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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.

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Comments

  1. OT: with the Amex offer for Waitrose, I finally went to Virgin Atlantic website to register my cards to use there (normally we buy stuff at waitrose with gift cards bought via my wife’s perks at her job). The plan was to buy a few gift cards to use in the future. However, I see on VA’s website that only purchases under £20 give miles. Is that correct? Or do they trigger for larger purchases as well?

    • Everyone gets different earn rates from Waitrose and different thresholds. Even if it says that now for you, it may change. I think I’m on 4 per £1 with no cap.

      • Oh, ok. Thanks Rob! I’m at 1 mile per £1, up to £20 purchase it seems. I’ll see how it goes. 🙂

        • i have the same offer as you Rui – perhaps a starting offer as i also only linked it about a week ago and have barely used it yet.

          • Been using this offer for a few years now, 1 Virgin Atlantic mile per pound up to £75, three miles per pound thereafter.

    • Note that the terms and conditions say it doesn’t work if you use Apple Pay or Google Pay. No big deal, but slightly irritating.

  2. OT:

    Funding PayPal Balance with Curve linked to Virgin – can it be done without Cash Advance Fee on the Virgin.

  3. So, who else got the Curve questionnaire. Asking questions like would you miss Curve?

  4. O/T BA. Is the £35 RFS fee dead now?? Looking at 2 Copenhagen flights, £2 + 32k or £42 +25k or £62 + 18k…. Not complaining, but £35 isnt even an option now. Pricing is same booking as a return, or 2 one-ways……. Is it always worth booking 2 one-ways if the price is identical…..?? Thanks

    • If you are asking for help you should give the full details of what you are trying to do, instead of expecting people to guess.

      It looks like you are booking return flights for two people in economy during peak dates.

      If the fee was £35, then it would be £70 for two people. But they are only charging £62, so you should be happy that you are saving £8 compared to the old system.

      Booking separately means that you can’t change or cancel the inbound for free should there be issues with the outbound. But booking together means if you miss the outbound and decide to make your own way there, the inbound ticket will also have been cancelled.

    • Charlieface says:

      Taxes are prob lower than £35. There is no YQ

  5. Double Dee says:

    OT: Anyone else unsubscribed from Curve emails and kept getting them, I have done it 5 times now and still get their nonsense, thinking of reporting them to someone.

  6. Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: How are people getting on with free trade?

  7. Travel Strong says:

    OT: Amex FHR. I know its not the norm, but are there any clever ways to make a ‘paid in advance’ FHR booking? The US Amex Travel site allows pay in advance for FHR (even gives extra bonus miles for doing so), but no sign of it on the UK site. The US site accepts my Platinum card login info, but then removes mention of FHR from the booking (but keeps the same price!).

    • Call the hotel and ask them to take a deposit?

      • Travel Strong says:

        Should explain the goal: I’m thinking from the point of view of (hopefully) some Amex Travel offers appearing soon, and if there is any way at all to get FHR to credit as Amex Travel spend.

  8. OT: Does anyone know if you can top up your Revolut account using a Virgin Atlantic Rewards card? I can do IHG – limited to £700 a week – but wondering if Virgin Atlantic card would also work and if anyone had any experience with it? – Thanks (Or any other useful cards people know of?)

  9. OT: How long does the 1000 Virgin Atlantic miles take to post from the recent Tesco auto-convert offer?

  10. Afternoon all,
    MARRIOT
    Is The Langley worth the hype it receives on HFPs – especially a basic room for someone with no/silver marriot status? I have 31k marriot points so can book a Saturday night stay for my birthday weekend in April with Points Advance but trying to work out if worth it, as only live 20mins away so only attention is the hotel.

    It book it to lock in a room – if i later cancel the stay, do i get the points refunded (like IHG)?

    All opinions welcome, many thanks, Si

  11. OT: I have a flight booked with work on SAS. I’ve checked on wheretocredit and it lists Virgin Flying Club as an option for points. How do I apply my flying club membership to the booking? When I log onto SAS there is a section for adding a frequent flying program but in the drop down Flying club is not listed?

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