Marriott Bonvoy Promo: 1,500 Bonus Points Per Stay (Now Live)

Marriott Bonvoy Promo: 1,500 Bonus Points Per Stay (Now Live)

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At the end of August we learned the details of Marriott Bonvoy’s newest global promotion, which is live for stays as of today. While most other major hotel groups had promos this summer, Marriott didn’t — the program’s last offer ended in April 2021. Unfortunately this new promotion isn’t much to get excited about either.

Marriott Bonvoy offering bonus points with each stay

Bonvoy members can register for Marriott’s latest global promotion, offering 1,500 bonus points on each stay, plus 3,000 additional bonus points for stays at all-inclusives:

  • The promotion is valid for stays between September 14 and December 12, 2021, regardless of when they’re booked
  • Registration is required prior to your first eligible stay, and registration closes on November 28, 2021
  • The promotion kicks in starting with your first stay
  • Only paid stays qualify towards this promotion, so award stays don’t qualify
  • There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • Bonus points will post within seven business days of checking out of a hotel
  • All hotels globally are participating, and there’s no minimum length of stay required to unlock the bonus
St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia

How valuable is this Marriott Bonvoy promotion?

Not at all, unfortunately. On the plus side, the promotion is pretty straightforward, and you start earning bonus points with your first paid stay. Unfortunately that’s where the good aspects of this promotion end. I value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, which means:

  • 1,500 bonus points are worth $10.50 to me
  • 3,000 bonus points are worth $21 to me

In other words, for each paid stay (not even award stays) you’re earning the equivalent of $10.50. I suppose that’s decent if you make one night stays at inexpensive properties, but if you’re staying for longer and at more expensive properties, this is one of the weakest promotions we’ve seen from any hotel group in a very long time.

You’d think Marriott would want to incentivize Bonvoy members to spend more and stay at luxury properties, but this promotion certainly doesn’t encourage that kind of behavior.

W Hotel Verbier, Switzerland

Normal Marriott Bonvoy points earning rates

Not factoring in this promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members ordinarily earn:

  • 10x Bonvoy points per dollar spent at most brands
  • 5x Bonvoy points per dollar spent at Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites

Then there are elite bonuses:

  • Silver Elite members earn 10% bonus points
  • Gold Elite members earn 25% bonus points
  • Platinum Elite members earn 50% bonus points
  • Titanium Elite & Ambassador Elite members earn 75% bonus points

The above doesn’t include the points you can earn for credit card spending at hotels:

As a Titanium member with a co-branded credit card, I ordinarily earn 23.5x Bonvoy points per dollar spent. At a valuation of 0.7 cents per point, that’s like a ~16% return on hotel spending.

Blue Palace Elounda, Greece

Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy has today launched its newest global promotion, which members need to register for. With this promo, members earn 1,500 bonus points per paid stay, and an additional 3,000 bonus points for paid stays at all-inclusives. This is an underwhelming promotion, especially when you consider that Marriott Bonvoy was the only major hotel group to not have a promotion this summer.

What do you make of Marriott Bonvoy’s latest global promotion?

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  1. Cmorgan

    We're sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

    The reason for this error could be:

    You're trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired
    Updating your earning preference is fast and easy; simply sign into your account. For all other issues, please contact Marriott Bonvoy Customer Support.

  2. Jonathon Russell

    @Ben, both of your posts about this promo continue to say "there is no minimum length of stay required to unlock the bonus points", which implies that even single night stays qualified for this bonus.
    However, according to the rules listed on Marriott's promotions page, a *stay* is defined as "any # of consecutive nights at the same property", which implies that single overnight stays are NOT eligible for this bonus.
    You may...

    @Ben, both of your posts about this promo continue to say "there is no minimum length of stay required to unlock the bonus points", which implies that even single night stays qualified for this bonus.
    However, according to the rules listed on Marriott's promotions page, a *stay* is defined as "any # of consecutive nights at the same property", which implies that single overnight stays are NOT eligible for this bonus.
    You may want to update your posts to provide some clarification on that.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Jonathon Russell -- A single night stay would qualify. The reason for those terms is to clarify that you can't book five back-to-back one night stays at the same hotel and have it count as five separate stays.

    2. Jonathon Russell

      Ok great. Thanks for the reply Ben.
      Thats really helpful to me as I have a roadtrip coming up in Colorado where we will be in numerous different towns overnight throughout the week.
      I can really cash in on that bonus now.

    1. Brutus

      I couldn't register either. I had to request assistance from customer support, but they enrolled me immediately.

  3. Jack

    Is it targeted promo? I can't use the link to register nor on my promo page.

  4. John

    It seems to be stackable with the targeted fall/autumn points promo. (Ex. Up.to.18,000 points for 3 weekend stays).

  5. Joe1293

    I honestly love this Marriott promotion
    Very generous Thanks

  6. JJ

    I'm not eligible either as a Titanium Maybe I stayed too much this year (80 nights)

  7. FNT Delta Diamond

    While this is pathetic, let's not forget that Marriott has run plenty of other promos. Namely, it has basically given anyone who wanted it elite status, either through status extensions or status via a credit card. There are people with platinum or titanium statuses through the end of 2022 who have only stayed 10 or 15 nights in a Marriott-branded hotel since January 1, 2020.

  8. Bbbzzzzz

    Hmm somehow this promo doesn’t pop up in my account where I can register and the link doesn’t allow me to register
    Is it really a worldwide promo?

    1. UA-NYC

      Lather, rinse, repeat, for about ~30 promos in a row...Marriott IT is terrible, this is a feature not a bug. Increases breakage and all.

  9. Brutus

    Marriott loves me so much that they won't even let me sign up for this "global" promotion.

    1. joe

      lol. Me too. Instead of a vague message as to why you can't get the promotion they mind as well just give us a middle finger emoji. Several of the links to this promotion from their website and their app fails to go anywhere.

      Yay outsourced developers.

  10. JoeSchmo

    Booyah! At my valuation, this is an extra $2.34/night for me in points value! Savings that I can take to the bank!

  11. Kyle

    This is almost embarrassing. They'd have been better off not offering a promo at all. Hilton has been so generous with the promos, I was actually expecting Marriott to do better than this!

    1. Regis

      They are too big to bother having to offer any meaningfull incentives for customer.

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Jonathon Russell

Ok great. Thanks for the reply Ben. Thats really helpful to me as I have a roadtrip coming up in Colorado where we will be in numerous different towns overnight throughout the week. I can really cash in on that bonus now.

Cmorgan

We're sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion. The reason for this error could be: You're trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa You are not eligible for this promotion This promotion has expired Updating your earning preference is fast and easy; simply sign into your account. For all other issues, please contact Marriott Bonvoy Customer Support.

Brutus

I couldn't register either. I had to request assistance from customer support, but they enrolled me immediately.

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