This may seem like a no brainer but I've never had a rewards program before. What is the difference between points earned and nights earned? I have a reservation at a Marriott in Denver and am wondering if I can use my "nights earned" for the reservation versus points. I'd like to save the points for airline travel.
What are the 'nights earned that you are referring to? Are they nights earned for stays or a tracking program for paid stays as part of a promotion that earns a free night certificate?
Usually, nights earned are compiled through stays and credit card purchases on the Marriott Visa Card. These 'nights earned' show up on your 'Activity Page' on marriott.com. They are not redeemable for anything as they track to get you Elite status for silver (10 nights) Gold (50 nights) or Platinum (75 nights).
Points earned are points that are credited to your Marriott Rewards account for paid stays at Marriott properties and purchases made on the Marriott credit card. Points can be used for a reservation and the amount of points needed for a night are different depending on the category (1 - 8) of the hotel.
Or, you can go to this page and click on the "EARN" "USE" and "BENEFITS" and a lot of good stuff will come up for you to look at regarding the program.
Hope this helps!
The way I like to think about it is
The rewards program attachment in the previous post from tef spells it all out for you.
That is correct. "nights earned" counts towards status. Also, with different status levels you earn additional points on stays.
The points are what you use for a free stay, which will vary depending on the category of the hotel. You need more points for a higher level property. A minimum free night is usually 20-25K, though I have seen a few in the directory for 10-15K, but very few. The higher category properties are usually more. In NYC its usually a minimum of 30K.