Marriott hotel redemptions now available via direct points transfers from Amex Membership Rewards

A guide to Marriott properties in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 3 minutes
POSTED: September 17, 2018
UPDATED: September 17, 2018
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As part of the Marriott takeover of Starwood Hotels, the Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards programs have merged.

This now makes Marriott an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner – this guide takes a look at what this opens up for us in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands by way of hotel redemptions.

American Express Membership Rewards

You can collect Marriott Points with American Express Membership Rewards, with a view to redeeming for stays with Marriott.

Membership Rewards Points transfer to Marriott at a rate of 1 MRP = 1 Marriott Point.

Basics of Marriott Rewards Redemptions

Marriott has one chart for redemptions.

The award chart can be found here.

If you redeem for a 5 night stay, the 5th night is free, so you’ll only pay for 4 nights.

It’s also possible to reduce your out of pocket costs using Cash + Points, but this can’t be used toward 5th night free.

PointSaver options are available for select hotels around the world, with up to 33% off standard point rates, so keep an eye on these also if you have any travel planned.

We’ve touched on the Marriott Rewards Hotel + Frequent Flyer packages redemption, where you can redeem large amounts of points for both multi-night hotel stays and a ton of frequent flyer miles or points, which is worth mentioning again.

Locations and redemption rates

In New Zealand and Australia

Marriott and SPG hotels are all under the same umbrella now, and so for clarity, we include all brands when we refer to ‘Marriott Hotels’.

There is 1 Marriott property in New Zealand, which is located in Auckland.

There are 21 Marriott properties in Australia – seven in Sydney, four in Melbourne, three each in Perth, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast, and one in Port Douglas.

Here’s the list, alongside their cost in Marriott Rewards points, and effective cost in Membership Rewards points.

HotelCityRedemption CategoryMinimum Marriott Rewards RequiredMinimum Membership Rewards Points RequiredFrom Rate ($NZD)Minimum cents per Membership Rewards Point
Four Points by Sheraton AucklandAuckland420,00020,000$1750.88
Four Points by Sheraton BrisbaneBrisbane315,00015,000$1310.87
Brisbane Marriott HotelBrisbane420,00020,000$1840.92
W BrisbaneBrisbane530,00030,000$3181.1
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold CoastGold Coast530,00030,000$2760.92
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & SpaGold Coast530,00030,000$2430.81
Marriott Vacation Club Surfers ParadiseGold Coast530,00030,000$2230.74
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne DocklandsMelbourne315,00015,000$1280.85
Melbourne Marriott HotelMelbourne530,00030,000$2340.78
Sheraton Melbourne HotelMelbourne530,00030,000$2560.85
The Westin MelbourneMelbourne530,00030,000$2720.90
Aloft PerthPerth315,00015,000$1671.1
Four Points by Sheraton PerthPerth315,00015,000$1350.9
The Westin PerthPerth530,00030,000$2230.74
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port DouglasPort Douglas530,00030,000$2140.71
Courtyard Sydney - North RydeSydney420,00020,000$1570.78
Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park
Sydney420,00020,000$2051.0
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph CollectionSydney530,00030,000$1840.61
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular QuaySydney530,00030,000$2490.83
The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale, a Member of Design HotelsSydney530,00030,000$2830.94
Sheraton on the ParkSydney530,00030,000$2340.78
The Westin SydneySydney530,00030,000$2370.79

I have included the off-peak points pricing above, as these would be the redemptions to target for stays wherever possible.

For comparison, below is a full table of current points pricing for each hotel category:

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The ‘from’ rate for each property has been taken from a quick Google search – when searching for a specific hotel on a mobile, Google shows across an annual calendar the cheapest rate available.

Generally, a sub 2c redemption value for Membership Rewards points should be avoided.

Though it’s important to remember that you’re not comparing like for like – the lowest ‘from’ rates are likely prepaid, non-refundable, and not always available – while room redemptions are fixed cost and flexible.

As such, you should be able to get more value from your Membership Rewards points than indicated in the table.

New Zealand Properties

The only property in New Zealand that you can redeem Marriott points at is the Four Points by Sheraton in Auckland.

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Australian Properties

In terms of redemption value, the most appealing of the list looks to be the W Brisbane.

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The Aloft Perth comes next best in this simple value calculation.

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In the Pacific

There are currently 12 properties in the Pacific Islands, across Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia and French Polynesia (Tahiti).

These properties tend to cost more than the Marriott properties in New Zealand and Australia as they are in more exclusive settings.

Here is a full list of Marriott properties in the Pacific Islands:

HotelCountryRedemption CategoryMinimum Marriott Points RequiredMinimum Membership Rewards Points RequiredFrom Rate ($NZD)Minimum cents per Membership Rewards Point
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki IslandFiji530,00030,000$3231.07
Fiji Marriott Resort Momi BayFiji530,00030,000$3591.19
Sheraton Fiji ResortFiji530,00030,000$2870.96
The Westin Denarau Island Resort & SpaFiji530,00030,000$2870.96
Sheraton Denarau VillasFiji750,00050,000$4950.99
Le Méridien TahitiFrench Polynesia530,00030,000$4051.35
Le Méridien Bora BoraFrench Polynesia750,00050,000$9401.88
The St. Regis Bora Bora ResortFrench Polynesia750,00050,000$1,3652.73
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & SpaNew Caledonia530,00030,000$3021.01
Le Méridien Noumea Resort & SpaNew Caledonia530,00030,000$3271.09
Le Méridien Ile des PinsNew Caledonia750,00050,000$6051.21
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & BungalowsSamoa315,00015,000$2971.98
Sheraton Samoa Beach ResortSamoa315,00015,000$3152.10

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the best value redemption option by far.

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The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is not too far behind, as it sits in a relatively low hotel category compared to its minimum ‘from’ rate.

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Further abroad

You can search for other Marriott properties around the world here.

Summing up

Marriott is heavily investing in its properties in our part of the world over the next 2-3 years, increasing the number and value of redemption opportunities. The recent merger with SPG has boosted the stay opportunities even further.

Some of the best value and more aspirational hotels for redemptions are found on the Pacific islands and elsewhere around the world, as opposed to New Zealand or Australia.

The transfer rate from American Express Membership Rewards in New Zealand is slightly better value than it was with SPG before, which is a boon for cardholders on this side of the Tasman.

Images courtesy of Marriott.

Marriott hotel redemptions now available via direct points transfers from Amex Membership Rewards was last modified: September 17th, 2018 by Daniel Kinnoch