Marriott Rewards, the hotel rewards program offered by the Marriott brand, is upping the anti for hotel programs everywhere. Members can now redeem points for cruises with Marriott’s new partnership with World Travel Holdings, one of the world’s premier cruise distributors. Yes, you read that right – you can use your hard earned hotel points to take a relaxing cruise vacation.
World Travel Holdings offers a variety of trips with 17 different cruise lines to destinations around the world, including Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, New England and Bermuda. You can redeem your Marriott Rewards for World Travel Holdings certificates in the following amounts:
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- 70,000 Marriott Rewards points for $250 certificate
- 110,000 Marriott Rewards points for a $500 certificate
- 145,000 Marriott Rewards points for a $1,000 certificate
You then use the certificate to book your cruise. You can definitely book a nice Caribbean cruise for under $1000 per person. Imagine, you rack up the miles on your employers dime, diligently collect the points from your hotel stays, flights and car rentals, and then you blow it all once a year on a fabulous cruise playing a little shuffle board and eating like someone is going to take it away from you. Not a bad reward for all of those nights you spend away from home.
Marriott Rewards points can be earned at over 2,800 Marriott International hotels around the world, making them a nice parter for business travelers. Points can also be redeemed for hotel stays, frequent flyer miles, car rentals, brand-name merchandise and more. As one of the more proactive larger hotel chains with respect to going green, you can even feel pretty good about staying there.