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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.
- 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.
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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