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Marriott has been running a flash sale this week in which it’s offering a bonus of up to 60% on Bonvoy Points purchases. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) and we now apparently have it on good authority that this will be the best offer we see during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
- Transactions must be completed between 9:00 a.m. ET November 19, 2020, and 11:59 p.m. ET November 25, 2020, to be eligible for the 60% bonus Points offer with a minimum purchase of 2,000 Points.
- Purchased Points do not count towards Marriott Bonvoy Elite status.
- A member may purchase or receive as a gift from another member a combined maximum of 150,000 Points during the promotional period only.
- Points that have been already purchased or received as a gift in 2020 are included in the 150,000 Points limit.
- The 60% bonus Points earned with this promotion are not included in the 150,000 Points limit.
- Points may be purchased in increments of 1,000, up to 50,000 Points (with a minimum purchase of 2,000 Points required for promotion eligibility); in increments of 5,000, up to a maximum of 100,000 Points; or in increments of 10,000, up to 150,000 Points.
- Points can be purchased at a rate of US$12.50 per 1,000 Points, US$62.50 per 5,000 Points or US$125 per 10,000 Points.
- Points purchases will be processed up to seven (7) business days after purchase.
- Base Points purchased will be deposited into members’ Accounts first. Bonus Points will be deposited up to 48 hours after that initial deposit.
- You must be a member in good standing to both purchase and receive Points.
- New members may purchase Points thirty (30) days after enrollment if their Marriott Bonvoy Account reflects qualifying activity as described in the Marriott Bonvoy Program Rules. After one (1) year from enrollment, new members are eligible to purchase Points regardless of their Account activity.
- Once Points have been purchased or gifted, no refunds will be permitted.
Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page
This is just about as simple as it gets – as long as you buy 2,000 points or more you’ll be buying Marriott Bonvoy points with a 60% bonus at the cheapest rate we’ve ever seen them sold.
If you buy just 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you’ll end up with 3,200 points (after the 60% bonus is factored in) for just $25.00…
…and that works out to a cost/point of ~0.781 cents.
If you buy 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you’ll end up with a total of 240,000 points at a cost of $1,875…
…which also comes to a cost/point of ~0.781 cents.
Is This A Good Deal?
Note: Anyone even vaguely new to the miles and points world should read this post before proceeding.
I value Marriott Bonvoy points at around 0.6 cents each so, at first glance, these points are still quite expensive…but there may be times when buying points here isn’t such a bad deal. To see what I mean we have to start with the current Marriott Bonvoy award chart which now includes peak and off-peak award rates.
At 0.781 cents/point this is how much a night at each category would cost if you were to buy points in this promotion:
If you’re looking to book a Marriott property in one of the less high-demand locations or if you’re planning to stay at a Marriott during a quiet period it’s unlikely that you’ll find much value in buying points in this sale. If, however, you’re considering making a Marriott booking in an expensive city like New York (or London, Tokyo, Moscow, etc…) there’s a good chance that this sale could save you some money…but you’ll need to do the math to be sure.
A very good example would be a hotel like the Langley which almost always charges more than $450/night (including taxes)…
…and this makes it cheaper to buy points than it is to pay with cash even in peak season (this particular date is available for 50,000 points which would see a guest save approximately $90/night assuming all 50,000 points were purchased for 0.781 cents each).
Another thing to keep in mind is that by buying 240,000 points in this sale, a Bonvoy member would automatically have enough points for a 5-night booking at any Category 7 property (outside of peak season) and a 5-night booking at all properties in Category 6 and below at any time of year.
$1,875 for 5 nights ($375 per night including all taxes) at properties such as Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, The Wailea Beach Resort, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, The W Hong Kong, The Bodrum EDITION, The London EDITION, The Solaz Luxury Collection Resort in Cabo, is just about as close to a great deal as you can get.
This Is Reportedly The Best Deal
When this deal was first announced I speculated that because Marriott has chosen to end the sale the day before Black Friday, there was a chance a new and (somehow) improved sale would be launched for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Well, apparently that’s not going to happen.
Rob, from Head For Points, has good contacts within Marriott and he’s been in touch to say that the 60% bonus that ends today will be the best points deal that we’ll see from Marriott over the coming days. On the grounds that he’s likely to have a very good insight into all the deals that Marriott has in the pipeline (Marriott will have told him), there’s no reason not to believe that a better deal is on the way so this is as good as it’s going to get.
Marriott is currently selling Bonvoy Points at ~0.781 cents each but the deal ends today. With the reasonable assurance that this is the best deal that we’re likely to see, this should be a good time to top up a Bonvoy account or to buy a big chunk of points with a view to saving a substantial sum on a (near) future Marriott stay.
Can I buy points with my Bonvoy card and earn 10 points per dollar?
Unfortunately not. Points sales are processed by Points.com and therefore would not appear on your credit card statement as a Marriott purchase (or a travel purchase for that matter).
This was my question as well as it is on the marriott “Storefront” but Points.com is shown on that page. It’s really too bad as I might have pulled the trigger on this if so.
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