Now Live: Marriott Bonvoy “Endless Earning” Promo

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In mid-June, Marriott Bonvoy 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.

While registration for this upcoming promotion launched a couple of weeks ago, note that the new promotion is live for stays as of today.

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.


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Marriott is also offering targeted promotions

Note that in addition to Marriott’s global promotion, they are also offering some targeted promotions. Just log into your Marriott Bonvoy account and go to the “promotions” section to see if you’re eligible for anything.

For example, I’m targeted for double elite nights on paid stays through September 30, 2019. That promotion comes in handy for me, since I’m way behind on elite nights for the year.

Bottom line

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.

On the plus side, the targeted promotions are significantly more lucrative for some members.

What do you make of the Marriott Bonvoy Endless Earning promotion?

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  1. Pretty good return – given many divert bookings to Hilton during their double points promotions, this gives people more incentive to book Marriott. Cutting through all of the angst, Marriott seems to be getting better on the earn proposition when actually staying in hotels than they have in the past.

  2. Has anyone’s Megabonus (last promotion) points posted yet? Considering Marriott’s IT struggles, maybe they should get that right first….

  3. Will this promotion apply to anything you can charge to the room? Are there typically restrictions on what constitutes a stay? (ie would one night in any marriott get the first “stay” out of the way for the “starting with second stay” clause?)

    Reason I’m asking, I have a St Regis Maldives stay coming up in April which will be pricey. I’m thinking I may want to book a cheap local hotel night around the end of march to make that count as my “second stay” for an extra 10x points?

  4. Plus you can earn airline miles on top of that too if you go through a portal. So the earnings can be even higher. AA mall is 6 miles for Bonvoy today.

  5. Does the aa.com Marriott portal work, if you are using a corporate rate? As I always book my hotels through my company’s CONCUR, but there’s no checks and balances to ensure that’s what is actually happening. Thoughts?

  6. Are you certain that elite bonus will stack with the double points? Seeing how well Bonvoy is rolling out I’m willing to bet that the net on this promo is 10 points/$ regardless of elite status.

  7. Here’s how to assess the size of the “rebate” that one gets from a promo, OBJECTIVELY, without relying on highly subjective average redemption values of loyalty points. Also, focusing only on the size of a ‘rebate’ misses the big picture when comparing different programs. The better metric for across-program comparisons is the ‘Spend per Free Night’, because it is quite literally the most reliable estimate of the monetary cost of an award. That is, it is a measure of how much one has to spend in hard currency to afford an award night.

    While the “Spend per Free Night” can be computed across an award chart, I prefer to do it for the very top award rate within each program. However, things do generally scale proportionately up and down the award chart. Importantly, because it takes out all subjective factors “Spend per Free Night” allows award costs to be compared DIRECTLY among different programs.

    Below I estimate the size of the ‘rebate’ that very top Marriott BONVoY (MB) elites and top Hilton Honors (HH) elites get from a 2x promo. At the same time, I will also compare award costs for very top-end hotels in the two programs.

    A. Marriott BONVoY (using ‘MB’ points)
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    Earn rate for Titanium or Ambassador elites w/o 2x promo: 10 + 7.5 + 6 = 23.5 MB/$
    Earn rate for Titanium or Ambassador elites w/ 2x promo: 10 + 7.5 + 6 + 10 = 33.5 MB/$
    Top standard award rate (currently): 85,000MB

    Spend per Free Night w/o 2x promo at top hotel Marriott: 85,000MB/(23.5MB/$) = $3,617
    Spend per Free Night w 2x promo at top hotel Marriott: 85,000MB/(33.5MB/$) = $2,537

    — Size of ‘rebate’ due to 2x promo for MB elites = $1,080 (pretty good).

    B. Hilton Honors (using ‘HH’ points)
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    Earn rate for HH Diamonds w/o 2x promo: 10 + 10 + 14 = 34 HH/$
    Earn rate for HH Diamonds w/ 2x promo: 10 + 10 + 10 + 14 = 44 HH/$
    Top standard award rate (currently): 95,000HH

    Spend per Free Night w/o 2x promo at top hotel Hilton: 95,000HH/(34HH/$) = $2,794
    Spend per Free Night w 2x promo at top hotel Hilton: 95,000HH/(44HH/$) = $2,159

    — Size of ‘rebate’ due to 2x promo for HH Diamonds = $635 (lower but also pretty good).

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    Bottom line:

    — The ‘rebate’ from a 2x promo is larger for MB elites than for HH elites.
    — Without the 2x promo, a top BONVoY award costs $3,617 vs. $2,794 for a top HH award
    — With the 2x promo, a top BONVoY award costs $2,537 vs. $2,159 for a top HH award

    While the “rebate” on award costs due to the 2x promo is larger for BONVoY, the absolute cost of a top HH award (i.e., Spend per Free Night) is invariably lower by several hundred dollars than BONVoY’s, which thus replaces SPG’s as the most expensive top-end award in the business. When the top seasonal award cost is raised to 100,000 as is planned, BONVoY awards will be even more expensive, therefore the program’s members should pray that they will keep getting high-rebate promos!

    G’day!

  8. @ madgoat — You can earn the double points and the elite bonus, but the double points is based on the base points earned, and not the elite bonus.

  9. I hate how they make this for “stays” rather than nights. I’m a different city everyday road warrior so always get shafted on these things.

  10. Where on earth is that hotel (first picture this article)? Looks like a points reward place in the backstreets of Kowloon Hong Kong!
    What an authentic view….

  11. Except those points are worthless now that Marriott makes you also pay the full cost of the room up front to secure the award reservation. I’m deeply uninterested in floating Marriott a $1,000+ loan for several months to book an aspirational stay.

  12. An extra $5.25 in points, if you max the promo out? Such garbage. That won’t move the needle for anyone.

  13. I like when they make their promo so bad that it becomes an easy decision to book away from them for the quarter. And if I do have to book with them during the quarter, it makes it a very easy decision to use up some points or certificates and not be tempted to pay cash for fear of missing out on hefty bonuses. So in a nutshell, fewer bookings, less cash spent…exactly what companies are hoping for when they run promotions, right?

  14. Ok, so there is a Megabonus coming up too, right? 😉 I can make as much doing Green Choice for 3 nights …heh (with former SPG was 1 night!).

  15. Another “nothing to see here” promotion.

    I was never able to register for the prior promotion because I tried so early to register for it, which somehow blocked my account from ever getting registered (tried at least ten times over a two-week period).

    Great way to get loyal members to bolt and never return. #bonvoyed

  16. This is clearly due to seasonality. Peak travel seasons, with family and crop travellers spending days and weeks in hotels, it must look bad for the bottom line with a 2x promo. Hence the meh 1,500 per 2nights+ stay.

  17. Very poor promotion but it’s better than nothing I suppose.

    The double points promo really encouraged me to make some big cash bookings. This promo encourages me to burn some points and book Hilton.

  18. Is it already available for sign up? When I log in to my account, it says 0 promotions available.

  19. If I have a 2-night stay from July 1-July 3rd will that count as being inside the promotion period or does the entire stay need to be within the dates?

  20. …and cue a whole thread of comments complaining about how much Marriott Bonvoy sucks, and DCS lauding Hilton once again.

    Anyway, I’m going to join the stampede of criticizing and say that I couldn’t register for the promotion either. “Endless Earning” more like “Endless IT Failures.” Also, what is it with Marriott promos only giving you any kind of reward starting with your second stay? That just makes me cranky and less interested in booking with them.

  21. Worthless promotion. Only 1500 points, and almost all of my stays are for one night only, so why stay at a Marriott property?

  22. One ( more) thing I miss about SPG: instant confirmation of registration for promotions, via email. Given the SNAFU with Marriott IT, it’s hard to trust that clicking the registration actually works ( although in this case an email did come once it went ‘live’.)
    @Kyle: you can double dip on this promo with your double elite nights. They stack.

  23. Your lucky . Double night promotion. I’m still waiting for that one! No targeted promotions here .

  24. WOW Lucky, the standard promotion is hardy a ‘great deal.’ The targeted one is definitely pretty good for you. I only got, stay twice and earn 5000 points. Not moving the needle for me.

  25. If the promo sucks than stay with a different chain. Hyatt’s promos sucks as do IHGs. Get a Hilton AMEX and stay there. Just pick a chain and stick with it for 75% + of ones stays and then “minor” in another chain. (Based on a certain level of nights/stays otherwise just do one chain.) You maximize your returns by just sticking to one primary chain IMHO. I stay enough to qualify for Titanium and also for Explorer with Hyatt. I won’t swing over to Hyatt just for a promotion no matter how good unless I need nights for my Explorer status. That gives me varying elite status at 3 hotels and points earnings primarily at one. Those are my 2 that I actively stay for and then have the IHG card for Platinum status. Eventually (1-2 years) I will get the Hilton card with the Diamond status. How each chain varies in their “maximized” return rate just will vary from person to person. Are the rates equivalent for a proposed stay, are you using a branded card, etc.? I’m perfectly fine anyone telling me Hilton, Hyatt, IHG are better – go for it. It’s your money and you that has to be satisfied with where you stay – not me.

  26. I suppose if Marriott had been more direct and called this “Endless Spending” or some such, their PR department would’ve had a heart attack.

  27. Marriott’s marketing department really missed the mark here! I got this junk promotion and you got double EQN’s. I’ll stay my 50 nights to renew Platinum Elite, but the rest of the year at Hilton since my business is not worth double EQN to Marriott to get me to Ambassador. Absolutely stupid marketing!

  28. I keep trying to sign up for this and another promotion, but getting kicked out by the Marriott website. Their IT sucks. Actually, so does this promotion since it wouldn’t influence anyone’s travel decisions.

  29. Can you earn while staying on points? Or how to understand „A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/checkout activity on any points-eligible rate“?

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