The portal is available to members in the US, UK, and Canada. Each country has slightly different retailers and earning rates.
You can currently earn 1,000 Marriott Rewards points for your first purchase. And if you have the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you’ll earn an additional 25% bonus on the cash portion of any purchase.
Earning points through Marriott Rewards MORE
Unlike other shopping portals, Marriott MORE functions as a browser extension, meaning you have to install something for it to work. It takes about four seconds though, and you’ll be prompted:
Once the extension is installed, you can click on the bookmark or just navigate to the Marriott Rewards MORE site to start shopping.
The selection of retailers is fairly limited, but the points earning rates are decent. In the US, for example, the following retailers are included (yay Amazon!):
When you click on a retailer, you’ll see a message appear at the top of your browser with information on your points balance, the approximate cash value of those points (according to Marriott), and the earning rate for the retailer you’re shopping with:
From there, you can complete your purchase as normal, or use points to pay for your items. Keep in mind that while you can use retailer gift cards, you’ll only earn points on the cash portion of the transaction.
Redeeming points through Marriott Rewards MORE
One of the options emphasized in the marketing is redeeming your Marriott Rewards through the shopping extension. This is a horrible value, and not something most people should even consider.
At best, you’re getting 0.37¢ per point towards your purchases. OMAAT values Marriott Rewards at 0.8¢ each, and while your valuations may be different it’s hard to imagine this being a good deal for most.
As an example, let’s look at the Amazon purchase I was making earlier.
Every retailer will be slightly different, but in the case of Amazon I had the option to choose to pay with Marriott points.
After clicking “Pay Now”, the extension defaulted to spending 10,215 Marriott Rewards points to pay for a $37.79 item.
The number of points used can be adjusted up and down, but I wasn’t able to find a “sweet spot” where the redemption value was worthwhile.
So I’d personally recommend avoiding this method.
This is a great improvement for Marriott Rewards. Finding unique ways for members to engage with the program is always good, and helps to build brand loyalty.
And I certainly won’t mind earning points at Amazon, which doesn’t participate in most other shopping portals.