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Since the Marriott/Starwood merger was approved, there have already been some significant moves in the direction of making the two programs operate as one. Namely, you can now transfer points between the programs and that means that it makes sense to explore the possibility of transferring SPG points to book Marriott properties and vice versa.
Currently, points can be transferred from Marriott to Starwood Preferred Guest at a 3:1 ratio. When we look at hotels, we will be comparing the costs of comparable SPG and Marriott properties to determine when it makes sense to book one over the other.
In this post, we’ll look at the Starwood and Marriott Rewards hotels in New York City. We’ve found the best luxury SPG and Marriott hotels in NYC as well as more moderately priced hotels by location: Times Square, Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and Central Park.
After determining the best hotels to book from a points-cost perspective, we have also looked at cash rates over a variety of days to determine if the hotel also gives you a good value for your points overall. Since the value range we will be sharing is only for the handful of dates that we searched, you should always check the value of your points on the specific days you are looking to stay at the hotel before you book.
We value our Marriott points at around half a cent each, so redemptions above this value are definitely worth considering. You may value your points differently than we do so consider your own valuations before you decide to book as well!
Ritz Carlton New York Central Park – 60,000 – 70,000 Marriott Points (20,000 – 24,000 SPG Points)
The Ritz Carlton New York Central Park is a fantastic five star property located just about as close as you can get to Central Park. It’s going to give you amazing bang for your buck, points-wise, if you want to stay at a luxury hotel in New York City.
The hotel costs between 60,000 and 70,000 Marriott points per night (which can be transferred from SPG points for 20,000 to 24,000 points). The comparable Starwood hotel, the St. Regis New York, costs 30,000 to 35,000 SPG points per night, which means it would cost 90,000 to 95,000 Marriott points – quite a few more than the Ritz Carlton New York Central Park does.
Point values at the Ritz Carlton New York Central Park were found to range between 0.95 and 1.39 cents per point on the dates we checked. Across the board, this is amazing value for your Marriott points and is definitely a worthwhile redemption if you want to stay in luxury on your visit to the Big Apple.
New York Marriott Downtown – 35,000 – 40,000 Marriott Points (12,000 to 14,000 SPG points)
If you want to stay in the downtown area of Manhattan, the New York Marriott Downtown is likely going to be your best choice. This hotel costs between 35,000 and 40,000 Marriott points per night, which is equivalent to spending 12,000 to 14,000 SPG points per night.
The comparable Starwood hotel, the W New York Downtown costs 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night. If you were to transfer Marriott points to pay for the W, you would be spending 60,000 to 75,000 points per night – quite a few more than you would be paying to stay at the New York Marriott Downtown.
The New York Marriott Downtown doesn’t present as clear of a case for value for your points when comparing to cash rates, however. On the dates we checked, values ranged between 0.3 and 1.00 cents per point. You will want to check the cash rates for your stay carefully before deciding to pay with points at this hotel.
The Lexington New York City, An Autograph Collection Hotel – 35,000 – 40,000 Marriott Points (12,000 – 14,000 SPG Points)
Midtown is a great base to travel around the city from, and the Lexington New York City is a great four-star hotel to start and end your days at. The Lexington can be booked for 35,000 to 40,000 Marriott points per night, which is equivalent to 12,000 to 14,000 SPG points.
The comparable Starwood hotel is the W New York which costs between 20,000 and 25,000 SPG points per night. This is equivalent to spending 60,000 to 75,000 Marriott points per night.
Again, this hotel does not present a clear case for value when comparing to cash rates, but some days will offer you great value for your points. Values on the days we checked ranged from 0.26 to 0.75 cents per point. Make sure to check the cash rates on the nights you are traveling to New York City before booking this hotel with points instead of cash.
New York Marriott Marquis – 40,000 – 45,000 Marriott Points (14,000 to 15,000 SPG Points)
If you want to stay right in the heart of the action – near Times Square – the New York Marriott Marquis is a fantastic option. This hotel costs between 40,000 and 45,000 Marriott points per night. If you were to transfer Starwood points to Marriott points, you would be paying 14,000 to 15,000 SPG points.
The comparable SPG hotel, the W New York Times Square, costs 20,000 to 25,000 SPG points per night which is equivalent to 60,000 to 75,000 Marriott points per night at the current transfer ratio.
The Marriott Marquis offered pretty decent value for points across all of the dates we checked, but it is still worth checking cash rates before you book. The values we saw ranged between 0.43 and 0.95 cents per point.
JW Marriott Essex House New York – 40,000 – 45,000 Marriott Points (14,000 to 15,000 SPG Points)
If staying near beautiful Central Park is your cup of tea but you don’t quite want to shell out the points for the Ritz Carlton New York Central Park, the JW Marriott Essex House might be more up your alley. This hotel costs between 40,000 and 45,000 Marriott points per night, which would be equivalent to paying 13,333 to 15,000 SPG points at the current transfer ratio.
The comparable Starwood hotel is the Le Parker Meridien New York which costs 20,000 to 25,000 SPG points per night. If you were to transfer points from Marriott first, you would need 60,000 to 75,000 Marriott points to book the Le Parker Meridien.
The Marriott Marquis offered decent value for points across all of the dates we checked, but it is still worth checking cash rates on your specific dates before you book. The values we saw ranged from 0.53 to 0.95 cents per point.