Buy Marriott Points With Up to a 30% Discount (With a Trick to Mint Airline Miles for 2.1¢)

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Marriott just launched a new buy Bonvoy points sale. With this promotion, targeted Bonvoy members will receive up to a 30% discount when they buy Marriott points. That's not quite as good of a deal as when Marriott offered a 60% bonus in November 2020. However, this is still a great rate for the right redemptions.

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A Note on Buying Points

Before we get into the details of this promotion, let's point out that buying points isn't always a great idea. Without a discount like this, the price to buy points is typically higher than the redeemable value they present.

With that said, there are two cases when buying miles can be a smart move. The first is when topping off your account balance for a specific redemption. The second is when the price to buy points for a redemption is cheaper than paying for the same product outright.

Key Terms to Buy Marriott Points

  • This promotion is valid between May 13, 2021 — June 20, 2021.
  • You will receive a 30% discount when you buy at least 2,000 Marriott points, or 0.875¢ per point.
  • Starting in 2021, members are limited to purchasing a maximum of 100,000 points per year
  • Bonus points and points purchased earlier in the year don't count toward the maximum
  • It may take 24 – 48 hours for purchased points to post to your account
  • To be eligible for this promotion, your account must be at least 30 days old with qualifying activity, or at least a year old without qualifying activity

Luxury Redemption Options

Following the merger with SPG several years ago, the Marriott Bonvoy program has emerged as a powerhouse in the hotel world, encompassing over 7,000 properties across 30 different brands. Among these are some of the most recognizable luxury hotel brands in the world—including Le Meridien, Bulgari, St. Regis, and Ritz Carlton.

With this in mind, we've picked a few of the most aspirational Bonvoy properties to demonstrate how you could save a bunch of money by buying points instead of paying the (often astronomical) cash rate.

Suiran, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel

Luxury in Kyoto

As the historic capital city of Japan, Kyoto is an incredible city rich in history and culture. Unfortunately, finding a place to stay there tends to be an expensive endeavor. For example, high-end properties can cost almost $1,500 per night.

As a category 7 property, the standard award price at Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto—one of Marriott's ‘Luxury-Collection' properties—is 60,000 Bonvoy points per night or 45,000 Bonvoy points per night off-peak. With a 30% discount, you could save considerably by buying the required Bonvoy points for $525 at the standard rate, or $394 at the off-peak rate.

buy Marriott points with this bonus to book this Kyoto hotel for just $401 per night

Escape to Bora Bora

We refer to properties in Bora Bora a lot when lucrative promos like this pop up. Our reasoning is this: several of the world's largest hotel groups have ultra-expensive luxury properties in Bora Bora. While the cash rates for these places are mind-boggling, the award prices can be feasible—provided you're able to find availability. Marriot is no exception.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Recognizable as the filming location for the 2009 movie ‘Couples Retreat', the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort embodies the word ‘Eden', the name given to the property in the film. Unfortunately, the price of the resort can make a stay unmanageable for those of us that aren't A-list movie stars.

After adding in taxes and fees, you're looking at $1,330 per night. However, if you buy the 70,000 Bonvoy points under the terms of this promotion, you'll only have to pay $613—saving over $700 per night.

5th Night Free

Don't forget that Bonvoy loyalty members can effectively get 20% off five-night award stays, thanks to Marriott's 5th Night Free Benefit. This could make for a pretty lucrative opportunity if paired with this promotion and an off-peak Category 1 property.

Four Points for 4k points per night

For example, you could book a five-night stay at this Four Points in California for 20,000 Bonvoy points total. At 0.875¢ per point, you could buy all of the necessary points for only $175, or $35 per night!

Safari in Southern Africa

If you're looking for a more luxurious low-category destination, Marriott has a few enticing properties in southern Africa.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is located immediately across the river from South Africa's incredible Kruger National Park. That makes it a convenient yet luxurious “camp” for exploring the wonders of Kruger. Despite the convenient location, the hotel has some reasonable cash rates of around $150 per night.

But, as a category 2 hotel, you only have to redeem 12,500 points for a standard night (10,000 for off-peak; 15,000 for peak). After a 5th night free, you can pay just 40,000 points for a 5-night stay during off-peak dates. You can buy those points during this promotion for just $350 total, or just $70 per night.

Buy Marriott points for just $350 total for this 5-night stay

Even better, the Protea Hotel Lusaka Safari Lodge has its own game reserve on-site! As a category 1 hotel, you can pay as little as 5,000 points for an off-peak night, or a modest 7,500 points for a standard night. For example, you can visit in March 2022 for just 22,500 points total for a 5th-night free stay. If you buy those points at 0.875¢ per point, you'll pay just $196.88 total (or under $40 per night). That's less than the typical cost for just one night at this property!

Buy Marriott points for just $188 total for this 5-night stay

Buy Marriott Points to Mint Airline Miles at 2.1¢ Each

Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to 41 different airlines. Most of those transfer at a 3 to 1 transfer ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for transferring 60,000 points. That means that a 60,000-point transfer would yield 25,000 airline miles. This solid 30% discount on buying Marriott point opens the opportunity to mint airline miles at just 2.1¢ cents each.

For example, you can buy 60,000 Marriott points through this promotion for $525:

buy 60k Marriott points for $525

If you then transfer 60,000 Marriott points to an airline, you'll end up with 25,000 miles for a cost of $525. That's 2.1¢ per mile.

The rate is even better if you transfer to United MileagePlus. As part of United's partnership with Marriott, Bonvoy transfers to United get an additional 10% bonus. So, you'll end up with 27,500 United miles for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred. That means you can mint United miles for just 1.91¢ cents each through this Marriott buy points promotion.

Maximizing your Purchase

Unfortunately, Bonvoy point purchases are processed by Points.com—not Marriot directly. So, when you buy Marriott points, it most likely won't trigger the ‘travel' category bonus on any credit card. If you choose to buy Marriott points, your best options are to use the purchase to help qualify for a minimum spending requirement or use a card optimized for everyday spending. Some of our favorite options are:

Bottom Line

It bears repeating that buying miles isn't for everyone. For most people, it's a lot easier to accumulate Bonvoy points through a sign-up bonus on a Marriott co-branded credit card. However, this buy Marriott points promotion could be a terrific opportunity for folks with a plan.

Are you going to buy Bonvoy points with a 30% discount?

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  • SCOTT PETERS says:

    At 30% off, how many points do you need to buy to extend the miles expiration? It may be worth it if it isn’t cost prohibitive.

  • Thanks for the tips – good to know about the redemption power being greater when used abroad.

  • This post is a good reminder that the best Bonvoy redemption values are often found abroad, both because of the lower rates and because of the superior amenities and service at many of the Marriott-affiliated properties in countries other than the U.S. Just be sure to check your destination country’s pandemic-related policies early and often, since they can change quickly and unexpectedly!

  • There are good possibilities of redemption but maybe it’s better to wait for a 40% or 50% promotion.

  • I love the Marriot hotels in all cities, they are incredible. Thank you very much for the discount notice, it is a great financial help to me.

  • Would really have to be a specific redemption. 30% just isn’t worth it.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    This trick makes all difference. Great

  • I not a buyer at 30% but as travel reopens, I appreciate it can make sense for some

  • Don’t think the 30% is worth it. Maybe double it and well see!

  • Purchasing miles / points will remain risky for a long time because traveling far will not be easy anytime soon.

  • Maryjane says:

    I’m not going to buy any points right now because I don’t need them for any planned trips. I’m not a huge fan of buying points but I always like these blog posts to learn about aspirational properties and to remind myself of the fact that I always have more airline points than I think since I can transfer Marriott points to so many airlines.

  • Sounds like a pretty good trick. Mint miles are nice to have.

  • Thanks for the tips! Useful as usual!
    I am currently at the Sheraton Grand Rio Resort in Rio de Janeiro and they have fantastic offers for as little as 20,000 points per night. This means that for 80,000 points one can have a 5 night stay (with the fifth night free) at this great beach front hotel. And if you have a high Bonvoy status, they will make sure to put you in a fantastic oceanfront suite!

  • Chirag Agrawal says:

    Thanks, Extremely tempting I have a trip to Japan later this year, really considering buying some points.

  • This is certainly tempting, however Marriott has offered better rates to purchase points last year, with a 60% bonus. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did one of those this year too.

  • airlines often put miles on sale for under 2c buying direct from the airline.

  • That is a nice workaround for airline miles. Marriott points are quite useful as they have so many airline transfer partners.

  • You get MileagePlus miles for less with this Marriott promotion than the current United one. 🙂

  • I have just known about this 5th night option, it’s almost as good as the40% bonus miles.

  • Nice new trick, good to know.

  • Hello to all. One question, purchasing points on the Marriott program extends the expiration of points right?

  • As another person stated, this is tempting. As I have not been racking up points traveling since March, this might be a good source of miles to use once I do start traveling. Especially in either using the points for the United/Marriott package or for a direct transfer to United. Need to do a quick check of both accounts before the end of today.

  • Marriott terms are confusing about who can buy points (and bonus). It says 30 day old a/c with qualifying activity OR 1 year old a/c without qualifying activity.
    Strangely, most points recommending portals suggest it is 90 days without qualifying activity.
    My a/c was signed up in March 2020 (6 months old) and does NOT have any qualifying activity.
    Can I buy points (+ bonus)

    • Interesting catch! Marriott’s rule in the past was definitely 90 days without account activity. Not sure when they changed that. I would try logging in to see if Marriott is enforcing this rule on your account. If not, perhaps you can generate some activity through another means.

      • Yes, I tried to login to a/c and tried to buy via points.com with some permutations. Points.com does not validate anything and took me till payment page even if all details were incorrect. I also bought a low-cost “Marriott activities” for $5 which is supposed to credit 25 miles; and hoping that it will be a qualifying activity. Hoping that it will reflect in 14 days, so I can at least buy points for 50% bonus before it ends. Please suggest if that is good.

        • Seems like a brilliant idea! That should count as qualifying activity as it’s an earning activity. I just hope that the bonus points post quickly. And I’d love to hear back if this works for you!

          • It did work perfectly for me. I bought low cost Marriott Activity costing $5, got 25 points within 10 days, after a couple of mails and one phone call. Immediately purchased the points + bonus as per offer. Received base points next day, and bonus points the day after. Super smooth.

            The condition of 1 year was strange though. If they are selling points to generate cash, why should they care who pays for it? Why should there be any restrictions whatsoever. They were not offering any status with the purchase (which would have been sweet).

          • Thanks for the follow-up that it worked!

            I believe the timing restrictions are typically put into place to avoid fraudulent new accounts set up just to purchase points. Then again, it’s not hard for someone to just generate a little activity to get around this.

  • laura Muradas says:

    gracias por la info!!. No sabia lo de la quinta noche gratis!!! la vamos a aprovechar pronto.

  • Thanks for posting this article. It’s very helpful to have the warning about when to NOT buy points up front. The specific property examples are useful to see how buying the points can work. I will probably buy some points after reading this.

  • I think that even 1.9 cent per point it’s quite expensive.
    Sometimes you save something but in general not so excited by this offer.

  • I bought Marriott points a while back and while they can be valuable for certain redemptions, it’s not quite as good as the old SPG point purchase offers. I hope some more gift card bonuses come up soon.

  • Marriott should really be encouraging people to buy points now since travel is still restricted. This is one of the ways they can earn lucrative amounts during this pandemic.

  • Pablo Quilis says:

    An excellent tip to make transfers to United programs. I will think about it. Thanks!

  • I would never have thought to buy Marriott points and transfer them to UA to get a ticket. I mainly get points with a hotel and use them for stays. I don’t think I would want to transfer them unless I was short and couldn’t use them for a stay. I’d still want to use them for a stay even if I bought points.

  • Very tempting, especially since the places mentioned are on my bucket list! But, alas, I’m not traveling right now.

  • This deal could make any well-planned staycation very worthwhile.

  • The MileagePlus 10% transfer bonus is news to me. Thanks.

  • This would be so great for my paris trip! the only issue is i’m unsure of when I can use it or when I can go!

  • The Four Points Oklahoma City example is truly fantastic.

  • Some beautiful properties are shown in the post, but I’m not buying any points at this time. Marriott has been offering some great bonuses on their credit cards during the pandemic. Taking full advantage of those deals is a much better way to boost your balance IMO.

  • There are some very good redemption in Africa especially for category 1 and 2.

  • I don’t think that this is good deal , I missing SPG…….

  • This is very tempting. With these points would be the only option I would visit these places as they are very expensive to pay without any promotion.

  • Great price to buy Marriott points. Can be redeem a good hotels if we buy 25000 points and I’d like buy 50K to redeem a Cat 4 level hotel.

  • It’s always a bad deal unless you can immediately put it to use.

  • nearly to be the most cheap price to buy marriott points. but don’t buy too much as Covid-19.

  • Great deal especially as Marriott offers so many redemption options

  • Tempting . I have many resort locations on mind. Are all of them very expensive unless you use points

  • I won’t do this. Essentially if I’m spending $500 to buy points in order to mint an equivalent of 25,000 miles which is good for usually Economy Saver award round trips which need to be bought way in advance. Most roundtrip domestic flights would not be more than $500 anyways. I don’t see what the point is in buying points this way. Am I missing something?

  • dominguez marcela fabiana says:

    I love Marriot hotels. Bora Bora is a dream place. I would love to come back.-

  • maldeleine says:

    Bora Bora island? the image beautiful. Hope i can go to here.

  • Has anyone been able to make the Maths work for buying and transfers to airlines ? Particularly to the hard-earned airlines that aren’t easily available via credit card sign-ups.
    I found that it was very useful for transfers to AA and then using AA miles for Etihad flights.
    Interested in hearing about other such airline uses where the maths works.

  • Marriot points are the best!!!!

  • I think right now as others have said is a great time to book future stays. Once things are back to normal I can see a lot of people flocking to these places and prices to increase.

  • The bonuses are just hedge against the devaluations 🙂

  • The Bora Bora property is amazing and this is a really great deal on Marriott points!

  • We looked into it but didn’t find a hotel in driving distance that made it worth it. Pass for now until travel changes.

  • As said in the article the best redemptions are with upper level accomodations.
    It has become much less convenient redeeming points for a travel package which in the past was an exceptional value as reward.
    Not having a stay in a upper class Marriott hotel stay in the future I think I won’t buy any points even though this is the best ever offer of Marriott.

  • SPG points are very much missed !

  • Great time to hoard some points while properties start opening up- Or you can buy the points and use them right away!

  • When was the 10% transfer bonus to the MileagePlus program introduced?

  • After seeing this methinks it is time to use up your points, devaluation seems to be near

  • I agree this is a good offer for someone with an immediate intended stay. I wouldn’t buy them just because it’s a good offer

  • Robert Revita says:

    Agreed. Now is the time to start booking future travel. Prices are rock bottom.

  • What happened to SPG’s great promotions such as “Buy 4 nights get 2 free” and “Buy 2 nights get 1 free”??? As a longtime SPG and now Marriott loyal client I can only say the current Marriott “promotions” don’t interest me especially when you have to use your points when you reserve to be eligible for only 1 free night!

  • I think now is the time to start booking future travel as prices will likely not be this low as we reopen in the US.

  • This certainly is a good offer but the big risk is that by the time we get to use these, Marriott would have devalued the points (a devaluation is certainly coming)

    If you can somehow use it before that, it would be a good deal for sure.

  • As a former Starwood member, I favor Marriott to redeem points for aspirational hotels and destinations, including Bora Bora. Buying points cheaply now makes sense for when travel can be done safely, comfortably and before the big crowds return

  • Bora Bora is on my bucket list. This sounds like a great deal but the world is crazy right now, not sure if I’m comfortable with spending money on something I might not be able to use for a long time. What if they go out of business?

  • The offer is good but it’s the use of the points which may have some problems.

  • Maryjane says:

    I won’t be buying any points, despite the fact that it can make sense. However, I do consider this a flexible currency so earning Bonvoy points with the best credit card is definitely part of my strategy. Currently the Bonvoy Business card has the best everyday earning for gasoline so it is my go to card for that. One day I will go to one of the aspirational properties pictured in the article, but through stays and spend.

  • not sure if there would be value in banking Bonvoy points at this time when the travel outlook for the next 6 months is still uncertain.

    • Nor do we know what Marriott will do to the program. They’re big enough I expect them to survive but none of us have any clue how the rewards program will be affected.

  • I suspect we’ll see more and more of these. Hotels will definitely be looking for influxes of cash.

  • I agree with Craig’s comment.
    Back in the days when SPG was selling points with comparable prices it was a nobrainer to buy them.
    However nowadays even with Marriott’s best price ever on points I am leaning against pulling the trigger.

    • If they’re this desperate for cash, don’t be surprised when the program gets devalued in three months.

  • That’s kind of crazy at the thought of functionally buying airline miles. It definitely pays to know all the ins and outs and ways to get points of the currency you’re after.

  • Now we’ve finally reached near equivalence with what SPG sold points for…

    Yet how times have changed when I was an automatic buyer of Starpoints and can’t really find much value in Marriott…

    • Michael Karpiel says:

      I agree with Craig. Back in 2018 prior to the final merge of SPG with Marriott I bought 30K SPG points (90K Marriott) for $682.50 which was 0.758 cents per point (Marriott equivalent). I then used those points as part of a 7 night Cat 6 Hotel and Air package from Marriott. SPG and Marriott points were valued a lot higher back then so this is no bargain.

    • agree with you. I miss SPG so much 🙁

  • where and when is everyone booking with Marriott points?

  • Loved being able to use the 5th night free staying at Protea Pelican Bay Namibia. Perfect location to see the largest natural flock of flamingos in Southern Africa! Wonderful staff !! Great restaurants nearby at the largest harbor getting Namibia and on the Atlantic ocean! Gorgeous sunsets and favorite restaurant was Dockside grill ❤️

    • It’s called Pelican Bay, but the flamingos are where it’s at? It sounds as if the flamingos earned the title! Sounds wonderful all around. Oh, to be able to travel!

  • Although the suggestions for usage of points for this promo is nice, I still would not be caught dead paying $685 a night for a hotel room.

  • Good offer if it makes sense for your travel plans, but would be worried about being able to actually go and if you have to cancel those points sitting there and then being devalued yet again by Marriott.

    • Very good point. I had a hotel stay at a Hyatt so I transferred 12,000 points from Chase. Long story short trip is canceled and I’m stuck with 12,000 points. I guess I’ll figure something out.

    • lenin1991 says:

      The key point is “plans”: I wouldn’t bet on anyone using these any time in the next year, especially abroad where the highest values could be found.