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Marriott Bonvoy has launched a VERY interesting ‘free night’ promotion with ‘Homes & Villas by Marriott’ as part of its ‘Week of Wonders’.

If you play it right, you could earn a free night which is worth virtually the same as your 3-night home or villa rental.

We were meant to be covering this deal briefly next week as part of ‘Week of Wonders’, but I wanted to give it a full article today. It is potentially a strong offer for anyone looking to book a trip for October half-term or beyond.

Marriott Homes & Villas logo

What’s the deal?

If you book and stay at any property through Homes & Villas by Marriott between now and 31st December, you will receive a voucher for a free Marriott Bonvoy redemption night.

If you are smart, your free night could be worth as much, if not more, than what you pay for your home rental.

The Homes & Villas by Marriott home page is here.

The small print is:

Your ‘homes and villas’ stay needs to be for at least three nights

You must be a first time booker at Homes & Villas by Marriott

The free night redemption is capped at a room worth 35,000 points

The free night voucher must be used within six months

You can find full rules on this page of the Homes & Villas website.

What are 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points worth?

I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p. This means that, give or take, if you redeem your free night voucher for a room worth the maximum 35,000 points, you should get around £175 of value.

Note that you do NOT get 35,000 Bonvoy points. You get a voucher for a free room worth up to 35,000 Bonvoy points. The difference is that:

  • the points can’t be transferred to airline miles
  • you can’t top up the voucher for a room costing more than 35,000 points
  • the voucher has an expiry date

The bottom line is that a voucher for a 35,000 points free room is not as valuable as 35,000 points, but you won’t lose out if you are smart about how you redeem it.

Can I really get a great deal here?

I think so, yes. Not in London – although 35,000 points is a substantial rebate on a 3-night rental – but elsewhere.

Here is a typical apartment in Edinburgh for a three night rental during November:

The total cost for 3 nights is £223. If you can get £175 of value from the 35,000 points voucher, this is an excellent return. You’d also receive your standard Bonvoy points and elite credit.

Do I get Marriott Bonvoy points with a home and villas rental?

Yes.

You earn at the same rate as Marriott’s long stay hotel brands. This means 5 points per $1 spent.  You do not earn points on booking fees, taxes, cleaning fees and extra add-ons during your stay.

If you have Marriott Bonvoy elite status, you also earn a tier bonus:

  • Silver Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 10% bonus
  • Gold Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 25% bonus
  • Platinum Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 50% bonus
  • Titanium Elite: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus
  • Ambassador: Base 5 points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus

Gold Elite members and higher also receive a welcome gift:

  • Ambassador Elite, Titanium Elite, Platinum Elite: 1,000 points
  • Gold Elite: 500 points

Do I earn elite night credits too?

You also earn elite night credits for each night you stay. These nights count towards your annual status renewal but do not count towards lifetime status.

This offer might be worth a look if, like me, you are close to triggering five Suite Night Upgrades for hitting 50 elite nights, or are close to a new status level.

If you can choose a suitably cheap property, and can maximise the 35,000 points voucher, these will be VERY cheap elite night credits.

Are homes and villas bookings flexible?

Fairly flexible, yes.

For bookings until 20th December, you can cancel with no penalty up to 10 days before arrival.

Conclusion

This is a potentially attractive offer for anyone looking for a good value short break between now and the New Year.

It has particular attractions to anyone who needs to boost their elite night total cheaply.

The Homes & Villas by Marriott home page is here. The terms of the 35,000 points offer are on this page.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (January 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (15)

  • Lewis42 says:

    What’s peoples general view of Homes and a villas by Marriott? There doesn’t seem to be many options unless you target some of the handful of big cities it covers.

    • HSven says:

      I’ve been looking at the site this morning and it looks like they have several thousand places in Europe (I haven’t checked the US or Caribbean). If you want out of city locations then it looks like they have a bigger presence in places like Costa del Sol, Croatia, Balearic Islands, Athens Riviera / Greek Islands, Algarve, Alps plus various Italian and countryside locations. I hadn’t realised they moved into rental market until today!

    • Carlisle Lewis says:

      I’ve been a pretty loyal Marriott guest for a long time, so trying out Homes & Villas was a pretty easy choice. And with a growing family, renting a house or apartment makes more sense for holidays (especially having washer/dryer). Traveling during COVID, I also feel like staying in a house reduces our exposure. Cities aren’t the only option.

      Yes, we’ve staying in London (in a great row house with a kids play room on the top floor) and we’re going to Porto in a week. But we also found a great house with a pool for our summer holidays this year in Motovun, Croatia. And last year we rented another great house in Toscana (also with a pool) for our summer holidays.

      All of the houses were well kept and architecturally interesting. In each case, we were greeted like Marriott guests (I have been a Platinum member off-and-on; I’m now Gold). And we were always given great recommendations for where to eat and things to do and even had restaurants reserved for us–it’s like having a personal concierge.

      Just take some time to scroll through the website. I’m an American living in Germany, so I primarily look for European destinations. But I’m sure you can find something cool that will work for you.

  • xcalx says:

    “Fairly flexible, yes.

    For bookings until 20th December, you can cancel with no penalty up to 10 days before arrival.”

    But if you do cancel you will be hit with a $75 credit card processing fee . So not exactly no penalty.

  • Paul says:

    If it helps anyone save time looking, in addition to the Edinburgh homes Rob mentions, there are some great value apartments in places like Lisbon, Porto, Rome, Venice, Milan (and Lake Como!), Florence, Malaga, Seville, Granada and Athens. Quite a few options around the 60-100 euros per night mark.

  • Neil says:

    Does this stack with the Marriot Amex offer by any chance?

  • Harry T says:

    This is actually not a bad deal – you could use that free night at some UK based properties like Turnberry and University Arms. I’m less inclined to book without a best flexible rate approach, though. The current UK situation is too turbulent to not have the ability to cancel up to the day before – local lockdowns seem to be inevitably progressing to more draconian measures.

  • Pid says:

    Is there a list of uk cities? I have found London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge. Any others found?

  • Freddy says:

    If you find somewhere I’d check on other booking websites as the price for many on Marriott seem a bit inflated

  • Harry T says:

    @Rob
    Would a three night stay count for the purposes of this promotion if it began before 31st December but ended after this date?

    • Rob says:

      I know nothing more than the T&C’s page linked to in the article. It reads to me as if the stay must be completed by 31st.

    • Ryan Gill says:

      It would be good if we had this confirmed for obvious “New Year” reasons.

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