The Marriott Rewards portfolio has over 5,700 properties worldwide to stay at whenever you travel. With rewards nights starting at 6,000 points per night, Marriott points can be very useful. So what’s the quickest way to earn Marriott Rewards points?
That answer largely depends on your travel habits and which travel credit cards are in your wallet.
The Most Direct Way: Marriott Rewards Credit Card
Owning the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is the easiest way to earn Marriott Rewards because you’ll earn at Marriott points on every single purchase. Here’s how much you will earn on each card purchase:
- 5 points per $1 on all Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton purchases
- 2 points per $1 on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, car rental agencies, and dining
- 1 points per $1 on all remaining purchases
For every year you own the Marriott credit card, you will receive one free night certificate good at any Marriott category 1-5 hotel. This free night is worth the equivalent of 25,000 points.
In addition to the free annual night, you will also enjoy automatic Marriott Silver Elite Status that lets you earn 20% more points with each stay. Instead of earning 1,000 points on a $100 stay, you will earn 1,200 points!
Finally, new cardmembers have the opportunity to earn 87,500 Marriott points worth 14 free Marriott nights as a sign-up bonus.
You can also transfer SPG points to Marriott, and in 2018 there will be 4 new credit card offerings that will earn Marriott points.
Earn Bonus Points By Referring Your Friend to Use the Marriott Visa Too!
Periodically, Chase will also let you earn bonus Marriott Rewards points when your friend applies for the Marriott Rewards Premier and is approved.
To begin inviting friends, visit the Chase Refer-a-Friend page and enter your Marriott card information to view the current promotions.
The Most Flexible Option: Chase Ultimate Rewards
When you don’t want a credit card that exclusively earns Marriott Rewards points, consider the Chase Trifecta. With this option, three of the best Chase credit cards earn Marriott points on any purchase when you own a card from each of the following Chase credit card families:
- Ink Business Preferred
Each personal and business purchase will let you earn up to 5 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent. You can transfer your points on a 1:1 basis to Marriott since they are a Chase travel partner. Because Chase points are some of the most flexible travel rewards points in the business, you can also redeem them airline travel when you want to book an award flight in addition to your Marriott award night.
Book Flights through Marriott Rewards
By paying for an airline ticket with the Chase Sapphire Preferred through the Marriott Rewards program, you can earn 2 Avios and 2 Marriott Rewards points for each dollar spent. Or, by using the Marriott Rewards Premier, you will earn a total of 7 points per dollar (2 Avios and 5 Marriott Rewards).
By using the Marriott Premier credit card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can use this same buying strategy to earn up to 7 combined rewards points at over 40 airlines with the Marriott Airline Miles Program.
Some of the participating airlines include American Airlines, British Airways Avios, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
Who knew your Marriot stays could help you earn free air travel in the process?
Maximize the Marriott-Starwood Merger
In case you missed it, Marriott and Starwood are in the process of merging their two programs into one. Now, your Marriott points can be used for Starwood stays and your Starwood Starpoints can be used for Marriott and Ritz-Carlton nights.
If you have elevated Starwood SPG membership status, Marriott will automatically upgrade your Marriott Rewards status to the similar level, even if you haven’t stayed at a Marriott hotel this year. Starwood will also automatically upgrade your SPG status to reflect your current Marriott status.
Once your Marriott and Starwood accounts are linked, you can transfer your Marriott points on a 3:1 basis to Starwood for your Marriott points to be even more valuable thanks to Starwood’s generous reward night values.
In addition to linking your accounts, using the Amex SPG credit card will help you earn the most number of Starpoints on each purchase.
For every dollar spent, you will earn up to:
- 5 points on Starwood stays
- 2 points on Marriott Rewards stays
- 1 point for all non-Starwood and Marriott stays
On a $100 Starwood stay, you will earn 1,500 Marriott points with the Amex SPG after the 1:3 point transfer. Remember that the same $100 stay at a Marriott property with the Marriott credit card will only net 1,200 Marriott Rewards points. For every $100 spent with the Amex SPG, you can earn 300 more points for each hotel stay.
Even though the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card is primarily a hotel rewards card, it also has a generous 1:1 airline rewards point transfer program too. You can also earn Starpoints on Delta, Emirates, and China Eastern flights that can later be transferred to your Marriott Rewards account.
Invite Your Friends to Join Marriott Rewards
No credit card is needed with the Marriott point hack! The Marriott Refer-A-Friend bonus lets you earn up to 50,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points each year.
Here’s how the program works:
- Refer up to 5 friends every year
- You earn up to 10,000 Marriott Rewards points for their first five stays (2,000 points per stay)
- Your friend also earns 2,000 Marriott Rewards points per stay (10,000 points total)
Your friend must make all five stays within 365 days of enrollment for you both to earn the maximum bonus of 10,000 points. All stays must be a paid stay.
Once you refer your five friends for this year, start thinking of five new friends to invite next year so you can earn another 50,000 bonus points that can help you enjoy 8 free Marriott nights!
Earn Points With the Marriott Travel Partners
Staying at a Marriott hotel isn’t the only way to earn Marriott points. You can earn extra Marriott Points by booking a cruise, a rental car from Hertz, converting your Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Identity Points to Marriott Rewards, and making a phone call with Travelling Connect when you travel abroad and cannot Skype or Facetime.
Although you won’t earn extra Marriott Rewards with this travel partner, you can earn 2 bonus Avios when you book a Marriott stay through the Avios Marriott Rewards link.
Summary on the Best Ways to Marriott Rewards Points
If you’ve only been collecting Marriott points for your regular business and personal travel, Marriott makes it easy to earn bonus points in a variety of ways. While owning the right travel credit card is the quickest way to earn Marriott Rewards points, it’s not the only way.
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