How to use Marriott Bonvoy points in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands

St Regis Bora Bora | Point Hacks
GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 3 minutes
POSTED: March 28, 2019
UPDATED: March 28, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Marriott Rewards

In this guide, we identify all Marriott properties in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands and analyse when it makes sense to use your Marriott Bonvoy points and when to use cold hard cash.

Previously, we have had the chance to visit a number of properties that were part of the now-defunct Starwood programme. Our reviews of these hotels are linked in this guide.

One of the easiest ways to get your hands on Marriott points in New Zealand is through the American Express cards that earn into the Membership Rewards programme such as the American Express Platinum Charge or Platinum Edge.

If you have not read up on the new Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programme, check out our introductory guide:

Locations and redemption rates – New Zealand and Australia

In New Zealand, we have the one property– the Four Points by Sheraton in Auckland.

Within Australia, there are currently 21 properties around the country which can be booked with Marriott Points, mostly centered within the eastern states.

All hotels are Category 5 or lower, meaning you will need up to 35,000 points per night for a standard Category 5 redemption. Off-peak and peak pricing will be introduced later this year, which may affect the points required.

Here is the full list of Marriott properties in New Zealand and Australia updated with the 2019 category changes, sorted by location for default and with links to Point Hacks reviews:

PropertyLocationCategoryPoints per night
(standard)
Four Points by SheratonAuckland425,000
W BrisbaneBrisbane535,000
Four Points by SheratonBrisbane317,500
The WestinBrisbane425,000
MarriottBrisbane425,000
Sheraton Grand MirageGold Coast535,000
SheratonMelbourne35,000
The WestinMelbourne535,000
Four Points by SheratonMelbourne
(Docklands)
317,500
MarriottMelbourne535,000
AloftPerth317,500
Four Points by SheratonPerth317,500
The WestinPerth535,000
Sheraton MiragePort Douglas535,000
Marriott Resort & SpaSurfer's Paradise535,000
Pier One Autograph CollectionSydney Harbour535,000
Courtyard by MarriottSydney - North Ryde425,000
Old Clare Hotel ChippendaleSydney535,000
Marriott Sydney HarbourSydney - Circular Quay535,000
Sheraton GrandSydney - Hyde Park535,000
Four Points by SheratonSydney - Central Park425,000
The WestinSydney535,000

Not included on the table but opening within the next year are:

  • Aloft Adelaide (2019)
  • Sheraton Adelaide (2019)
  • Element Melbourne Richmond (June 2019)
  • The Tasman, Hobart (December 2019)
  • W Melbourne (2020)

We will update the table with their categories and redemption rates once they become known.

The Westin Sydney Hotel (Category 5, 35,000 points) will leave the Marriott group and rebrand as the Fullerton from 19 October 2019, meaning Marriott points cannot be used there anymore.

Sheraton Four Points Auckland | Point Hacks

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland City Corner Room

The Westin Melbourne Workout room | Point Hacks

The Westin Melbourne WestinWORKOUT Room

The Old Clare Hotel Sydney The Connell Room | Point Hacks

The Old Clare Hotel Sydney The Connell Room

The Sheraton Melbourne King Executive Terrace Suite | Point Hacks

The Sheraton Melbourne King Executive Terrace Suite

Locations and redemption rates – Pacific Islands

There are twelve properties through the Pacific Islands that can be booked with Marriott points, mainly centred around Fiji, New Caledonia, French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Palau.

These resorts tend to cost more than properties in New Zealand and Australia as they are in more exclusive settings, starting from Category 3 properties in Samoa for 17,500 points per night, right up to the most expensive Category 7 hotels from 60,000 points per night.

Here is the current list of properties in the Pacific Islands, updated to the 2019 Bonvoy category changes:

PropertyLocationCategoryPoints per night
(standard)
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki IslandFiji535,000
Marriott Resort, Momi BayFiji535,000
Sheraton Denarau VillasFiji760,000
Sheraton Fiji ResortFiji535,000
The Westin Denarau IslandFiji535,000
Le Meridien Bora BoraFrench Polynesia760,000
St Regis Bora BoraFrench Polynesia760,000
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Gold ResortNew Caledonia535,000
Le Meridien lle des PinsNew Caledonia760,000
Le Meridien Noumea ResortNew Caledonia535,000
Sheraton Aggie Grey's HotelSamoa317,500
Sheraton Samoa Beach ResortSamoa317,500

St Regis Bora Bora | Point Hacks

St Regis Bora Bora

Do note that the base 60,000 points redemption per night at the St Regis Bora Bora may come with a compulsory NZ $1,030 (74,000 XPF) ‘upgrade fee’ per night for the Overwater Deluxe Otemanu, which retails at more than NZ$3700++ per night.

The cost also does not include extras such as boat island transfers.

Booking St Regis Bora Bora | Point Hacks

Comparison with rack rates

Previously, a good threshold with SPG Starpoints was 3.0 cents per points in value. With one Starpoint equivalent to three Marriott Bonvoy points, we would now expect to see 1.0 cents per point in value as a minimum.

It is generally the higher Category 5 – Category 7 that reach this threshold, while for Category 3 and 4 hotels, it may be better to pay in cash and save your points for another big trip.

Finally, the Fifth Night Free benefit remains with Marriott Bonvoy. All you have to do is book a redemption for five nights, and you will only be charged for four. This will further increase the value of your points redemption by 25% if you can score it.

Summing Up

The Marriott Bonvoy programme continues to offer decent value redemptions compared to the SPG Starwood days, which is great news for points collectors.

Properties in Category 5 and higher still remain the sweet spots in general, but be sure to check the hotel’s website rates for any special offers before redeeming.

To work out the value (cents per point), simply divide the room rate by the points needed and multiply by 100 to get the final answer in cents.

How these rates are affected by peak and off-peak pricing will remain to be seen when that is introduced later this year, but we will update the guides accordingly when we know more.

How to use Marriott Bonvoy points in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by Evin Tan Khiew
How to use Marriott Bonvoy points in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by Evin Tan Khiew