From now till 16 July 2022, 11.59 a.m (SGT), Marriott Bonvoy is offering a mystery bonus on points purchases, with members targeted for bonuses ranging from 35-55%.
You’ll need to login to your account to see what bonus you’ve been targeted for.
Marriott Bonvoy points sale
|Buy Marriott Bonvoy points|
My Marriott Bonvoy account was targeted for a 45% bonus, which tiers as follows (your bonus may tier differently):
- Buy 1,000 points: No bonus
- Buy 2,000-100,000 points: 45% bonus
The annual purchase limit (pre-bonus) per account is 100,000 points, and if you’re a new Marriott Bonvoy member, you may purchase points 30 days after enrollment.
Marriott Bonvoy normally charges 1.25 US cents per point, so a 45% bonus reduces the price to 0.86 US cents per point.
Points will be posted to the member’s account within 72 hours after completing the transaction.
Due to COVID-19, Marriott Bonvoy has suspended the expiry of all points until 31 December 2022. Following that, points will expire if 24 months pass without earning or redeeming at least one point. This isn’t hard to do- just make and cancel a refundable points reservation.
What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?
- Nearly all hotel redemption rates still fall within the same high low range of the current categories
- There are 218 hotels (<3% of the Marriott International portfolio) where the maximum number of points required has increased
- Of these, 42 hotels have increased beyond the current Category 8 bounds, to as much as 130,000 points per night
Under dynamic pricing, 218 hotels have had their pricing increase from 5,000 to 30,000 points per night.
- 37 hotels where min. & max. points have increased by up to 5,000 points
- 60 hotels where min. & max. points have increased by up to 10,000 points
- 79 hotels where min. & max. points have increased by up to 20,000 points
- 42 hotels where min. & max. points have increased 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.
Apart from hotel stays, Marriott Bonvoy points can also be converted to airline miles with the following programs:
|✈️ Marriott Bonvoy Airline Transfer Partners|
(All 3 points: 1 mile unless otherwise stated)
If you happen to have miles in an “exotic” account that doesn’t partner with any bank in Singapore, buying Marriott 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.
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|
|UOB PRVI Miles|
|2.4 mpd||No cap|
|S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month|
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.
|Buy Marriott Bonvoy points|
Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 35-55% bonus on points purchases from now till 16 July 2022, which works out to 0.81-0.93 US cents per point.
It could be an opportunity to save on an upcoming stay, though I’d highly advise against buying points speculatively since we don’t know what will happen in 2023, when dynamic pricing at most hotels will expand outside the current bounds.