Availability: All 14 Marriott brands: AC Hotels, Autograph, Courtyard, Edition, Fairfield Inn, Gaylord, JW Marriott, Marriott, Moxy, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Ritz-Carlton, SpringHill Suites, and Towneplace Suites; plus earnings only at Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay.
Earning Formula: Earn 10 points per in-hotel dollar spent at JW Marriott, Autograph, Renaissance, and Marriott, five points per dollar at Residence Inn and Towneplace Suites, and 1.5 points per dollar at the earning only brands. Points expire within 24 months of not earning points.
Alternate Airline Earning Formula: Earn one to two airline miles per dollar on Air Canada, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United, Virgin America, and 26 foreign lines, and 600 miles per stay on Southwest.
Redeeming Formula: Per-night award points are based on point "prices" that vary by location, season, and expected occupancy, in the 6,000–45,000 point range and in the 20,000–70,000 range at Ritz-Carlton. There are no blackout dates, but reduced "point saver" rates are sometimes available.
Generosity: Stay nine to 12 nights (average 10) to earn one award night at a comparable hotel.
Airline Transfer: Marriott points can be transferred to miles on Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, and United, as well as on 26 overseas airlines.
Membership Benefits: There are no entry-level benefits. The first substantial benefits, at Gold and Platinum (which require 50 nights), are room upgrades, complimentary premium Wi-Fi, access to lounge or free breakfast (except resorts), late checkout, and free local calls. Earn up to 50 percent bonus points at higher elite levels.
Credit Card: Marriott Rewards Visa (Chase) offers five points per dollar charged at hotels, two points per dollar on air tickets, and one point per dollar on other charges. Enrollment bonuses include 50,000 points and a free night.