Aug182009

Marriott Rewards PointSavers and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Value

Marriott Rewards offers a PointSavers discount whereby the rate for a free night using points is reduced by one category level for participating hotels. UK hotels are heavily featured for 2009. The PointSavers participating hotels list is up-to-date.

The PointSavers advertisement is up to 33% savings. This is true if you book a Marriott Rewards category 3 hotel participating in PointSavers. The regular rate of 15,000 points per night for a free night at a Category 3 hotel will be reduced by 33% to 10,000 points per night. In effect you can redeem 3 nights at a Category 3 hotel for the normal price of 2 nights.

33% is the maximum savings using PointSavers.

The savings is reduced as you go higher in category level using PointSavers.

Here is a table to show the savings by hotel category level for Marriott Rewards PointSavers.

Marriott Rewards

Hotel Category

Regular Points for

Free Night

PointSaver

Rate

Discount

Category 1

7,500

6,000

20%

Category 2

10,000

7,500

25%

Category 3

15,000

10,000

33%

Category 4

20,000

15,000

25%

Category 5

25,000

20,000

20%

Category 6

30,000

25,000

17%

Category 7

35,000

30,000

14%

Category 8

40,000

35,000

12.5%

 

Marriott Rewards feature of “Redeem 4 nights and get the 5th night free” is applicable for PointSaver redemptions.

 

Ritz-Carlton PointSavers

Ritz-Carlton Hotels are part of the Marriott Hotels chain. You can redeem your Marriott Rewards points for Ritz-Carlton hotel stays, however, you do not earn Marriott Rewards points for Ritz-Carlton stays.

A great feature of Marriott Rewards is the participation of Ritz-Carlton Hotels in PointSavers. In fact, the advantage of Ritz-Carlton PointSavers is the per night rate for multi-night stays still decreases for longer stays just as the old Marriott Rewards chart did for Marriott brand hotels.

A free night using Marriott Rewards points for a Tier 2 Ritz-Carlton Hotel for a 1-night stay will cost 70,000 points regularly. A 7-night hotel stay will cost just over 35,000 points per night. The per night cost using points decreases by almost 50%.

There are four main Marriott Hotels in San Francisco all at Category 6 or 30,000 points per night. The 5th night free award saves 30,000 points. A Marriott Rewards guest will spend 180,000 points for 7 nights on a regular award at one of these San Francisco hotels. None of these hotels are currently participating in PointSavers for discount award nights.

PointSavers for 7-nights reduces the cost for a free night at a higher level Ritz-Carlton Hotel to just over 27,000 points per night for a hotel like the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, 35 miles south of San Francisco. A Marriott Rewards guest will spend 190,000 points for a 7-night PointSavers stay available through September 30, 2009. An additional 10,000 points will upgrade the guest from a Marriott or Renaissance to a Ritz-Carlton in the San Francisco area.

 

Ritz-Carlton PointSavers Table

Marriott Rewards

Ritz-Carlton

Hotel Category

Regular Award Points for

Ritz-Carlton

PointSavers

Award for Ritz-Carlton

Discount

Tier 1 – 1 Night

45,000

35,000

22%

Tier 1 – 2 Nights

75,000

60,000

20%

Tier 1 – 3 Nights

100,000

80,000

20%

Tier 1 – 5 Nights

150,000

120,000

20%

Tier 1 – 7 Nights

175,000

140,000

20%

Tier 2 – 1 Night

70,000

50,000

28.6%

Tier 2 – 2 Nights

110,000

80,000

27.3%

Tier 2 – 3 Nights

150,000

110,000

26.7%

Tier 2 – 5 Nights

200,000

150,000

25%

Tier 2 – 7 Nights

250,000

190,000

24%

 

Marriott Rewards

Ritz-Carlton

Hotel Category

Regular Award Per Night

Points for

Ritz-Carlton

PointSavers

Per Night Points for Ritz-Carlton

Tier 1 – 1 Night

45,000

35,000

Tier 1 – 2 Nights

37,500

30,000

Tier 1 – 3 Nights

33,333

26,667

Tier 1 – 5 Nights

30,000

24,000

Tier 1 – 7 Nights

25,000

20,000

Tier 2 – 1 Night

70,000

50,000

Tier 2 – 2 Nights

55,000

40,000

Tier 2 – 3 Nights

50,000

36,667

Tier 2 – 5 Nights

40,000

30,000

Tier 2 – 7 Nights

35,714

27,143

 

Ritz-Carlton Hotel stays are a great value for Marriott Rewards points.

Here is the link to the Summer 2009 participating hotels through September 30, 2009.

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/ritzCarltonPointSavers.mi#summer2009pointsaversrewards

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Marriott! PointSavers webpage update is overdue.

Marriott Rewards has not updated the PointSavers FAQ page. The webpage describing PointSavers has been out-of-date for all of 2009 since the Marriott Rewards program changes in January 2009. The FAQ provides an incorrect example for the first question:

“What type of value does PointSavers provide?

The PointSavers value is exceptional. Members may receive up to a 33% savings on point redemptions depending on the hotel category and number of nights requested.

Locations participating in PointSavers are discounted by one category in Marriott Rewards point requirements.*

For example, members can stay in a Category 5 hotel while redeeming points for a Category 4 hotel. So, to stay at a Category 5 hotel for two nights at a standard redemption would require 46,000 Marriott Rewards points. The same stay with PointSavers would be 38,000 points or a 21% savings.”

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/marriottRewardsPointSaversFAQs.mi

Using the current Marriott Rewards free night redemption table the example should read:

For example, members can stay in a Category 5 hotel while redeeming points for a Category 4 hotel. So, to stay at a Category 5 hotel for two nights at a standard redemption would require 50,000 Marriott Rewards points. The same stay with PointSavers would be 40,000 points or a 20% savings.”

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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