Marriott’s Hotel + Air travel packages are perhaps the holy grail of Marriott Bonvoy points collectors. In exchange for hundreds of thousands of Marriott points, you can get seven nights in a hotel of your choice and a big chunk of frequent flyer points/miles.

But do not get fooled into thinking that every package is a great deal. In this article, we will delve deeper into the maths behind the packages to figure out which ones are most worth your hard-earned points.

How do I earn Marriott Bonvoy Points?

See our dedicated earning Marriott Bonvoy points guide for more information. Given the high amount of points needed for travel packages, you will likely need to transfer a large number of points from American Express Membership Rewards and/or stay at a lot of Marriott properties over a few years.

Ritz Carlton Perth Studio Bathroom
Read our review of The Ritz-Carlton Perth, a Marriott property.

What are the Marriott Hotel + Air Packages?

The hotel and air packages start at a minimum of 255,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You will get a voucher for 7 nights in hotel category of your choosing, plus either 50,000 or 100,000 frequent flyer miles/points.

This table shows how many Marriott Bonvoy points you need to redeem for a package, depending on your desired hotel category and amount of frequent flyer miles you are after.

Hotel Category7 nights + 50,000 miles7 nights + 100,000 miles
1-4255,000 points330,000 points
5315,000 points390,000 points
6435,000 points510,000 points
7495,000 points570,000 points
8685,000 points750,000 points

To redeem one of these packages, call up Marriott on 1-800-321-7396 (US number) or 1800 251 259 (Australian number).

The 7-night booking must be used consecutively at the hotel of your choice. Unused nights are forfeited.

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo | Point Hacks
Read our review of The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, also a Marriott property.

Which airlines can I use the Marriott Hotel + Air Packages with?

Heads up: there is a very large list of airlines which you can transfer the 50,000 or 100,000 miles/points to from the Marriott Travel Package.

Participating airlines most relevant to Australian travellers include:

  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Avianca
  • British Airways

Packages with United MileagePlus get a 10% bonus on the air miles (so 55,000 miles or 110,000 miles included respectively). See the Marriott Travel Package website for the full list of other participating airlines.

Are the Marriott Hotel + Air Packages worth it?

To analyze the value of each travel package, we have to break it down into the air and hotel components.

Normally, you would need 120,000 Marriott points to get 50,000 airline miles, and 240,000 Marriott points to get 100,000 airline miles, including all transfer bonuses.

After subtracting 120,000 or 240,000 points from the respective travel packages, we are left with the cost of the 7-night hotel benefit and can compare that to the points you would normally need for a 7-night standard redemption, including the 5th-night free.

Essentially, a travel package is considered good value if the cost of the 7-night benefit included within the 50,000-mile or 100,000-mile package is less than the normal cost of a 7-night booking with Marriott Bonvoy points, including the 5th night free.

Hotel CategoryCost of 7-night benefit within the 50,000-mile package Cost of 7-night benefit within the 100,000-mile package Cost of a 7-night redemption (including 5th night free)
1135,000 points90,000 points45,000 points
2135,000 points90,000 points75,000 points
3135,000 points90,000 points105,000 points
4135,000 points90,000 points150,000 points
5195,000 points150,000 points210,000 points
6315,000 points270,000 points300,000 points
7375,000 points330,000 points360,000 points
8555,000 points510,000 points510,000 points

With that in mind, here is our analysis of which packages are worth it and which aren’t, as well the points you could potentially be saving compared to redeeming the individual components separately

Hotel Category7 nights + 50,000 miles 7 nights + 100,000 miles
1Not worth itNot worth it
2Not worth itNot worth it
3Not worth itGood value
You save 15,000 points
4Good value
You save 15,000 points
Excellent value
You save 60,000 points
5Good value
You save 15,000 points
Excellent value
You save 60,000 points
6Not worth itGreat value
You save 30,000 points
7Not worth itGreat value
You save 30,000 points
8Not worth it Not worth it

Summing up

If you can, try aim for the 100,000 airline mile package from Category 4 to Category 7 — that is where you will get the best value overall with savings of up to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

If you are shooting for the 50,000 airline mile package instead, then consider Category 4 or 5 hotels only. Most of Marriott’s higher-end hotels in Australia are Category 5 anyway, so it is a decent option for a domestic stay-cation, particularly when international travel isn’t possible.

The Pier One Sydney
The Pier One in Sydney is a Category 5 hotel, but still with great views.

The 7-night stay does depend on availability, so make sure you have a few different options in mind when ringing up, in case your first option is not available. Of course, it’s wise to confirm availability for your chosen dates before you commit to purchasing a package.

How to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for Hotel + Air packages was last modified: December 22nd, 2020 by Evin Tan Khiew