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NEW: Transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another person ONLINE, for free

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One of least known and often useful features of Marriott Bonvoy is the ability to transfer points from one member to another for free.

The only snag is that, historically, you had to call Marriott Bonvoy to do this which was a bit of a faff.

No more! Marriott has now set up online transfers of points from one member to another.

transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another person ONLINE

The page you need on the Marriott Bonvoy website is here.

There are very few rules (these are taken from Section 2.8 of the Bonvoy T&C):

  • to transfer or receive points, both Marriott Bonvoy accounts must be at least 90 days old or be at least 30 days old with qualifying activity
  • your transfer must be for at least 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points and a multiple of 1,000 points (you get an error message otherwise)
  • you can transfer up to 100,000 points per calendar year
  • you can receive up to 500,000 points per calender year
  • there is no requirement for both parties to share the same address or be related

Transfers can take up to 24 hours to complete.

transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another person ONLINE

Why might you want to transfer Marriott points to another person?

The obvious answer is ‘for an easy life’, keeping points from all adult family members in one place.

The smarter answer is ‘to be strategic’. It makes sense, inside a family or partnership, for the person with the highest Marriott Bonvoy status to book reward stays because this will determine what benefits are received.

(Historically my wife has always transferred Hilton Honors points from her occasional work stays to me, because I usually have a higher status level than her and it makes sense that redemptions are booked via my account)

This is also a sensible option for someone has Marriott Bonvoy points which are about to expire. The value can be preserved by sending them to another person. Note that you cannot stop expiry of your points by having 1,000 points sent to you, because this is not ‘qualifying activity’.

It could also help you if you were booking a large number of rooms. Marriott lets you earn points, but not elite night credit, for up to three rooms per night as this HfP article explains. If you needed more than three rooms, you could credit these to someone else and then transfer the points to yourself.

Whilst possibly not strictly in the letter of the rules, this also makes it easier to trade points with a friend:

  • Marriott lets you transfer up to 100,000 points to another person per year for free

All of these transfers can be done online, and clearly gives opportunities for informal swapping of points.

You can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points by clicking here (log-in required).

PS. If you don’t have one yet, here is our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 (18)

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  • Rob H not Rob says:

    . . . waiting for IHG to turn up at this party.

  • NorthernLass says:

    Good news – we have a few thousand orphan points each but couldn’t be bothered calling Marriott, probably enough for the cheapest redemption somewhere if we pool them!

  • Olly says:

    Anyone interested in swapping some Avios (mine) with Bonvoy points (yours) at a rate of 1:2 get in touch!

  • BJ says:

    Never found it a faff calling Marriott to do this nut this is still a welcome change.

    • Alex Sm says:

      The call itself was not a problem but its cost was! You need to call the US and I was once charged £30 for that. Only managed to negotiate it to £15 with EE – that WAS a faff

  • Gothbe says:

    I get a message saying “please correct the following and try again” but there is no description of what the issue is. I’m returned to the blank transfer form to start again. I tried twice. Both accounts have been active in excess of 90 days and no transfers have been made this year.

  • Tom says:

    Has to be in batches of 1,000 points it seems.

  • Rob says:

    The transfer page asks you to tick a box to confirm “the email address of the recipient are accurate”… but doesn’t ask for the recipient’s email (just their Bonvoy#)… *rolls eyes*

  • Phil says:

    A welcome enhancement. I did a transfer and it was instantaneous!

    • Rob says:

      Apparently it is instant when both accounts are ‘good standing’ (probably means a few years old, lots of transactions on both sides). The 24 hour thing is where they may need to double check everything is right.

      • Stu_N says:

        Points transferred within a few mins today from other half’s account – just to corroborate what Rob says, both have been open for years, at same address, have regular transactions and we have transferred points between accounts in the past.

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