Targeted Amex Transfer Bonus To Marriott Bonvoy

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One of the things that I love about American Express Membership Rewards is that they offer bonuses on points transfers to their partners fairly often.

We don’t see these to all partners (for example, it’s rare to see transfer bonuses to Delta SkyMiles or Singapore KrisFlyer), though we do see them to some (it’s common to see them to Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, etc.).

Lately American Express has also been offering a fair number of targeted transfer bonuses. These will show up on some accounts and not others.

50% transfer bonus from Amex to Marriott

Looking at my Membership Rewards account, I notice that at the moment there’s a targeted bonus on Amex points transfers to Marriott Bonvoy. Amex points usually convert to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 ratio, though my account currently shows a 50% transfer bonus.

That means points convert at a ratio of 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points to 1,500 Marriott Bonvoy points.

Ford’s account shows no bonus at all, so clearly this is something that varies by account.

But hold off before even looking at your account:

  • This transfer bonus is targeted, with different accounts targeted for different bonuses (and some not targeted for any bonuses at all)
  • There’s no end date for this promotion, so it’s a “flash bonus,” meaning it could be pulled within days
  • Sometimes once you look at the bonus on your account, it won’t appear again, so you need to transfer points right away
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That last bullet point is key. So if you want to see if you’re targeted for this bonus, log into your Amex account, and at the top right you may see the transfer bonus as something that’s “suggested for you.”

Furthermore, you can log into your Amex account and go to the Membership Rewards transfer page, which will display the transfer ratio. But don’t click on Marriott Bonvoy, because the bonus may be pulled after the first time you click on it.

The terms at the bottom of the page specifically say “if you return to redeem points later, this offer may no longer be available.”

Is this even a good deal?

While a 50% bonus might sound like a lot, not all points currencies are created equal. Personally I value Marriott Bonvoy points at ~0.7 cents each, give or take. There are certainly ways to get outsized value from the points, but that’s my valuation.

So by my valuation you’re getting 1.05 cents of value per Membership Rewards point even with this transfer bonus.

Other people will likely have wildly different valuations of Marriott points than I do, and if that’s the case this bonus could be worth it. That’s especially true when you consider there’s no great way to earn Marriott points through everyday credit card spending anymore.

Bottom line

This transfer bonus works differently than many other Amex transfer bonuses, as it’s targeted, doesn’t have a published end date, and once you view the offer, it may disappear. So if you’re not ready to transfer, just go to the Amex homepage to see what offer you’re eligible for.

When you open up the Marriott Bonvoy transfer page on Amex’s website, make sure you’re ready to transfer.

Whether or not this promotion is worth it is a different story, though.

Were you targeted for a Marriott transfer bonus, and if so, do you plan on taking advantage of it?

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  1. I have the following offer on my account. Do you think it’s worth it?

    Special Offer: Get 40% more TrueBlue points when you transfer points. 250 Membership Rewards points = 280 TrueBlue points

  2. Maybe someone can give me advice. I am trying to reach American Airlines reservations at 1-800-433-7300 to make a change to my existing reservation to attend a funeral but i can not get through to any agent to talk on the phone. I tried to make the change on their website. While the search engine pulls available flights, when I try to make the change, i get an error that says one of the flights is no longer available. This happened for various itineraries and not just a specific flight. Is there another number I can call?

  3. I have a 50% transfer bonus advertised for TrueBlue on the top right of the account page “Offers you may like” I haven’t clicked through yet to see if I have the Bonvoy because I’d like to take advantage of this and don’t want to lose it. Oh how far we’ve fallen.

  4. Doing the math using the “expected value” of Bonvoy points makes sense only in the case of speculative transfers. My wording would be: “I wouldn’t transfer speculatively, because I value 1 MR > 1.5 Bonvoy. With my MR valuation of 1.7cpp, I’d transfer only if I was eyeing a redemption at >1.13c/Bonvoy and didn’t have enough points.”

    I’d probably add: “I’d accept a lower valuation if I only needed a handful of points – Bonvoy are due to be devalued with the upcoming peak pricing, so I’m looking to burn them.” Not sure if you share that sentiment, but I think it’s good advice.

    In general, if you tend to book last-minute, you can often find valuations of 1.3-1.5 cpp at many Category 1-3 properties. 5th-night-free expands that to earlier bookings and some Category 4-5 properties. I just left a Category 1 yesterday, where I got ~$140 value from 7,500 points ($140 was the lowest price for similar properties nearby, the Marriott property I stayed at was ~$160). Obviously, Cat. 1 is probably not you or your readers’ cup of tea, but the Cat. 2 down the street is the nicest hotel around and still represented a 1.12cpp ($140/12.5k) value.

  5. No bonus to True blue or Bonvoy for me, but I have a 50% bonus for BA Avios. GF targeted for 40% Bonvoy.

  6. Lucky, sorry to bug you here again. Did you see my post in Ask Lucky about Iberia expiring my Avios after 4 months because I mixed old and new Avios? I promise it’s a legit story and one your readers should be cautioned about.

  7. Not sure if I got the point transfer offer, but I did get a notice from Marriott offering a “thank you”$50 certificate that I can use at my next stay, as long as I print it out and bring it. I believe you or another blogger Mentioned this targeted offer to some bon voyage members, possibly as a way to ameliorate what has been A difficult transition from SPG and my SPG fabulous card. But between that and the additional annual benefits with the Bonvoy American Express card, I have two of my three nights At the Saint Regis in Toronto (formerly Trump Toronto that was unceremoniously closed due to complete lack of business) paid for with breakfast (since I’m a gold status member with the card. Getting a free night at the Saint Regis of it’self is wonderful, but then getting another night because of your $$ benefits with the card is awesome! And this is all in Canadian dollars!’

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