Marriott Bonvoy Selling Points With A Mystery Bonus

Marriott Bonvoy Selling Points With A Mystery Bonus

45% bonus on purchased points

Starts: August 12, 2021
Ends: September 25, 2021
Deal History
45% bonus on purchased points August 12, 2021 September 25, 2021
30% bonus on purchased points May 13, 2021 June 20, 2021
50% bonus on purchased points February 16, 2021 March 22, 2021
50% bonus on purchased points November 26, 2020 December 22, 2020
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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. Well, Marriott Bonvoy has just launched its latest offer on purchased points, and it has the potential to represent a good deal.

Marriott’s bonus on purchased points

Through Saturday, September 25, 2021, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a mystery bonus on purchased points. Different accounts will be targeted for different offers, so you’ll want to log into your account to see what you’re eligible for. The accounts that I manage show a bonus of up to 45%, so I’m guessing that’s the standard offer.

Ordinarily Marriott Bonvoy charges 1.25 cents per purchased point. With a 45% bonus, you can purchase a total of 145,000 Bonvoy points (including 45,000 bonus points) at a cost of $1,250, which comes out to 0.86 cents per point.

The terms suggest that it could take up to seven business days 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 one year after enrollment

For context, up until now we’ve seen Marriott offer anywhere from a 25-30% discount on purchased points, or anywhere from a 50-60% bonus. So this isn’t quite the best offer we’ve seen from the program, but it’s not that far off either.

The St. Regis Bora Bora

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 spending.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Citi® Double Cash Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 1% cash back when you make a purchase, earn 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase
  • $0
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
  • Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
  • Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
  • $0
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee

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 great deal, especially if you’re topping off an account for a redemption.

Just to give an example of a great redemption, last summer I stayed at the Bodrum EDITION (which I loved). I paid 240,000 points for a five night redemption, which averages out to 48,000 points per night. At a rate of 0.86 cents per point, that’s like paying $413 per night, which is roughly a third of the normal rate in cash in peak season.

While you won’t always get that kind of value, that’s a circumstance where buying Marriott points makes a lot of sense. Personally I’m not a buyer of Marriott points simply because I still have a sizable balance, but otherwise I might be.

The Bodrum EDITION

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy is currently offering a bonus on purchased points. While different accounts may be targeted for different offers, it seems that a common offer is a 45% bonus. This brings the cost per purchased point down to 0.86 cents, which could represent an excellent deal, especially for an aspirational redemption.

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 bonus? What kind of an offer were you targeted for?

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  1. Joy Absalon

    I’m a lifetime Titanium elite member. Until a few weeks ago I had almost 750,000 points. Used most of my points for a four-week trip to Montana/Idaho/North Dakota/South Dakota/Wyoming/Utah. And used the rest for a two-week stay near Lake Tahoe. I decided to buy some miles and they posted to my account within 48 hours but the bonus points have not been posted. It’s been a week. Guess it’s time to call Marriott?

  2. MJ

    Does anyone know if I can buy points on one account and transfer them to another?

  3. Joe1293

    Will it ever get to 100%
    Just like @DCS
    Favorite hotel program Hilton Honors

  4. Keunyoung kim

    How much Marriott point??per 1point

  5. jim

    50% offer but I'll slide on it.

  6. EC2

    Point redemptions with Marriott are becoming a joke. I get reserve a certain Westin for 70k in points or a paid rate of $150 discounted rate. Hmmmm….
    I might get some though but only to round off for transfer to miles for some business class tickets.
    There are some redemption deals out there but they are few.

  7. Anthony

    50% bonus for me as well.

    I am trying to meet minimum spend threshold for a couple of new cards, so I may avail myself of this.

  8. Reno Joe

    50% here as well. My wife as well.

    After a series of personal experiences and after reading of others' experiences (thanks to Ben's reporting), Marriott has become a place solely to redeem points . . . and not a place to accumulate points. To be fair, it's hotel loyalty programs as a whole -- owners of individual properties are who the are.

    Of hotels we regularly visit, we receive far better perks from hotels that...

    50% here as well. My wife as well.

    After a series of personal experiences and after reading of others' experiences (thanks to Ben's reporting), Marriott has become a place solely to redeem points . . . and not a place to accumulate points. To be fair, it's hotel loyalty programs as a whole -- owners of individual properties are who the are.

    Of hotels we regularly visit, we receive far better perks from hotels that DON'T have a loyalty program as compared to those that DO have a loyalty program. Room upgrades, breakfast, pool cabana, preferential restaurant access -- all gratis. Figure that one out.

    Hotel tier status is an empty promise.

  9. Brutus

    I got a mystery bonus of 50%, but it's no mystery how many points I'm going to purchase.

    1. NathanJ

      50%. Unsure whether I’ll top up, as already have 209k of them. As we almost solely use them in Australia to transfer to programmes that do not really partner with anyone down under, they do still have a use in this part of the world.

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Joy Absalon

I’m a lifetime Titanium elite member. Until a few weeks ago I had almost 750,000 points. Used most of my points for a four-week trip to Montana/Idaho/North Dakota/South Dakota/Wyoming/Utah. And used the rest for a two-week stay near Lake Tahoe. I decided to buy some miles and they posted to my account within 48 hours but the bonus points have not been posted. It’s been a week. Guess it’s time to call Marriott?

MJ

Does anyone know if I can buy points on one account and transfer them to another?

Joe1293

Will it ever get to 100% Just like @DCS Favorite hotel program Hilton Honors

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