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Marriott Bonvoy has a new offer promoting redemptions across nearly all of their hotels.

Marriott Bonvoy redemptions will be charged at off-peak rates for stays until 28th February 2021.

90% of its properties are participating, so availability should be readily available. Some more premium Winter locations, such as the Maldives and Seychelles, do not appear to be covered.

The offer is valid for bookings made until 14th December. Any date changes to bookings after the 14th will be repriced at the prevailing rate.

If you have any existing Marriott redemptions up to 28th February, check the pricing. You might make a saving by rebooking.

You can book on the Marriott website here.

How can I check redemption pricing?

This page of the Marriott Bonvoy website has an overview of the offer. Let’s take a look at potential February half term options.

We reviewed The University Arms in Cambridge, pictured above, a few months ago.

This hotel is reduced to 20,000 points per night during the rest of December, January and February. A 3-night half term break from 13th-16th February would cost £492, meaning that a redemption gets you 0.82p per point. This is well above our target Bonvoy valuation of 0.5p.

If you’re more Oxford than Cambridge, we covered the new Courtyard Oxford City Centre when it opened last year. For our half term dates of 13th-16th February it is 10,000 points per night as an off-peak redemption versus £366 for cash. This is just over 1.2p 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 and take a gamble on covid restrictions being lifted, the brand new St Regis in Venice is 70,000 points per night. This may sound a lot but with cash rates for a stay from 13th-16th February totalling €3,183 (!), you’re getting 1.5 Eurocents (1.35p) per point.

In Athens, the Hotel Grand Bretagne, a Luxury Collection hotel, is 50,000 points per night whilst a three night stay would set you back €1,056. That means you’re getting just over 0.7 Eurocents (0.63p) per point.

Unfortunately, it looks like none of the hotels in the Maldives or the Seychelles are taking part if you were hoping for something further afield.

Another good option would have been the Elegant Hotels resorts in Barbados that Marriott acquired last year. Unfortunately these are not fully loaded into the system yet.

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 December, you get a 50% bonus on all points purchases. The link to buy is here.


Despite travel being down, Marriott Bonvoy points can still offer good value redemptions particularly during a promotion like this.

You can easily find hotels where you are getting more (and sometimes substantially more) than our target of 0.5p per point. With 90% of hotels participating, you should hopefully be able to get a good deal.

You can book on the Marriott website here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (37)

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  • Harry T says:

    This has been around for a couple of days, from what I’ve seen. I rebooked a couple of weekends at the Langley, and a five day stay at Turnberry over Christmas. Saved about 30k points. Turnberry for 24k points a night when cash rates are above £400 seems decent value. Langley pricing has been ridiculous recently, so 40k a night is much better than £600!

    • Michael C says:

      Good catches, Harry! Just double-checked my Dec. Grosvenor House, but 45k not much point compared to GBP 230 – 50 from Amex offer.

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks! London is really cheap at the moment, so cash is best, I agree.

        • Rob says:

          The Residence Inn properties are around £80 most days, although admittedly a bit less central.

          Hilton seems more aggressive on pricing than most chains in London.

    • Anna says:

      I’ve booked 3 nights at the Langley for 120k points at Feb half term – the weekend seems to be unavailable now. Still hoping we’ll get to stay one day!

      • Nick G says:

        I give up trying to book at the Langley I can never find any availability!

        • meta says:

          Plenty in January! Use flexible dates option and select just points, not cash. It will click on the available dates for the rate. It works on the app too.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Near enough Zero for Dec but plenty for next year follow meta’s advice but choose a date in the future as the cal errors out if there’s no reward availability on the original date you chose on the app.

  • Track says:

    But overall, this dancing around peak/off-peak, blackout etc values is harmful to loyalty programs — not feasible to keep track and save for a particular redemption, when even during the COVID-19 year(s) the company only gives a 3-month period visibility.

    This extension from 22nd Nov to 22nd Dec (whichever the dates) for 50% also reveals it as a marketing gimmick. Marriott should already be selling points with 60-70% to get fair value out of them.

  • BuildTheWall says:

    Some of these redemptions don’t seem to come with free breakfast.

    • Anna says:

      Bonvoy redemptions don’t unless you’re Platinum, I think??

    • memesweeper says:

      Correct, unless you book a breakfast included chain like Residence Inn or have sufficient status. ‘Welcome Back’ rates have breakfast and are heavily discounted if that’s important to you.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Always worth checking the cash rate vs points carefully for what’s included (or not)

      Also services like Emyr’s where he can sometimes get you more like $100 credit and 3 for 2 etc.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Already spotted this and rebooked our SA Protea reservations

    • WaynedP says:

      Which Protea Hotel and where, for interest ?

      I’m booked into Karridene Illovo Beach this month, and possibly again in January.

  • Matthew says:

    I’m still being offered 60% bonus for buying Marriott points. Says 50% all the way up to the points selection page then changes to 60%. Worth checking your own bonus….

  • Nick G says:

    I was looking at hotels in the Middle East for April….I know it’s probably unlikely to happen but some of the rates were ridiculously cheap right now….tempting to book using points and see what happens

    • Rob says:

      I would lock those in. Christmas WAS very cheap, I didn’t book and then the UK quarantine rule changed. By the time I had flights in place, my preferred choices were not just expensive, they were full.

      • Nick G says:

        Cheers Rob

        I can as an example see a RC for a family of 3 for under £900 for a week. Not sure whether to use cash or points? Any tips?

        • Rob says:

          If it’s better than 0.5p per point, use points!

          No free brekky with status at R-C remember so a cash room with brekky included has more value than a reward room.

  • Anna says:

    Can anyone recommend either of the Oxford Courtyards? The central one is a lot more expensive on cash but that might be due to location. We’ll be driving so it’s not an issue – ease of parking is probably more important.

    • Genghis says:

      I was looking into this and have a provisional booking for the summer. The central one is v cheap on points, only 10k a night IIRC. Parking is at the Westgate Centre car park, £20 overnight rate IIRC.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Central hotel is very Well placed for walking around the centre of Oxford and westgate is a nice shopping centre with lots of F&B options.

      The hotel is no frills but clean and tidy well worth 10k points

      You can park in Oxpens for £20 for the night too and is easier to get in and out of than the westgate car park across the road.

    • Tom says:

      I’ve stayed at the central one recently. It’s clean and new but quite basic and I didn’t really like the fact that you can tell it’s a pre-fab building – feels quite shaky and the soundproofing is not amazing (not room-to-room, rather door opening/shutting and noise from the corridors). The location is really good though!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I think they’ve seriously missed a trick a more upmarket boutique type brand / property could have demanded far higher rates across the week and driven higher F&B spend rather than just Friday/Saturday night.

        Thinking Curio, Indigo, Autograph etc

        • Anna says:

          Mmm, might go with IHG for the weekend nights of our stay then, I really like the look of the Stratford Upon Avon Indigo. Got masses of IHG points plus the Ambassador renewal bonus free night to use.

  • Oli says:

    Perfect timing, saved 30,000 bonvoy just for a one night in stay in UAE next week and then on to a shortened by a day cash stay at our usual hotel thanks HfP team!

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