Marriott Bonvoy offering 40% bonus on points purchases

From now till 1 April 2024, buy Marriott Bonvoy points with up to a 40% bonus, or 0.89 cents each.

Marriott Bonvoy has launched its latest points sale, which offers up to a 40% bonus on points purchases.

While it’s not always a slam dunk, buying points can be a useful way of saving on hotel stays, depending on what the cash rates happen to be for the dates and destinations you’re looking at.

Marriott Bonvoy offering up to 40% bonus on points purchases

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points

From now till 1 April 2023, 12.59 p.m SGT, Marriott Bonvoy members can buy points with up to a 40% bonus.

Different accounts may be targeted for different bonuses, so you’ll need to login and see what your offer is.

The following conditions apply:

  • A minimum of 2,000 points must be purchased to enjoy the bonus
  • 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.

If your bonus is…Cost per point
50%0.83 cents
45%0.86 cents
40%0.89 cents
35%0.93 cents
30%0.96 cents
25%1 cent
20%1.04 cents

What can you do with Marriott Bonvoy points?

All Marriott Bonvoy awards are now priced dynamically

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. There are still opportunities to get outsized value, particularly if you’re visiting a high cost destination like the Maldives. 

For example, here’s how much a night in early 2024 would cost at various Maldives resorts if you paid cash, versus buying points with a 40% bonus.

ResortCash Rate*Points
Westin Maldives Miriandhoo ResortUS$87385,000
(US$757)
St Regis Maldives Vommuli ResortUS$3,626144,000
(US$1,282)
Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari IslandsUS$3,357138,000
(US$1,228)
W MaldivesUS$1,09197,000
(US$863)
JW Marriott MaldivesUS$1,81388,000
(US$783)
Le Meridien MaldivesUS$75064,000
(US$570)
*Inclusive of 16% GST and 10% service charge. This is not imposed on points stays

There’s even bigger savings to be had if you book five consecutive nights, because all Marriott Bonvoy members enjoy the 5th night free on redemption bookings. 

In fact, the bigger problem here is getting sufficient points, since the maximum points you can buy during this sale is 210,000. But if you can’t accumulate enough points by yourself, you can receive points from a partner to make up the difference. 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)
  • AEGEAN Miles + Bonus
  • Aer Lingus AerClub
  • Aeromexico Club Premier
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France-KLM Flying Blue
  • Air New Zealand AirPoints (200:1)
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • ANA Mileage Club
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Copa Airlines Connect Miles
  • Delta SkyMiles
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • FRONTIER Miles
  • Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
  • Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Miles
  • Iberia Plus
  • InterMiles
  • Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank
  • Korean Air SKYPASS
  • LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass
  • Multiplus Fidelidade
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Saudia Alfursan
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards
  • TAP Air Portugal Miles & Go
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
  • United MileagePlus
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Vueling Club

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; United MileagePlus receives a 10,000 bonus). 

For example, if I transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to British Airways Executive Club, I’ll receive 25,000 Avios in total. 

When do Marriott Bonvoy points expire?

Marriott Bonvoy points will expire if 24 months pass without qualifying activity. 

What card should I use to buy Marriott Bonvoy points?

St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Purchases of Marriott Bonvoy points are processed by Points.com in USD, and code as MCC 7399 (Business Services Not Elsewhere Classified) instead of hotel transactions.

Here’s the best cards to maximize the miles earned on your purchase:

CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards
Apply
4 mpdCap of S$1K per s. month 
UOB Visa Signature
Apply
4 mpdMin S$1K, max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
SCB Visa Infinite
Apply
3 mpdMin spend S$2K per s. month
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
Apply
2.8 mpdMin spend S$800 per c. month
HSBC TravelOne Card
Apply
2.4 mpdNo cap
UOB VI Metal Card
Apply
2.4 mpd No cap
UOB PRVI Miles Card
Apply
2.4 mpdNo 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, while paying lower FCY fees than banks.

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. 

Conclusion

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy members can now buy points with up to a 40% bonus, or 0.89 US cents per point. This can help you save on upcoming hotel stays, but remember: never buy points speculatively. Only buy them when you have an immediate redemption in mind.

Marriott Bonvoy runs points sales fairly frequently, so there will always be future opportunities.

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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Wee Lee

Closer to home: Weekend rate at Westin Desaru (really nice property) go as high as 1100 MYR with point rates in the next months ranging from 17-21k.

Little lion

Can use lady’s card?

wee

I would have thought this is considered travel related expenses and excluded by Citi Rewards?

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