So, I always find this measuring stick to be interesting... how many MR points do you have in your account right now...?
Great question, and you are right, always an interesting measuring stick. Balancing devaluation possibilities with a desire to save (hoard) for special trips is maddening. I'll be anxious to see fresh data from our Insiders in answer to your question.
nationwide I agree... not sure who the lucky? person is with over 3MM, but I agree with you... it is maddening to balance and they only seem to get less valuable over time.
I spend my points very selectively because I'm saving them up for retirement in a few years. Interesting take on the points being devalued over time, I hadn't thought about it that way but it makes sense. I'll have to think on that.
Yes, point devaluation is real problem. For example, when I began in 2007, the maximum hotel category was 7 and redeeming was in blocks of 7 nights, that is, the longer you stay, the cheaper the points/per night redemption was up to a maximum of 7 nights. Years later, this was replaced by the redeem 4 nights, get the fifth one for free and Marriott upped the category redemption from 7 to 9 and also, if you track the annual hotel categories, there are way more hotels going up in category than going down. So if you are young, its not a good idea to redeem till you retire!!! Also note that if you have the Marriott rewards credit card, you get a one night certificate at a category 5 hotel. 10 years ago, a category 5 Marriott could be located in a central/nice location and they were generally full service Marriots or above. Now, you would be lucky to get a Courtyard/Fairfield Inn/Springhill Suites for that.
Points are devalued over time, but then so are dollars. I can remember buying a quart of milk for twenty cents and a ticket to a big league ball game for fifty cents. Of course that was 60 years ago and I've only been accumulating MR points for26 years. I don't know if MR points have lost more or less value than the dollars in my bank account in recent years, but we should remember that inflation is what drives this phenomenon. Hotel prices rise each year and that is true whether the price is in dollars or MR points.
I see your point but marriott reward points don't earn interest or a return and dollars should and 1 component of the amount of that return should factor in inflation
Incidentally, I spent most of my accumulated points during the past 3 months going from 300,000 plus down to about 3500 points. I had a great time on both coasts (SD and NYC) and am now rebuilding by balance. I'm currently around 71,000. By mid summer I should have enough for a five night stay in a category 7 or higher. Since my two serious illnesses of the past 5 years, I do tend to spend my points rather than accumulate them. I accumulate points for a specific goal and then spend them.
This is my situation exactly nuclearnomad. I think a lot of others on here are really young and since I've been in the Rewards Program for 33 years retirement is looming. I look at things a lot differently these days. Since I have been on the road for years almost every week, I have accumulated millions of points in total. I keep thinking I'm going to call just for the heck of it and see if they have a running total. We basically never vacation without points. Of course, like everything in this world it now costs more for the same thing. There's no changing that. I must be very different from a lot on here because since I've lived out of a suitcase all these years my most favorite thing in the world is not to jump on a plane and go somewhere when I have time off. I've earned more than enough points, airline miles, etc. than I had time to use. We have been many beautiful and desirable places but, like you, I am very selective. I know once I retire I won't be accumulating many points so I'm planning to "stretch out" my points for as long as possible. I have been Platinum Lifetime for so many years I don't even remember. Like has been mentioned on here before, the "perks" just ain't what they used to be, but I feel lucky to have had at least this one benefit from being on the road so much.
You can see your lifetime points and nights online. Sign into your rewards account and go to "Account Overview", then select "Nights" and poof, there you have it!
Iahflyr, of course I go into my account all the time. I was referring to a comment someone made on here a while back that you could call the Marriott Rewards office and they could tell you your TOTAL cumulative points since day one in the program. For me, that would be 33 year's worth of points which I have accumulated solely through stays at primarily full-service Marriotts (no points accrued through any type of credit cards, etc.). I have cashed in millions of points over all these years, and I would be curious as to the actual total since the beginning, but I am not certain if this can really be done.
I generally spend my points on the Travel Packages which require 270K plus depending on hotel tier. So, I need to keep a relatively high balance.
Being relatively new to the program. How would I book a stay using the travel package? Let's say a trip to London next year. I have more than enough points! Could use some help.
Glad you asked! Please see the following link for information on Travel Packages, and please let us know if you have any remaining questions: Flight and Hotel Packages | Marriott Hotel Packages
Burn as I earn. When I joined MR in 2007 it was easy to get 1 Eurocent per point. Now, despite hotel-rates huge inflation, that's far more difficult. The top category was Cat7 and the vast, vast maority of properties were Cat4, or lower. I've never allowed my point-stash to exceed 500k and right now it's less than 30k having redeemed 240,000 on 20 room-nights in China. Love my points and have had some excellent vacations on points in London, Paris, Moscow, Monaco, Egypt and several locations around the USA/Canada including a week in New York on Times Sq. and a week on Miami Beach. Most redemptions made more than 5 years ago have increased in category and cost. My latest redemption, 10 room-nights at the the Cat3 Renaissance Wangfujing became a Cat4 in the latest round of recategorisations.
I have burned through 1.7 million points and currently have close to a million in my account right now. So basically I have earned 2.7 million points in my lifetime. As other members here, I tend to redeem very selectively. Currently, I try to redeem 5 nights at a time, that is, so that I pay 4 and get the fifth one free and/or use point savers in order to get the biggest bang for the buck.
Earn and burn. I redeem every personal trip. They only get less valuable over time with all the cat creep. Only have 120K in account now after a recent redemption. About the burn whatever points I have this fall though for a so called "baby moon". Misses wannabplatinum is excepting our first so I figured I wont be able to use the points for awhile anyway so we are going to blow them on another trip (JW Washington DC). I dont find the vacation packages worth saving for because I dont like to stay in one place for a week so they dont really work for me.
I'm a earn and burn guy as well, I try to keep around 500K points for an emergency, Otherwise I use them for vacations.My personal belief is to save Money and get the return on investment , use points as they tend to devalue over time. Can always pay with cash in the future if needs be.
I agree with rufrt12 I try to use the 4 night get the 5th night free as often as possible, that alone creates a decent return. Have been to Europe several times on points was treated really well. 2 week tour of England all on points was great, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium. Looking forward to touring Asia some time in the future on points as well. Hope to string together several 4 night get the 5th night free stays while there its a very long way to go for anything less.
Ought to revise my entry (but you can't - once you vote, you've voted) ....
Burnt 750,000 points in the last 9 months - but points well spent.
I am a relatively new member and am still trying to achieve the same level of points as everyone on this post. Currently at around 70k pts and looking to do my first redemption at 90k later this year. I was thinking Atlantis (Bahamas) for a short trip (2-3 nights) since I live in Miami and it would be a short flight. How Many MR Points in Your Account Right Now?
Hey psikkotik, Looks like you don't carry the Marriott/Chase Credit Card. If you're US or Canada, they have a nice (80,000) points sign up bonus.
I still have almost 1.5m down from 2.5m but plenty to use wherever I need to.
Have earned almost 4M points. Down to a couple hundred thousand. We enjoy using them a lot. :-)
I always try to keep a balance of 500,000 points in my account, to be able to access a vacation package for free, and just in case I cant afford the cost. Generally, I transfer the points that exceed this limit to airlines.
I have about 660k points in my account now. Was saving for a week vacation in scrub island BVI. Instead I would be bidding for wimbledon tennis experiences which are available through the marriott experiences website.
Watching wimbledon has been my wife's lifelong dream - she is a huge fan of roger federer (in fact I am referred to as the second husband).
Right at 1.4 million at this point in time which means time to start burning them with a few trips.
Nice stash iahflyr!!
I have earned over 4 million points and have used about 3 million points for travel packages. When I first started getting travel packages, I needed about 220k and today, as someone has mentioned, the standard travel package is about 270K. If you are more selective on your choice of hotel, that figure will increase. In addition, the last few trips I have taken from the U.S to Europe, I have made sure I had enough miles (from the travel package) to get business class going to Europe (it is night time and we can lounge more comfortably and sleep) and coming back via economy. I might pay for extra leg room on the way back to the U.S. We have taken at least one travel package per year for the last 10 years.
Lol, starguy, our own resident Marriott Hobo!
I‘ve recently spent nearly 900K points for upcoming stays, so I’ve got 217 MR plus 238 Starpoints!
Not enough to buy a Tesla Model S, more like enough to test drive a Fiat 500.
~500K. First full year as a member so I'm trying to gain enough lifetime points for some kind of status, so it is difficult to burn them.
Burning them on stays doesn’t detract from lifetime status. You don’t need to keep 2M points in your account to reach lifetime platinum
Yea, I understand. It's just that spending them disallows me to earn them. Points will be my issues, not nights.
I'm right at the million point mark. Every time I creep above it, my wife wants to use some points.
Tell her you have 300k
I am at 250K currently but just starting to stay at Marriott hotels so hope to be building up the nest egg even further. I like to hoard points. It is not a smart thing to do since they only go down in value over time but I like the security of having a stash of miles or points in my pocket in case something goes wrong. That philosophy came in handy with the airlines miles when my wife's father got il and was ready to pass and she had to travel a lot to visit him.....10,000 miles away.
True in my dreams I would get an amount of points that high only if some of u generous gals would like to donate
Just over 11k after 540k spent in 2 travel pkg . So, 3 people here have over 3 MILLION POINTS!!! That must be from a lot of CY stays :0)
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