I’ll show you where to stay to see
delicious beautiful sea creatures, surf, experience big city life, try your luck in the casinos, and more!
I’ll show you 5 hotels in Australia and South Asia where you can stay with Marriott points!
Use the Chase Marriott Premier Card Bonus
Earn another 7,500 bonus Marriott points when you add an authorized user who makes a purchase within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
Marriott hotels include:
- AC Hotels by Marriott
- Autograph Collection Hotels
- Bulgari Hotels
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Delta Hotels
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
- Gaylord Hotels
- JW Marriott
- Marriott Executive Apartments
- Marriott Hotels
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Moxy Hotels
- Protea Hotels
- Renaissance Hotels
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Springhill Suites by Marriott
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Note: There are rumors that starting April 2016, Chase will make it tougher to be approved for ANY of their cards (including airline & hotel cards) if you’ve opened ~5+ credit card accounts with any bank within the past 24 months.
So I recommend folks 1st sign-up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Here’s why. But if you already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or don’t want it, consider this offer for the Chase Marriott Premier. Or the other Chase cards in Hot Deals.
Quick Tips When Using Points
Remember, you’ll get the 5th night free on any award stay when you redeem your Marriott points! So if you want to stay longer, it’s an excellent way to save 20% on your vacation.
Two Tools to Find Marriott Hotels
I like using Hotel Hustle to find hotels for award stays because it shows you how many points you’ll need for your specific travel dates. And show you if award nights are available at hotels, including Marriott!
Another option is AwardMapper. It shows similar information. But it’s not specific to travel dates and won’t search for available award rooms.
5 Top Marriott Hotels in Australia and South Asia Where You Can Stay With Marriott Points
I haven’t personally stayed at these hotels, but they look wonderful!
Note: The prices in these examples are based on travel in April 2016.
Note: Some Marriott hotels (especially resorts) add pricey resort fees to paid and award nights. Before you book, check the hotel policy to decide if it’s worth it for you. And here are my tips on how to avoid them!
1. Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
Consider the Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection for your visit to Sydney. It’s located next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is walking distance to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll also be near The Rocks, a historic neighborhood filled with shops and cafes.
You’ll also be near Circular Quay, where you can take a ferry to Taronga Zoo, 1 of the best zoos in the world. Or to Manly Beach – both are known for their excellent surfing!
Two nights here cost ~$669 or 80,000 Marriott points.
Folks on TripAdvisor love the location and service at this hotel!
2. Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
If you love the water, the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is tough to beat. It’s located on Australia’s famous Gold Coast. And with a name like Surfers Paradise, you get an idea of what to expect!
Reviewers on TripAdvisor have good things to say about their experiences here. When I checked, 2 nights cost ~$575, or 70,000 Marriott points.
This hotel would be great for a romantic getaway or a family trip. There are freshwater and saltwater pools (with snorkeling). And you can head over to the beach if you want to be on the ocean.
Nearby, there are attractions like Sea World where you can take the kids. Or you can relax at the resort!
When you earn 80,000 Marriott points with the Chase Marriott Premier card, you’ll have 10,000+ Marriott points left over. That’s more than enough for a night at a Marriott Category 2 hotel! So your points can be worth a lot more, depending on how you redeem them.
3. Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
The 5-star Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is located on Orchard Road in Singapore, with lots of transportation and dining options within easy walking distance.
Nights here cost ~$385 or 40,000 Marriott points per night. So you can stay for 2 nights in Singapore and save $770 when you redeem 80,000 Marriott points.
4. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
This hotel costs ~$565 or 70,000 Marriott points for 2 nights. However, I got lucky and found a half-off rate. So depending on when you visit, it could cost well over $1,000, and your points could be worth much more!
The hotel is next to Sirinath Marine National Park. And you’ll have access to over 10 miles of beachfront. It’s only a ~15-minute drive from the airport, so you can start relaxing soon after you land!
Reviewers on TripAdvisor gave high marks to the staff and service.
There are also 3 restaurants, a pub, and a coffeehouse on-site. So you might not even want to leave the resort!
5. Manila Marriott Hotel
Emily and I stayed in a similar complex in Macau and enjoyed seeing a Vegas-style show!
There are also several restaurants in the hotel. Folks on TripAdvisor ranked this the #1 hotel in the area. And say good things about the steaks in the hotel’s steakhouse restaurant.
Nights at this hotel cost ~$303 or 35,000 Marriott points.
When you stay here, the 80,000 Marriott points you’ll earn with the Chase Marriott Premier card welcome bonus are good for 2 award nights worth over ~$600! And, you’ll have 10,000 Marriott points left to spare.
And remember, you’ll earn at least 3,000 Marriott points from meeting the minimum spending requirement. And 7,500 bonus Marriott points when you add an authorized user who makes a purchase within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
That will help you get part of the way toward another award night in Manila – or at other top Marriott hotels world-wide!
Other Card Offers
The sign-up bonus on the Chase Marriott Rewards small business card is 80,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of account opening. But the $99 annual fee is NOT waived. Here’s my review of the card.
Marriott and Ritz-Carlton are essentially the same frequent-guest program (just with different branding and marketing), so you can use your Marriott points to stay at Ritz-Carlton hotels and vice versa.
The $395 annual fee is NOT waived, but it comes with perks and benefits that can easily offset it, like a $300 annual travel credit (which includes reimbursed Global Entry fees, checked luggage, and seat upgrades).
If you like Ritz-Carlton hotels, it’s a great card to have. Here’s my review.
Plus, earn another 7,500 bonus Marriott points when you add an authorized user who makes a purchase within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
There are lots of wonderful Marriott hotels in Australia and South Asia where you can get free award nights!
80,000 Marriott points are enough for 2 nights at hotels like the Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection, or the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa worth ~$700 to over ~$1,000, depending on when you stay.
Let me know your favorite Marriott hotel in Australia or South Asia!