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Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new ‘buy points’ bonus. You will receive a 45% bonus with a minimum purchase of 2,000 points.

You can buy via this page of the website. The offer runs to 8th December.

The annual purchase cap has now been permanently raised to 100,000 points.  With the bonus, this means that you could pick up 145,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Marriott Bonvoy buy points bonus

At the top end you are paying $1,250 (£925) for 145,000 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.

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

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

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 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.

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 (25)

  • BJ says:

    Buying points feels weird! Even though it can be the smart logical thing to do at times, in our hobby it instinctively feels (to me at least) painful and wrong, symptomatic of a failure in playing the loyalty game well despite our still winning versus paying cash. Found myself buying IHG points last night, effectively paying $190/night for a room costing $339/night + tax BFR. Clearly sensible on cost assuming there is no mega point collection bonus at time of stay and I’m not chasing status. I have Hilton and Marriott points which I could have used on better hotels but I didn’t as required stay is 4 nights so such redemption would have meant loss of value through failure to use 5th night free, so those points are best saved for another day. So buying the points should feel like a win, win, win on cost and preserving Hilton and Marriott points but it doesn’t..it hurts! Why? … my failure to get Creative with IHG choosing instead to push Hilton to the limits. Especially depressing in light of my IHG white card closed for a solitary transaction via Bendy. Loyalty morals of this sad tale: 1. Diversity in loyalty pays & 2. Ruthlessly exploit every opportunity you reasonably can at all times.

    • YC says:

      I have zero guilt when I buy points if it makes sense, it’s a pure arbitrage play if u are willing to pay the initial cash price (saving close to 50% is huge in ur case!). It’s very difficult to collect a ton of all points for a normal person in the uk who does not travel for work or is a business owner. Your right on diversity/convertible points. But on exploiting every opportunity, there’s a huge time expense to do this and some things are a bit grey so there is ur own risk tolerance too.

      • BJ says:

        Agree with all that, and I’m no longer working or in business in a way that generates hotel points. I guess I am just feeling a bit sore about putting all the Bendy eggs in one basket now,especially when I should have know better.

    • Dubious says:

      “Ruthlessly exploit every opportunity you reasonably can at all times.”
      Each to their own, but personaly I don’t feel ‘exploit’ is a good attitude for everyone to take and I accept you may not have meant it in the way I have interpreted this sentence.

      Persoanlly, I merely utilise the opportunities that are presented…it’s not all about maximising every last $, £ or cents for me, it’s about living life whilst getting some incremental benefit in a product or service in exchange for utilising that product or service more often. $, £ and cents can be created, but time cannot.

      • BJ says:

        Exploit = take advantage of. Ruthless and reasonably go hand in hand as a balance. Results much the same as you suggest 🙂 How far anyone goes will depend on resources, time and needs. And it”s only a hobby for me anyway so all within the context and constraints of much more important things. Sorry if I gave you wrong impression.

      • John says:

        My tummy hurts after too much exploitation of the BA lounge this morning

    • John says:

      It feels weird to me because if I need to cancel the stay I don’t get the money back and I’ve now bought points at a bad rate.

      • BJ says:

        That thought crossed my mind at the time of purchase too as it is an above average risk these days.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        “if I need to cancel the stay I don’t get the money back and I’ve now bought points at a bad rate.”
        Very good point; the money saving needs to be significant for this strategy for exactly this reason. Small % does not cut it.
        More though, I find that 90%+ of the time, as soon as cash rather than just points is in play, now all options are on the table, and the chain hotel I was looking at is very likely to no longer be the best option available.

      • meta says:

        @John yes, which is why I have been very reluctant buying extra points during pandemic and only did it once with an outsized value for a trip I knew I would take very soon afterwards.

        @BJ Totally agree on the need to diversify points. I have been doing it in the last 5-6 years and I have been able to slowly move away from depending only on Avios or one type of hotel points. There were so many opportunities which were not mentioned here because they didn’t have a wider appeal, but worked really well for me. But then again, I also invest time.

      • ChrisC says:

        Paying points + cash for a room is not the same as buying points outright and then using those for the room.

      • BJ says:

        Referring the various comments above, I think most of us can still do ok if we cancel and get the refund as points. Certainly I would expect to do so sooner or later in London which works for me, if not most HfP readers given the proportion that are London-based. However, the problem remains that if purchasing the points initially resulted in a near 50% discount on the room rate then settling for even 25% following a points refund and use elsewhere is going to feel disatisfying.
        In tbe absence of accelerate I now struggle to collect meaningful amounts of IHG so diversification is limited to Honors and Bonvoy, having not made hay…

  • Simon says:

    Just a word of warning on the Singapore Airlines transfer promotion- when I did it while it gave me the extra 15% miles, it DIDN’T give me 15% Elite miles (which are in fact different things). I might just have a glitch if others have been successful- possibly test before sending a lot over if status is your intention (wasn’t for me, just needed to top up my account for a flight).

    • Axel Heyst says:

      The 12% or 15% of Elite bonus miles should post at the end of the year according to the T&Cs.

    • Alan says:

      FAQ #17 says they’re eligible, but see the table there for the timeline. @Rob you should probably update the article again re this? 😉

      “17. Are Bonus Miles earned under this Campaign eligible to accrue PPS Value or Elite miles under the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits without Flying Campaign”?

      Bonus KrisFlyer and KrisPay miles from conversion under this Campaign will be eligible to accrue PPS Value or Elite miles under the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits without Flying” campaign. The earning of status credits will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits without Flying” campaign.”

  • Lloyd says:

    I recently transferred points from my Amex business gold to my international dollar card with the intention of then transferring them to krisflyer, only I didn’t get the uplift, I now have the same number of points on my dollar card as I transferred from gold. Have amex made a mistake? Feel kind of bad calling them and telling them I expected more points!

    • meta says:

      Why would you feel bad? You should explain to them that you have earned them in £ and you expected that to be reflected in currency exchange. Amex have their FX rates, FX fees, etc…

  • Andrew says:

    Remember that if you have Virgin FlyingClub Gold, possibly through the BA status match earlier this year, then reciprocal agreements with SQ mean you get most of the elite benefits when flying with them.

  • Paul Pogba says:

    AA Aadvantage are moving towards an ability to earn status by earning loyalty points/miles too, are we likely to see any similar moves from BAEC?

    • John says:

      I think the US airlines move in sync and BA won’t necessarily copy them

  • Ian M says:

    Very tempting offer from Singapore Airlines! It’s been a while since I did a transfer from Amex MR UK to the International US Dollar Amex. Can someone who’s made a MR transfer from Amex UK to their International US Dollar recently let me know how long this takes? Wondering if I’ll have time to make that transfer + take advantage of the transfer bonus on offer before 22nd November!

  • Lee says:

    Does the 12% bonus count for marriott to krisflyer transfer?

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