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ENDS TODAY: Get a 60% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy hotel points – as good as it gets

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Marriott Bonvoy has been running a flash ‘buy points’ deal this week – and it is as good as they ever get.

Via this page of the website, you will get a 60% bonus on all points purchases until tonight, Wednesday 25th November.

Marriott has also tripled the annual purchase limit from 50,000 points to 150,000 points pre-bonus.

Marriott Bonvoy buy points bonus

Of course, as Marriott Bonvoy has only been running for a couple of years in its current form, saying this is ‘the best ever offer’ doesn’t mean so much.  However, there has never been a stronger offer than a 60% bonus.

Do I qualify to buy points at a discount?

There are two restrictions on using this offer.  Your Marriott Bonvoy account must be either:

  • 90 days old, or
  • 30 days old if it has some activity on it

How many Marriott Bonvoy points can I buy?

The annual purchase cap of 50,000 points pre-bonus has been tripled to 150,000 points.  With the bonus, you could pick up 240,000 Bonvoy points.

At the top end you are paying $1,875 (£1,463) for 240,000 points under this offer.

Marriott buy points

What is a Marriott Bonvoy point worth?

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p.  You are paying a little more than that (0.61p) under this offer so it isn’t a steal.

However, you might find it worthwhile if:

  • you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value (and it really isn’t that hard to get more 0.6p if you are travelling to peak cities at peak times), or
  • you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or
  • you are close to 60,000 Bonvoy points and want to make a transfer into airline miles (you get a bonus of 5,000 airline miles when you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points into 20,000 airline miles)

I have just booked a 3-night Ritz Carlton stay for December where I got 1.2p per point, so you can definitely get outsized value at times. I could have bought all the points I needed (I didn’t, because I already had them) and saved 50% on the cash price.

The snag with Marriott Bonvoy is that the annual points buying cap is too low to allow you to exploit the deal for a long holiday.  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.  Even with the increased cap, the most you could buy from scratch is 240,000 points which doesn’t even get you three nights.

However …. you CAN transfer up to 100,000 Bonvoy points per year from one member to another for free.  You need to ring up to do this, which is a bit annoying, but that is the only restriction.  You don’t need to share an address.  This is one way around the limit on points purchases.

Buying Marriott Bonvoy points is a way of buying cheap airline miles

Because you can buy 60,000 points in one go, this deal is also a way of picking up 25,000 airline miles in programmes where you can rarely buy them cheaply.

The usual transfer rate from Marriott Bonvoy into airline miles is 3:1, which is already generous.  If you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points at once, however, you get 5,000 bonus airline miles which means a total of 25,000 miles.

Do NOT do this with Avios, because there are regular offers to buy Avios for 1p – 1.1p.  However, it might make sense for other airlines.

Buying 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points under this offer will cost $475 (£370).  If you turned this into 25,000 airline miles, you are paying 1.48p per mile.  With SOME airline schemes, you might find this valuable, especially if it is a scheme where you find it very hard to earn miles in the UK.

The link to buy Bonvoy points with a 60% bonus is here if you are interested.  The offer ends TONIGHT.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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 Elite 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 MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.)

Comments (47)

  • Nick G says:

    Rob

    Which Ritz Carlton did you book in December?

    • Rob says:

      The desert one in Ras.

      • HJ says:

        I’ve booked a couple of rooms here too on points. However they seemed adamant to not provide any breakfast without a charge (despite my platinum membership) nor any other status benefits. Even though you’re getting good value per point, I feel right now in DXB, there are so many decent hotels with good offers (for December), and so I will probably cancel RC and save it for another time.

        • Rob says:

          This is just 3 nights out of 12 – we are mixing it up a bit.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          No status breakfast at Ritz properties and technically only Titanium and above get suite upgrades.

        • Harry T says:

          @HJ
          Platinum isn’t much better than Gold at RCs, as per the programme terms.

          Trivia: The RC Abama does give free breakfast and suite upgrades to Plats but that doesn’t help much in DXB!

      • Nick G says:

        I assume you need a negative pcr test before you all travel?

        • Rob says:

          No, you don’t need a negative test to go to Dubai – you can have a free one on arrival.

          However we will get one because a) it saves time on arrival and b) the idea of being put under house arrest by the Dubai Government if we tested positive is not hugely appealing. I was willing to take that gamble when we went to Jersey because they would have given us a house for 2 weeks but I don’t trust the Dubai Government to supply us with a free villa ….

  • Mark says:

    The 15 night credits were lighting fast for me. I applied for the card on the morning of 23rd Nov, was immediately accepted the 15 nights posted and were showing late afternoon on the 24th!

    Nearly fell off my chair when I spotted them!

    • Sandgrounder says:

      Any one had any luck with a double dip? I cancelled the card in April, thinking of reapplying. Has anyone done the same and got another 15 nights? I’m sure it’s not intended to work like that, but things have been known to slip through…

  • Harry T says:

    Cash rates are low and will be whilst occupancy also remains low. The only use for buying points would be expensive hotels/destinations in latter 2021. Based on my experience, I wouldn’t buy without an immediate use either.

    • Adam says:

      same here!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I agree but a part of me knows these are so hard to earn that they may still come in very handy.

      • Track says:

        Cash rates will be depressed for the foreseeable years.

        This a generational scar, let alone the task of vaccinating Earth population (and repeating each year).

        • meta says:

          Rates are astonishingly expensive from April/May onwards, at least for Marriott properties I looked at (Paris, Talllin, Amsterdam, Istanbul amongst others).

          • Rob says:

            It’s too early to tell. There is a lot of pent up demand so I do think rates will harden quicker than people think. The exact timing is very much TBC however depending on vaccination rollouts and entry requirements.

          • Track says:

            They would put them expensive.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I don’t think it will be into the foreseeable future. Summer 2021 will be heaving

          • memesweeper says:

            For leisure travel , yes,but a lot of city centre hotel demand is also from business travel, which will be down on previous years in 2021 I’m sure.

          • Lady London says:

            +1

          • John says:

            All this talk of vaccines, how about the issue of having no money because of the effects of China.

            Meanwhile, Wuhan hasn’t reported a single case since May.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I’m not sure where this misconception that everyone on earth will need to be vaccinated has come from?

          Has anyone with any medical or scientific clout mentioned this?

          • Rob says:

            It is already agreed that vaccine supplies will be dished up (fairly) equally amongst all countries. They are not going to who will pay the most.

          • Andrew says:

            We were advised yesterday that we must ensure that we’ve had our flu-jag by St Andrew’s Day in order that we can get our Covid-jag ASAP in December.

            Given that it’s a 2 week period for the flu-jag to be effective, we’re reading it as to expect the first tranche of colleagues to be jagged from Monday 14th December.

            I won’t be in the first tranche (unfortunately), but I’ll make sure that I’m on the no-show list if there’s any spare.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Yes it will be dished out globally to those that actually require it (care staff, elderly, high risk etc) and these people should have a choice in most countries. Not everyone on earth two distinct differences.

      • Track says:

        Yes there is pent up demand but structurally it should not be compared to things before,

        – we have learned that we can get by without travel (in business and personally)
        – travel restrictions (and certain measures will stay). Countries, such as China and for that matter UK “not liking” their citizens to travel abroad en masse.
        – economic slowdown
        – even if vaccinated, it will be a crazy decision ‘to let go’ and use lounges with unprotected buffet food

        Even if landmark properties can put up prices and might be populated by well-off citizens, there will be plenty of Courtyards, Crown Plazas and other business hotels far away from full capacity.

  • Andrew says:

    I suspect that if I don’t buy, in a couple of years time I’ll be looking at cash rates in Boston or SFO and regretting the decision.

    • Lady London says:

      mmmmm however when things get busy there is the danger of devaluation

    • Harry T says:

      Unlikely. Bonvoy tend to put everything expensive up a redemption category once every year, so you need to burn points fairly quickly, IMO.

  • Grimz says:

    Marriott points are great to transfer into American Airlines. Flights cost 57500 AA points and around £10 for a flight back to the UK from America.

  • Bhushan says:

    Marriott terms are confusing about who can buy points (and bonus). It says 30 day old a/c with qualifying activity OR 1 year old a/c without qualifying activity.
    Strangely, most points recommending portals suggest it is 90 days without qualifying activity.
    My a/c was signed up in March 2020 (6 months old) and does NOT have any qualifying activity.
    Can I buy points (+ bonus)

  • JohnT says:

    Btw Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection in London has just cancelled saying they are staying closed in December! So much for their 2yr anniversary £125 rate. Are they guessing London will be tier 3?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Probably guessing tier 2 doesn’t offer much opportunity for business in December.

  • Track says:

    I am sorry, how many points you need for CATEGORY 8 level of redemption, when cash rates for the same property hoovering well under 200GBP?