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This Marriott Points Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase Marriott points.

Marriott Bonvoy has announced a promotion offering a 25% discount when you purchase Marriott Bonvoy points through May 15, 2019. This is the first time ever that the new Marriott Bonvoy program has offered a discount on points purchases.

Key Terms

  • The promotion is valid on purchases through May 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Receive a 25% discount when you purchase Marriott points.
  • You need to purchase a minimum of 5,000 points to receive the discount.
  • Your account must be at least 30 days old to take part in the promotion.
  • You can purchase a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year.
  • Before the discount, Marriott sells points for $12.50 per 1,000 points.
  • Allow 24 to 48 hours for the points to post to your account.

If you decide to purchase the maximum number of points, you will receive 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for $468.75 (after the discount), this works out at as 0.9375 cents apiece, which is a pretty mediocre deal. In most cases, a hotel that would cost 50,000 points for a free-night award would cost far less if you simply pay for a one-night stay.

To put this in perspective for Marriott transfers to airline partners, it would cost $562.50 to buy 60,000 points (although you can't buy that many points due to the annual cap of 50,000 points). If you and a friend both bought points and took advantage of the ability to share Marriott points with another Marriott account, here is how the math looks for airline transfers: With the standard 25% bonus on transfers of 60,000 points, you'd be able to generate 25,000 airline miles for around 2.25 cents apiece. United Miles, which get an extra 10% bonus for a total of 27,500 miles, would cost around 2.0 cents apiece.  Neither of these scenarios is especially attractive.

However, these types of sales can make sense if you need to buy a small number of points to get a much more valuable redemption. Marriott points purchases are processed by Points.com, which means you will not earn any additional bonus points from a spending category like travel on your credit card. If you decide to go ahead with the promotion, your best option is to use a card suited for everyday spending like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card.

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Our Take

This promotion is nothing to write home about. The discount is not deep enough to make it an outstanding value. However, there is enough value there that if you already have a Marriott points balance and are looking for a top-up to hit a specific redemption, then this promotion starts to look more attractive.

Source: One Mile At A Time

 

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Comments

  • RoseMarie says:

    Probably better to pay cash for hotel. If you need just a few points better to transfer Ultimate Reward points.

  • Maryjane says:

    Thanks for this clear breakdown of the pros and cons of buying Marriott points. It makes sense for a few situations but, for the most part, it doesn’t make sense

  • Definitely not the best deal. Would have been nice to see this promotion be more lucrative to celebrate the Bonvoy program, but then again nothing about Bonvoy is worth celebrating.

    • Exactly, why is there NO official relaunch offer?

      • And, if they didn’t plan an official relaunch originally, they should have been nimble enough to respond with one after many are receiving the new program poorly.

  • I agree, the value is pretty mediocre and this should only be used if one needs a small amount of points to reach a pre-planned redemption.

  • anytime I can get a points discount I’ll take it

  • Wow… mediocre deal, indeed, that’s an understatement! And capped at 50k, that’s not even enough for a night at a top-tier property.

  • Doesn’t seem to be an offer I’d utilize unless I was desperate.

  • not the best deal if you need the points

  • Solangel says:

    Good to know.

  • Thank you for notifying us about this.

  • Fingers crossed that we’ll see a better discount later in the year. Roughly 40% discount would be equivalent to SPG’s old discounted rate…

  • I love being able to use points to help with a hotel room. I keep hearing about the hotels limiting what you can redeem them towards. That’s frustrating. I understand that it’s all a business to make money but if I book through the hotel company and stay with them I’d want to be able to use my earned points on anything even if it takes more. I know people are still redeeming and are happy about but I feel like it’s almost useless.

  • Wouldn’t buy Marriott points although you make a good point about transferring to airline miles.

  • Stacy Liu says:

    Wish it had a bit more worth of buying up points than stated. Good idea of transferring Marriott points if you have them to miles though.

  • Just not worth it. There are some scenarios for a few people, but the deal isn’t quite good enough. Obviously enough people buy them though, because they keep on selling them with promos.

  • Airbnb or Home away. Better rooms, better prices

  • Bill from Maine says:

    You summed it up perfectly…”This promotion is nothing to write home about.”

  • Hopefully Marriott will have more attractive points purchase promos in the future.
    This one is very disappointing.

  • Not a significant deal, but I can see in what scenarios it can be a plus. Thanks for the breakdown, Awardwallet!

  • The_Bouncer says:

    I had to buy about 10k points for a redemption just last month! Annoying, but it was still good value.

  • Your comments regarding this promotion could just as appropriately be applied to the entire Bonvoy program:
    “…nothing to write home about”. However, thanks for your analysis, which clearly demonstrates the promotion’s lack of value.

  • Samuel Rhoades says:

    Only for the desperate.

  • As first Marriott promo for buying points this offer is not exceptional.

  • Marriott points just ain’t what it used to be. I yearn for the Starwood days.

  • Ashley Houlette says:

    If I’m looking at places like St. Regis Aspen or St. Regis Maldives then this makes sense right?? But generally, it would need to be a pretty pricey room to make sense… or is the idea that you transfer for premium travel?

  • Pretty bad deal. Not sure why anyone would buy them.

  • I think I would rather pay for the room and earn the points

  • Not good deal. Wait for the next.

  • Call me old fashioned I prefer to earn than buy. If you need them for some awe’s redemption booked last year pre devaluation than maybe.

  • I agree its not a great deal but its a start maybe they may do better later this year . I am definitely hoping for that as I got a few stays coming up and it may be cheaper using points depending on my dates.

  • Bogdan Dimitrescu says:

    Ending tomorrow! Hurry up if this sale makes sense to you.

  • Poor deal. Won’t be partaking

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