Homes & Villas by Marriott International has rolled out a new limited-time promotion: by booking a five-night stay with Homes & Villas for anytime in 2022, you can earn a Free Night Award worth 35,000 Bonvoy points towards Marriott hotels.
What Is Homes & Villas by Marriott International?
The Marriott International hotel chain offers a curated selection of over 2,000 vacation rentals around the globe. Homes & Villas by Marriott International, which is Marriott’s answer to compete with Airbnb, was launched in 2019 and tends to focus on higher-end rentals in each regional market.
The home rental program allows Marriott loyalists to experience unique accommodations with an elevated travel experience as an alternative to the traditional portfolio of Marriott hotels, while still having the opportunity to earn and redeem Bonvoy points and qualify towards elite status.
Indeed, staying with Marriott Homes & Villas will earn elite qualifying nights towards your annual Marriott Bonvoy status, so it’s always worth checking the Homes & Villas platform if you’re in the mood to book a vacation rental for an upcoming trip, say on Airbnb.
Just like Airbnbs, the Homes & Villas properties are run by individual owners or management companies and not by Marriott; instead, the rentals are simply stamped with the promise to deliver the same standards you can expect while staying at a Marriott hotels property.
Book Five Nights, Get a Free Night Award
Marriott Homes & Villas has come out with quite a few promotions since its launch, none of which have been particularly compelling. The latest promotion, however, can certainly be worth taking a closer look at.
Travellers who book five or more consecutive nights at a Homes & Villas property by June 22, 2022, for a stay completed by December 31, 2022, will earn double points and one Free Night Award worth 35,000 Bonvoy points to use at Marriott hotels.
Members typically earn 5 base Bonvoy points per US dollar spent with Homes and Villas, so the doubled earning rate will be 10 points per US dollar spent.
Keep in mind that the double points promotion is limited to base points only, and doesn’t apply to the bonus points you get as an elite member.
An Opportunity for Cheap Free Night Awards?
The offer could be an excellent opportunity to pick up Free Night Awards for relatively cheap with plenty of low-cost Homes & Villas properties around the world if you’re travelling to one of the regions and need a place to stay.
Furthermore, making two separate five-night bookings at a vacation home with Homes & Villas by Marriott with a group of friends could dramatically lower costs and also earn you two Free Night Awards.
For example, this two-bedroom property in Recife, Brazil costs only US$180 for a five-night stay.
If you hold a US-issued Chase credit card, you could even use an ongoing Chase Offer to bring this cost down to US$80 for the five nights.
Since we’d value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents (USD) apiece, the Free Night Award worth 35,000 Bonvoy points can be thought of as having a value of US$245, which would outweigh the cost of your accommodations multiple times over (and would be a great deal even if you didn’t have a Chase card).
There are similarly cheap deals in Cape Town, where after you factor in the refundable security deposit and the US$100 Chase Offer, your five-night stay lands pretty close to US$250 – a cost that can easily be recouped by redeeming your subsequent Free Night Award wisely.
Don’t forget that you earn one Free Night Award for every Homes & Villas stay of at least five consecutive nights that you book under the terms of this promotion.
Thus, you could think of the accommodations on an extended trip to Brazil or South Africa as essentially paying for themselves in the form of future Marriott hotel stays if you were to leverage this promotion wisely.
No matter what your travel plans look like, it’s certainly worthwhile to check out Homes & Villas for any upcoming trips this year to see if you might find a five-night period that works for your needs and get a Free Night Award out of it.
Marriott’s vacation home rental brand, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, is now offering a limited-time promotion allowing you to earn double the points and one Free Night Award worth 35,000 Bonvoy points on stays of five consecutive nights or more.
The new promotion could be an excellent opportunity to try out a non-traditional Marriott experience on your 2022 travels, earn Free Night Awards for relatively cheap, and also work towards earning elite qualifying nights towards Marriott Bonvoy status.
If you’re keen on taking advantage of the limited-time promotion, be sure to book your stays by June 22, 2022, and complete them before December 31, 2022.