Marriott Bonvoy offering 50% bonus on points purchases

From now till 23 October 2020, buy Marriott Bonvoy hotel points at 0.83 US cents each.

From now till 23 October 2020, 11.59 a.m SGT, Marriott Bonvoy members will receive a 50% bonus on points purchases, with the purchase cap increased to 150,000 points, or three times the usual annual limit. 

This is the second most generous bonus we’ve seen, after the 60% bonus that ran from May to July. However, that sale was capped at 100,000 points maximum, so this one works better if you need to purchase a larger amount. 

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points at a 50% bonus here

A minimum purchase of just 2,000 points is required to enjoy the 50% bonus. The equivalent cost per point with a 50% bonus is 0.83 US cents. 

A new member may buy points 30 days after enrollment if their Marriott Bonvoy account has a qualifying activity (like a stay). Otherwise, they’ll need to wait 90 days to purchase points. 

Points purchases will be processed up to 7 business days after payment is made. Base points will first be deposited, and bonus points will follow within 48 hours of the initial deposit. 

What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?

St Regis Maldives
St Regis Maldives

As a reminder, here’s Marriott’s award chart. Marriott has now introduced off-peak and peak pricing, and these dates may change every month

Category Off-Peak  Standard Peak 
1 5,000  7,500 10,000
2 10,000 12,500 15,000
3 15,000  17,500 20,000
4 20,000  25,000 30,000 
5 30,000  35,000 40,000
6 40,000  50,000 60,000
7 50,000 60,000 70,000
8 70,000 85,000 100,000

If you bought points at 0.83 US cents each, a night at the St Regis Maldives (Category 8) could cost as little as US$581 a night, with the fifth night free. That’s well below half the usual rate, but still pretty pricey. Moreover, with a per night cost of 70,000+ points and a purchase cap (post-bonus) of 225,000 points, you’d find it hard to accumulate enough points for a worthwhile stay. 

If you’ve got Maldives envy, a much better option is to buy Hilton points at the current 100% bonus sale, then redeem the Conrad Maldives. With the fifth night free factored in, you pay US$380 a night.

AC Hotel Kuala Lumpur
AC Hotel Kuala Lumpur

On the other end of the spectrum, a night in a Category 1 hotel would be available from US$42. There are 274 Category 1 hotels around the world, including the AC Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya Marriott and the Aloft Jakarta. 

You’ll definitely want to check the revenue rates for the dates you have in mind, as hotels may be offering discounted stays to encourage bookings. 

What card should I use to buy Marriott Bonvoy points?

Purchases of Marriott Bonvoy points are processed by Points.com in USD, so they won’t code as hotel purchases. Here’s the best cards to maximize the miles earned on your purchase:

  Earn Rate Remarks
Citi Rewards
Apply here
4 mpd Cap of S$1K per s. month 
UOB Visa Signature
Apply here
4 mpd Min S$1K Max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
SCB Visa Infinite
3 mpd Min spend S$2K per s. month
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

There are too many reports of issues earning 4 mpd with the DBS Woman’s World Card on Points.com, so I wouldn’t advise you use that for now. 

Conclusion

It’s generally not good value to buy hotel points for staycations, because you miss out on all the extras that hotels throw in with staycation packages. However, buying points can make sense for high cost destinations overseas.

The bigger question is when travel restrictions will be lifted, because you don’t want to be buying points without a definite use in mind. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Dennis

Any thoughts on whether there is still value in converting MR points to airmiles?

Dennis

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