Marriott Bonvoy is running another deal when you buy their hotel points.
Via this page of the website, you will get a 40% bonus on all points purchases until 22nd March.
Some members will have been emailed with a higher bonus of 50%. This is only visible when you log in during the purchase process. For clarity, it doesn’t whether or not you are logged in to Marriott Bonvoy – you will not see the 50% bonus until you start the check-out.
This isn’t as good as the ‘never seen before’ 60% bonus we had last year. That said, as this offer runs until 22nd March it is possible that we won’t see anything better until mid-April or later.
If you wanted to lock in some rooms for May Bank Holiday or early Summer, this might be your best chance.
The annual purchase cap has now been permanently raised to 100,000 points. With the bonus, this means that you could pick up 140,000 or 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
If you have the 40% bonus, at the top end you are paying $1,250 (£900) for 140,000 points.
My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.64p per point. This drops to 0.60p if you have the higher 50% bonus.
However, you might find it worthwhile if:
you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or
you are close to 60,000 Marriott 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), or
you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value
Last chance to save 10% on off-peak Marriott Bonvoy redemptions
The ‘buy points’ combines nicely with the current discount on off-peak redemption bookings.
ALL Marriott Bonvoy hotels have seen their points cost reduce by 10% for off-peak redemptions.
You can book until tomorrow, 21st February, for stays until 30th September.
The snag is that there is no sign of greater off-peak availability. You would expect virtually all Marriott Bonvoy hotels to be selling redemption nights at off-peak prices at the moment, but it isn’t happening. There is no evidence that the split between peak, standard and off-peak has changed.
That said, as redemption rooms are fully refundable in almost all cases it makes sense to book now for later in the year if the hotel you want is showing off-peak for your dates.
Remember that 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.
Remember that The Langley goes up in price on 3rd March
The Langley – Marriott’s only ‘luxury country house weekend break’ option in the UK, in Iver near Slough – is the only UK Marriott hotel increasing in points price this year.
On 3rd March it goes up from Category 6 to Category 7.
In plain English, this means it goes from 40,000 to 60,000 points per night to 50,000 to 70,000 per night, depending on date.
With the current 10% discount for off-peak bookings, you can lock in stays at The Langley for (40,000 points – 10%) 36,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. From booking made from 3rd March you will pay at least 50,000 points per night.
This change is frustrating but not altogether surprising given how expensive this ‘country house’ hotel is for cash. It is also very pleasant as my review of The Langley shows – hopefully it is now less chaotic than it was at opening.
As an example, a 2-night weekend break from 28th-30th May is 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. With a 50% bonus you can buy 97,500 points – let’s assume you have the other 2,500 already – for $812.50 (£580). The same room will cost £942 (non-refundable) or £1,047 (pay on departure) for cash.
You can find out more about The Langley on the Marriott website here.
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.)