Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages exist, but they’re secret.


UPDATE: Since this post was originally written, it has become increasingly difficult for those who are not Marriott Vacation Club owners to book 5 night packages. People still report success every now and then, but most report the inability to book these.

Marriott 5 night travel packages

I recently wrote up a comparison between Marriott’s Travel Packages and SPG’s Nights & Flights packages.  I found that both types of packages offer good value in specific circumstances.  One quibble I had with Marriott’s packages, though, was that they were 7 nights long.  I wrote “My family rarely spends more than 5 nights in one location, so the [5 night] SPG packages have a significant advantage based on our travel style.”

Well, well, well…  It turns out that Marriott 5 night travel packages exist, but they’re secret.

In a related post, a reader named Rik commented that he called to redeem points for a Marriott Travel package and was asked whether he wanted a 7 night or 5 night package.  That was the first I’d heard of 5 night Marriott Travel packages, so I Googled it.  I found that 5 night packages do exist, but that they are intended for Marriott Vacation Club (timeshare) owners.  Was the commenter a timeshare owner?

I called Marriott to learn more.  I said that I was interested in Travel Packages and that a friend told me that he was offered his choice of 5 or 7 night packages (Rik: we’re friends now, just FYI).  “Are 5 night packages really available?”  I asked.

The Marriott rep put me on hold for a minute.  When he returned, he told me that the 5 night packages are intended for Vacation Club owners, but since I have Platinum elite status, I can book them.  I said that I wasn’t ready to book right now, but I wanted to know the package prices for planning purposes.  He confirmed that the rates were not available online, but he was willing to read them to me.  Here they are…

Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages

With these Marriott Travel Packages, you can redeem Marriott points for a certificate good for 5 nights at a Marriott property (subject to availability) plus a set number of airline miles.  The certificate is valid for a year, but you can call towards the end of the year and ask for an extension.  The miles go to your loyalty account and can be used at any time for any purpose.  It is the airline miles, that make Marriott Travel Packages valuable.

The number of Marriott points required depends on your desired hotel category.  In general, it’s a good idea to book the cheapest category (1-5) since you can later upgrade to a higher level category when you’re ready to use the certificate.

The sweet spot in this table is at the top, right.  Get 120,000 miles (or 132,000 United miles) plus a 5 night stay for 235,000 Marriott points:

United 5 Nights + 55K miles 5 Nights + 77K miles 5 Nights + 110K miles 5 Nights + 132K miles
AA, Delta, Southwest, … 5 Nights + 50K miles 5 Nights + 70K miles 5 Nights + 100K miles 5 Nights + 120K miles
Category 1-5 165K 185K 215K 235K
Category 6 180K 200K 230K 250K
Category 7 200K 220K 250K 270K
Category 8 230K 250K 280K 300K
Category 9 275K 295K 325K 345K

The following airline miles are available for the same rates as AA, Delta, and Southwest: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic.

With a number of foreign programs (ANA, Lufthansa, JAL, etc.) as well as JetBlue and Virgin America, you’ll earn fewer miles than shown in the chart above.  I don’t recommend Marriott Travel Packages for those programs.

7 Night Packages

Full details of Marriott’s 7 night packages can be found on Marriott’s website.  For convenience, though, here’s the 7 night chart in the same format as the 5 night chart:

United 7 Nights + 55K miles 7 Nights + 77K miles 7 Nights + 110K miles 7 Nights + 132K miles
AA, Delta, Southwest, … 7 Nights + 50K miles 7 Nights + 70K miles 7 Nights + 100K miles 7 Nights + 120K miles
Category 1-5 200K 220K 250K 270K
Category 6 230K 250K 280K 300K
Category 7 260K 280K 310K 330K
Category 8 290K 310K 340K 360K
Category 9 320K 340K 370K 390K

Who is eligible

Possibly everyone is eligible.  I asked the Marriott Rewards representative if people without Platinum status and without vacation ownership would be able to book 5 night packages.  He said yes.  He said that they if someone calls and wants to book a 5 night package, they won’t be turned away.  I can’t guarantee that all (or even most) Marriott reps would agree with this, though.  So, the answer is that you probably can book a 5 night package, but you might run into reps that wont allow it.  If so, hang up (politely) and call again.

Package Details

When you redeem Marriott points for a Travel Package, a certificate for the stay is added to your Marriott Rewards account, and a fixed number of miles are transferred to your frequent flyer account.  Note these additional details:

  • Airline miles are not transferred instantly.  The rep I spoke with listed the expected transfer times for a number of airlines:
    • 3 Business Days. British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic
    • 1 to 2 Weeks: American Airlines, Hawaiian, JAL, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, and Alaska
    • 2 weeks or longer:  Frontier, Lufthansa, Air China.
  • Airline miles cannot be returned.
  • Airline miles do not have to be used for the same trip as your Marriott stay.
  • The Marriott property must have nights available to book with points in order to book with a Travel Package certificate.
  • If you want to stay in a higher category property, you can pay the difference in points to upgrade your Travel Package certificate.
  • If you want to stay in a lower category property, Marriott can refund the difference in points to downgrade your Travel Package certificate.
  • If you do not use your certificate at all, you can return it for points.  However, since you cannot return the airline miles, the points returned will be far less than those spent.  The rep I spoke with said that they would refund 75,000 points for the category 1-5 7 night + 50K miles package (original price: 200,000 Marriott points).  He did not know the return values for 5 night packages.

Why 5 Night Packages are Important

Obviously, 5 night packages are better than 7 night packages if you only need a 5 night stay.  Also, since award nights need to be available for your stay, it should be much easier to find 5 nights available than 7.

Even if you’re not interested in staying at a Marriott hotel at all, the 5 night packages might be of interest to you as a relatively efficient way to convert Marriott points to airline miles.  This can be particularly lucrative if your goal is to earn a Southwest Companion Pass.  I’ll expand on this and other similar concepts in future posts.

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John Baucom

These travel packages were apparently discontinued Oct. Of 2018. Just recently i turned in 180, 000 Bonvoy points and only got 75000 United miles and no hotel nights. Marriott has made this about 2or3 times less valuable than before. I was under a dead line on tickets so I had to take it.
The Marriott agent (nor her supervisor) had no idea what a travel package was! A very frustrating 1hr 20 minutes to get wasted! I’m getting out of Marriott program. This new changes were not for customers or Rome share owners!

[…] also haven’t announced details about the 5-night packages currently available to a targeted group of members although I would get my hopes up […]


Got here very late 🙂 , already ordered the 7 night package. One quesiton if someone can help me:

If I only intend to stay 5 days, and i use my 7 night cert for it, do i make a 7 day reservation and just leave after the 5th night ? will there be some sort of cancellation fee?

Or the way youre suppose to do it is to reserve 5 days and use the 7 night cert for it?


Getting ready to try for a 5 night package – do you know if the points table has changed from your earlier post??


[…] 比较愁人的就是,连续在一家酒店住七晚,就算是度假村也是蛮烦的吧!其实万豪还秘密地提供五晚酒店礼包的兑换,价格还要便宜一些(见下表),大家也可以参考一下这篇文章。 […]

[…] are good at sweet talking agents, or own a Marriott timeshare, you may be able to redeem for 5 night Hotel and Air Packages. But, even if you were to only stay 4, 5, or 6 nights, it’s still cheaper than transferring […]


I am so bummed. I literally turned in my 270K yesterday for the 7 night, but need a category 7 or 8 for our planned vacation. I could have gotten a category 7 5-night for the same as a category 5 7-night. Oh well.


Jill, you can call them again and pay the point difference between category 7 7-night and category 5 7-night, assuming you have enough points left?


Success today with 5 night package – here’s how I did it:

Thanks Greg for the post on the 5 night package!


I successfully booked a 5 night package this morning. I got transferred around a few times and the call quality was awful for some reason, but once I got to the right place I just explained which package I wanted to book and the agent confirmed a few details with me and booked it– no questions asked. For what it is worth, I am a platinum elite and only had 235k in my Marriott account at the time of calling in (making it harder for them to upsell me on the 7 night package, at least in theory!)


But that’s not an upgrade. So did he just lose those 2 nights?


okay, i misunderstood. it sounded like he was actually booking the reservation itself, not redeeming the Marriott points for the 5-night certificate.

[…] Over a year ago, a reader had told me about 5 Night packages that are intended only for Marriott Vacation Club (timeshare) owners.  I then called Marriott to ask about it and was told that they would allow me to get a 5 Night package because of my elite status.  I wasn’t ready to book the package at that time, so I asked for assurance that I could book it later.  The agent I spoke with put me on hold to speak to his supervisor and then returned to the line to say yes, I would be able to book the package at any time.  I then broke the news about these packages through a blog post: Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages exist, but they’re secret. […]

[…] 5 night packages exist, but they’re intended only for Marriott Vacation Club (timeshare) owners.  Some people have been able to book 5 night packages despite this restriction, but most who ask are turned away.  In other words, don’t count on being able to book these.  If you can somehow book one, they do offer tremendous value.  See: Analysis of Marriott Travel Packages: 5 Night vs. 7 Night. […]


Please remove this as it is incorrect I work for Marriott Rewards and absolutely can’t you cannot book of 5 night travel package and less you are a timeshare owner regardless of status!!!


This blog should be corrected. The information is all wrong. Only MVCI owners can order 5 night travel packages,