New Marriott Promotion: Earn 2,500 Bonus Bonvoy Points for Every Paid Stay

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Marriott Bonvoy's latest global promotion is now live, and it's certainly worth registering for. Through October 18, 2020, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn 2,500 bonus points on every paid stay—without limits. Plus, you'll receive a one time 5,000-point bonus after your third paid stay.

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Marriott Promotion Offer Terms

  • Earn 2,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after every stay
  • Earn a one-time 5,000-point bonus after your third stay
  • Marriott Bonvoy members must register here before booking for stays to qualify
  • Stays must occur during the promotional period: August 13, 2020 – October 18, 2020
  • Award nights are not eligible, only paid stays
  • One room per hotel will earn bonus points (booking multiple rooms will not qualify for multiple bonuses)
  • A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at any hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity
  • There is no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn during this promotion

How valuable is this promotion?

To determine how valuable these bonuses are, I'll first turn to my baseline Bonvoy point valuation of 0.7¢ per point. At this rate, 2,500 points are worth ~$17.50, and 5,000 points are worth ~$35. That means that after three stays, registered members will earn a rebate of around $23.33 per stay.

This value will vary depending on how you value Bonvoy points. If you typically manage to get a higher value out of your Bonvoy points than 0.7¢ each, this promotion could be even more lucrative.

However, the overall value of this promotion ultimately comes down to the nature of your Marriott stays. Since the bonus is a fixed amount (regardless of hotel price or length of stay), short, in-expensive stays are naturally the sweet spot. The longer your stays and the higher the rate, the less the bonuses will move the needle.

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Other Bonvoy earning opportunities

Fans of Marriott Bonvoy have a lot going for them right now, especially when it comes to earning points and co-branded credit cards.

First, we're currently seeing some of the highest-ever sign-up bonuses on Chase Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (review) is currently offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!
  • Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 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

If you'd prefer a no-annual-fee card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card is currently offering 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

Marriott credit card spending promotions

Cardholders can currently earn more points for regular spending with those Bonvoy co-branded cards. Through September 15, 2020, eligible Chase Bonvoy cards can earn 10X points at gas stations at restaurants up to $3,500 in combined spending.

Simultaneously, eligible Amex Bonvoy cards can earn 10X points on gas stations, restaurants, and Marriott purchases up to $7,500 in each category through October 31, 2020. Both of these promotional rates require registration or activation, so be sure to register first.

Bottom Line

The last promotion like this we saw from Marriott offered 2,000 bonus points after your second stay. This promotion beats that in almost every way—especially since it dropped the annoying “second stay” stipulation.

Earning 2,500 bonus points is pretty nice if you were planning a trip anyway. As far as booking more stays with Marriott in pursuit of the bonus, I don't think it's worth it. However, the value there ultimately comes down to how you value Bonvoy points and the nature of your stays.

Even if you currently have no plans to stay at a Marriott property, you should register for this promotion anyway. It's free and it only takes a couple of seconds. That way, you'll earn the bonus for any unexpected stays without having to remember to come back.

Are 2,500 bonus Bonvoy points enough to make you change your plans?

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  • Monica Samezuk says:

    Only global promotions for me. Chase offers and Amex ones are only for us and Canadian. Residentes . Marriott, as a global company should take into account those who have no access to any credit card and offer a different type of promotion as a recognition of loyalty

    • Yes, I feel your pain not having access to the world of credit card offers. You’re cut off from a lot, but I’m just not sure what would replace those offers. At least you are eligible for the first highlighted stay-related promotion above.

  • Excellent, also marriot bonvoy has also extended the expiration of your status as a member by one year due to the covid situation, which seems very successful and is what the airlines should do with the expiration of miles.

  • I love points promotions. I frequently travel to countries in Africa and Asia where there are forex restrictions and few elites, so beautiful hotels tend to offer low point redemption rates. I average about 2.5 cents per point, occasionally as much as 5 cents. I never redeem for less than 1.4 cents, ever.

  • Even though I don’t know if I can benefit of this promo I have registered.
    In case I don’t have to do anything and I don’t risk of forgot.

  • I am short of some points for my next stay in marriott, will think of this card.

  • Awesome! It’s give me a big active to stay at Marriott Hotel. 5000 marriott point can be redeem a Cat 1 level hotel . Thanks this good info.

  • I finally (after 5 months) have an upcoming 1-night stay. A little bonus is better than no bonus!

  • My issue is that, while I appreciate the promo, most travel has pretty much halted. I’ve wanted to do a few staycations, just to get out of the house, but apparently no one told the hotels that no one is staying there because their rates are just as expensive as pre-corona. If they are hurting for business so much, I don’t understand why the rates don’t follow suit.

  • It’s really a wonderful promo at Marriott Bonvoy, I’d like to upgrade my wife’s account to Platinum memeber at Marriott. so that we can take my family to have great trip.

  • Great promo. Just when I’m thinking about getting out of London for a quick weekend away somewhere.

  • If you are planning to stay at Marriott soon sign up for this one. Free additional points are free additional points.

  • I like that they’re trying, but I really wonder how much incremental business this will drive. It might be a tie breaker between one hotel and another, but I doubt anyone who’s hesitant to travel in the current environment is now going to because of a few thousand points.

    • That’s true but I think they feel they have to compete. If they didn’t offer anything they kind of would seem less tempting than e.g Hilton.

  • Registered for it. I believe what you have said before, to register for whatever promo just in case. Especially these days you just do not know what will be going on. I have been seeing more and more Marriott where I am going but I have heard such annoying things about any elite status benefits not being honored, etc. It makes me not want to try and earn anything with them besides from a credit card elite status.

  • They should make the promotion valid for the remainder of 2020.

  • Fernando Tordera says:

    Hi, just booked in a hotel 5 days ago and I saw this promotion today (our stay will start next Tue 18th).

    Am I still eligible? I registered the promo already, though booking was prepaid and done days before

    Thanks a lot

    Fernando

  • Farid Kassam says:

    Good offer. However, I will take a pass due to pandemic.

  • Signing up all accounts even though not sure we will be traveling. However, some accounts it lets register. Others it doesn’t.

  • I wish I could say that registration only took a couple of seconds. Despite the fact that this promotion is supposed to be open to everyone, I got an error message. I think I am going to have to call to register. However, it will be worth it as I have several short stays coming up.

  • Probably not enough to make me book Marriot but a nice perk nonetheless

  • This is a nice promotion from Marriott. It’s great to see bonuses for just one stay.

  • Not sure how often we’ll be staying at a Marriott property during this time frame, but it’s certainly worth a look at to register.

  • Wow they are really working hard to get people back!

  • I love getting bonus Marriott points though I don’t really have any travel plans coming up and I wish they’d do a double elite qualifying night promotion