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Between 6th and 13th October, Marriott Bonvoy has brought back ‘Week of Wonders’, a series of special offers and promotions.

I wanted to run through three of the deals today that will allow you to make genuine savings. As well as discounts on redemption stays and cash bookings, you can also get a 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points.

Save on redemption stays this month with ‘Wonders of Discovery’

As part of ‘Week of Wonders’, Marriott Bonvoy is offering discounted redemptions at 4,500 properties.

Here are the headline terms:

  • Save 15% on the standard points price
  • Book by 13th October
  • Stay by 31st October
  • There is no change to the usual cancellation terms
  • 4,500 of Marriott’s 7,000 hotels are participating (there is no list I have seen)

These discounts are genuine. I was excited to see Al Maha, the luxury desert resort in Dubai, reduced below the points price we paid for our stay later this month – until I realised I am past the deadline for amending my booking! Oh well.

Marriott Bonvoy Week of Wonders

Save on cash stays at Marriott Bonvoy hotels with ‘Wonders of Escape’

Marriott is also running discounts on cash stays.

You can save 20% on bookings which meet the following criteria:

  • Most participating hotels are discounted Thursday to Sunday, with Thursday only offered if you also stay on Friday night
  • Some Middle East hotels are discount Wednesday to Saturday, with Wednesday only offered if you also stay on Thursday night
  • Participating resorts are available on all days

You must book by 13th October for stays between 3rd November 2022 and 16th January 2023. 

There are no discounts available at St. Regis, The Ritz-Carlton, Edition, Bulgari or Design Hotels.

You can book via the ‘Week of Wonders’ page here.

Marriott Bonvoy buy points bonus

Get a 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points

As well as offering discounted redemptions during ‘Week of Wonders’, Marriott Bonvoy is also offering a special deal if you buy points.

Via this page of the websiteyou will get a 50% bonus on all points purchases above 2,000 points.

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 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

At the top end you are paying $1,250 (£1,125) for 150,000 points.

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.75p per point. The fall in Sterling doesn’t help, of course, although as long as you redeem outside the UK then it should net off. My 0.5p is possibly looking a little low given the value of the £.

You might find this deal 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

Of course, if you can book one of the special redemption deals available during ‘Week of Wonders’, you will do even better.

Outsize value is, absolutely, possible. My booking at the legendary Al Maha in the Dubai desert in October got me 1.5p per point vs the £ price on the day we booked, and that was before the Dirham strengthened by 20%. Al Maha is included in this offer.

The page to buy is here. The offer runs to 13th October.


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

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

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee 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 (22)

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  • John says:

    I find the ratio of advertorials to real content too high these last weeks.

    As a consequence, I just added your RSS feed to my feedly. Won’t visit the web site on a daily basis any longer. I’ll just stop by if something interesting shows up in the feed.

    • KP says:

      👍🏻

    • BJ says:

      I get your point but to be fair a similar article would have been run on HFP ten years ago. Personally, I’m happy as I need to buy Bonvoy points soon and might otherwise have missed it. I do have some sympathy with the view that the balance of HFP has become all wrong though and it pains me to express that view, but the bills have to be paid and new readers have to be continuously engaged. The problem is that it just feels like it has become the Barclays, Marriott and amex show with other tidbits thrown in as an afterthought. Countering that though is the undeniable fact that the points and miles nuggets are currently stockpiled at amex and Barclays so in this respect that is where the focus of the coverage should be regardless of whether it is advertorial. There’s no point taking up space to tell readers they can get 50 Nectar points for watching a video when you can explain how to get 100k points from at bank! The more fundamental problem I think is reconciling the needs of newbies and long term readers. The balance of the site at the moment works very well for the newbies, less so for the oldies. I think what I’d like to see going forward is HFP addressing how best to keep us oldies on board. Clearly, they do this, for example we got the forum many have been crying out for for years. Personally, as an oldie, what I’d like to see is more creative ways for me to burn the points and miles I already have and continue to collect. To this end, and if resources are or become available to hire new staff then it would be brilliant if we could have guest pieces from time to time by somebody like Stephen Au. It would be very interesting to get his take on how best a UK-based collector of points and miles could get the best out of them.

    • Chas says:

      I’d normally think of an advertorial as being paid for by the company that is being written about. This isn’t, otherwise it would say that it was a sponsored article at the top.

      Do you also think that the Economist article is an advertorial? Or the ones yesterday talking about the BA route suspensions, or the HSBC points bonus? They’re not – they’re just news.

    • George K says:

      Pretty sure if this were an advertorial, it’d be marked as such.

      There’s a genuine discount to be found for a week only, and the news piece is of use to those who either didn’t opt in to Marriott’s emails, or those who forgot about it (like me!)

    • KevinS says:

      It’s a business. You might not like uncritical puff pieces but are you suggesting they should turn them down if they’re offering big money?

    • Rob says:

      Whilst there are many articles you could have posted this on, potentially with justification – since you clearly believe that magic fairies provide the £150k per year we need just to keep the lights on – putting it under a) an unsponsored article and b) one which covers a hotel sale AND a points sale AND a ‘buy points’ sale is just bizarre!

    • M says:

      I’m actually suprised that Rob and team can produce content daily I enjoy reading!

      • BJ says:

        Not only that, I think many people do not comprehend how difficult that is to do. It is over a thousand articles per year and over ten thousand since HFP started. And they have cost us nothing! It’s been a wonderful achievement. More days than not I have found and continue to find something interesting and useful to read. Sure I may gripe sometimes about the balance but I always try to be constructive and suggest solutions to my issues. In any case, they are just issues from my perspective , and I am well aware it is impossible to please everybody all the time so I hope Rob and Rhys will not take my lobbying for my own interests to much to heart, I love HFP regardless 🙂

    • John T says:

      You’re getting free content 7 days a week. Who do you think pays for the production of this content?

      Perhaps H4P should consider a membership model where people pay a small monthly fee (like Netflix) for purely non-sponsored content?

      • Freddy says:

        150k to keep the lights on…I’d be shopping for a new energy supplier

  • Matt says:

    Unless Marriott have changed their booking system, you can probably still change Al Maha. I’ve had to cancel a few reservations within 30 days of stay (where this was outside the ‘official’ cancellation policy) and received the points back straight away.

  • AJ says:

    This Marriott promotion is a joke. I have four stays planned in the coming weeks which should qualify based on the criteria. But when I search, the rate is mysteriously unavailable. These advertising campaigns are getting pretty tiresome. Doesn’t create any goodwill to waste time with “promotions” which have zero value.

    • Lee Thornton says:

      Agreed, I’m left ‘wondering’ what the promotion actually is! As far as I can see it is abysmal.

    • Neil says:

      Have a look again now. I found the same thing before but this morning I managed to cut my point spend

  • ankomonkey says:

    – Save 15% on the standard points price
    – Stay by 31st October
    – 4,500 of Marriott’s 7,000 hotels are participating

    They could at least have made it a bit more useful/attractive by having a later stay by date and including all hotels!

    • meta says:

      Exactly. Even if you have existing bookings, the rates are going to be higher anyway so close to stay. And if you don’t have you’re probably either staying somewhere else or the price doesn’t matter. It’s just for the sake of saying we have a redemption promo.

      • Lee Thornton says:

        I just wasted 15 minutes looking for rooms on six dates in London over November and December and not once was this discount rate available. What a gyp.

        • Andrew. says:

          Why were you looking for hotels in November & December when promotional rooms aren’t available after Halloween?

  • tony says:

    Certainly doesn’t look like sponsored content – other than to agree with previous posters that the terms of the promotion are so limited as to make it rather questionable. Unless of course you’re wanting to spend Christmas in the Swindon Marriott and get 20% off…

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    To offer balance, I found this article to be very useful. I have just saves 20% over Christmas at the Swindon Marriott. Result!

  • Neil says:

    Thanks a lot. Managed to save 12k in points by rebooking on a trip to Berlin at the end of the month.

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