Last day: Marriott Bonvoy offering up to 55% bonus on points purchases

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From now till 15 October 2021, buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 55% bonus, or 0.81 US cents each (Alaska miles at 1.93 US cents apiece).

From now till 15 October, 11.59 a.m Singapore time, regular Marriott Bonvoy members will receive a 50% bonus when purchasing points. Silver Elites and above will receive a slightly higher 55% bonus. 

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy normally charges 1.25 US cents per point, so a 55% bonus reduces the price to 0.81 US cents per point.

Bonuses are awarded with a minimum purchase of 2,000 points, and the annual purchase limit has been doubled to 100,000 points. 

Most Marriott Bonvoy points sales max out at a 50% bonus, so a 55% bonus is one of the largest we’ve ever seen (though there was a 60% bonus offered in November 2020). 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?

Here’s Marriott’s award chart, which now features off-peak and peak pricing (these dates may change every month).

CategoryOff-Peak StandardPeak 
15,000 7,50010,000
210,00012,50015,000
315,000 17,50020,000
420,000 25,00030,000 
530,000 35,00040,000
640,000 50,00060,000
750,00060,00070,000
870,00085,000100,000

Marriott Bonvoy is currently offering off-peak pricing at 4,000+ properties worldwide, for stays booked between 7-14 October 2021 and stayed by 31 October 2021. Needless to say that doesn’t give you a whole lot of time, but if you already have something booked, it’s worth cancelling and rebooking to take advantage of the lower price. 

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. 

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St Regis Maldives

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

Marriott Bonvoy points can also be converted to airline miles with the following programs:

Marriott Bonvoy Airline Transfer Partners
(Bonvoy: Partner)
FFPRatioFFPRatio
AEGEAN Miles+Bonus3:1Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club3:1
Aeroflot Bonus3:1Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles®3:1
Aeromexico ClubPremier3:1Iberia Plus3:1
Air Canada Aeroplan3:1InterMiles3:1
Air China PhoenixMiles3:1Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank3:1
Air France-KLM Flying Blue3:1JetBlue TrueBlue6:1
Air New Zealand Airpoints200:1Korean Air SKYPASS3:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™3:1LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass3:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia3:1Multiplus Fidelidade3:1
American Airlines AAdvantage®3:1Qantas Frequent Flyer3:1
ANA Mileage Club3:1Qatar Airways Privilege Club3:1
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club3:1SAA Voyager3:1
Avianca LifeMiles3:1Saudia Alfursan3:1
British Airways Executive Club3:1Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer®3:1
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles3:1Southwest Rapid Rewards®3:1
China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles3:1TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go3:1
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club3:1Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus3:1
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles3:1Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles3:1
Delta SkyMiles®3:1United MileagePlus®3:1.1
Emirates Skywards®3:1Virgin Atlantic Flying Club3:1
Etihad Guest3:1Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer3:1
FRONTIER Miles3:1  

If you happen to have miles in an “exotic” account that doesn’t partner with any bank in Singapore, buying Bonvoy points could be a way of topping it up. 

Assuming a ratio of 3:1 (and factoring in 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 60,000 points), you’re paying 1.93 US cents per mile when buying Marriott points with a 55% bonus. 

That’s actually a decent price for Alaska Mileage Plan miles (better than a 50% bonus even), but way too steep for KrisFlyer. 

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:

CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards
Apply here
4 mpdCap of S$1K per s. month 
UOB Visa Signature
Apply here
4 mpdMin S$1K Max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
SCB Visa Infinite
Apply here
3 mpdMin spend S$2K per s. month
UOB PRVI Miles
Apply here
2.4 mpdNo cap 
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

Remember, you can always pair the Citi Rewards Card with the Instarem Amaze Card to earn 4 mpd on Points.com purchases, without foreign currency transaction fees. 

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 55% bonus on Marriott Bonvoy points purchases is the biggest we’ve seen in recent memory, and could even be a good way of topping up some Alaska Mileage Plan miles at a reasonable price (remember, doing so helps extend your balance for a further 24 months). 

That said, you should not be buying points or miles speculatively, so only pull the trigger if you have something in mind. 

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

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