Marriott Rewards Cash + Points Now Available At Select Properties

Marriott Rewards made an announcement late last year (read more here) that they would offer real Cash + Points program in the early 2016.

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points

Marriott Rewards and properties have been slowly introducing this from late March and thought that it would be a time to have a look at it.

You can access Marriott’s web page for Cash + Points here.

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You have to remember that properties are NOT required to offer Cash + Points. When this would be most beneficial for the consumer, the option is likely blocked.

Here are the Cash + Points charts:

Marriott Rewards Program Changes Cash + Points

Here’s the “purchase” price of points in Cash + Points:

Marriott Rewards Program Changes Cash + Points Price

Here are some examples:

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points London EDITION

You have to remember that Cash + Points is not always a deal exactly like awards. You always must compare paid rates. Here the paid rates is almost the same as the Cash portion of the Cash + Points.

London EDITION

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points London EDITION

Bad value here as well. Paid option would be the best.

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

The cash portion of Cash + Points is 29 euros less than the paid rate?

JW Marriott Bangkok

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points JW Marriott Bangkok

17,500 Marriott Rewards points would be worth $50 if you choose the Cash + Points over paid rates.

The Plaza Autograph Collection Seoul

Marriott Rewards Cash + Points The Plaza Autograph Collection Seoul

The Cash + Points would save you $84 but requires 21,000 points.

Conclusion

Marriott Rewards was misleading members for several years by advertising Cash + Points when this merely meant that you can have FULL priced room (not discounted) and award merely on the same reservation.

This Cash + Points can make sense when the hotel room rates are very high and you are then essentially partially paying for the room using fixed number of points and cash. I would assume that hotels will close this rate plan when the rates are high so that members cannot take advantage of if.

When I was making the searches, none of the properties were offering the Cash + Points. In some cities the participation rate was in the 20% range.

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