Marriott Seasonal Awards are a new redemption opportunity for a 25% discount on the standard reward cost available at select high end Marriott properties during off season dates.

The real value of these rewards is the ability to combine the 25% discount to the 20% discount of Marriott’s 5th Night Free Award. This creates a total 40% discount on the points needed based on the standard reward cost of a 5-night stay.

I wrote about these new Marriott Seasonal Awards last Friday, but given the holiday weekend many readers probably missed the post.

Marriott Rewards introduces 25% discount Seasonal Awards (Nov 23, 2012).

I consider Marriott Seasonal Awards to be one of the most exciting redemption opportunities since Hilton introduced Points & Money Awards in 2011. This is a big development for Marriott Rewards and brings back some of the deep discounts lost when Marriott Rewards eliminated their old progressively discounted awards in 2009 when a category 7 hotel for 7 nights was discounted 40%. They replaced that table with a maximum 20% discount on 5th night free awards. The new Seasonal Awards look to have far more participating properties than PointSavers awards over the past couple years.

Seasonal Award rate analysis Read More…

Marriott PointSavers dates offer reward nights at the price of one category lower. A Marriott Rewards category 6 hotel normally 30,000 points is only 25,000 points per night during PointSavers dates. 5th night free rewards also apply, so a 5-night stay at a category 6 hotel on PointSavers dates is only 100,000 points (4 x 25,000 points).

Most of the hotels listed last week had no PointSavers dates past February 29. The new list is primarily March-only dates at 13 hotels in the USA and UK. Some of the other countries offer PointSavers dates later in the year.

And if your travel plans take you to Bogota, Colombia, then the Marriott Bogota and JW Marriott Bogota have the entire 2012 year on PointSavers. PointSavers rate at either Bogota hotel = 15,000 points/night or 60,000 points for 5 nights for these two category 4 hotels. Now that is one inexpensive hotel stay on points considering paid rates run around $200 per night for JW Marriott Bogota. But you had better book your stay soon for JW Marriott Bogota as that hotel is rising to category 5 on March 15 and will be 20,000 points per night on PointSavers.

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The fourth article in this series comparing the “MegaChain” hotel loyalty programs of Hilton HHonors, IHG Priority Club and Marriott Rewards is a look at the hotel reward options for each hotel chain. Reward nights using points are one of the two primary incentives of being a hotel loyalty program member. The other incentive is additional complimentary hotel stay benefits received during hotel stays like free internet, complimentary room upgrades, hotel executive lounge access and free breakfast.

Comparing hotel rewards is one of the most technical aspects of hotel loyalty programs. The rate of earning points is different in each hotel loyalty program with Hilton members earning as many as 15 points per dollar for hotel spend while Marriott and IHG Priority Club earn as few as 5 points per dollar for certain hotel brands. Promotions offering bonus points also affect the rate of earning points in each program.

And even if the hotel loyalty member earns 10 points per dollar in each program, then is a 25,000 point hotel reward comparable in each program? How does one compare a Marriott Rewards category 5 reward night (25,000 points), Priority Club Crowne Plaza reward night (25,000 points) and a Hilton HHonors category 3 reward night (25,000 points)?

The logical way to compare hotel rewards across programs is to compare the published rate for the hotel night to the reward night cost in points. The problem is the reward cost is a fixed cost while the room rate fluctuates and might be $150 tonight and $250 tomorrow night for the same 25,000 points free night. The other variable is a 25,000 points hotel reward might save $100 at one Marriott Rewards category 5 hotel and save $250 at a different Marriott hotel.

The bottom line is hotel reward redemption value is dynamic and fluctuates depending on date and hotel. The best a member can do is try to use points in a way that maximizes their redemption value.

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A Hilton HHonors member spends 80,000 points for a two-night hotel stay at Conrad Brussels, Belgium this week. Next week Conrad Brussels is available for 24,000 points per night on HHonors Point Stretcher Rewards. The guest next week experiences the same hotel, same room comfort, same amenities, same staff and same restaurant. And the prospect of receiving a complimentary upgrade is increased during a low occupancy hotel period.

A shift of one week in hotel stay dates results in 32,000 points savings on a normally 80,000 points two-night reward stay. Even a three night Point Stretcher stay requires just 72,000 points for the HHonors hotel category 6 Conrad Brussels.

I burned over 2 million Hilton HHonors points in the past 12 years. More than 90% of those reward nights were reduced points rewards – either Point Stretcher nights or HHonors VIP discounted 6-night rewards. Singapore, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and Belgium are a few of the locations I stayed on Point Stretcher nights. These discounts allowed me to stay about 50 more nights at Hilton properties than if I had redeemed using standard rewards like 40,000 points for the HHonors category 6 Conrad Brussels.

Discount Hotel Rewards

Several hotel programs offer discount hotel reward nights. Marriott Rewards calls them PointSavers, Hilton HHonors trademarked Point Stretcher and Priority Club has PointBreaks.

Starwood Preferred Guest has Cash & Points and a similar reduced points and cash component offer is available for Priority Club at IHG properties and Goldpoints Plus for Carlson Hotels’ Radisson and Country Inn.

There are differences in each of these program’s offers. Here is a summary of how each offer works and what you can reasonably expect to find.

Three categories of hotel reward discounts.

Limited Date Discounts

  • IHG PointBreaks = 5,000 points per free reward night. (IHG reward nights are normally 10,000 to 40,000 points per night.)
  • Marriott Rewards PointSavers = discount to next lower hotel category reward level; for example, category 5 hotel (25,000 points/night) requires category 4 points (20,000 points/night) for free nights. 5th night free does apply to PointSavers rate.
  • Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher  = Pay 60% of standard reward points per night (40% discount); for example, category 6 hotel at 40,000 points is 24,000 points per night with PointStretchers. HHonors VIP Extended stay discount (4 or more nights) does not apply to Point Stretcher rewards. 

Extended Stay Reward Discounts

  • Marriott Rewards =  5th night free (pay hotel category level points for four nights)
  • Starwood Preferred Guest =  5th night free (pay hotel category level points for four nights)
  • HHonors VIP rewards for stays 4 nights (15% discount); 5 nights (20% discount); 6 to 14 nights (25% discount). VIP discount rewards are restricted to HHonors elite members Silver and higher.
  • Goldpoints plus = 10% fewer points for additional reward nights after first night.

 

Cash and Points Rewards

  • Starwood Preferred Guest Cash and Points nights require 40% normal points and cash portion ranging from $15 to $150 depending on SPG hotel category level from 1 to 6. Not applicable to SPG category 7 hotels. Cash & Points have the potential for very high savings and points value. There are opportunities to save more than $200 on published room rates and receive a very high redemption value for your points, particularly at the category 4 ($60 + 4,000 points) and category 5 ($90 + 4,800 points) award level.
  • SPG Cash & Points awards are capacity controlled.   

SPG Cash & Points chart

  • Category 1 = $25 + 1,200 points (only in U.S., Canada, Asia-Pacific)
  • Category 2 = $30 + 1,600 points (only in U.S., Canada, Asia-Pacific)
  • Category 3 = $45 + 2,800 points
  • Category 4 = $60 + 4,000 points
  • Category 5 = $90 + 4,800 points
  • Category 6 = $150 + 8,000 points
  • Category 7 = N/A

 

Priority Club – Points + Cash is a system for buying points to complete a hotel reward stay booking. Two options: Pay $40 for 5,000 points or $60 for 10,000 points. This option is available even if you have sufficient points for the hotel reward stay. This is a way to buy points at a huge discount and save Priority Club points for more hotel free nights. Buying points directly from Priority Club costs $230 for 20,000 points.

Goldpoints Plus Cash & Points offers the option to pay a cash supplement for reduced points reward nights. Category 1 to 3 hotels require 5,000 points and category 4 to 6 hotels require 10,000 points. Cash portion determined at time of hotel booking.  

 

Important to Remember: Reward stays, including Cash and Points rewards, do not earn hotel stay credit for annual elite qualification, with the exception of Hilton HHonors and Choice Privileges where reward stays earn elite qualification credit.

 

IHG PointBreaks

These are the cheapest hotels available in hotel loyalty world at 5,000 Priority Club points per night, but I am wondering if Prioity Club members have seen the best days pass for this incredible reward discount. The last two PointBreaks lists may indicate a new pattern for PointBreaks with mid-month release in December and January for hotel stays through the end of the following month. The list released this week does not include a single InterContinental Hotel which I hope does not become a new trend.

June 7, 2010 – 118 hotels (79 US, 39 international) – stay through August 30, 2010.

August 2, 2010 – 130 hotels (79 US, 51 international) – stay through October 30, 2010.

October 4, 2010 – 126 hotels (77 US, 49 international) – stay through December 30, 2010.

December 13, 2010 – 35 hotels (15 US, 20 international) – stay through January 30, 2011.

January 24, 2011 – 55 hotels (31 US, 24 international) – stay through February 28, 2011.

The deal here is any hotel on the list is available for 5,000 points. All Crowne Plaza hotels have a standard reward cost of 25,000 points per night. A PointBreaks reward night for a hotel like Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport is an 80% discount.

InterContinental Hotels have standard rates at 30,000 points or 40,000 points per night. Landing a PointBreaks vacation at an InterContinental Hotel like IC Budapest (October 2010 PointBreaks hotel) means your 40,000 points can put you in a hotel room for an eight night Pointbreaks vacation rather than just a one night stay using a standard 40,000 points reward.

PointBreaks reward nights were an 87.5% discount at the normally 40,000 points per night InterContinental Budapest luxury hotel for stays October through December 2010.

Marriott Rewards PointSavers (Loyalty Traveler post 1/26 Marriott PointSavers)

Marriott Rewards PointSavers reduce the cost of an award night by one category level. A great feature of these rewards is the 5th night free is still offered with PointSavers. A category 6 hotel reward is normally 30,000 points per night or five nights for 120,000 points. PointSavers reduce the nightly cost of a category 6 reward down to the rate for a category 5 reward at 25,000 points per night or 100,000 points for five nights.

Biggest savings is 33% and results at Marriott category 3 level where a 15,000 points per night reward is just 10,000 points when paying the category 2 hotel reward rate. Five nights at a category 3 hotel for 40,000 points with a PointSavers reservation will likely have a high redemption value for your points in excess of $10 per 1,000 points (this occurs when the published rate of the hotel is more than $80 per night or $400 for five nights).

Marriott Rewards PointSavers Chart

PointSavers Free Nights

  • Category 1 – Standard =  7,500 points; PointSavers = 6,000
  • Category 2 – Standard = 10,000 points; PointSavers = 7,500
  • Category 3 – Standard = 15,000 points; PointSavers = 10,000
  • Category 4 – Standard = 20,000 points; PointSavers = 15,000
  • Category 5 – Standard = 25,000 points; PointSavers = 20,000
  • Category 6 – Standard = 30,000 points; PointSavers = 25,000
  • Category 7 – Standard = 35,000 points; PointSavers = 30,000
  • Category 8 – Standard = 40,000 points; PointSavers = 35,000

PointSavers are also available for select Ritz-Carlton Hotels offering 10,000 points per night discount. 

Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher (Loyalty traveler Dec 3 post HHonors Point Stretcher)

Hilton HHonors published a long list of hotels in early December offering Point Stretcher reward dates through May 2011. This is a welcome change for a program feature that languished a couple of years with very weak offerings. The hundreds of hotels on the current Point Stretcher list make Marriott Rewards, at just 25 hotels currently posted as PointSavers, look like the Hilton HHonors of old.

But don’t count on finding a Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher Category 1 Reward anytime soon.

Point Stretcher Free Nights Chart

  • Category 1 – Standard =  7,500 points; Point Stretcher = 4,500
  • Category 2 – Standard = 12,500 points; Point Stretcher = 7,500
  • Category 3 – Standard = 25,000 points; Point Stretcher = 15,000
  • Category 4 – Standard = 30,000 points; Point Stretcher = 18,000
  • Category 5 – Standard = 35,000 points; Point Stretcher = 21,000
  • Category 6 – Standard = 40,000 points; Point Stretcher = 24,000
  • Category 7 – Standard = 50,000 points; Point Stretcher = 30,000

 

Extended Hotel Stay Rewards

Carlson Hotels goldpoints plus (Radisson, Park Inn and Country Inn) discount every reward night after the first night by 10%. This is the best standard discount available for two or three night stays in hotel loyalty world.

Four night stays: Hilton HHonors steps in with a 15% total points discount available as an elite member VIP reward.

Five night stays: Hilton, Marriott and Starwood all discount five night stays by 20%. Hilton restricts all VIP discount rewards to elite members.

Hilton HHonors unquestionably wins the biggest discount contest with 25% off the reward cost for stays of 6 to 14 nights. Marriott Rewards was the best discount until they went to 5th night free in 2009. That being said, there is still competitiveness for Marriott with Hilton in that the hotel category reward distribution is much more skewed to lower categories for Marriott than Hilton. For example, there are many places where Marriott Rewards category 4 and 5 hotels are the same hotel market segment class as Hilton HHonors category 5, 6 and 7 hotels.

Marriott Rewards category 5 = 25,000 points per night or 7 nights = 150,000 points (5th night free).

Hilton HHonors category 6 = 40,000 points or 7 nights = 210,000 points (25% discount).

HHonors Points & Points earner at 15 points/$1 compared to Marriott Rewards at 10 points/$1 makes these two rewards nearly comparable in points cost for the respective programs. The promotions make all the difference for the member (or credit card earning).

Hilton, Marriott, SPG and goldpoints have the advantage over all the other hotel loyalty programs offering no discount for extended night hotel stays.

Conclusion: The value of your points increases when you take advantage of discount rewards. There are many hotels offering discount reward rates at any given time.

Marriott Rewards PointSavers discount the cost of a hotel reward night by one category level.  Book three nights at a category 5 hotel and only pay the category 4 reward price – 20,000 points instead of 25,000 points per night. PointSavers are available at select hotels. Some hotels currently have PointSavers dates listed into December 2011.

The current list is limited with only 20 hotels in the U.S. and 5 international hotels. But this is a great opportunity for a winter vacation in Michigan or spring in Cologne, Germany if you are in the area.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels also participate in PointSavers, however, there has been a dramatic decline in participation since the September 2010 launch of Ritz Carlton Rewards. The current list has only Ritz Carlton Seoul Korea and only for two single night dates in January and February.

On a side note: I notice two new Ritz-Carlton Hotels added since launch of Ritz-Carlton Rewards in September 2010. 

  Both hotels enter the system at the top Tier 5 for 70,000 points a night.

I guess entry at the Tier 5 top of the reward chart is appropriate for Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong since it will occupy the 102nd to 118th floors and hold the distinction of the tallest hotel in the world when it opens in March 2011.

Marriott PointSavers Reward Chart

The Marriott Rewards system for PointSavers means the discount is lower as the reward category increases in Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Marriott Rewards category 3 and Ritz-Carlton Rewards category 1 hotels are the sweet spot in the PointSavers system for the maximum 33% points savings.

At the top three Marriott categories of 6, 7 and 8 and Ritz-Carlton Tiers 4 and 5, the PointSavers discount falls below 20% overall.

Marriott PointSavers

United States

Arizona

Marriott Vacation Club  Canyon Villas, Phoenix (Marriott Rewards category 6)

  • - January 30 – February 13, 2011

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort, Tempe (Marriott Rewards category 5)

  • - May 23 – September 5, 2011
  • - November 18-27, 2011
  • - December 16 – 25, 2011

 

California

Marriott Vacation Club  Desert Springs Villas II, Palm Desert  (Marriott Rewards category 6)

  • - April 30 – May 13, 2011

Marriott Vacation Club Shadow Ridge I-The Villages, Palm Desert (Marriott Rewards category 6)

  • - January 2 – March 6, 2011
  • - April 30 – May 25, 2011

Napa Valley Hotel and Spa

  • - October 31 – March 31, 2011 (Sundays – Thursday)

San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf

  • - January 13 – February 13, 2011
  • - February 18–27, 2011
  • - March 4–16, 2011
  • - March 22–31, 2011

Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills

  • - January 7, 2011 – December 30, 2011 (weekends only)

 

Florida

World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

  • - February 2-18, 2011
  • - February 24 – March 5, 2011

Hawaii

Kaua’i Marriott Resort

  • - March 27 – April 6, 2011
  • - May 1-15, 2011
  • - June 1-15, 2011
  • - August 15-31, 2011

 

Michigan

Courtyard Detroit Dearborn

  • December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10, 1/9/11-1/12/11)

Courtyard Detroit Troy

  • - December 15 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10, 1/13/11-1/15/11) 

Courtyard Detroit Warren

  • - December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10)

Residence Inn Detroit Warren

  • - December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10) 

Residence Inn Dearborn

  • December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10 & 1/9/11-1/12/11)

The Dearborn Inn

  • - December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10 & 1/9/11-1/12/11) 

Troy Marriott 

  • December 15, 2010 – March 31, 2011 (except 12/31/10, 1/14/11-1/15/11, 1/21/11-1/22/11 & 2/17/11-2/19/11)

 

New Jersey

SpringHill Suites Ewing Princeton South

  • - December 17, 2010 – February 5, 2011

New York

Springhill Suites Brookhaven

  • - January 1 – March 26, 2011

North Carolina

Renaissance Charlotte Suites

  • - February 3-6, 12-14, 20-22, 27, 2011
  • - March 6-7, 10-14, 20-21, 24, 26-27, 31, 2011 

Texas

Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport

  • - January 10 – February 28, 2011

 

International

Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

  • - December 10, 2010 – April 10, 2011

Germany

Cologne Marriott Hotel 

  • - April 18 – May 1, 2011 

Renaissance Cologne Hotel

  • - January 1-16, 2011
  • - April 18 – May 1, 2011

 

India

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

  • - February 15-28, 2011
  • - March 1st March 31,2011

South Korea

The Ritz Carlton, Seoul

  • - January 29
  • - February 28, 2011

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas is 17 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, just past the suburb city of Henderson. The lake itself is a 320-acre private lake surrounded by a 3,200-acre Tuscan inspired resort complex of hotels including the Ritz-Carlton, Loews Resort (formerly a Hyatt Resort), MonteLago Village Resort, residential communities, a golf course, and the small disneyesque MonteLago Village beside the lake.

MonteLago Casino Lake Las Vegas

MonteLago Casino Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas is a far different experience from the Las Vegas Strip. This is the kind of place where you can easily keep the kids entertained with outdoor activities without the need to dodge street drunks and sex advertisers prevalent along the Strip.

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas is the place for visitors to the Las Vegas Valley whose idea of a vacation is more in tune with lying by a pool all day, riding in or paddling boats on the lake, and playing games at ping pong tables or pool tables rather than poker tables. There is still dining in restaurants, perhaps a spa treatment or two, and outdoor free shows while basking in a warm weather getaway at a resort hotel for fine dining and evening entertainment away from the Strip.

Chalk Signs, Not Neon Prevail at Lake Las Vegas

Chalk Signs, Not Neon Prevail at Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Hey this is Nevada. MonteLago Casino at MonteLago Village is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas if pulling a slot or two and gambling for dollars is an itch you must scratch.

Friday and Saturday evenings have free music concerts by the lake. While you have a slim chance of seeing Bono at the Ritz-Carlton spa, you can actually plan to hear the tribute band Vegas U2 in a free concert September 11.  http://lakelasvegasevents.com/

Lake Las Vegas Event Lawn in front of Ritz-Carlton

Lake Las Vegas Event Lawn in front of Ritz-Carlton

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Lake Las Vegas

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is a resort where a Lake view is desirable and worth the extra $20 or so per night. The hotel was built in 2003 and has 348 rooms and suites. There is a $25 per day Resort fee which includes internet access, spa and fitness center facilities access, free local calls, and access to business center computers.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lake view

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lake view

 

 

 

 

Weekends at the resort generally mean less choice in room selection, in addition to higher rates, unless you book well in advance. You will likely pay more for the less desirable Resort view on a Friday or Saturday night than you will for a Lake view on any other weeknight.

 

Pontevecchio Bridge of Lake Las Vegas

Pontevecchio Bridge of Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

Sample rate for Monday through Friday, September 13-17, a 4-night stay in a Lake View Standard Guest Room is $229 and includes breakfast for two. That room rate is down from $249 per night, room only without breakfast, for the preceding Friday and Saturday night weekend of September 11-13.

 

Lowest room rates are $229 for a Resort View Guest Room on a Friday or Saturday, September 11-12.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas courtyard

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas courtyard

 

 

 

 

The standard size Guest Room at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is nearly 500 square feet and will feel like the size of a large junior suite of most upscale chain hotels. TVs are 37-inch HDTV flat screens in standard guest rooms.

 

One Bedroom Executive Suite Resort View is $329 on Friday, September 11.  Stay Monday night, September 13 and the rate for the same room is just $229. This is a really large room at 960 square feet with a separate sitting area room from the bedroom with its own toilet. A 42-inch TV in each suite room provides entertainment options and the sitting room has a sofa.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Fountain at Entrance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Fountain at Entrance

 

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton is pet friendly. There is a hefty $125 charge for pets, but you won’t have to sneak Fifi and Fido into the hotel.

 

Ritz-Carlton is also a kid friendly environment. The hotel offer’s children’s programs for a fee and your kids can be entertained by someone else. Your own luxury babysitter service for up to 6 hours a day.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/Childrens/Default.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Dining link: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/Dining/Default.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas bar

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas bar

 

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Photo Tour: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/PhotoTourPop.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas pool

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas pool

 

 

 

 

Packages can save some real cash at a resort hotel.

 

Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas Spa

Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas Spa

 

 

 

 

Loyalty Traveler analysis of Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas offers for the week of September 11-18.

Peace of Mind free nights package with one free night on a 3 night stay; two free nights on a 5-night stay; and 3 free nights on a 7 night stay are the best values. The available room only showed as a Resort view standard guest room when I checked online. A call to reservations may allow you to book a Lake view room or a suite with this package, if desired.

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Resort Sample Rates

Sample Rates

Sep 11-18, 2009

Per night Rate

Package inclusions

and fees

Peace of Mind Package

5-night stay,

 

September 13-18,

Arrive Sunday and depart Friday.

$259

 

Pay 3 nights, Get 2 Nights Free

 

Best Value at under $200 per night all in.

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included Breakfast included

Executive Suite

Resort View

B&B Package

 

$329 Fri-Sun

$259 Mon-Thur

 

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Club Level Guest Room Resort View

Culinary offers throughout the day

$299 Fri-Sun

$249 Mon-Thur

 

Resort Fee $25

$50 extra person fee for 3rd or 4th person in room over age 12.

 

 

 

Resort ReConnect Package

Guest Room Lake View

Breakfast for 2

 

 

$299 Fri-Sun

$249 Mon-Thur

 

Includes $50 resort credit

Resort fee $25

Breakfast included

 

Lake View Guest Room

B&B Package

Breakfast for 2

 

$279 for Fri-Sunday

$229 Mon-Thur nights

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Resort View 

Guest Room

B&B Package

Breakfast for 2

 

$259 Fri-Sun

$209 Mon-Thur

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Guest room

Resort View

$229 Fri-Sat (Sep 11-12)

$229 Sunday (Sep 13)

$179 Mon-Thur

(Sep 14-18)

Resort Fee

$25 per night

Marriott Rewards members can redeem Mariott Rewards points for free nights at the Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas. PointSavers make this property a good deal for the month of September.

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lobby

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lobby

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 PointSavers reward codes descriptions and point values

 

Code M021: one night award in a standard guest room 35,000 points (regularly 45,000 points

Code M022: two-night award in a standard guest room for 60,000 points (regularly 75,000 points

Code M023: three-night award in a standard guest room for 80,000 points (regularly 100,000 points

Code M024: five-night award in a standard guest room for 120,000 points (regularly 150,000 points)

Code M025: seven-night award in a standard guest room for 140,000 points (regularly 175,000 points)

 

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

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

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.”

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