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This Marriott Points Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase Marriott points.
In February, Marriott Bonvoy launched a promotion offering a 50% bonus on purchased points for all purchases of 2,000+ points—dropping the price of Marriott points under 0.9 cents apiece. To further entice travelers, Marriott increased its annual points purchase limit from 50,000 to 100,000 during this promotion. Interested members should act fast, though, as this deal ends March 25!
- This promotion is valid on purchases through March 25, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Points may be purchased in increments of 1,000, with a minimum purchase of 2,000 points required.
- Buy up to 50,000 Marriott points per transaction, up to an annual limit of 100,000 points.
- Points (pre-bonus) can be purchased at a rate of $12.50 (USD) per 1,000 points.
- Marriott Bonvoy members must wait 30 days after joining to buy points if their account has qualifying activity. If members don't have qualifying activity, they must wait at least 90 days after enrollment to purchase points.
Crunching the Numbers
Before the promo bonus, Marriott Bonvoy points cost $12.50 per 1,000 points, or 1.25 cents per point. Once you factor in the 50% bonus, the cost of points drops to 0.83 cents apiece. Unlike some other points purchase promotions, neither the point cost nor the bonus level varies by the number of points purchased. As long as you buy 2,000 points or more, you'll enjoy the same low purchase rate at all purchase levels during this promotion.
Although the annual points purchase limit has increased to 100,000 per account, purchases are still limited to 50,000 points (pre-bonus) at a time. So, buyers looking to max out this promo will need to make two separate transactions of 50,000 points each.
Maxing out this promotion as a single traveler will net a total of 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after the bonus applies. However, joining forces with a travel companion during this promotion—coupled with the ability to transfer up to 100,000 points to another account in a given year—means a team of two could purchase a collective 300,000 points through this opportunity and pool up to 250,000 of those points for redemptions together.
For those traveling solo but looking for more than 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, fear not. Marriott offers many co-branded credit cards with generous sign-up bonuses to boost points balances as well.
- Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
- Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
- 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
- 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
- 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
- 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases
To make purchased points go even further, I'd recommend taking advantage of Marriott's fifth night free on award stays. As a result of the global spread of COVID-19, I canceled some personal travel plans to warmer destinations this spring. Undoubtedly, many others had to do the same. Especially during a period of social isolation, planning a trip to a warm-weather destination toward the end of the calendar year sounds ideal.
Miami stood out as an area with many upscale options that would offer warm weather even when winter arrives. Although not on the beach, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami offers a 19th-floor pool as well as a central location for Miami's other offerings. For a five-night stay in mid-December, the going member rate is $3,328 after all taxes and fees.
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is a category 6 hotel, which means a standard award night costs members 50,000 points. With the fifth night free perk, the same stay would cost members a total of 200,000 points, plus a pesky $28.15 daily resort fee. The selected dates offer standard category 6 award pricing, though this could be as high as 70,000 points or as low as 50,000 points per night for peak or off-peak dates, respectively.
Instead of paying over $3,300 for this five-night stay, you could purchase points and book the same room for 200,000 points + $141.25. Teaming up with another traveler to buy those 200,000 points, you'd pay $1,667 for the points portion. Adding in the resort fee, you'd pay a total of $1,808 for the stay. In terms of total cash outlay, using points to make this booking would save over $1,500. That's nearly half the total cost!
After subtracting the resort fee, the 200,000 points “covers” the cash savings of $3,187 for a redemption value of 1.59 cents per point. Compared to the purchase price of 0.83 cents per point, this redemption nearly doubles the points purchase rate.
Even better, Marriott Bonvoy award reservations are generally freely cancelable until two days before arrival. So, if your plans need to change, you can cancel the booking and refund the Marriott points to your account with no fee or penalty.
This is just one example of a great redemption using points at one of Marriott's 6,900 properties worldwide. There are plenty of other Marriott hotels where you can get more than 0.83 cents per point in value. If you need any inspiration for redemption ideas using Marriott Bonvoy points, check out either of these posts.
I don't recall ever seeing a higher bonus on purchased points for the Marriott Bonvoy program. Still, this promotion won't make sense for everyone, especially given the disruption to travel plans around the world.
For those with travel plans in mind, this promotion could yield excellent value, especially on stays of 5+ nights. Similarly, those looking to “top up” their accounts for a redemption will enjoy the same low purchase price as those buying the maximum number of points. Interested travelers should act quickly and purchase points by Wednesday, March 25, 2020!
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