Earn 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points by booking a 5-night stay with Homes & Villas

May 17, 2022

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Looking to book a vacation rental soon? It might be time to turn to Homes & Villas by Marriott International as the brand is offering the chance to earn 30,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points with a limited-time promotion.

If you didn’t know, Marriott isn’t just a hotel company. Back in 2019, it entered the home rental business with the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International, which is celebrating its third birthday this month.

Today, the brand has about 60,000 curated listings around the world, though the homes aren’t owned or managed by the company itself. That said, the program offers a much more hotel-like experience compared to its more well-known competitors.

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Homes & Villas may sound a lot like Airbnb. However, what truly sets it apart is that Marriott Bonvoy members who book rentals on the platform can earn and redeem points for stays, as well as elite qualifying nights.

To celebrate its third birthday, beginning Monday, 16 May and running for three days through the end of 18 May, Bonvoy members who book a stay of five nights or more with Homes & Villas will earn a bonus of 30,000 points. That’s in addition to 5 base points per eligible dollar spent on the booking (plus a potential bonus if you have elite Marriott Bonvoy status).

This is the biggest points promotion Homes & Villas has offered since its launch, according to Marriott. However, unless you already happened to be planning a trip and were about to book a vacation rental, it’s not necessarily the most incredible offer.

With Marriott’s recent move to dynamic pricing, 30,000 points won’t really get you very far, especially as hotel prices are skyrocketing this summer. For example, a Tuesday night stay at a Residence Inn in New York City later in May costs 40,000 points. In downtown Los Angeles, a Courtyard by Marriott will also set you back 40,000 for that same Tuesday night.

That doesn’t mean 30,000 points can’t get you somewhere, though. In San Antonio you could book a Saturday night stay at a SpringHill Suites near the River Walk for 25,000 points. For 27,000 you could snag a night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites near Universal Orlando Resort or the TownePlace Suites Orlando at SeaWorld.

If you decide to pass on this particular promotion, however, there are plenty of ways to earn extra points and miles on a stay with Homes & Villas.

One way is to pay for your booking with a cobranded Marriott card like the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card which earns 2 Bonvoy points per £1 spent. You can also earn points by booking through a shopping portal. Homes & Villas by Marriott International happens to be on a handful of portals including American Airlines, where you can earn 1 mile per dollar spent.

In fact, TPG’s own executive editor was able to triple stack on a vacation earlier this year that earned him a whopping 210,000 points and miles for a five-night stay at a luxury ski rental. It just goes to show that with a little clever manoeuvring you maximise any stay.

Bottom line

For Marriott Bonvoy loyalists, Homes & Villas by Marriott International is a great way to earn points for a vacation that’s better suited for a home rental than hotel. The brand’s current 30,000 bonus point offer (which you can view here) is solid for people who are ready to book a stay now. However, it’s not such an impressive offer that it’s worth changing plans or frantically trying to throw a trip together before the booking window.

You can also get bonus points when you apply for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® to earn 20,000 bonus points after spending £3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Featured photo courtesy of Marriott.

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