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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.
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.
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 website, you 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.
If you want to learn more about the programme, our full review of Marriott Bonvoy is here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 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.)