Marriott Bonvoy selling points at 30% discount

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From now till 21 June 2021, buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 30% discount, or 0.875 US cents each.

From now till 21 June 2021 11.59 a.m SGT, Marriott Bonvoy members will receive a 30% discount when they purchase a minimum of 2,000 points. 

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points at a 30% bonus here

Marriott Bonvoy normally charges 1.25 US cents per point, so a 30% discount reduces the price to 0.875 US cents per point. 

For the sake of perspective, Marriott Bonvoy normally offers bonuses on points purchases, instead of discounts. A 30% discount is roughly equal to a 43% bonus, and we have seen Marriott offer 50-60% bonuses in the past. 

You can normally buy a maximum of 50,000 points per year, but for this sale, Marriott has doubled the cap to 100,000 points.

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.

What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?

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

Otherwise, the best scenarios to buy Marriott Bonvoy points typically exist at the extremes of the spectrum- either Category 1 or Category 8 hotels. Do the math and see whether buying points is cheaper than paying the revenue rates, and keep in mind that you don’t need to pay taxes when redeeming points. 

St Regis Maldives
St Regis Maldives

It’s probably not a good idea to buy points with the goal of redeeming staycations, however, as staycation packages tend to offer a better deal (e.g breakfast, late check-out). 

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
Apply here
3 mpd Min spend S$2K per s. month
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

I generally don’t advise you to use the DBS Woman’s World Card, as past data points have indicated there are issues with getting the bonus points credited. 

Conclusion

A 30% discount is inferior to a 50 or 60% bonus, so if there’s no pressing need for points, I’d hold off on this particular offer.  We’re bound to see more Marriott Bonvoy sales coming up in the next few months, which may be interesting if the Hong Kong ATB actually gets off the ground…

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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