It's actually possible to use rewards points for both hotels and for the timeshare units. There are separate reward codes for each of the packages. Last time I looked, you could get a week at either Marriott hotels or at the Marriott timeshare resorts for 150,000 points. Different timeshare resorts have different kinds of room arrangements, so you should check on whether they have a full kitchen or a kitchenette, and whether the sleeping arrangements include separate rooms for sleeping or just have a one room space like a hotel room.
And plan to use your points way in advance of your trip. The points based slots go very fast, so you should consider booking as early as you can.
I think you don' have to get the full amount of points to start arranging for your vacation one year ahaed of time with your VOA (Vacation Ownership Associate). I just bought my timeshare with Marriott at LAS VEGAS Grand Chateau. It was a nice experience. I recommend the Marriott Ownership to all my friends. If I recall right one can cancell his/her reservation free of charge 2 months prior the vacation. Within 2 months of the vacation there was a $29 fee for cancellation
.About the points, I also understand if you plan to use Hotels not the resorts one can purchase the points to fullfill your points requirements.
I also use the vacation package, which transfers my points to air miles, you get a certificate for a week's stay at a Marriott, which is valid for a year and Hertz car hire discount. Although I never use the latter as it is cheaper to book online through Sidestep etc..... This gets you the biggest return on your points. Cheers DOBBIE
I take exception to traveler3's post. My experience is just the opposite. To say or imply that Marriott will never make rooms available at popular resorts when they can rent them is incorrect. I am sure that happens some of the time, but I have stayed a week at the JW Ihilani for 150,000 point during spring break in 2007, the Kapalua Bay hotel in Jun 2005 for 130,000 points, both standard redemptions during peak demand periods. I also have a reservation at the Hollywood Beach Marriott for a week during this coming chirstmas break for 115,000 points on a pointsaver! Sure I plan well in advance, it would be naive to think you can wait until a week prior to a stay and expect a desireable resort to be available.
Marriott has probably the most liberal rewards program and while I have never given in to paying the double points rate to get an "anytime" rewards, I don't see how it is deceitful. I'm also not seeing the "diminishing return" claimed by the writer.
"Marriott has probably the most liberal rewards program and while I have never given in to paying the double points rate to get an "anytime" rewards, I don't see how it is deceitful."
Well said. To shift the needle in their direction, Marriott works very hard. To move the brand to the forefront of the marketplace, I expect Marriott to retain my loyalty by being innovative. I also expect Marriott to find ways to create new value.
Given these expectations, Marriott receives high marks for innovation, but the jury is out on creating new value. As Marriott expands with the Autograph Collection and more properties in Europe there is the expectation that creating new value is around the corner.
Thanks DebbieS for posting and everyone else for their contributions. Understanding Marriott Rewards is an excellent topic for this Forum and a discussion worth continuing.