Marriott Bonvoy, the loyalty programme of Marriott Hotels, offers promotional pricing to sell points from time to time. The current buy Marriott points with a bonus is not one of their greatest hits, but yet might be of use to someone who intends to buy points.
Marriott Bonvoy is now offering a 25% Discount on the purchase of Marriott Bonvoy Points till December 20, 2022. All you have to do is buy at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in a transaction to trigger the promotion.
Marriott Bonvoy has also doubled its cap on the number of points one can buy with this promotion. The limit is 50,000 points, but for the duration of the promotion, it becomes 100,000 points. In this case, hence, I can buy a total of 100,000 points for USD 937.50 (INR 77,720), making the per point cost of purchase at US Cent 0.94 (INR 0.78)
It can take up to 72 hours for purchased points to post. Also, if you are a new member, a new member can purchase points 30 days after enrolment if they have some qualifying activity.
Is it a good idea to buy Marriott Bonvoy points?
I’ve advocated buying points since redemption stays are usually exempt from the requirement to pay taxes over and above the stay cost. It works out cheaper to redeem points at premium properties than to pay cash for them. So, there are many properties where you can get outsized value from your Marriott points. Also, let’s not forget that Marriott Bonvoy runs a pretty sweet ability to convert to airmiles at a 3:1 ratio as well.
Take the example of this established resort, one of India’s most popular Marriott properties, for the New Year 2021/22. The cash price was INR 128,500 ex taxes (INR 151,000 inclusive of taxes), and on points, it just came to INR 96,000 for five nights with no separate taxes to pay.
Given Marriott has moved away from award charts in 2022, it usually still works out for the better because most hotels I stay at or I track are still working within the same peak and off-peak ranges. This will come in very handy this year with everyone travelling, and hotel costs have gone up massively on a systemic basis. You could get up to 30-40% discount by buying miles and using them for your stay. This will work better for USD and Euro-priced hotels than INR-priced hotels, however. If you are planning a Maldives trip, you should definitely look at this option.
Here is a live example of someone who picked up the points and got a massive discount at a high-street hotel, but that was under the 50% bonus sale, which priced points lower.
Ok so thx @LiveFromALounge for this.Just booked New York Marriot Marquis.For cash the room was $2322 for 3 nights.Bought 100,000+50,000 Bonvoy Points for $1250 and transferred 41,400 Amex points (30% bonus) so got 53,820 total 204,000 something. Booked this room for 203,000 pts. https://t.co/ZZe76KtWXx
— Nitin Sarin (@Deaphen) October 8, 2022
There are a large number of situations where Bonvoy points could provide outsized value. However, this is not one of Marriott’s best offers on Bonvoy points purchase, but their last one before the year ends. If you additionally have cards that give you a bonus on international purchases, you get to make even more points.
So, are you going to buy Marriott Points with a 25% Discount?
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