medium Yes

Before we begin, it is important to note that "Marriott Rewards" and "Points" are equivalent and will be used interchangeably.

Ratehub.ca has found the value of a Marriott Reward point to be worth $0.0081 per point. Below is the methodology we used to calculate this value.

First, it is important to highlight that the Marriott Rewards program charges you a fixed number of Marriott Rewards points for each hotel category. These categories are shown below.

Category Points Needed
1 7,500
2 10,000
3 15,000
4 20,000
5 25,000
6 30,000
7 35,000
8 40,000
9 45,000

As you can see, the points needed for each category of hotel can vary considerably, and it is reasonable to assume that the price of hotels within each category will vary amongst other hotels in the same category, depending on location. To take into account this variance, we have used the following method to calculate the value of a Marriott Reward point:

  1. Look up a hotel in a specific category and region

  2. Take the lowest standard room rate

  3. Divide the lowest standard room rate by the number of required points to find the value of one point

Example: Redeeming your Marriott Rewards points for the TownPlace Suites Dallas Bedford category 1 hotel in Dallas, US

Price of the lowest standard room = $121.56

Marriott Rewards points required = 7,500

Value of one point:
$121.56 price of
lowest room
÷ 7500 points required =
$0.0162 value per point

If you redeem 7,500 points for a category 1 hotel in Dallas you only receive 1.62¢/point. You typically receive good value when you redeem at lower levels. This is because most hotels in North America start at $80/night. Since $80/7,500pts = 1.07¢, regardless of which hotel you pick in category 1, you are almost guaranteed a return better than 1¢/point.

Example: Redeeming your Marriott Rewards points for the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa category 8 hotel in Niagara Falls, Canada

Price of the lowest standard room = $245.14

Marriott Rewards points required = 40,000

Value of one point:
$245.14 price of
lowest room
÷ 40000 points required =
$0.0061 value per point

In this example you only get 0.61¢/ point compared to 1.62¢/point in the previous example. You get less value when you redeem for higher category hotels because the price of the hotel room does not increase as fast as the points needed to redeem them. While a stay in Niagara Falls costs twice as much as a stay in Dallas, the points needed for redemption is more than four times as much.


Average Value of a Marriot Rewards Point for a Hotel in Every Category and Region

To provide the average value of a Marriott Rewards point when redeeming for hotels, we looked at hotels in every category and region. To find these results we used the same method as above and used three hotels for each region in each category.

As shown in the above example the value of a Marriott Rewards point is dependent on hotel price but we also learned that certain regions and categories on average, offer more value than others and are worth saving your points for.

Category North America Central & South America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Category Average
1 $0.0120 N/A $0.0072 N/A $0.0304 $0.0088 $0.0146
2 $0.0082 $0.0119 $0.0117 $0.0175 $0.0162 $0.0107 $0.0127
3 $0.0076 $0.0087 $0.0074 $0.0042 $0.0168 $0.0100 $0.0091
4 $0.0064 $0.0070 $0.0052 N/A $0.0063 $0.0101 $0.0070
5 $0.0042 $0.0071 $0.0041 N/A $0.0103 $0.0043 $0.0060
6 $0.0048 $0.0087 $0.0045 N/A $0.0064 $0.0072 $0.0063
7 $0.0049 $0.0064 $0.0050 N/A $0.0052 $0.0055 $0.0054
8 $0.0057 $0.0057 $0.0058 N/A $0.0061 $0.0063 $0.0059
9 $0.0057 $0.0084 $0.0042 N/A N/A N/A $0.0061
Region Average $0.0066 $0.0080 $0.0061 $0.0108 $0.0122 $0.0079 $0.0081

Overall Flexibilty: Medium

Taxes and fees covered? Consistent value? Transferable to/from other rewards programs?
Yes No Yes
Yes, points can be used to cover taxes and fees. No, the value you receive for your Marriott Rewards points depends on which hotel category and location you redeem your points towards. Yes, you may redeem your Marriott Rewards points for mileage on your preferred airline’s frequent flyer program when you book an ‘air mileage reward’.
More than one airline involved in program? Can the points be used retroactively? Expiration date on points?
Yes No No
Yes, there are many airlines available using the Marriott Rewards program including Delta Airlines, Air Canada, and West Jet. No, your points must be used up front No, Marriott Rewards points do not expire when your account is active. They will expire after 24 months of inactivity.

Marriott Reward points are not as flexible as some travel reward systems such as TD Rewards and Scotia Rewards because your points must be used upfront to purchase hotel nights, rather than making a purchase with your credit card and at a later date using your points towards this travel purchase. This is not as ideal as you cannot gain points on the nights you book, as you are simply using your points to purchase the nights.

But, the ability to use points for flights and cruises adds to its flexibility. Alternatively, points can be used to purchase a variety of merchandise, such as electronics, gift cards and appliances. However, you will receive less value per point on these purchases, compared to using points to book nights at a Marriott hotel.

Marriott Rewards can be used to cover taxes and fees.

Best Way to Use Your Marriott Reward Points

The value you receive for your Marriott Rewards points depends on which hotels you redeem your points towards. The math to determine the value of a Marriott Rewards point can be seen in our post How the Marriott Rewards Program Works. Some hotels offer you very little value for your points and if you think you’ll be travelling again in the near future, you may want to save your Marriott Rewards point for more valuable hotels.

Our methodology showed that the average value of a Marriott Reward point is $0.0081, so keep this benchmark in mind when redeeming your points.

Maximization Rules

Category North America Central & South America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Category Average
1 $0.0120 N/A $0.0072 N/A $0.0304 $0.0088 $0.0146
2 $0.0082 $0.0119 $0.0117 $0.0175 $0.0162 $0.0107 $0.0127
3 $0.0076 $0.0087 $0.0074 $0.0042 $0.0168 $0.0100 $0.0091
4 $0.0064 $0.0070 $0.0052 N/A $0.0063 $0.0101 $0.0070
5 $0.0042 $0.0071 $0.0041 N/A $0.0103 $0.0043 $0.0060
6 $0.0048 $0.0087 $0.0045 N/A $0.0064 $0.0072 $0.0063
7 $0.0049 $0.0064 $0.0050 N/A $0.0052 $0.0055 $0.0054
8 $0.0057 $0.0057 $0.0058 N/A $0.0061 $0.0063 $0.0059
9 $0.0057 $0.0084 $0.0042 N/A N/A N/A $0.0061
Region Average $0.0066 $0.0080 $0.0061 $0.0108 $0.0122 $0.0079 $0.0081

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