Marriott recently ran its first ever points sale but, while this was a big change from the Marriott Rewards of old (and probably something it has taken on from Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program which it merged into Marriott Rewards to create Marriott Bonvoy), there was one big issue with the sale - it only allowed Marriott Bonvoy members to buy up to 50,000 points.
Marriott Bonvoy launched its first ever points sale back in the middle of April and anyone interested in topping up an account has less than 48 hours to do so before the promotion expires.
Marriott has made a small change to how its 'Points Advance' award booking benefit works (which seems to have raised a few hackles in the Twittersphere) but, when you think through the change that Marriott has pushed though, it's hard to see how it makes any great difference at all.
Joanna and I have recently returned from a trip to Australia where we stayed at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel for 5 nights. I made the award night booking back in 2018 and when I received my suite night upgrades (courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status) I applied five of them to this stay.
It looks like Marriott has taken a further leaf out of Starwood's playbook by launching a points promotion in which it is offering Bonvoy points for sale at a 25% discount to their regular price.
If you're a Marriott loyalist, are thinking of booking a stay in the UK and haven't been put off by all the nonsense Bonvoy members have been putting up with since the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (a suffering now known as 'being Bonvoyed'), you may wish to consider this offer for stays in London.
Bonvoy was a terrible name for Marriott to call the merged Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs and whatever they paid the company that came up with that name was too much....but that's the least of Marriott's problems right now.
Marriott's second promotion of the year is now open for registration although, as the first promotion was targeted, this is technically the first Marriott promotion of 2019 which is open to all Marriott Bonvoy members.
It was only in the second week of February that Marriott announced that it would be changing which hotels appear in which of its Bonvoy categories and deadline day is almost here - from tomorrow a significant number of Marriott properties will be charging more for an award night that they do today.
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