Marriott Bonvoy has just revealed the details of their newest promotion. Marriott’s previous promotion ran from March 19 through June 4, and offered double points on all stays, starting with your second stay.
How does this promotion compare?
Marriott’s Endless Earning promotion
Marriott Bonvoy Endless Earning is the Marriott Bonvoy program’s second-ever promotion.
With this promotion you’ll earn 1,500 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights. Some things to be aware of:
- The promotion is valid for stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019
- Registration is required by September 2, 2019 (if you’re struggling to register through this link, just log into your Marriott Bonvoy account and go to the “Promotions” section)
- All hotels globally are participating
- There is no cap on how many bonus points you can earn
- Only eligible rates qualify, and you can only earn the bonus for one room per stay
St. Regis Bora Bora
How good is Marriott Bonvoy’s Endless Earning promo?
On the plus side, I’m happy that all hotels are participating, and that you start earning bonus points with your first stay.
Unfortunately beyond that this promotion is really lackluster, though. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, so to me 1,500 points are worth $10.50. In other words, this promotion offers an incremental return of $10.50 for every stay of two or more nights.
That’s at most the equivalent of a return of $5.25 per night (and that’s the absolute most — you get nothing for one night stays, and the value per night decreases the longer you stay).
Beyond this promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 points per dollar spent on eligible hotel charges, except Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites, where they earn five points per dollar spent.
On top of that you earn bonus points if you’re an elite member, which is calculated based on the base points earned:
- Silver Elite members earn a 10% bonus
- Gold Elite members earn a 25% bonus
- Platinum Elite members earn a 50% bonus
- Titanium Elite & Ambassador Elite members earn a 75% bonus
Le Meridien Paro, Bhutan
Then there’s what you earn through credit card spend. Some co-branded Marriott Cards, including the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase and Marriott Bonvoy BusinessTM American Express® Card, earn 6x points per dollar spent.
So as an Ambassador member paying with a co-branded credit card and staying at a full service property, I’m earning 23.5 points per dollar spent, and then with this promotion I’m earning an extra 1,500 points for every stay of two or more nights.
While I appreciate the simplicity of Marriott’s new global promotion (it’s valid starting with the first stay, and no properties are excluded), otherwise it’s really lackluster. Earning just 1,500 bonus points for stays of two or more nights isn’t anything to get excited about.
While this is better than nothing, it really does reflect how Marriott doesn’t have to do much to be competitive, given how big they are.
What do you make of the Marriott Bonvoy Endless Earning promotion?