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PointSavers is an ongoing Marriott promotion that advertises up to 33% off the regular award rate. It’s not something that gets talked about much because it only applies to a very small number of hotels and dates. And there is no clear start or end date. Hotels are added and removed with no rhyme or reason.
But it is something that’s worth being aware of because PointSavers rates can be combined with Marriott’s 5th night free benefit on award stays. And you’ll want to check it out if you visiting London in 2019 or New Orleans this spring.
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Marriott PointSavers Promotion
The PointSavers promotion is a strange one indeed. At first glance, it doesn’t look like it’s all that helpful because it applies to so few hotels. At the time of writing this article, there were only 15 hotels listed.
That’s 15 locations out of 6,700+ worldwide Marriott hotels!
On top of that, most PointSavers rates are only available on very specific dates. But it doesn’t matter whether the PointSavers discounts are helpful to a ton of people, it only matters if they work for you. And you can combine the PointSavers rates with Marriott’s 5th night free on award stays. Which could really add up.
Potential PointSavers Wins
If you’re traveling to Hilton Head, South Carolina, there are currently 5 Marriott hotels there that are on the PointSavers list. But the dates are mostly for early December 2019 and the first couple of months of 2020. Not exactly the best time to visit if you’re looking for super warm weather.
But if you are planning a trip to London in 2019 you should take a look at the Great Northern Hotel. It’s offering PointSavers rates through December 31, 2019. It’s a Category 6 hotel, so you could book a 5-night stay there for only 180,000 Marriott points by combining Marriott’s 5th-night free perk and the PointSavers discount.
And once the peak and off-peak prices are added, Category 6 hotels will only cost 35,000 points per night during off-peak dates. So you could book an off-peak 5-night stay for 140,000 points or 28,000 points per night.
The Le Méridien New Orleans has scattered PointSavers rates through April 4th. But a couple of weekends aren’t included, so you may have trouble booking 5 consecutive nights at the PointSavers rate.
If there ever happens to be a Category 1 hotel on the PointSavers list, you could (in theory) book a 5-night off-peak stay for only 16,000 points. Just remember that with the introduction of peak and off-peak award prices the way the 5th-night free will work is changing. The 5th night will be free only if it’s of equal or lesser value than the first 4 nights. So if you book 4 off-peak nights and the 5th night of your booking is a standard or peak award then it wouldn’t be free.
Here is the PointSavers award chart:
We don’t know when Marriott is adding peak and off-peak pricing, so it’s best to book your PointSavers (or any stays, really) now. If the dates you originally book end up being during an off-peak date it’s likely you’ll be able to cancel and rebook at the lower rate without penalty. Just pay attention to the penalty-free cancelation window when you book. Most Marriott hotels only require you to cancel at least a few days before check-in, but some resorts will require you to cancel up to 30 days in advance.
You can view the entire list of PointSavers hotels here. It is regularly updated, but the page can be a little confusing. The top sections of the page include a list of 6,700+ participating hotels. This refers to hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program, not PointSavers.
There is also a search box at the top of the PointSavers page. This isn’t a search box for PointSavers hotels, it is just a regular Marriott hotel search. To see the PointSavers hotels, you’ll need to scroll down toward the bottom of the page.
Overall, this isn’t a promotion you can rely on, but it’s something to take a look at before your next trip because it’s possible to find some deals. Think of it as the decoration on the icing on the cake.
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