Marriott's Instant Redemption

Marriott's Instant Redemption

Marriott Rewards members can now redeem points for almost anything on their hotel bill, including meals, spa treatments, room service, drinks and more at anytime during their hotel stay. Marriott’s new Instant Redemption means that you can pay for virtually every expense during your hotel stay with points so you can leave your wallet at home (at least in theory).Instant Redemption is available at hotels in the U.S. and Canada and at any time during your stay, you can notify the front desk that you would like to use points instead of cash to pay for some or all of your extra hotel expenses. For example, you can redeem 2,500 points for a $5 drink, 9,000 points for a $20 breakfast or 35,000 points for a $100 massage. Bottom line: While we like the flexibility of this new award option, be sure to consider the value of your points before paying out 35,000 points for a relaxing massage. Those same 35,000 points could also get you a free night at a category 7 hotel and your free breakfast for 9,000 points is almost enough points for a free night at a category 2 hotel (10,000 points).

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