Marriott Bonvoy has been running another deal when you buy their hotel points, but Monday 22nd March is the last day.
Via this page of the website, you will get a 40% bonus on all points purchases.
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 process.
This isn’t as good as the ‘never seen before’ 60% bonus we had last year, but with the £ currently buying more $ than it did then, the difference isn’t huge if you have the 50% offer.
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
The page to buy is here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 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.
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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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.)