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Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new deal if you buy their hotel points.

Via this page of the websiteyou will get a ‘mystery bonus’ of 25% to 50% on all points purchases. The offer runs to 24th July.

The annual purchase cap has now been permanently raised to 100,000 points.

Get a bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points

With such a wide range of bonuses available it’s impossible to say whether it is good value or not. Even at a 50% bonus, however, you would be paying north of our target value of 0.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point.

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 in most programmes), or
  • you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value

Outsize value is still possible, despite Marriott Bonvoy moving towards revenue-based redemptions. With no reward charts still available, however, you need to look at it on a case by case basis.

I recently got an astonishing deal for our August beach holiday this year, saving 75% on the cash rate, using Bonvoy points.

In theory I got 2.6p per point (5x our target value!) but as the cash rate was £1,700 per night per room – and we need two rooms – I wouldn’t have been paying that in the first place! That said, this is not an inflated price compared to what comparable hotels in the same location are charging. I’ll write more about this if we do the stay, because it could still get cancelled over the next three months.

The page to buy is here. The offer runs to 24th July.


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 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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

HUGE 60,000 POINTS BONUS UNTIL 3rd JULY 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 (15)

  • Maples says:

    Do you have any idea what times the lounge may open today?

    • Rob says:

      No. It’s not even guaranteed it will be open, although they were quietly confident. Basically I think the staff will turn up today, turn everything on and if everything still works they’ll open the doors and see how it goes!

    • Maples says:

      It’s open now.

  • ankomonkey says:

    Do these mystery bonuses actually attract people to buy points? Especially when there are fairly frequent fixed bonuses towards the higher end of the mystery bonus range.

    • Rob says:

      It’s a bit weird, I admit, because if you know what you’re getting you’re more likely to bother looking into it.

    • ken says:

      I’d imagine the marketing theory is that more people will start the process by logging in so that they can see what bonus they can get.

      Just knowing which members engage has some marketing use.
      Plus you never know – why give people 50% when they will be happy with 35% ?

      Having bought previously at 60% (ok in the depths of 2020), I couldn’t bring myself to buy at less than 50%

      • ankomonkey says:

        Exactly. Knowing that 50% is regularly offered, getting a bonus of anything less makes me feel like I’m getting poor value.

  • Hilda M says:

    I might bite (35% over 10k) as it would get me over the level to buy 5 for 4 nights at the St Regis NY again – spectacular value as Rob previously pointed out, though in my case last year, they didn’t charge the destination fee – probably too many following his lead to extract every possible benefit 😁

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Be careful they’re/were having a refurb and no breakfast amenity available etc best to check flyertalk for the latest

  • RichardL says:

    The lounge is indeed open, and it’s very nice inside. Thanks for the heads up on this HfP team, much appreciated.

    Now to enjoy a small bit of luxury before I’m crammed onto a Wizz 321.

  • Mart says:

    With the new lounge, thoughts on if it’s necessary to book if arriving at 1:30pm ish on Tuesday with priority pass?

    Thanks

  • vetjames says:

    What’s the best approach to find great hotel points deals like Rob clearly found? Is there a trick, or does it just involve a lot of manual searching to find the arbitrage opportunities?

    • Rob says:

      Marriott caps its hotel points prices (albeit the caps are not published) and the stupidly expensive places in August are the ones you would expect. Remember that Bonvoy does 5-4-4 on redemptions so 5 nights, which we are doing, is the sweet spot.

      Whilst not where we are, I looked at Cannes. The JW is €922 per night in August for the 5 nights I picked, or 328,000 points for 5 nights. That’s 1.4 Eurocents per point.

      5 nights at St Regis NYC in September is $12,500 or 532,000 points for 5 nights. That’s 2.3 cents per point.

      Hotel Cala Di Volpe, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda, 22-27 August. 5 nights is €13,000 or 552,000 points. That’s 2.4 Eurocents per point.

  • Dubious says:

    One other reason to buy points is to keep your account active.
    Marriott requires activity at least once per 24 months.

    Mine bonus is:
    Get a 45% bonus when you buy 10,000+ points.
    Get a 35% bonus when you buy 2,000-9,000 points.

    I was considering buying 2000 points to trigger the activity but not at 35% and whilst the USD has come down it’s still relatively high against the GBP.

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