Some of the best hotels in the world are Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts. The best way to get a discount, special offers, free benefits and ultimately the cheapest rate at a Marriott Bovoy hotel is to book with an official Luminous and STARS travel agency like our luxury travel concierge.
Luminous and STARS programs offer extra benefits to guests who book via a Luminous and STARS travel agency, plus you still get all your Mariott Bonvoy loyalty points.
If you book on the Marriott website direct, you may not get the best deal. Book your next Marriott stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can secure you free loyalty-style benefits (on top of your own status and membership benefits), room upgrades and perks, for no extra cost. Typically, our free benefits include:
- Breakfast for two people per bedroom
- Spa or Food and beverage credit of $100 USD per stay
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
- Complimentary welcome gift
The great thing about this is that you can get these free benefits while taking advantage of Marriott Bonvoy special offers, which you can find on their website or from our agents, who can advise on the best offers. Individual Marriot hotels and resorts will run packages that can be very attractive.
Marriott brands include St. Regis, W, EDITION, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien, Renaissance Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Autograph Collection Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard, and more. Our luxury travel agency offers free benefits at most, but not all of these Marriott hotels. If in doubt, feel free to ask one of our agents. We would be delighted to help you!
We outline how to book into a Marriott hotel with a discount in more detail below:
1. Get Free Benefits With A Luxury Travel Agent
As outlined above, you can take advantage of free benefits in addition to earning your Marriott Bonvoy points and benefiting from your Bonvoy status. Even if you don’t have staus with the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty scheme, you will get our benefits from your very first stay at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts. Book with our luxury travel agency. It really is that easy, and the rates you pay will usually be the same as those on the Marriott website.
2. Join The Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Scheme
While “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” you might as well collect what you are owed. Whether you are booking via the Marriott website direct or with our own luxury travel agency, you can collect Marriott Bonvoy points at most Marriott hotels, so it is worth signing up to the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty scheme and collecting these rewards points.
3. Book Early
Marriott hotels and resorts run at a high occupancy rate. I regularly recommend clients who book their stay with our luxury travel concierge to book as soon as the rates come out. This can be a year in advance! It is certainly not worth holding out for a last-minute discount as these magical discounts don’t usually come up in popular destinations.
At the last minute, you are unlikely to be able to book the cheapest room, and the room you wanted may have sold out, so you can be left paying a premium for a view or extra space that you don’t need and don’t want to pay for.
4. Bag A Bargain At Our Travel Auction
We have loads of luxury hotel stays in our luxury travel auction, which offers a genuine and massive discount at certain hotels, including Marriott hotels. These are one-off items, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Although we tend to offer some really great hotel stays worldwide, the volume of Marriott-specific stays in our auction does vary at any one time. Our auction also offers luxury stays beyond the Marriott brand, so it is worth looking around as there may be a hotel stay that appeals to you.
5. Take Advantage Of Discounted Advance Purchase Rates
If you are booking in advance and are sure of your dates, you should take advantage of advance purchase discounted rates. This is one of the few ways to get you a cheaper room at the best hotels in the world. Advance purchase rates offer anywhere from 10-50% discount off the usual hotel rates. You must be sure of your dates because there are no refunds on most advance purchase rates once you have booked in.
6. Vacation Out Of The Main Season
If you re-arrange your dates, target your favorite Marriott hotel or resort out of season. For example, Venice is massively discounted mid-winter, so you can pick up a much cheaper rate at the JW Marriot Venice out of the main season (late May to September). Early October and early May can be the perfect time to visit Venice, and the rates tend to be much more reasonable. The same goes for other destinations such as the Caribbean; May, June, and November tend to be good times to visit the Caribbean. Falling just outside the rainy season, these months still enjoy great weather but tend to be quieter and usually cost less for the same hotel and same room than the peak winter months.
Get the same hotel and facilities for a discounted price. Think beyond the resort to the hotel. If you can still swim in the pool, drink in the bar, eat in the restaurant, and enjoy the ambiance, it is worth considering amending your plans accordingly.
7. Book A Brand New Marriott Hotel
Brilliant new Marriott hotels are opening all the time. Keep an eye out for one opening in a destination that you want to visit. New hotels are usually cheaper, both in paid rates but also for point redemptions.
8. Stay Shorter
It sounds obvious when you say out loud, but I would prefer three nights at a good St. Regis or JW rather than a week at a Courtyard Marriott. If you book in for one night, you can still take advantage of our early check-in, and late check-out, free breakfast, resort credit, and you still get the amenity (assuming the Marriott is part of the Luminous or STARS program).
9. Promo Codes
There are corporate promo discount codes which you can use in Marriott.com, so if you are an employee of a company like Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America, IBM, AAA, or the government, you might be able to take advantage of these discounts. These discounted corporate rates can be cheaper than the STARS or Luminous benefits rates. Still, these discounted rates do not come with any valuable benefits, so particularly for short stays, these rates are not always the best deal.
As any corporate discount may not be as good as the free benefits offered by our luxury travel concierge, we suggest asking for a free quote so you can compare prices and benefits and get the full picture before booking.
10. Travel Somewhere Cheaper
We can advise the best Marriott hotel in any city or worldwide, but Paris is always more expensive than Kuala Lumpur. If you decide to holiday in a cheaper destination like Portugal, Greece, or some incredible Asian destinations (excluding Hong Kong and Singapore), you will find your cash or points stretches a lot further.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor. Any auction prices listed correct at time of publication, but will be subject to change.
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