Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points For 30% Off (Last Chance)

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There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions.

Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points, while Marriott Rewards wouldn’t. Since the Bonvoy program was formed we’ve only seen a couple of promotions on purchased points, so they’re definitely rare than they used to be with SPG.

Anyway, the latest such promotion was launched in mid-September, and ends in just a couple of days. So this is your last chance to take advantage of it.

Marriott’s 30% Discount On Purchased Points

Through Friday, October 18, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 30% discount on purchased points when you buy at least 2,000 points in one transaction.

With this promotion Marriott is also doubling the cap on how many points you can buy — while the limit is usually 50,000 points, you can buy 100,000 points with this promotion. If you want to buy more than 50,000 points you’ll need to do two separate transactions.

Ordinarily Marriott Bonvoy charges 1.25 cents per purchased point, so through this promotion you’re potentially looking at paying just 0.875 cents per point.

The terms suggest that it could take 24-48 hours for purchased points to post.

Furthermore, there are some eligibility restrictions to be aware of:

  • A new member may purchase points 30 days after enrollment if they have some qualifying activity
  • Without qualifying activity, a new member may purchase points only 90 days after enrollment

As a point of comparison, during Marriott Bonvoy’s first promotion on purchased points they offered up to a 25% discount, so this 30% discount could represent a better value.

Get A Good Deal On American & United Miles

As I’ve outlined in separate posts, there are ways to leverage this promotion to get a great deal on the purchase of both American AAdvantage and United MileagePlus miles:

  • American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points into miles, so you can stack the two promotions to buy AAdvantage miles for as little as 1.68 cents each
  • United is offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points into miles, so you can stack the two promotions to buy MileagePlus miles for as little as 1.47 cents each

Best Credit Card For Buying Marriott Points

Marriott points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spend, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review).

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Is Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points A Good Deal?

Personally I value Marriott points at ~0.7 cents each, which is based both on the ability to redeem points towards the cost of hotel stays, and also based on the ability to convert Bonvoy points into airline miles at a 3:1 ratio (and when you transfer 60,000 Marriott points you get 25,000 airline miles).

As a reminder, here’s Marriott’s award chart, not factoring in the opportunity to stay five nights and pay for four:

There are ways to get outsized value from Marriott points, and there are most definitely circumstances where buying points could represent a good deal, especially if you’re topping off an account for a redemption.

However, personally I’m not a buyer at this cost, and I do think the pricing is a bit on the steep side if they’re hoping to have wide appeal.

Bottom Line

While I wouldn’t speculatively buy Marriott points for 0.875 cents each, there are plenty of circumstances where buying Marriott points at that rate could represent a great deal.

To me there’s not as much value in the Bonvoy program since they introduced peak pricing, but still, there are situations where it could be worth topping off an account at this rate.

I’d say promotions to acquire American and United miles at a discount could make a lot of sense, given the opportunity to stack promos.

If you haven’t yet purchased points with this promotion but are considering doing so, you have just a couple of days remaining.

For more opportunities to earn Marriott points, see this post for the best credit cards for earning Marriott points.

Do you plan on purchasing Marriott points with a 30% discount?

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Comments
  1. I think Marriott has bonvoyed their customers enough. Time for customers to tell Marriott they can go bonvoy themselves?

  2. The Peak pricing is the straw that broke this camel’s back. Most hotels have Regular award pricing in Hong Kong, aka the place with mass protests, low occupancy and airlines that had to cut flights.

    Off to Hyatt and TA programs like Virtuoso and Four Seasons PP for me…

  3. This is way way too confusing especially when you are trying to plan a trip a year in advance. It’s enough to figure the old way but this is ridiculous. Likely going to use all our 250k bonvoy points and use Hyatt, etc.

  4. It does not show anywhere on the points.com that you can buy 100000
    Only 50000
    Where did you get that information from?

  5. They just devalued. The points were on average worth less than your 0.7 cent valuation. There is no reason to buy these points unless you have an immediate redemption that somehow is worth >1 cent per point. Period.

  6. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they run this offer one day after peak pricing is introduced.

    It’s all about price discovery. They want to know if users would still value Marriott points the same after the devaluation. If they see that users are still purchasing at the same rate, they will ramp up the dynamic award pricing. On the opposite, if this offer doesn’t attract the same interest, they won’t be as aggressive.

    Lets send a clear message, we don’t accept Marriott pennies and we don’t like dynamic pricing. Personally I think you and other bloggers should downgrade Marriott to .5 valuation. TPG won’t touch this topic because he is owned by Red Ventures.

    I have one more year before I reach Lifetime Platinum. After that, I will become a free agent like i did with airlines.

  7. @Andy – it’s on points.com after you log in:

    “Don’t miss out: Save 30% on purchases of 2,000+ points through October 18, 2019.

    Plus, double your limit. The annual maximum for purchased points will be raised from 50,000 points to 100,000 points between September 14 and October 18.”

  8. Awful value. Please don’t value Bonvoy points at 0.7c… and be frank about the devaluation of you are to maintain trust with your readership!

    TPG for example is just a PR front for Amex and others… zero credibility. I only go there for specific flight booking tips now.

    Nobody in their right mind should buy Bonvoy points right now… specially to supplement the higher requirements of dynamic price chart. Vote with our feet!

    The annual Bonvoy 35k and 50k certificates cannot be supplemented btw and just became unusable a large number of properties…. write about that!

  9. If you buy points using the marriott credit card, will it earn 6 points per dollar spent? How does the purchase code on the credit card?

  10. They need to do a 50% discount offer like spg used to do. Not interested in this current Marriott offer, there are other better deals around like the AA sales.

  11. The Marriott points seem to be 16% more expensive than what spg points were when they were discounted. I paid .75c per point for spg points on special in March 2018. The Marriott points are being offered at .87c per point in this offer.

  12. Not a good deal. Do the math. It costs anywhere from $180 to $300 average to stay 1 night at a level 6 hotel…or 50,000 points for a standard points rate. So, why would anyone spend $425 on 50,000 points for that same night? It doesn’t work for level 3,4, or 5 hotels either. Let Arne Sorenson know that loyal customers are not happy.

  13. If you combine this with the current AA transfer bonus from hotel points it looks like you can get AA miles for 1.68 cents each when u transfer 60k Bonvoy points. If I did my math correctly that’s not bad for topping up.

  14. I’m almost at one year for my Marriott card for my free night. Are there blackout dates for the last week in December. what are my chances of booking a room for that last week on my anniversary date is mid December…. frustrated. I was going to buy points but after reading the comments I said doesn’t make any sense as we are getting less for more

  15. Remember when you posted a whole ethics guideline and didn’t mention that topcashback awards cash for points dot com purchases?

  16. @Allison

    There are no blackouts. If you can redeem points you can redeem certs. That being said, that I’m not sure if it still the case that every room for sale can be redeemed using points. i.e. soldout using points, available using cash.

    At this sale price, I don’t think its worth it at all. There are probably 1% of the whole chain that gets better value, most of the time it’s less than 0.7 cents, more like 0.5-0.6. But hey it’s their job, bloggers are braggers (here is less brag), many blog will say they redeem $1000 night for 35000 points. I’m lucky if I can use them for $240+ (at valuation, not even getting a good deal)

  17. @Marriotteer from way back

    Its true that some Cat 5-6 hotels range from 180-300ish. If you look at lower end category hotels like in Asia, there are some decent deals. I usually take advantage hotels like Taipei Cat 3 hotels that cost 15K-20k points per night with prices around 130-200ish per night. If you book 5 nights(4 + 1 free) thats only 60-80k points to save around 700-1200(including taxes and fees). Thats above 1 cent per dollar and worth buying points if you know you’re going to book those room.

    If you were to buy 60k-80k points, its around $525-$700 to book rooms that can be 700-1200.

    I’m not saying its a good idea to buy points just to horde it but if you have trips in mind already, its not a bad deal book some lower category rooms.

  18. Word of caution – buyer beware! Perhaps isolated. Bought 2 x 50000 same day last week. Only 1 x 50000 posted. They cannot find the other, but took my $. Their customer support as you know – useless! Two transfers to United still have not posted after 6 days….MESS!

  19. Tried to buy points 3 separate times during this promotion. Each time, the points didn’t post. First two transactions were canceled (not by me!) and payment refunded. They’re still working on the third time, trying to find a reason why my points didn’t post. Beyond frustrating!!!!

  20. I purchased Bonvoy points last Friday (to transfer to AA), but they still haven’t shown up in my Bonvoy account. I called and the agent told me points.com is delayed due to high demand. Has anyone else had this issue?

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