Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new points sale promotion in which it's offering members a 30% discount on the regular price of points for all purchases of 2,000 points or more.
With it looking increasingly likely that international travel won't be an option for a lot of people until July at the very earliest, and with parts of the world announcing new lockdown measures, Marriott has taken the positive step of confirming that it will be extending the validity of some Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates and the validity of some Ritz-Carlton upgrade certificates.
The current Marriott Bonvoy points sale promotion started back in the middle of February and for the past month it has been offering Bonvoy members a bonus of up to 50% on purchases of 2,000 points or more. Generally speaking, this is one of the best deals that Marriott usually offers in its points sales but if you have an account that you need to top up, you only have the rest of today to do so.
Before today, we hadn't seen a new Marriott transfer bonus from American Express since September 2020 but as of this morning, anyone wishing to transfer Membership Rewards Points over to their Bonvoy account can do so with a 40% bonus thrown in for good measure.
Marriott is the largest hotelier in the world (by some distance) so it stands to reason that its Bonvoy rewards program has more members than any other hotel rewards program around. Sadly, size isn't everything, and while a lot of Bonvoys deficiencies are well documented, I've just been given another reminder of just how bad some of Marriott Bonvoy's policies can be...even if you hold top-tier status.
At the beginning of last month, Marriott announced one of the more benign series of hotel category changes that most of us can remember but with a little over two hundred properties changing categories in two days time, it's still worth remembering that some properties should be booked asap while bookings at others should be put off for a few days.
Hotel elite status can be both vastly overrated and extremely useful depending on which level and which program we're taking about and people's opinions can vary quite significantly. But, as a rule, having status is better than not having status at all so a lot of people reading this blog will go to varying degrees of effort to maintain their hotel status from year to year. But wouldn't it be nice not to have to renew your status year in, year out?
Marriott introduced its Eat Around Town dining program in the latter half of 2019 but, since then, it hasn't really done very much to promote the program or to incentivize its use. Now, however, that's just changed with Marriott's unveiling of a nice bonus for new joiners.
Although Marriott Bonvoy doesn't offer the option of a household account, there is a simple method that Bonvoy members can use to pool their points from multiple accounts. Knowing how to do this can be the key to maximizing the value out of any points that a family or group of friends has banked, and key to making the most of any great points sales that come along.
Pandemic or no pandemic Marriott Bonvoy is pushing through changes to its hotel categories in March and the hotelier has now let us know what we can expect to see happen. By Marriott's standards, these changes are benign so, on the whole, we're not about to see a horrible hit to the value of Bonvoy Points (a minuscule silver lining to our current plight?) but one or two nice properties will soon cost more.