Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new deal if you buy their hotel points.
Via this page of the website, you will get a mystery bonus – which seems to range from 45% to 55% – on all points purchases above 2,000 points.
Whatever bonus you see when you log in will remain the same for the length of the promotion, so there is no point checking later to see if it has changed!
Marriott has moved to revenue-based redemptions now, although almost all hotels currently remain inside their existing high and low price caps. The full force of revenue-based redemptions will not be seen until 2023.
The annual purchase cap has now been permanently raised to 100,000 points. With the bonus, this means that you could pick up 155,000 Marriott Bonvoy points depending on your offer.
At the top end you are paying $1,250 (£995) for 155,000 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. If you are only offered a 45% or 50% bonus it will be even less attractive.
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
Outsize value is, absolutely, possible. I have a booking in the diary for St Regis New York in July where I am getting 0.82p per Bonvoy point and, more impressively, the legendary Al Maha in the Dubai desert in October where I am getting 1.5p.
The page to buy is here. The offer runs to 15th July.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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.
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)