Question: Can I Do A Marriott Search By Category For Cheap Hotels?
Our question of the week: How can we do a Marriott search by category to find cheap hotels? Say you are open to ideas for a trip, but you don’t want to shell out a ton of hotel points when you get there. Can you do a Marriott hotel search by redemption category or cheap hotel brands? You sure can. Here’s how to save on your points to see where you can go cheaply!
Our question of the week comes from Jim in our Facebook group:
What Non-Luxury Marriott hotel locations are the best bargins? Trying to find Non Luxury Marriott hotels besides Ritz, St. Regis, JW Marriott, W and the Luxury Collection that are in Aspirational locations (exclude Maldives) for a vacation outside the USA so I don’t have to fork over the huge amount of points some of those luxury brands are asking for.
There are some good suggestions for the cheaper brands in Marriott’s portfoloio. But what if we have no idea where to find those brands?
I’m a visual learner. Here’s how to see WHERE those properties are.
Marriott Search By Brand
You can do either option: search by brands (select the cheaper ones) and can also search award category. Both are done basically the same way.
Starting With A Destination
Maybe you have an idea where you want to go. In this example, we search for Switzerland with specific dates in mind.
We have 23 results. Look at the top right corner, and you can filter by brand.
You can choose all of these brands under ‘Select’ and ‘Extended Stays’ for some of the cheaper options.
Now, we see only 6 options in our results.
Open To Anywhere
If you’re open to going anywhere (or at least multiple places are being considered), let’s start with “see my options on a map”.
From the Marriott home page, click on “Find & Reserve” and then choose “Browse by Destination” in the menu that pops out.
This will take you to a map of all Marriott properties. The default is to show you U.S. properties.
Let’s say you want to go to anywhere in Europe and want to know your options. Choose “Europe” from the menu.
We have a ton of hotels. Let’s filter those by the cheaper brands. Under the map, you see “Filter”.
We’ll choose to filter by brand and choose the inexpensive brands.
Now I see a lot fewer dots on the map. You can then zoom in to see where these are, hotel information, etc.
You can also click on dots to see something like “Switzerland 6, Sweden 4” for how many hotels match your filters per country.
Marriott Search By Rewards Category
If you really want to find the “cheapest points options possible”, also look at filtering by rewards category.
In fact, as you click on the desired rewards categories, you will even see how many hotels it applies to with your other settings/filters applied. Since this is a search in “Europe”, there will be 276 Category 1 hotels in Europe.
Remember that you can always check the Marriott redemption price chart here. Filtering by price point and then going to one of the available options is a great way to save points on your next hotel redemption. Flexibility is always a key factor in saving points, so now you know how to do a Marriott search by award category or brand type.
If you need more information on understanding their standard, peak, and off-peak pricing, our analysis on that is here. Obviously, visiting during “off peak” periods leads to the greatest points saving.