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.
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.
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.
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:
|4 mpd||Cap of S$1K per s. month|
|UOB Visa Signature|
|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|
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.
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…