Save 30% when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points – worth it?

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You currently have only your second opportunity to buy Marriott Bonvoy at a discount since the scheme launched in February – and this is more generous than the offer which ran in the Summer.

Via this page of the website, you will save 30% on all points purchases until 18th October

The annual purchase cap of 50,000 points has been doubled to 100,000 points, although the maximum you can buy in one go remains 50,000 points.  At the top end you are paying $437.50 (£351) for 50,000 points under this offer.

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.70p per point.

However, you might find it worthwhile if:

you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or

you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value

The snag with Marriott Bonvoy is that the annual points buying cap is too low to allow you to exploit the deal.  The St Regis New York, for example, can easily run to $1,300 per night including taxes, which makes 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (on a ‘Standard Reward’ day) a great deal.  The problem is getting enough points.

However …. you CAN transfer up to 100,000 Bonvoy points per year from one member to another.  You need to ring up to do this, which is a bit annoying, but that is the only restriction.  This is one way around the limit on points purchases.

The link to buy is here if you are interested.

Buy Marriott points at a discount

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. was just thinking we don’t hear much from genghis on here any more in the comments – he used to comment alot – is he still around?

    • He’s taken over from Alex Cruz

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      Pretty sure i saw one of his comments today somewhere

    • Ask Baby Genghis, I’m sure it’s her fault 🙂

      • I think you just say his name three times

        Genghis
        Genghis
        Genghis

        And he appears. 🙂

        • 🙂 I’m around. Just returned from holiday and I’m busy with the baby. I’m still taking an interest in points (and limited travel) but having a child has put a lot of what I do into perspective.

          • If we find any bonus points on pampers or huggies then we’ll let you know but we’ll be sure to factor in the price at Aldi first before bothering you 🙂

  2. Lebron 23 says:

    brilliant (chuckles)

  3. OT; Amex gold card

    the two lounge keys you get with the card – are they registered to your name? or could you gift them to another family member who doesn’t have PP to use…

    • lounge club*

      • Shoestring says:

        you get a Lounge Club card in your name (which can also give entry to 1 guest free if you are there as well getting the other free entry)

        so no, it won’t work if you don’t accompany the guest

        • It shouldn’t work, but there’s always a chance. My girlfriend once used my Lounge Club card when I wasn’t travelling with her. I wouldn’t bet on it working like this, though.

  4. Shoestring says:

    [British Airways pilots who go on strike will lose generous travel perks for themselves and their families for three years, the airline warned on Friday, as it retaliated against the mass walkouts set to ground almost all its flights on Monday and Tuesday.
    All BA staff and their families are eligible for travel benefits, ranging from 90 per cent discounts on flights, to a free set of business class tickets annually, depending on their length of service and seniority. The flights, which must be taken on a stand-by basis, are one of the most popular benefits of working for the airline.
    In the email, seen by the Financial Times, Angela Williams, director of people at BA, warned that pilots that take part in the walkouts would see their staff travel perks removed for three years. Any flights already booked will be cancelled.
    It also said pilots that use discounted tickets to travel to work will have this benefit removed from October 31. Ms Williams added that taking strike action was a “serious breach” of their employment contract.]

    Now confirmed by BA that striking pilots will lose pay (strike days); lose staff travel for 3 years (including the cancellation of existing bookings); lose eligibility for the All Colleague Bonus and the Pilot Only Deferred Bonus.

    • The Original Nick says:

      That’s totally outrageous!

      • It’s hard to see how this can do anything but escalate the situation. The risk is that both sides become increasingly entrenched.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Losing pay for the strike days makes sense (so long as you were scheduled to work those days), but now the rest is confirmed… Looks like BA taking the Michael a bit.

      I hope as part of their agreement to stop striking, in addition to everything else, they ensure their (previous?) benefits become contractual.

      This could become a fight BA lose quite easily; If you get benefits for so long they can be deemed contractual (depending on wording of contract).

      Which could result in high payouts from Constructive Dismissal cases (potentially). Not sure how that works with strikes though…

      • The wording at every point for all staff groups referring to perks and contracts is that staff travel benefits are non contractual and can be changed by the company at any time (as they were in 2009, with no negotiation – because there didn’t have to be any). No employee of BA can be under any illusion that the benefit is standard, contractual, or anything similar.

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