Ending Soon! Buy Marriott Points With A 50% Bonus

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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!

Key Terms

  • 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.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 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

Sample Stay

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.

Screenshot showing the price of a five-night paid stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami costs $3,327.85 in mid-December.
A five-night paid stay in December at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami

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.

Screenshot showing the price of a five-night award stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami costs 200,000 points plus $141.25 in fees for a stay in mid-December.
A five-night award stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at standard award rates

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.

Our Take

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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Comments

  • I always appreciate your information!

  • As you say, it is a decent offering compared to previous Bonvoy offerings but I do wonder if in the current climate there will be better options that come along.

    (At least Bonvoy points are transferable to airlines as well so different ‘cashout’ opportunities.)

    Risk of devaluation coming too perhaps? So not one to purchase speculatively in my opinion

  • For now, cash is king. I would hold off and see what better offers are coming down in the setting of corona virus and travel bans.

    • karen zynger says:

      I agree. There should much better deals as the virus outbreak is in our rear view mirror in the summer.

    • Agreed. Cash is king which is a primary reason they’re running this promotion- to get cash in their hands.

  • I never quite understood the concept of purchasing points. I thought the idea behind the travel hacks was to earn the points/miles to cash in on free or low-cost travel without any extraneous spending. Does it truly make sense to purchase points? Or is it a case-by-case basis where some promotions are better than others?

    • I think the website always advocates for the case-by-case basis.

    • Sometimes, you just need to top up a little bit for the large award you have in mind.

    • It all depends on how many points you can earn and the value of the uses. I’ve been able to generate enough Marriott points to avoid buying more. But I just checked out of a Marriott property where I was getting 2.2+ cents per point on the redemption. If I didn’t have enough Marriott points, buying more would be a slam dunk!

    • Sometimes you’re just short of a redemption or you may be in a time in your life where you’re not traveling. My wife bought $10 or $20 (whatever the minimum is) of Marriott points two years ago just to make sure her 80,000 points didn’t expire. It sucked but it was pay nothing and have 0 points or pay $10 and have 81,000 points. I think we all know the right answer.

  • No reason to be buying points now with all the uncertainty and especially with Marriott seeing how they are treating many of their customers in this situation.

  • Marriott keeps bonvoying us and making their points worth less, so I’ll pass.

  • I like the idea of stockpiling some points during this period. When things pick up again, I will have plenty of points to spend for my stays.

  • Does it make sense to end a promotion in these days, when uncertainty rules? Couldn’t be extended until travel scenario gets clearer for planning trips?

  • Great offer… at any other time! That being said I think Marriott Points are pretty safe

  • I don’t want to seem like an alarmist but I imagine hotel chains are going to be under cashflow pressure and in that case anything could happen with their points currencies. For now, I’m still holding onto my cash.

  • The only good scenario for buying points is the one that comes with a bonus, so in this case it could be that good scenario

  • I love this hotel i met last summer

  • I’m actually thinking of liquidating my points w/ MR as the brand has really gone downhill. Rather than buy at a 50% discount, I’m absolutely willing to transfer out to a partner (even at a loss) just to “shop” elsewhere.

  • Since not traveling now no need to obtain extra points. Will hold back as think we may see better offers when they need us to come back.

  • on the other note of Marriott program member status, I thought there’s soft-landing for member who didn’t meet the requirements to maintain current status, the status will drop by just one tier the following year. Below is the reply from Marriott Twitter last October when I checked with them.

    “That is correct — should you not be able to meet the requirements to maintain your Titanium Elite Status for this calendar year, you would be soft-landed to Platinum Elite Status the next calendar year.”

    BUT my status just dropped from Titanium to Gold. skipping Platinum.

  • John Voortman says:

    I’ve never wanted to put out cash to pay for points, but am curious if anyone thinks the outlay of cash for 100,000 points would be worth it if it meant taking advantage of Marriott’s Hotel + Air package?

  • Very good offer! We must make the most of them at this time, everything that brings us closer to traveling cheaper, and incidentally we help all the activity that is going wrong!

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