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You may have seen on Head for Points earlier this week that Marriott hotels are offering 2,000 bonus Bonvoy points per stay with their new Autumn promotion. However, Homes & Villas by Marriott International has just launched an even bigger bonus.
You will earn a very palatable 10,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points if you book a home or villa rental by 21st September 2022. This is on top of your base points of 5 per $1 spent plus any Bonvoy status bonus.
What’s the deal?
If you book a property rental through Homes & Villas by Marriott for a stay completed before 31st December 2022, you will receive 10,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points when you use the code 10KSEP22.
Unlike a similar promotion last year, there is no minimum spend criteria, which is definitely beneficial. So a rural getaway to this rather lovely looking Pembrokeshire cottage at £163 a night would qualify for the offer. There are stays in less picturesque UK locations available at £50 per night, and as low as £34 per night in Spain – technically you could earn 10,000 points for a spend of around £230 (including a £50 cleaning fee). I’m not sure my other half would be convinced about a romantic getaway to Bolton, but it’s worth considering, particularly if you are looking overseas.
There are no blackout dates, so you could earn the bonus for stays during half-term and over Christmas.
The small print is:
- You must use the promo code 10KSEP22
- Your ‘homes and villas’ stay must be completed by 31st December 2022
- You must book by 21st September 2022
- A minimum three night stay is required
- Bookings which meet the minimum spend and stay length requirements but which are paid for using Marriott Bonvoy points or Cash & Points do not qualify
This offer stacks with £150 of American Express cashback
Even better, this offer will stack with the current American Express cashback deal.
If targeted, you will receive £150 cashback when you spend £500+ on the Homes & Villas website by 30th November 2022. You need to check the ‘Offers’ section of your American Express account to see if you are targeted and click ‘Save to Card’ to register – make sure you use this card when booking.
Note that whilst a three night minimum stay is required to earn the 10,000 bonus Bonvoy points, the minimum Homes & Villas rental booking is actually two nights. A two night stay would trigger the American Express cashback if you spent £500.
Do I get Marriott Bonvoy points with a homes and villas rental?
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: 5 points per eligible dollar plus 10% bonus
- Gold Elite: 5 points per eligible dollar plus 25% bonus
- Platinum Elite: 5 points per eligible dollar plus 50% bonus
- Titanium Elite: 5 points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus
- Ambassador: 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.
Are homes and villas bookings flexible?
It varies by property. The cancellation policy varies from home to home between a generous 14 days and a not-very-generous-at-all 90 days.
Can I pay with Marriott Bonvoy points?
Yes. However, any booking made with Marriott Bonvoy points will not qualify for the 10,000 bonus points offer.
There is no reward chart for ‘Homes & Villas’. It is a pure revenue-based redemption, with each Marriott Bonvoy point you redeem having a fixed value.
1 Bonvoy point is worth 0.6 cents (0.52p) when used for a ‘Homes & Villas’ redemption.
We value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.5p each. In theory, this means that using points for ‘Homes & Villas’ is a decent deal. If you need to redeem for a family, ‘Homes & Villas’ is a welcome option which can easily provide you with the space you need
The lack of minimum spend required to hit the 10,000 bonus on this offer makes this offer attractive, particularly on low cost per night stays.
Irrespective of the offer, however, Homes & Villas by Marriott has some interesting properties and is especially useful for families and extended groups. If you are considering a city break or half-term escape in the last few months of 2022, it is well worth considering.