Marriot Bonvoy has launched its latest points sale, which offers a 40% bonus on points purchases made by 4 April 2023, 12.59 p.m SGT.
Buying points can be a useful way of saving on hotel stays, though you should always comparison shop with cash rates and never buy them speculatively.
Marriott Bonvoy 40% bonus on points purchases
|Buy Marriott Bonvoy points|
During this sale, Marriott Bonvoy members can buy points with a 40% bonus.
Do take note of the following:
- A minimum of 2,000 points must be purchased
- The annual purchase limit (pre-bonus) is 100,000 points
- New Marriott Bonvoy members may purchase points 30 days after enrolment
- Purchased points will be posted to the member’s account within 72 hours after completing the transaction
Marriott Bonvoy normally charges 1.25 US cents per point, so a 40% bonus reduces the price to 0.89 US cents per point.
For context, the previous Marriott Bonvoy points sale in November offered a 25% bonus. Historically speaking, 50% is the biggest bonus we ever see, although buying points with a 40% bonus can still make sense in certain scenarios.
What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?
Marriott Bonvoy eliminated its award chart in 2022, and all hotels now adopt dynamic pricing. This means the cost of award nights now fluctuates depending on factors like seasonality and occupancy.
It doesn’t necessarily mean the end of sweet spots, however. If you’re heading to the Maldives in March, for example, buying points could help you save big.
|🏖️ Illustrative Costs: 5N stay in Maldives^|
|Westin Maldives||US$3,142||296,000 points|
|St Regis Maldives||US$9,726||472,000 points|
|Ritz-Carlton Maldives||US$15,072||478,000 points|
|W Maldives||US$7,614||346,000 points|
|Le Meridien Maldives||US$3,480||208,000 points|
|JW Marriott Maldives||US$8,387||380,500 points|
|*Factors in 5th night free, available on all award redemptions|
^Both costs exclude seaplane
The real limitation is that you’re capped at buying 100,000 points per year (or 140,000 post-bonus, for this sale), so you’d need to receive points from a partner to make it work. Every member can receive up to 500,000 points per calendar year.
Apart from hotel stays, Marriott Bonvoy points can also be converted to airline miles with the following frequent flyer schemes. Most transfers take place at a ratio of 3:1, with a minimum transfer of 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
|✈️ Marriott Bonvoy Airline Transfer Partners|
(All 3 points: 1 mile unless otherwise stated)
Every transfer of 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points will receive a bonus of 5,000 partner miles (except for American Airlines AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, Delta SkyMiles and Korean Air SKYPASS). For example, if I transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to British Airways Executive Club, I’ll receive 25,000 Avios in total.
Could this be a cheaper way of buying Alaska Mileage Plan miles? It depends. 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points purchased during this sale would cost US$535, and give you 25,000 miles in total. That works out to 2.14 US cents per mile, roughly the cost of buying Mileage Plan miles with a 40% bonus. If you never get targeted for a bonus that big (though most people should be, really), then this is a potential workaround.
When do Marriott Bonvoy points expire?
Marriott Bonvoy points will expire if 24 months pass without qualifying activity.
Earning or redeeming more than one Marriott Bonvoy point will count as qualifying activity.
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 transactions.
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|
Remember, you can 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 using the DBS Woman’s World Card for Points.com purchases, as past data points have indicated issues with getting the bonus points credited.
|Buy Marriott Bonvoy points|
Marriott Bonvoy members can now buy points with a 40% bonus, or 0.89 cents per point. This can help you save on upcoming hotel stays, but remember: never buy points speculatively- only buy them when you’re ready to redeem.
There’ll always be other sales!
May I ask what ” issues with getting the bonus points credited” when using DBS woman card?
might not get the 4mpd credited using DBS woman’s card
one of the best spot to burn points would definitely be Westin Desaru….
miss those 10K points per night days
even now, weekend stay at 20,000/night compare with cash price is still a steal
Does buying points reset the 2 year activity period?