Transfer Amex Points To Marriott Bonvoy With 25% Bonus

Transfer Amex Points To Marriott Bonvoy With 25% Bonus

5
In the interest of full disclosure, OMAAT earns a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through some of the below links. These are the best publicly available offers (terms apply) that we have found for each product or service. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the bank, credit card issuer, airline, hotel chain, or product manufacturer/service provider, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Please check out our advertiser policy for further details about our partners, and thanks for your support!

One of the things that I love about Amex Membership Rewards is that the program offers transfer bonuses fairly often. The program has just launched its latest transfer bonus — while I wouldn’t say it’s particularly compelling, it’s at least worth being aware of.

Marriott Bonvoy transfer bonus from Amex

Through Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 25% bonus on points transfers to Marriott Bonvoy.

The transfer ratio is usually 1:1, so through this promotion you can transfer points at a 1,000:1,250 ratio. This bonus is hardcoded into the transfer ratio, so you can take advantage of the bonus as often as you’d like. Transfers from Amex to Marriott are generally instant.

While a bonus is better than not having a bonus, I’d note that in the post couple of years we’ve seen 30-40% bonuses, so this isn’t quite as good. And this doesn’t account for Bonvoy redemptions having recently been devalued.

It’s not surprising to see several transfer bonuses from Amex to Marriott, given that in 2020 Marriott raised hundreds of millions of dollars by selling points to Amex and Chase.

Redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at the St. Regis Venice

Should you transfer Amex points to Marriott with a 25% bonus?

While a 25% bonus might sound exciting, 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.

By my valuation, you’re getting right around ~0.9 cents of value per Membership Rewards point, even with this transfer bonus. That’s just over half of my valuation of Membership Rewards points, which is 1.7 cents per point.

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.

Redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at Blue Palace Greece

Other ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

The good news is that there are other ways to earn Bonvoy points, besides using transferable points currencies. The following credit cards can all help you earn Bonvoy points:

Marriott often also sells Bonvoy points at a discount, which could be a good opportunity as well.

Redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Bottom line

In general, I think transfer bonuses are the way to maximize the value you can get from transferable points. However, that’s usually only true for currencies where even transferring points at a 1:1 ratio could make sense.

In the case of Amex Membership Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy, I find that you lose more than half of the value of your points by making a transfer under normal circumstances. Even with a 25% bonus, I wouldn’t consider this to be much of a deal at all.

Of course, some people may have specific situations where this could make sense, and in that case, it could be worth at least topping off an account.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this Amex transfer bonus to Marriott Bonvoy?

Conversations (5)
The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.
Type your response here.

If you'd like to participate in the discussion, please adhere to our commenting guidelines. Anyone can comment, and your email address will not be published. Register to save your unique username and earn special OMAAT reputation perks!

  1. Victoria Guest

    I have a question, if I have both a Marriott boundless card and Amex platinum card, can I transfer my amex platinum membership points to Marriott Bonvoy using this deal and then book a Marriott partner hotel using my Marriott bonvoy card and account to essentially combine using amex points and my Marriott bonvoy card points? Essentially I'm asking if Marriott Bonvoy account points is the same thing as Mariott Bonvoy credit card points?

  2. Luke Guest

    Hahaha I predicted this bonus would come up right after the deval! Was really hoping it to be for next month when had a big stash to transfer to book a 400k award booking at St Regis Bal Harbor and couple other smaller bookings for later next year. Ended up buying points instead at the promo rate last month. Oh well!

  3. Alec Guest

    Potentially some arbitrage value for unique redemptions: 96k amex = 120 marriott = 50k alaskan. But still not how id spend my amex points

    1. Jill Guest

      Why?

      Very useful transfer with Amex plus the bonus too

Featured Comments Most helpful comments ( as chosen by the OMAAT community ).

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

Jill Guest

Why? Very useful transfer with Amex plus the bonus too

0
Victoria Guest

I have a question, if I have both a Marriott boundless card and Amex platinum card, can I transfer my amex platinum membership points to Marriott Bonvoy using this deal and then book a Marriott partner hotel using my Marriott bonvoy card and account to essentially combine using amex points and my Marriott bonvoy card points? Essentially I'm asking if Marriott Bonvoy account points is the same thing as Mariott Bonvoy credit card points?

0
Luke Guest

Hahaha I predicted this bonus would come up right after the deval! Was really hoping it to be for next month when had a big stash to transfer to book a 400k award booking at St Regis Bal Harbor and couple other smaller bookings for later next year. Ended up buying points instead at the promo rate last month. Oh well!

0
Meet Ben Schlappig, OMAAT Founder
4,523,713 Miles Traveled

25,807,500 Words Written

28,675 Posts Published