Until March the most expensive standard room redemption Marriott offers is 60,000 points which is amazing value at the St. Regis Maldives. (Come March we get a new more expensive category 8 and also peak date pricing pushing the top price up to 100,000 points per night.)
One of the best, most expensive, and best value redemptions at 60,000 points per night is the St. Regis Maldives. Marriott doesn’t require nearly as many rooms there get made available on points at Starwood did, but if you can find availability it’s hard to go wrong.
I’ve tried to make it out there twice and unfortunately had to change plans. I have a booking for later in the year in a standard room, and you can either spend more points for an overwater villa or ‘buy up’ with cash if you prefer that accommodation.
Recently the property has been quoting:
- Overwater Villa with Pool $369.60/night
- Sunset Overwater Villa with Pool $492.80/night
- Overwater St. Regis Suite with Pool $739.20/night
Overwater Villa With Pool, credit: St. Regis
When the new Marriott program first launched they were mistakenly pricing awards for overwater villas at 85,000 points per night. I was told at the time that the ‘correct’ price for an overwater villa is 170,000 points per night. That’s still a good deal compared to what Starwood used to charge (the equivalent of 270,000 Marriott points per night).
However recently overwater villas were pricing at 386,000 points per night.
I reached out to Marriott, suggesting that surely that was not correct. The program reached out to the property, and now overwater villas are pricing at just 100,000 points per night which is an incredible value (33,333 old Starpoints per night, about 1/3rd of what the SPG program used to charge):
Note also that this is a December date showing available at this price, even though Marriott’s redemption calendar shows no December availability for one night.
There are a few points to note here.
- The Marriott award calendar isn’t showing all room availability. You shouldn’t rely on it.
- Overwater villas are pricing lower than they should be in my opinion, a bargain in any case. At an extra 110,000 (or 326,000!) points per night it’s a better deal to buy up with cash, at 40,000 extra points it’s better to buy up with points. And this is another award option which makes it possible to get inventory at a hotel with few standard rooms on offer.
- Remember also that 5th night remains free, making this a better bargain still.