Marriott Bonvoy selling points with 50% bonus (+10% off for UnionPay cards)

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From now till 4 April, buy Marriott Bonvoy points from 0.75 US cents each- but remember the upcoming switch to dynamic pricing.

From now till 4 April 2022, 12.59 p.m (SGT), Marriott Bonvoy is offering up to a 50% bonus on points purchases, with a further 10% discount for UnionPay cardholders. 

If you stack the two offers, you could be paying as little as 0.75 US cents per point, one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen Bonvoy points on sale for.

However, you also need to keep in mind Marriott’s upcoming switch to dynamic pricing, which may result in higher pricing at certain properties. I’ve analysed the changes and found they’re relatively less dramatic for those of us in Singapore, though the real test will come in 2023 when all Marriott properties will be allowed to price outside their current bands.

Marriott Bonvoy points sale

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points

During the promotional period, Marriott Bonvoy members can buy points with up to a 50% bonus. Here’s what my bonus structure looks like; yours may be different: 

  • Buy 2,000-9,000 points: 40% bonus
  • Buy 10,000-39,000 points: 45% bonus
  • Buy 40,000-100,000 points: 50% bonus

The annual purchase limit (pre-bonus) is 100,000 points. A new member may buy points 30 days after enrollment. 

Marriott Bonvoy normally charges 1.25 US cents per point, so a 50% bonus reduces the price to 0.83 US cents per point.

If you pay with a UnionPay card, you’ll receive a further 10% discount, on top of the bonus.

The maximum discount you can receive is US$62 per transaction, and a maximum of five individual transactions with a combined discount of US$310 per cardholder is permitted. For example, you could buy 75,000 points (50,000 points + 50% bonus) and pay US$563 (US$625- 10% discount), or 0.75 US cents per point. 

Do note that the discount is not reflected at the time of purchase; you’ll still see the regular undiscounted prices. The 10% discount will be applied to the final billed amount on your card statement.

While UnionPay cards are mainly issued by Chinese banks such as BOC and ICBC, you can also get a card through UOB. DBS issues a UnionPay card too, but it’s a debit card and you’ll need a credit card for this offer. 

  • BOC Zaobao Credit Card
  • BOC Travel Card
  • ICBC Horoscope Credit Card
  • ICBC UnionPay Dual Currency Credit Card
  • ICBC Koipy Dual Currency Gold Credit Card
  • ICBC Koipy Dual Currency Platinum Credit Card
  • UOB UnionPay Card

What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?

As a reminder, here’s Marriott Bonvoy’s current award chart:

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

From now till 28 March 2022, you can still make bookings under this award chart, for any date in the future. On 29 and 30 March 2022, you’ll start seeing prices adjusted to match Marriott Bonvoy’s new dynamic pricing model. 

If you made a booking up till 28 March 2022 and subsequently wish to change it, you’ll be subject to the new dynamic pricing- which could be higher or lower than what you paid. Points reservations are usually flexible, however, so you can always cancel and rebook if that’s more advantageous to you.

Full List of Changes

Under dynamic pricing, 218 hotels will see their current pricing increase from 5,000 to 30,000 points per night.

  1. 37 hotels where min. & max. points are increasing by up to 5,000 points 
  2. 60 hotels where min. & max. points are increasing by up to 10,000 points
  3. 79 hotels where min. & max. points are increasing by up to 20,000 points
  4. 42 hotels where min. & max. points are increasing by up to 30,000 points

All other hotels will continue to fall within the same high low range of their current categories for the rest of 2022 .

For stays in 2023 and beyond, Marriott has stated the following:

For stays in 2023, Marriott International is focusing on ensuring even its most aspirational properties offer a mix of great rates during the year. Changes in rates for stays in 2023 above or below the high low range for stays in 2022 are planned to be incremental.

In my opinion, now is the time to book those aspirational Marriott properties you’ve always dreamed about, like the St. Regis Maldives. If you’re just shy of the points needed for a redemption, buying some during this sale is a good way to get yourself over the threshold. 

St Regis Maldives
St Regis Maldives

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 Hawaiian Miles3:1
Aeromexico Club Premier3:1Iberia Plus3:1
Air Canada Aeroplan3:1InterMiles3:1
Air China Phoenix Miles3:1Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank3:1
Air France-KLM Flying Blue3:1JetBlue TrueBlue6:1
Air New Zealand Airpoints200:1Korean Air SKYPASS3:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan3:1LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass3:1
American Airlines AAdvantage3:1Multiplus Fidelidade3:1
ANA Mileage Club3:1Qantas Frequent Flyer3:1
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club3:1Qatar Airways Privilege Club3:1
Avianca LifeMiles3:1SAA Voyager3:1
British Airways Executive Club3:1Saudia Alfursan3:1
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles3:1Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer3:1
China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles3:1Southwest Rapid Rewards3:1
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club3:1TAP Air Portugal Miles & Go3:1
Copa Airlines Connect Miles3:1Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus3:1
Delta SkyMiles3:1Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles3:1
Emirates Skywards3:1United MileagePlus3:1.1
Etihad Guest3:1Virgin Atlantic Flying Club3:1
FRONTIER Miles3:1Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer3:1

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. 

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.

Assuming you’re not taking advantage of the UnionPay offer (see above), 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 for Points.com purchases, as past data points have indicated there are issues with getting the bonus points credited. 

Conclusion

Nights at the St. Regis Langkawi will cost up to 10,000 points more under dynamic pricing

Marriott Bonvoy is offering up to a 50% bonus on points purchases, plus 10% off for UnionPay cardholders. This yields a cost per point as low as 0.75 US cents, which is certainly enticing.

But given the upcoming changes to Bonvoy, I would only recommend buying points if you need to top-up your account to lock in an aspiration redemption under the existing award chart. I certainly wouldn’t buy points speculatively, especially since there’s no knowing what will happen in 2023 when the entire system goes fully dynamic.

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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Josie

Is 100K+50K the max points I can purchase? Would like to buy 350K but not sure if I can buy more or if there are other ways to earn Mariott points quickly

Josie

Yes, I thought of transferring 100K (believe this is the max) from my husband’s ac but would still be 25K short. Any ideas?

Obe

You can start dining in participating restaurants under this promotion. Until 20 March

https://marriottbonvoyasia.com/doublepoints

Last edited 10 months ago by Obe
Alan Neo

#dp UnionPay: Buying points outright, website would show the full amount but what is charged immediately to the card already has 10% discount, i.e., amount is US$500, card reflects a US$450 transaction. This discount is not applied when using the reservation path. Reservation path: As long as you have a shortfall of at least 1 point, the Buy Points option would appear at the booking summary page. You may actually complete & pay for your 100k+50k points transaction there, then choose not to continue your booking, and the points will still sit in your account. Sadly, the 10% UnionPay discount… Read more »

Jimmy

Can the I buy the max points (100k) and in addition my wife gift me another 40k?

Joe

ocbc 90N visa no more 4mpd for foreign currency spend?

Gina

Found a point arbitrage situation for NYC. New York Edition generally cost USD700-800/night but somehow, it is 200K points for 3 nights. Lucky me, I am heading to NYC next month and snagged the deal by buying 150K points (have 50K points in Bonvoy). Happy camper here!

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