Save 30% when you buy Marriott Bonvoy hotel 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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  1. Robert SG says:

    Can a BAEC Silver ‘guest’ someone through fast track security @ Heathrow….?

    Think the answer is no 🤔

    • The Original Nick says:

      Yes, If you’re on the same booking. Always worth a try if not.

      • Shoestring says:

        Good time to remind people that if you’re in a party (don’t have to be on the same booking), you can all board in the highest boarding group. Eg somebody is in Group 1 but the other 4 are in Group 4 – you can all board in Group 1, this is official BA guidance.

        • Good reminder. Except BA seem to be fussy about this sometimes when the person in the higher boarding group is there due to BA Bronze. Silver seems to be OK.

          • Shoestring says:

            refer them to BA guidance: [It is possible that customers travelling together may receive different group numbers. In this case, please make your way to the gate where you will be able to board together.]

          • I suspect BA might argue that “travelling together” means “on the same booking”. I’ll test this next summer when I’m on an avios booking with my nephew and (Bronze) OH and son are on a cash booking! Plan is for them to use fast track to check in our 2 cases, I’ve already booked exit seats for me and nephew and hopefully OH will be able select seats near these 7 days out.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Out of curiosity, what levels can use fast track? I don’t see it listed as a benefit on the BA website…

      • By One World rules it is OW Emerald = BA Gold. Most UK and many European airports extend access to Silvers. Not much experience elsewhere.

  2. AbuCordoba says:

    Question if I have a gold status at Raddison from my Amex Plat…how many nights at Raddison will I need to do to make Plat? Is it 60 or just the 30?

  3. OT — the “15% back on Gett (black cab app) journeys” offer has re-appeared for me on my Platinum and Rewards cards, valid until November 29.

  4. Shoestring says:

    Virgin – Manchester – Orland (Economy) adds itself to the list of winter/ spring cheapies – £234 return on Skyscanner (and widely), £250 thru Virgin direct

  5. OT: Please can someone remind me which rooms are the refurbished ones at the Gatwick Hilton hotel?

    • +1. Staying there in Nov.

      Might email them nearer the time to ask…

      • Best ones are the ones in the sofitel 😋

        • Probably the Hampton! Unless you have lounge access. I was quite impressed with Hilton Gatwick as a Diamond though.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Always upgraded to exec room in new wing as a gold

          • New rooms in the glass atrium begin 74 on the fourth floor….

          • +1 for always being upgraded as Gold

          • RedEyeDonkey says:

            I’ll second the Hampton – definitely will be my go to Hilton brand hotel at Gatwick. A year ago was upgraded at the Hilton Gatwick to the ‘new’ wing but the bed was pretty beat up and uncomfortable. The Hampton on the other hand was very comfortable. The family rooms there were spacious too – had plenty of room for our friends to come join and kids play together in the space available. No exec lounge ofc but… I always find unless you’re somewhere in Europe with a high floor, sea view balcony in the exec lounge you’re not missing that much there anyway.

      • The ones across the glass walk way are the better ones they call it the “new” building

  6. I’m sure with transferring Marriott points you can go this via email/get in touch on the website? Did a transfer this way earlier in the year iirc

    • I tried via email and they said I had to phone for security reasons

      • Yep I did this a few months ago & they needed to speak with my wife to confirm, so probably best done at home.

        Combined 2* target spends on new SPG cards I applied for just before the Amex rules changed (thanks Harry) into 29k VS Miles.


    How likely are Iberia ground staff strikes ?
    I have read that the are balloting on 8 days of strikes to be taken between Sept 30 and Nov 30.

    Is this correct ?

    • Yes, every Monday.

    • Yes every monday is planned. But remember that in Spain strike actions are regulated. That means that there are services running. Usually all flights to/from the Canary and Balearic Islands must fly, 25% of mainland Spain flights, and 35% of international flights (these percentages are approx, it depends on the judge, but flights to from the islands are guaranteed).

  8. > You can also easily justify 0.33p based on 15,000 points for a Park Inn in a regional UK town.

    Are there any of these left?

    Wallsall is now 28 000, which is ridiculous. Birmingham West is now Accor, but unbranded outswith Le Club. Harlow was dire, and, I think, also now with Accor.

  9. OT: best recommendation for hotel and parking at Gatwick? This is for my parents honeymoon. Ideally connected to the terminal and payable with points. Flights from Terminal South.

    • The Hampton by Hilton was nice, fresh but basic. It’s the North Terminal but very simple to get to the south via the shuttle.
      The main Hilton was more luxurious but it depends on what room you get it seems according to trip advisor. Being Gold or Diamond helps. Breakfast was good, the lounge a bit disappointing.

  10. Shoestring says:

    Home Office will send ONE MILLION text messages to British passport holders telling them to make sure they have at least six months left on their identity document to stop them being stranded in a No Deal Brexit
    One million text messages being sent to people who may need to renew early
    Passport validity rules will become tighter if there is a No Deal split from EU

    Don’t forget you’ll need over 6 months’ validity left on your UK passport when you travel to EU after 31st October (in the event of Brexit).

    And unfortunately the UK changed the rules about adding on any unused months onto the new passport term, now you don’t get it.

    • Funny enough (not), some countries did not recognise those extra months added to the fixed 10-year validity, leading to much confusion.

      • Right. So if your passport is valid for longer than 10 years from start date to expiry date (due to extra months being added on) you need to take the effective expiry date as 10 years from the start date. And then subtract 6 months from that.

  11. OT: Amex Hotel Collection bookings. I am considering booking a Marriott via Hotel Collection (NB not FHR – the hotel isn’t available on FHR) – it’s “pay on checkout” and provider listed as “sabre” rather than Expedia. Will I get status benefits and Bonvoy points on the booking? Can’t find the answer anywhere online.

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