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- Marriott is rolling out an Airbnb-style homesharing program.
- Marriott Homes & Villas, which has been trialed in several European cities, will officially launch in May — possibly as soon as next week — and will initially feature around 2,000 homes.
- Marriott Bonvoy members will be able to earn and redeem points on stays.
- This week is the last chance to earn a 100,000-point sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card (after spending $5,000 in three months). It ends on May 2.
Airbnb and the homesharing model has dramatically changed the face of travel — and the world’s largest hotel brand is making moves.
The homesharing service, Marriott Homes and Villas, will be available next week, and, in a move that’s sure to be a boon Marriott loyalists, it will be possible to earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for stays, a Marriott spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
The homesharing program, which will initially boast a footprint of around 2,000 homes, will be run in partnership with several rental property management firms, and will feature options ranging from city apartments to beach houses and cabins.
According to Skift, Marriott will — at least initially — effectively serve as an online travel agency, facilitating reservations at properties owned and managed by third parties. While properties won’t be exclusive to Marriott and can be booked elsewhere — like HomeAway — the ability to earn and redeem Bonvoy points will likely be a strong draw.
The announcement comes following the rollout of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program — a product of the merger between Marriott and Starwood Hotels’ Preferred Guest program — which has seen some initial bumps, but also featured lucrative promotions and opportunities as the brand has introduced new and rebranded rewards credit cards and properties.
The last of these promotions — a limited-time, 100,000 point sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, ends on Thursday, May 2. New cardholders must spend $5,000 in the first three months to get the bonus.