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25+ Marriott Rewards hotels that now cost less with great 1+ cent per point values

by on Wed March 22, 2017 • No Comment
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Earlier in March, Marriott Rewards introduced its annual changes to hotel categories, and 60% of Marriott properties got more expensive, while 40% got cheaper, getting assigned a lower category level.

In general, the trend remains the same it’s been for years. Hotels in places where people actually want to go are getting more expensive, while more obscure and unpopular locales are getting cheaper. However, there are some exceptions to this, and many sweet spots have emerged among the hotels that cost less with points this year.

In fact, we found over 25 hotels going down in price this year, and yielding about 1 cent per point or better in value. For comparison, you get about 0.7 cents per point in value on average across all Marriott hotels searched on HotelHustle.com, so anything at the 1 cent or higher level is getting you outsized value from your Marriott points.

To find them, we picked the same high peak-season dates in July (13-17) to check cash rates vs the points rate at Marriott hotels that benefited from a lower category this year. We picked those that yield a value per point of around 1 cent or better for this list.

However, keep in mind the following:

  • Hotel prices fluctuate from day to day, and they can differ from other rates offered by online travel agencies and the hotel itself, so check them often.
  • We compared cash prices to standard (not PointSaver) rewards for stays up to 4 nights. If you stay 5 nights or more, you get 1 free night – that increases the value of a reward stay.
  • We didn’t consider Points + Cash rates, which can be a great deal sometimes.

U.S.

AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor

20,000 points (1.3 cents per point value) 

This is a very nice hotel and a great value for 20,000 points considering its pretty high cash price, but it’s not really in central Washington despite what the name suggests. It’ll take you a little over an hour to get downtown by bus and train.

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TownePlace Suites New Orleans Harvey/West Bank

10,000 points (1.3 cents per point value)

10,000 points is a great redemption rate for this hotel considering the cash price, but the hotel is located on the “wrong” side of the river. Without a car, it’s an adventure to get to New Orleans’ more touristy spots.

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TownePlace Suites San Diego Vista

20,000 points (1 cent per point value)

Despite the name, this TownePlace Suites hotel is not in San Diego – it’s a good 40-45 minute drive to San Diego, but its close proximity to LEGOLAND and the Carlsbad beaches makes up for that. Free breakfast and a kitchenette come with the room, so 20,000 points per night is a good alternative to cash rates that can hit $200+ in season.

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Latin America

Courtyard Panama City Metro Mall

7,500 points  (1.4 cents per point value)

If you need to stay overnight near the airport, this is a great value with a 24 / 7 shuttle.

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Panama Marriott Hotel

15,000 points (0.9 cents per point value)

You’ll find lots of hotel rooms in Panama City, and rates are cheap, but for 15,000 points this is a good deal for a well located hotel.

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Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel

25,000 points (1 cent per point value)

Renaissance Sao Paulo is a 5-star hotel in Jardins – one of the most upscale and sought-after neighborhoods with some of the best shops, markets, restaurants, art galleries, and museums. 25,000 points buy you a room that can go for $220+.

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Renaissance Santiago

25,000 points (1 cent per point value)

This is a 5 star hotel at a great points price. Another good option for fewer points is the Santiago Marriott at 20,000 points a night, saving you nearly $200.

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Europe

AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot

30,000 points (0.9 cents per point value)

AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot is a 4-star hotel located right next to the Paris Convention Center. It’s relatively close to the Arc de Triomphe. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the hotel to central Paris using public transportation.

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Marriott’s Village d’Ile-de-France

25,000 points (2 cents per point value)

This property is the part of Marriott Vacation Club and can be very convenient if you’re visiting Disneyland or just want to get away from it all. 25,000 points will get you a 1-bedroom condominium with a fully-equipped kitchen and a terrace. And cash rates can go really crazy in the summer – over $500 a night, making this an outstanding bargain for your points.

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Courtyard Bremen

7,500 points (1.2 cents per point value)

Bremen has museums, beautiful architecture, churches, parks, and charming Old Town with its unique little shops and bars and a spirit of old Germany. It’s a 3-hour train ride from Berlin, so instead of a day trip, make it an overnight trip for just 7,500 points.

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Milan Marriott Hotel

30,000 points (1.5 cents per point value)

It’s 30,000 points, but compared to this cash price, it’s a bargain.

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Courtyard Paveletskaya Moscow

10,000 points (1 cent per point value)

Moscow hotel prices can fluctuate widely, so it’s always a good idea to check them frequently before spending your points. In general, however, Courtyard Paveletskaya is more likely to give you a great points value, and it has a very good location, too. The Marriott Arbat at 25,000 points isn’t bad for an upscale property, and neither is the Renaissance at 15,000 points.

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Minsk Marriott / Renaissance Minsk

10,000 points (1.2 cents per point value)

You don’t often see 5-star hotels for 10,000 points per night, and when you do, they won’t be in Paris or Venice. Still, Minsk is a lovely, interesting city that can easily fill 2 or 3 days of your time. Outside Minsk, there are palaces, castles, fortresses, and Byelovezhskaya Puscha State National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also doesn’t hurt that Belarus now allows a visa-free entry for up to 5 days. Either of these hotels is an excellent point value if you have any interest in the destination.

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Asia

Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast

15,000 points (1 cent per point value)

Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast is located within walking distance from the subway and the U.S. Embassy. For 15,000 points you can get a room that often goes for $150+ before taxes, which is an excellent value for Marriott points.

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JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur

15,000 points (1 cent per point value)

It’s always nice to see a JW Marriott hotel going down to 15,000 points per night, especially the hotel located in the heart of the city. If fact, it was a Category 5 hotel just 2 years ago. Perhaps, its ongoing renovation has contributed to this “demotion” and made it an excellent deal on points.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bali

40,000 points (0.8 cents per point value)

This is the only Ritz Carlton hotel on our list, and at 40,000 points per night, it almost didn’t make it, but it’s an opulent hotel, and it does fit our definition of a decent redemption, albeit barely, since it’s a rare luxury hotel that went down a category in price.

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Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre

10,000 points (1.4 cents per point value)

It’s Renaissance and it’s 10,000 points per night- getting you well over 1 cent per point in value.

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Africa

Most Marriott’s Protea hotels represent great bargains, including the ones that haven’t changed categories. But some of those hotels that did move down in a category are not just bargains – they’re a steal.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

10,000 points (1.4 cents per point value)

This luxury lakeside hotel is located in a historic village between Johannesburg and Pretoria, just 25 minutes away from JNB airport, nice for an overnight layover before heading to Cape Town or Mauritius.

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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Johannesburg

15,000 points (1.3 cents per point value)

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This is an amazing hotel located in Melrose, one of the safest and the most popular central neighborhood of Johannesburg.

Protea Hotel Transit Johannesburg Airport

7,500 points (1.5 cents per point value)

For just 7,500 points you can get your own hotel room in the JNB international transit zone. On a long layover, it beats every other option, even a free lounge access.

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Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront Cape Town

10,000 points (1.3 cents per point value)

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This is an amazing rate for a great hotel housed in a historic building located in one of the best parts of the city – V&A Waterfront.

Protea Hotel Durban Edward

7,500 points (1.3 cents per point value)

This hotel is located on South Beach’s Golden Mile and close to most local attractions including Durban’s uShaka Marine World, the largest aquarium in Africa.

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Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

7,500 Marriott points (1 cent per point value)

This hotel is ideally located in the Elephant Coast for five different game reserves: Zulu Crok Reptile Park, Bhangazi Horse Safaris, Sodwana Beach, St Lucia Estuary, and Cape Vidal Beach. And pristine ocean beaches are not far away.

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While these hotels are all great deals with Marriott points, they’re even better if you have Starwood points, since every one Starwood point can convert into three Marriott points. That lets you get hotels for as few as 3,000 Starwood points, a great deal that gets you 3 cents per point or more in value.

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