In this guide, we identify all Marriott properties in Australia and the Pacific Islands and analyse when it makes sense to use your Marriott Bonvoy points and when to use cold hard cash.

Previously, we have had the chance to visit a number of properties in Australia that were part of the now-defunct Starwood program. Our reviews of these hotels are linked in this guide.

One of the easiest ways to get your hands on Marriott points is through the American Express Explorer card, which offers the highest effective earn rate of any personal credit card in Australia – at 1.33 Marriott points per $1 AUD spent.

If you have not read up on the new Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, check out our introductory guide:

Locations and redemption rates – Australia and New Zealand

Within Australia, there are currently 21 properties around the country which can be booked with Marriott Points, mostly centered within the eastern states. There is also just one property in New Zealand.

All hotels are Category 5 or lower, meaning you will need up to 35,000 points per night for a standard Category 5 redemption. Off-peak and peak pricing will be introduced later this year, which may affect the points required.

Here is the full list of Marriott properties in Australia updated with the 2019 category changes, sorted by location for default and with links to Point Hacks reviews:

PropertyLocationCategoryPoints per night
(standard)
Average nightly charge*Average value:
cents per point
W BrisbaneBrisbane535,000$2630.75
Four Points by SheratonBrisbane317,500$2441.39
The WestinBrisbane425,000$2771.11
MarriottBrisbane425,000$2491.00
Sheraton Grand MirageGold Coast535,000$6181.77
SheratonMelbourne35,000$5571.59
The WestinMelbourne535,000$2890.83
Four Points by SheratonMelbourne
(Docklands)
317,500$1510.86
MarriottMelbourne535,000$4371.25
AloftPerth317,500$1490.85
Four Points by SheratonPerth317,500$2631.50
The WestinPerth535,000$2310.66
Sheraton MiragePort Douglas535,000$3060.87
Marriott Resort & SpaSurfer's Paradise535,000$5811.66
Pier One Autograph CollectionSydney Harbour535,000$3911.12
Courtyard by MarriottSydney - North Ryde425,000$2881.15
Old Clare Hotel ChippendaleSydney535,000$2870.82
Marriott Sydney HarbourSydney - Circular Quay535,000$2880.82
Sheraton GrandSydney - Hyde Park535,000$2880.82
Four Points by SheratonSydney - Central Park425,000$2450.98
The WestinSydney535,000$2930.83
Four Points by SheratonAuckland425,000$1690.68

* Based on one night stay on Tuesday 7 January 2020 in the lowest-available room

As expected, ‘resort’ style properties such as the Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast tend to offer the most value per points, since cash prices for rooms tend to run very high.

Inversely, The Westin Perth had the lowest value redemption for our search at just $231 for a night, but with redemptions still charged at the Category 5 price of 35,000 points.

Not included on the table but opening within the next year are:

  • Aloft Adelaide (2019)
  • Sheraton Adelaide (2019)
  • Element Melbourne Richmond (June 2019)
  • Ritz-Carlton Perth (15 November 2019)
  • The Tasman, Hobart (December 2019)
  • W Melbourne (2020)

We will update the table with their categories and redemption rates once they become known.

The Westin Sydney Hotel (Category 5, 35,000 points) will leave the Marriott group and rebrand as the Fullerton from 19 October 2019, meaning Marriott points cannot be used there anymore.

The Westin Melbourne Workout Room | Point Hacks AU

The Westin Melbourne WestinWORKOUT Room

The Old Clare Hotel Sydney | Point Hacks AU

The Old Clare Hotel Sydney The Connell Room

The Sheraton Melbourne | Point Hacks AU

The Sheraton Melbourne King Executive Terrace Suite

Locations and redemption rates – Pacific Islands

There are twelve properties through the Pacific Islands that can be booked with Marriott points, mainly centred around Fiji, New Caledonia, French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Palau.

These resorts tend to cost more than properties back in Australia as they are in more exclusive settings, starting from Category 3 properties in Samoa for 17,500 points per night, right up to the most expensive Category 7 hotels from 60,000 points per night.

Here is the current list of properties in the Pacific Islands, updated to the 2019 Bonvoy category changes:

PropertyLocationCategoryPoints per night
(standard)
Average nightly charge (AUD)*Average value: cents per point
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki IslandFiji535,000$3581.02
Marriott Resort, Momi BayFiji535,000$4351.24
Sheraton Denarau VillasFiji760,000$4780.80
Sheraton Fiji ResortFiji535,000$3260.93
The Westin Denarau IslandFiji535,000$2320.66
Le Meridien Bora BoraFrench Polynesia760,000$9151.53
St Regis Bora BoraFrench Polynesia760,000 + $995 AUD**$36034.35
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Gold ResortNew Caledonia535,000$2410.69
Le Meridien lle des PinsNew Caledonia760,000$5971.00
Le Meridien Noumea ResortNew Caledonia535,000$2860.82
Sheraton Aggie Grey's HotelSamoa317,500$3201.83
Sheraton Samoa Beach ResortSamoa317,500$2491.42

* Based on one night stay on Tuesday 7 January 2020 in the lowest-category room, converted to AUD
** Based on a Redemption + Upgrade package for an Overwater Deluxe Otemanu (St Regis Bora Bora)

It is no surprise that the St Regis Bora Bora comes out on top, delivering more than 4.3 cents per points in value.

St.Regis Bora Bora | Point Hacks

St Regis Bora Bora

However, do note that the base 60,000 points redemption per night may come with a compulsory $995 (74,000 XPF) ‘upgrade fee’ per night for the Overwater Deluxe Otemanu, which retails at more than $3600 per night.

The cost also does not include extras such as boat island transfers.

St. Regis Bora Bora Redemption | Point Hacks

Comparison with rack rates

Previously, a good threshold with SPG Starpoints was 3 cents per points in value. With one Starpoint equivalent to three Marriott Bonvoy points, we would now expect to see 1 cent per point in value as a minimum.

As you will see in the tables above, it is generally the higher Category 5 – Category 7 that reach this threshold, while for Category 3 and 4 hotels, it may be better to pay in cash and save your points for another big trip.

Finally, the Fifth Night Free benefit remains with Marriott Bonvoy. All you have to do is book a redemption for five nights, and you will only be charged for four. This will further increase the value of your points redemption by 25% if you can score it.

Summing up

The Marriott Bonvoy program continues to offer decent value redemptions compared to the SPG Starwood days, which is great news for points collectors.

Properties in Category 5 and higher still remain the sweet spots in general, but be sure to check the hotel’s website rates for any special offers before redeeming.

To work out the value (cents per point), simply divide the room rate by the points needed and multiply by 100 to get the final answer in cents.

How these rates are affected by peak and off-peak pricing will remain to be seen when that is introduced later this year, but we will update the guides accordingly when we know more.

How to use Marriott Bonvoy points in Australia and the Pacific Islands was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Evin Tan Khiew

Supplementary images courtesy of St.Regis Bora Bora / Marriott Bonvoy

How to use Marriott Bonvoy points in Australia and the Pacific Islands was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Evin Tan Khiew