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Inside Explore by Marriott Bonvoy: How Real Associates Use the Employee Discount

To make associates’ vacations a little sweeter and a lot cheaper, Marriott proudly offers its associates Explore by Marriott Bonvoy. The Explore by Marriott Bonvoy program provides a special discounted room rate, food and beverage discounts and more at the company’s entire portfolio of over 30 hotel brands and 8,500+ properties worldwide. Additionally, associates are able to enroll in Marriott Bonvoy to earn member perks like points for free nights and other experiences.

Below, see some examples of how and where real associates have used Marriott’s employee discount.

What does it look like to use Explore by Marriott Bonvoy as an associate?

Courtesy of Alecia M.

“Every year I use the Explore Rate to celebrate my birthday. I have been able to travel to Thailand, London, Paris, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and more. This is one of the best perks. I moved to Houston, Texas less than a year ago and the Marriott discount allows me to travel back home to Atlanta much more often! I have also used the Marriott Explore Rate to take spontaneous weekend getaways with friends and family. It’s such a great way to make memories and explore new places without breaking the bank. The discount has allowed me to stay at some amazing Marriott properties and experience their top-notch hospitality. I am truly grateful for this benefit, it has definitely enhanced my travel experiences. Thank you, Marriott, for making it easier for me to see the world and create unforgettable memories!”

Courtesy of Elijah B.

“Thank God for the discount! I think the travel discount makes things easier to travel, especially as a college student,” says Elijah, a front desk agent and Johnson & Wales University student. “I love traveling to see the architecture of the building, the design layout, the rooms, and I love talking to employees like me to hear their backstory. I love hearing about people’s personal journeys and what made them choose the hotel industry. I got a chance to visit Boston Marriott Long Wharf and it was the best experience I ever had. I saw the R&B group New Edition at the TD Garden arena in Boston. Long Wharf is such a beautiful property and can’t wait to stay again!”

Courtesy of Ben B.

“I’m a marathoner and Marriott’s work-life balance enables me to train (since joining, I ran Boston in October ’21, Paris in April ’22, and I’ll run Boston again in April),” says Ben. “I stayed at a Marriott on that trip, taking advantage of the Explore Rate benefit!”

Courtesy of Nick W.

“I have used my Explore Rate to make life-long memories,” says VP of Engineering Nick, who just became a member of the Quarter Century Club after celebrating 25 years of employment with Marriott. “I have taken my daughter around the country to play softball. I have taken my son on hunting and fishing adventures. I have used it to meet my family over the holidays at the halfway point since we are so far apart. Lastly, and most importantly, I have used the Explore Rate to take my wife to some of our luxury resort beach locations our wedding anniversaries.”

Courtesy of Brittany A.

“The gift of travel and immersing myself in new surroundings is one of the benefits a career with Marriott has given me. Some of the places I’ve visited include Japan, Australia, China, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and several states and cities in the United States. Growing up with two parents who worked for Marriott, we were able to utilize travel discounts to explore new destinations from a very young age. Marriott Explore Rate has allowed me to develop an open mind and appreciate different cultures, taste extraordinary food, and experience genuine hospitality.”

Who is eligible for Explore by Marriott Bonvoy?

All Marriott associates at hotels and locations managed by Marriott and their eligible immediate family members are eligible to use Explore by Marriott Bonvoy.

How do Marriott associates book a room using Explore by Marriott Bonvoy?

Using the Explore by Marriott Bonvoy program as a Marriott associate is actually pretty easy. When booking a room with the Explore rate discount, associates just go to or the Marriott Bonvoy app, login to their Marriott Bonvoy account, and enter their desired destination, travel dates, up to two rooms and a special Explore Rate code (shared with Marriott associates only). Upon check-in at the hotel, additional documentation of associate status is required.


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