This article is part of our ‘Week of Wonders’ promotion, sponsored by Marriott Bonvoy
As part of its ‘Week of Wonders’ promotion – which starts to gather speed tomorrow, as we launch the first of FIVE exclusive Head for Points competitions – Marriott Bonvoy is offering extensive off-peak redemption pricing.
I admit that you might assume that October and November dates, during a pandemic, should be off-peak anyway. In reality, Marriott Bonvoy tends to have relatively few off-peak dates on offer so this deal does represent increased availability.
These offers are bookable until 15th October.
If you have an existing Marriott Bonvoy redemption for the next couple of months, I recommend checking the current price. You may find that you can rebook.
How can I check redemption pricing?
This page of the Marriott Bonvoy website has an overview of the offer.
Let’s look at a few potential half term staycation options.
This hotel is reduced to 20,000 points per night during the rest of October and November. A 3-night half term break from 26th-29th October would cost £463, meaning that a redemption gets you 0.77p per point. This is well above my target of 0.5p.
If you’re more Oxford than Cambridge, we covered the new Courtyard Oxford City Centre when it opened last year. It is actually as low as 8,000 points on some dates in October and November. For our half term dates of 26th-29th October it is 10,000 points per night as an off-peak redemption versus £309 for cash. This is just over 1p per point.
(To be fair, I should note that reward pricing in London is not great value, even at off peak rates. This is because London cash prices are, unsurprisingly, very low at the moment.)
If you’re willing to travel, the brand new St Regis in Venice is 70,000 points per night. This may sound a lot, but with cash rates from 26th-29th October totalling €1,983, you’re getting 0.94 Eurocents (0.81p) per point.
Remember that Marriott redemptions offer ‘five for four’
Whilst the pricing above is based on stays of three nights, Marriott Bonvoy lets you book five night stays for the points of four. The cheapest of your five nights is free. This increases your value per point sharply.
If you need to buy points to top up your account …..
Remember that Marriott Bonvoy is running a special offer when you buy points.
Until 22nd October, you get a 50% bonus on all points purchases. The link to buy is here.
Whilst many hotels in business centres are currently selling very cheaply for cash, demand (and prices) are holding up in major tourist centres in the UK.
With ALL Marriott Bonvoy properties globally charging off-peak pricing for reward nights for October and November, you may be able to pick up a deal.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (July 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
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 and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)