ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Travelers Can Earn Free Hotel Nights Through Rewards Programs--Marriott Rewards

Updated on March 27, 2018

Can You Earn Free Lodging?

Many people in America and other nations travel on a frequent basis. The wealthy may travel for pleasure regularly. Those involved in business often have to make trips to deal with clients in person. For most people, the jetsetters live in a world unknown to them. Just because the jetsetting class travels often does not mean that they are the only travelers who can benefit from frequent travel.

Even those from the middle class who take an annual vacation can earn rewards through brand loyalty that can make them feel as though they belong to the same strata as the jetsetters for that week. How can this be, you might ask? The use of a travel rewards program can lead to free nights at some of the most luxurious hotels on the planet in some of the most exotic locales. I've personally used Marriott Rewards in very nice vacations to Hawaii and Aruba.

Hotel Loyalty Programs

Do You Take Advantage of a Hotel Loyalty Program

See results

Hotel Chains Reward Loyal Customers

Just about every major hotel chain provides guests the opportunity to join their loyalty programs. These programs can provide benefits for those who would have to stay in a hotel anyway. How do they do this? Chains provide points to those who visit. Those points add up until the traveler can spend them on free lodging. At times, these points can add up quite quickly, at a relatively low cost to the loyal customer.

The Marriott Rewards Program

As mentioned above, most major lodging chains have loyalty programs. Among these chains are Choice Hotels, Wyndham, Holiday Inn, and Hilton. This particular article will focus upon the Marriott chain, however. Anyone can sign up for the Marriott Rewards program at a hotel or online.

After signing up, patrons receive a Marriott Rewards number. After providing this account number to the various hotels in the Marriott chain, visitors will receive a set number of points toward travel and other rewards. Hotel rewards start as low as 7,500 points for a night in a Level 1 hotel. A week at a Level 8 property would cost 240,000 points (the fifth night of any stay at the same property is free). These may seem like huge numbers, but they can actually be achieved relatively quickly--especially the 7,500 needed for a night at a Level 1.

For most Marriott properties, excluding Towneplace Suites and Residence Inns, Mariott Rewards members earn 10 points per dollar spent. The extended stay hotels noted above only pay 5 points per dollar. If a person was to spend a night at a relatively cheap rate of $75 per night, they would earn 750 points. Just 10 nights (a week-and-a-half of the imaginary vacation) would lead to a free night--just for spending money that would have been spent regardless. Obviously, the points for a week at the top tier would take quite a while to accumulate. I've personally been able to earn free (with $20 per night surcharges for upgrades) nights in both Hawaii and Aruba.

Other Ways to Earn Points

The quickest way that most people would be able to earn more points through the Marriott Rewards program would be to utilize the Marriott Rewards credit card, available at the Marriott Rewards website. New premier-level cardholders are given a bonus of up to 75,000 points for spending $3,000 within three months on the card. They are also given a free night at a Category 1-Category 5 hotel each year the card is open, as well as an immediate free night at a hotel between Categories 1 and 4.

There is an annual fee associated with the card, but the immediate rewards are more than offset by the bonus points, as long as the consumer pays the bill before incurring interest costs. In addition to the bonus points, those with a Marriott Rewards premier credit card get at least 1 point for every dollar spent with the card. Dollars spent at Marriott's hotel brands earn a bonus of 5 points for each dollar, along with a 20% bonus for becoming an automatic silver preferred member--that would be a total of 17 points per dollar spent at a Marriott property. Our hypothetical $75 hotel room would then earn over 1,200 points.

Using the card is obviously not a good idea for those who cannot pay it off on a regular basis. But for those who can avoid interest charges, these types of cards can add up points for consumers who would be spending the money anyway. Almost free lodging can definitely add up more quickly than anticipated.

Private Island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino
Private Island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino | Source

Other Rewards Offered by Marriott Rewards

The Marriott Rewards program is not just limited to free lodging. Members can elect to earn frequent flyer miles through their favorite airline. They can also elect to save up even longer for travel packages that include airfare and lodging, rounds of golf at Marriott golf resorts, trips on the Orient Express Train, or cruises. The options are increased through a catalog that Marriott Rewards sends to customers on a fairly regular basis. Items such as golf clubs, computers, flat screen televisions and other such items are available for those who have earned enough points. The options, while not limitless, are definitely plentiful enough to appeal to just about anyone's taste. Marriott Rewards is definitely a loyalty program that can pay off if worked correctly.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)