The Value of a Marriott Bonvoy Point



The dollar value of 1 Bonvoy point is
$0.0117

Dollar value of 1 point Flexibility of points Can miles cover taxes and fees?
$0.0117 Strong Yes

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Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

  • 50,000 bonus points after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your card
  • Earn five points per dollar at eligible hotels
  • Earn one point per dollar on all other purchases

How much are your Bonvoy points worth?

Before we begin, it is worth noting that "Bonvoy points" and "Points" are the same thing and will be used interchangeably.

The value you receive for your points depends on which hotels you redeem your points towards. Ratehub.ca has determined the average value of a point if redeemed for an eligible hotel in each hotel category and at various regions. Our results are displayed in our Bonvoy point value chart below.

Categories North America Central & South America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Total Average
Category 1 $0.0184 $0.0142 $0.0114 $0.0228 N/A $0.0103 $0.0154
Category 2 $0.0131 $0.0153 $0.0213 $0.0105 $0.0160 $0.0112 $0.0146
Category 3 $0.0131 $0.0110 $0.0085 $0.0142 $0.0063 $0.0124 $0.0109
Category 4 $0.0131 $0.0085 $0.0077 $0.0127 $0.0080 $0.0123 $0.0104
Category 5 $0.0084 $0.0084 $0.0127 $0.0103 $0.0072 $0.0097 $0.0095
Category 6 $0.0081 $0.0081 $0.0093 $0.0097 $0.0076 $0.0076 $0.0084
Category 7 $0.0121 $0.0101 $0.0208 N/A $0.0120 $0.0124 $0.0135
Region Averages $0.0123 $0.0108 $0.0131 $0.0134 $0.0095 $0.0108 $0.0117

Here is the methodology we used to determine the average value of Bonvoy point:

A. For whatever hotel category and region you are analyzing, price out a hotel night in three different cities within the region at the selected category level, and divide the price by the points needed. The price of a hotel night was found using the website Kayak.

B. Calculate the average for the region by taking the average value per point of the three cities.

C. Complete A and B for every region at each hotel category level.


Example: Comparing hotel prices in three different cities within Central & South America at the category 2 level

Total Cost of Hotel Night in Mendoza, Argentina Number of Points Required
$207.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
12500 points
Step 1: Determine the value per point in Mendoza
$207.00 Hotel Price ÷ 12500 points =
$0.0166 value per point
Total Cost of Hotel Night in Medellin, Colombia Number of Points Required
$141.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
12500 points
Step 2: Determine the value per point in Medellin
$141.00 Hotel Price ÷ 12500 points =
$0.0113 value per point
Total Cost of Hotel Night in Lima, Peru Number of Points Required
$224.00 Price of hotel found on Kayak
12500 points
Step 3: Determine the value per point in Lima
$224.00 Hotel Price ÷ 12500 points =
$0.0180 value per point
Step 4: Calculate the average value per point in the region
$0.0166 Mendoza $0.0113 Medellin $0.0180 Lima ÷ 3 Regions =
$0.0153 value per point

Bonvoy points can be redeemed for travel- hotels, flights and trains. However, the main focus of the rewards program is on hotel redemption. There are over two dozen hotel chains which make up Marriott’s worldwide network of more than 7,000 hotels. The hotels chains are:

  • Marriott
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Delta Hotels
  • Edition Hotels
  • Autograph Collection
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Sheraton
  • AC Hotels
  • Courtyard
  • Residence Inn
  • Sprinhill Suites
  • Fairfield
  • Townplace Suites
  • Protea Hotels
  • Moxy Hotels
  • Aloft
  • W Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Element
  • Westin
  • St. Regis

To redeem for a hotel, you can use Bonvoy points or a combination of cash and points (not an option for all hotels). There are seven categories of hotels which require different quantities of points:

Categories Description Points Per Night
Category 1 Mid-priced, full-service hotels 7,500
Category 2 Full-service hotels 12,500
Category 3 Full-service hotels in major cities 17,500
Category 4 Superior hotels and resorts 25,000
Category 5 Exclusive hotels and resorts 35,000
Category 6 Exclusive hotels and resorts 50,000
Category 7 Elite hotels and resorts in the most spectacular destinations 60,000

Overall Flexibilty: Strong

Taxes and fees covered? Consistent value? Transferable to/from other rewards programs?
Yes No Yes
Yes, when booking hotels, the taxes and fees can be covered with points. No, the value you receive for your Bonvoy points depends on which hotel category and location you redeem your points towards. Yes, see list below.
More than one airline involved in program? Can the points be used retroactively? Expiration date on points?
Yes Yes No
Yes, there are many airlines at your disposal when using Bonvoy points. Yes, you are allowed to credit your points account for 30 days. No, Bonvoy points do not expire in an active account (must be active at least once every 12 months or else they expire).

At many hotels, you can book using Bonvoy points and cash, which is a great option if you are short on the required points. A category 3 hotel requires 17,500 points but can also be booked with 8,500 points plus US $80 (average points value).

Hotel Cateogry Average Combination of Points & Cash
1 3,500 points + $55
2 6,000 points + $65
3 8,500 points + $80
4 12,000 points + $105
5 17,000 points + $140
6 25,000 points + $190
7 30,000 points + $250

* The combination of points and cash required can vary based on whether you're travelling during off-peak or peak times.

In addition, although points are intended to be used for hotel nights, points can be redeemed for flights using their travel service. The SPG program allows you to transfer points to most popular airline rewards programs at a 3:1 ratio.

When booking hotels with your points, the taxes and fees can be covered with your points.

Best Way to Use Your points

The value you receive for your points depends on which hotels you redeem your points towards. The math to determine the value of a Bonvoy point can be seen in the "Value of Miles" tab. Some hotels offer you very little value for your points and if you think you’ll be travelling in the near future, you may want to save your points for more valuable hotels

Our methodology showed that the average value of a point is $0.0117, so when you redeem your points use this average as your benchmark.

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