Earn & Redeem Marriott Bonvoy Points For Homes

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Last week I wrote about the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott. With this, Marriott will be offering about 2,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 100 destinations throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Essentially Marriott is marketing home rentals to Bonvoy members, allowing them to earn and redeem points at accommodations other than hotels. This is an interesting trend we’re seeing in the hotel industry. Obviously Airbnb and similar services are the biggest competitors of hotels, but to some extent hotels are embracing these.

Well, we knew that Marriott would fully be launching this concept this week, and it’s now official. You can now earn and redeem points for Hotels & Villas by Marriott.

Earning Marriott Bonvoy points for homes & villas

If you’re booking a stay at one of these properties through Marriott you’ll earn:

  • 5x Bonvoy points per dollar spent (the same you’d earn at Marriott’s extended stay properties, though half of what you earn at most properties)
  • Elite members receive their usual points bonuses for these stays as well
  • Bonvoy members earn one elite night for every night booked
  • Points only post three to six weeks after an eligible stay, which sure seems like a long time
  • Elite members will receive an elite welcome gift or a special amenity or points

Homes & Villas property in Tahoe

Redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points for homes & villas

Obviously when paying cash the cost of a home rental varies greatly by night. Furthermore, this is really a marketing partnership from Marriott, since Marriott doesn’t actually own or manage these properties.

Presumably they’re just being paid a commission for successful bookings, and in return are marketing them and offering certain perks.

So, what do award redemptions look like? It looks like you can redeem Marriott Bonvoy points towards the cost of a home or villa rental at the rate of 0.7 cents per point. For example, a $3,306 rental would cost 472,286 points.

Usually these kinds of deals won’t be very good, but this is actually right around what I value Marriott Bonvoy points, so I’m pleasantly surprised by that.

Homes & Villas property in Croatia

Bottom line

As I noted in my last post about this initiative, this is better than nothing, but hardly anything to get excited about. This is really just a marketing partnership for existing home rentals. So the real incremental value here is the ability to earn points for these stays, and to redeem points at a “fair” rate towards the cost of a stay.

I’m someone who generally doesn’t use Airbnb or other similar services, though I could see this convincing me to give them a try. However, a lot of these properties are super expensive and luxe, so this definitely doesn’t have the mass appeal of Airbnb, for example.

Homes & Villas property in Palm Springs

Anyone plan to use Homes & Villas by Marriott?

  1. Cleaning fees are a real put off. I understand you want it to be cleaned for the next guest but $350 cleaning fee for 2 days? Wonder if you can negotiate with homeowner as you can with airbnb for price/fees

  2. @lucky if this is what you value the points at then i think this new option creates some floor value to these points but the added flexbility means it should be worth more. Hence 0.8 cents or so. I personnally value them at 0.9-1 cents and only use them if they offer more value.

  3. @chris – only if you value staying in a home. I don’t. So the option is of zero value to me. Now if Marriott offerent to buy your points for cash, that would establish a floor.

  4. The primary value is going to be for those with a party of 4 or more that want more room and not get 2 hotel rooms, but yet still get Marriott points and night credits. It can also be an option for lodging in areas where hotels are not really available. Some of the listings are just ridiculous as well as the $300+ cleaning fees. There are some that are under $200.

  5. Doesn’t anyone else find it strange that Marriott use Marriotthomesandvillas.com or homes-and-villas.marriot.com , or even HomesandvillasbyMarriott.com for this assault on Airbnb?
    Isn’t that confusing, messy or amateurish even?

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