Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With A Bonus

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With A Bonus

45% bonus on purchased points

Starts: June 1, 2022
Ends: July 15, 2022
Deal History
45% bonus on purchased points June 1, 2022 July 15, 2022
50% bonus on purchased points February 15, 2022 April 3, 2022
45% bonus on purchased points November 4, 2021 December 8, 2021
55% bonus on purchased points October 7, 2021 October 14, 2021
45% bonus on purchased points August 12, 2021 September 25, 2021
30% bonus on purchased points May 13, 2021 June 22, 2021
50% bonus on purchased points February 16, 2021 March 22, 2021
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Marriott Bonvoy has just launched its latest promotion on purchased points, which some members might find to be worthwhile.

Promotion on purchased Marriott Bonvoy points

Through Friday, July 15, 2022, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a bonus on purchased points. This is being marketed as a mystery bonus where you “spin the wheel,” though all five Bonvoy accounts that I have access to show the same 45% bonus as long as you buy at least 2,000 points in one transaction.

I’m not sure if that’s just the bonus for everyone, or if others are seeing different offers (please let me know in the comments).

How much does it cost to buy Marriott Bonvoy points?

Ordinarily you can buy Marriott Bonvoy points for 1.25 cents each, before any discounts or bonuses. If you were eligible for the 45% bonus and maxed out the offer, you could purchase 100,000 Bonvoy points pre-bonus, and then you’d then receive a total of 145,000 points at a cost of $1,250. That’s a rate of 0.86 cents per Marriott Bonvoy point.

For context, up until now we’ve seen Marriott offer anywhere from a 25-30% discount on purchased points, or anywhere from a 45-60% bonus. At least we’re seeing an offer, though we’ve definitely seen marginally better promotions from the program in the past.

Redeem Bonvoy points at Santa Marina Mykonos

How many Marriott Bonvoy points can you buy?

Marriott Bonvoy lets you buy up to 100,000 points per calendar year, before any bonuses. Do note that Marriott Bonvoy lets you share up to 100,000 points per year with another member, which could be an opportunity to potentially acquire even more points.

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
Redeem Bonvoy points at the St. Regis Deer Valley

Which credit card should you buy Marriott Bonvoy points with?

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

I’d recommend using a card with which you’re trying to reach a minimum spending requirement, or a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review), Citi® Double Cash Card (review), or Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review).

When in doubt, review which credit cards are best for buying points and miles.

Citi® Double Cash Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • 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.
  • 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 X Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary
  • $395
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • 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
  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee

Is buying Marriott Bonvoy points worth it?

While I’m not particularly loyal to Marriott as such, there’s no denying that Marriott Bonvoy has some phenomenal hotels around the world. At an acquisition cost of 0.86 cents per Bonvoy point, there are all kinds of ways to get outsized value for your points, especially if you’re topping off an account for a redemption.

As of March 2022, Marriott Bonvoy introduced dynamic award pricing, so there’s no longer an award chart that redemptions follow. That being said, Marriott is rolling this out gradually, and for the remainder of 2022, a vast majority of hotels are still priced within the range of what was on the award chart.

There are all kinds of properties where you can get a ton of value, ranging from the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, to many of the Luxury Collection properties in the Mediterranean in summer.

Redeem Bonvoy points at the Bodrum EDITION

How many points do you need for a free night with Marriott?

In the past Marriott Bonvoy had an award chart, and hotels cost anywhere from 5,000 to 100,000 points per night, not factoring in a fifth night free when redeeming for five nights.

Of Marriott’s entire portfolio, only around 40 hotels currently charge more than 100,000 points per night at some point during the year.

Redeem Bonvoy points at The Gritti Palace

Do Marriott Bonvoy points expire?

Ordinarily Marriott Bonvoy points don’t expire as long as you have at least some account activity once every 24 months. This could include any activity whereby you earn or redeem points. However, it’s even better than that right now — through December 31, 2022, Bonvoy points don’t expire at all, in light of circumstances.

Redeem Bonvoy points at The Langley Iver

How much are Marriott Bonvoy points worth?

Everyone will value points differently, but personally I value Marriott Bonvoy points at ~0.7 cents each, and I tend to value points pretty conservatively. The purchase price is a bit higher than what I value the points, though like I said, there are ways to get much more value.

Does Marriott Bonvoy have blackout dates?

Marriott Bonvoy doesn’t have blackout dates on award nights, but the program does have capacity controls on a limited number of dates. While on most dates all standard rooms will be available for redemptions, on some dates hotels can limit the number of standard rooms that they make available using points.

Redeem Bonvoy points at Al Maha Dubai

How else can you earn Marriott Bonvoy points?

Aside from outright buying points or staying at a Marriott, the best way to earn Bonvoy points is with a co-branded Marriott Bonvoy credit card. These cards offer big welcome bonuses and in some cases a decent return on spending.

Marriott Bonvoy is also transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, though I tend to think there are better ways to redeem those points, given the amount of flexibility they offer.

Redeem Bonvoy points at the St. Regis Bora Bora

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy has just launched its latest promotion on purchased points. While this is being promoted as a mystery bonus, all of the accounts that I manage show up to a 45% bonus. I certainly wouldn’t buy Bonvoy points speculatively. However, with a specific or immediate use in mind, this promotion could represent a great deal.

Do you plan on purchasing Marriott points with a bonus?

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  1. Pete Guest

    Evening All~
    55%. Winner, winner...chicken dinner...

    Sneeky

  2. Jill Guest

    very generous by Marriott Bonvoy

  3. John Guest

    35% for me lol. Titanium and over 650 nights, 7 plus years as plat or above, 40+ night ytd.

  4. Eskimo Guest

    By the way, anyone here successfully got their FNA extended again?

  5. echino Gold

    Be aware of a Bonvoy IT glitch when Marriott charges your credit card on file for purchasing points without your consent. It happens when trying to reserve a stay using a free night certificate, Marriott website is trying to use points instead of attaching a certificate, and if you don't have enough points in your account, Marriott will charge your card on file and buy the points without any warning. When complaining, Marriott says points...

    Be aware of a Bonvoy IT glitch when Marriott charges your credit card on file for purchasing points without your consent. It happens when trying to reserve a stay using a free night certificate, Marriott website is trying to use points instead of attaching a certificate, and if you don't have enough points in your account, Marriott will charge your card on file and buy the points without any warning. When complaining, Marriott says points purchases are non-refundable, and for those who dare a charge back on their credit card, Marriott closes their Bonvoy account and forfeits all points and certificates. There is a flyertalk thread about this issue.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Good to know.

      Didn't have a problem in early May.

      Probably when they rolled out certs+points might have triggered this glitch.

  6. Amit Guest

    What a surprise, 45% bonus for here as well.

  7. Chris Guest

    What's the hotel/location in the thumbnail and at the top of the article?

    1. Jules Guest

      My guess is the Ritz Carlton Maldives.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      Ritz Carlton Maldives, picture straight from the official site. Just saw it few days ago.

  8. Jules Guest

    DP: Bonus offered on my account is 55%.

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DAR Guest

35% for me.

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Pete Guest

Evening All~ 55%. Winner, winner...chicken dinner... Sneeky

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Jill Guest

very generous by Marriott Bonvoy

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