New Marriott Bonvoy Promo: Register Now

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Marriott Bonvoy has just opened registration for their latest global promotion. This comes after their previous promotion ended in mid-January.

Here’s what you need to know about the new promotion:

Marriott’s “Unlimited Bonus Points” Promotion

Marriott Bonvoy “Unlimited Bonus Points” is the Marriott Bonvoy program’s first new global promotion of 2020.

This promotion is straightforward, but also not terribly exciting:

  • Earn 2,000 Bonvoy bonus points for each stay, starting with your second stay
  • Valid for stays between March 17 and June 14, 2020
  • There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • All hotels globally are participating
  • Award stays are not eligible for this promotion
  • Registration is required by May 31, 2020


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How Valuable Is This Promotion?

This promotion is okay, but not exactly lucrative for most. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at ~0.7 cents each, so to me 2,000 points are worth $14. That means starting with your second stay you’ll earn the equivalent of ~$14 worth of points after every stay.

This is okay for people who frequently make short stays at inexpensive properties, but hardly moves the needle for those staying at expensive hotels, or those making longer stays.


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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 you can earn up to 6x Bonvoy points per dollar spent, or otherwise up to 3x transferable points (with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Citi ThankYou).

Bottom Line

Marriott has just revealed the details of their new global promotion, offering 2,000 bonus points for every stay, starting with the second stay. Personally I value 2,000 points at a ~$14 return.

This is better than nothing, though all things considered is a weak promotion that won’t really cause me to switch around any stays. Add in the global drop in demand due to coronavirus, and I’m surprised we’re not seeing hotels offering more generous promotions.

What do you make of the Marriott Bonvoy “Unlimited Bonus Points” promo?

Comments
  1. Did your account say ” Unfortunately, we cannot register you for this promotion, but if you call our Guest Services number, we would be happy to answer any question you have.” after registering?

    It looks like I’m registered but has this message so I’m confused.

  2. @ James @ Jonathan — Nope, it didn’t. I’d recommend waiting a bit, because the promotion page is up but the promotion hasn’t officially been announced, so maybe they’re still in the process of activating this for everyone.

  3. Smart move by Marriott. Reward business travelers who are making frequent, short-“ish” stays.

  4. Dumb move by Marriott. Oblivious to the global slowdown that has already started. Dis-incentivizes higher spend. Also oblivious to better competing promos.

    Other than that, it’s brilliant.

  5. Lucky,
    Is an article forthcoming about the increase to AMEX marriott cards annual fee? I received a notification from AMEX that the AF was increasing to $125 on the anniversary on or after April 2020.

  6. Lucky – My earlier comment might be old hat. I didn’t remember that last March AMEX made an announcement related to the AF increasing to $125.

  7. The weakest promo of any of the big hotel chains. Moving my spring stays to Hilton and even BestWestern (to get a free night after a two night stay), which has a couple of nice properties in mountain towns we visit frequently.
    I just don’t know how much more of Bonvoy I can take. I have already decided not to try to requalify for Titanium next year and may not even make Platinum. If not for work trips where I have to stay at Marriott properties, I would be done with Bonvoy totally.
    I guess they think that they are so big that they can ignore their loyalty program and people will still be forced to book. Not so.

  8. The “brilliant” idea of the Bonvoy program:
    1) Let’s devalue redemption so the points are on par or below Hilton points
    2) Let’s come up with the weakest promos every year and also make gaps so the promos would work only part of the time.
    3) Let’s forget personalized service, elite phone lines, etc. and let the hotels to eliminate the perks their regular customers were used to.
    4) Let’s also provide 1 free bottle of water instead of 2.
    5) Other brilliant ideas?

    Lucky, do you have sufficient data to show how the hotel points devalue over time?

  9. just when you think Marriott can’t get any more pathetic they release this sorry excuse of a promotion. Add in they had the nerve to send the usual begging email asking for votes for some award.

  10. Lucky, this weak promo was probably planned well before coronademic happened. Question: with travel going into the tank now across the board, how long before hotels begin to offer truly compelling promotions to get people back in the doors?

  11. Not going to bother registering for this totally useless promotion.

    Not valid on reward stays?

    BONVOY

  12. @Azamaraal That’s why I love the similar hilton promo 2k/stay plus 10K every 10 nights. The last Hilton promo was triple points, now you can spend those points you earned in the last promo and get a rebate back of 2k/10k, since their promos are valid on award stays! I wonder if Marriott will follow suit with Hilton’s point promos on award stays, since they seem to be moving toward Hilton-like value on their points now.

  13. They’re just making it so hard to give them my business! Oh man do I miss SPG! I got an error too…

    “A Note About This Promotion
    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“

  14. Two questions:
    1. If I registered but already have a reservation for the promo period, Do I need to make a new reservation and cancel the old one?
    2. What’s a stay? What if travel Monday through Thursday, will I keep getting 2000 points after the first stay, or will the count be reset and I’ll betting 2000 points after every Monday-Tuesday night on Wednesdays and Thursday?

  15. @Mike

    1. No, your reservation is fine as is
    2. A stay is continuous (PAID) nights at the same hotel, REGARDLESS of check-
    in/check-out activity. So, if you have a Monday-Thursday stay, to maximize this
    promo, you need to have at least 2 hotels. So, check into Hotel #1 on Monday,
    check out and into Hotel #2 on Tuesday, then check out and back into Hotel #1(or
    any other hotel besides #2) on Wednesday, and then check out and back into
    Hotel #2 (or any other hotel besides #1) on Thursday. Assuming you’ve already
    made your 1st PAID stay under the promo, you’d get 8,000 bonus promo points
    this way.

  16. I’m quite disappointed, as apparently I’m not eligible for the promotion. I’m a Lifetime Titanium and get the following message. Any one else experiencing the same points discrimination?

    “A Note About This Promotion
    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”

  17. @Max

    I am a UK based titanium. Received offer today, tegistered with no problem.

    The Details of the offer states “The member receiving this offer has been targetted” so it seems odd for you to have been rejected. Contact Marriott!

  18. Pathetic Incentive to travel? There shouldn’t be ANY incentive to travel, from any hotel chain. As for bonus points, or regular points for that matter, unless one is staying at a Marriott OWNED hotel, it isn’t Marriott that pays for ones’ points, it’s the individual hotels. As far as that goes, Marriott doesn’t pay for anything except advertising the brand (again with the exception of brand-owned hotels). So, right now quite a few hotels that are in business aren’t making enough to even pay their working employees, along with the franchise, loyalty and advertising fees, to keep their respective chain name.
    Best pyramid scheme ever, and it’s legal!
    As for 2 bottles of water? If one is travelling within most of North America, drink from the tap, as one should be anyway.

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