With the holiday shopping season approaching, members of Marriott Rewards can now earn and spend points for purchases at a number of leading retailers.
The lodging giant’s new Marriott Rewards MORE feature is available via a downloadable app and/or a desktop extension that ties the member’s loyalty program account to online purchases at more than two dozen retail sites.
Participating retailers range from Amazon and Macy’s to Walgreens, from Apple and Best Buy to Sunglass Hut. You can see a full list of retailers here.
Members who use the new feature can earn Marriott Rewards points for each purchase at a participating retailer; the amount earned varies – e.g., four points per dollar spent at Amazon, two points per dollar at Ann Taylor. Members can also pay for their purchases entirely with program points, or with a combination of points and cash.
The first purchase for $25 or more earns the member 1,000 bonus points, and those who pay for their purchase with a Marriott Rewards card will get a 25 percent point bonus for each transaction. Starwood Preferred Guest members can link their accounts to earn Marriott Rewards points while shopping with the app or desktop extension.
Members who shop from a personal computer with the browser extension should first be logged in at more.marriottrewards.com with their member ID and password (or Ritz-Carlton Rewards ID and password). The browser extension can be used with Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
(Just a word of caution: Some bugs might need to be worked out. The download page for Marriott Rewards MORE at the Apple App Store has a couple of negative reviews from early users.)