Marriott Bonvoy, the loyalty programme of Marriott Hotels, is dishing out hits after hits at the moment. After a sale which got you a 20% discount on Marriott gift cards, Marriott Bonvoy is out offering their latest promotion on purchased points. The current buy Marriott points bonus is one notch less than their best deal on purchased points but presents a good opportunity since the difference per point purchased is not a lot.
Marriott Bonvoy is now offering a 50% bonus on Marriott Bonvoy Points till December 22, 2020. To trigger the promotion, all you have to do is to buy at least 2000 Marriott Bonvoy points in a transaction.
With this promotion, Marriott Bonvoy has also tripled its cap on the number of points one can buy. The limit is 50,000 points, but through this promotion, it becomes 150,000 points pre-bonus. 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. Through this promotion, then, you are looking at the price of 0.83 US Cents (INR 0.62) per point purchased.
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.
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, and it works out cheaper to redeem points at premium properties over paying cash for them. Also, let’s not forget that Marriott Bonvoy runs a pretty sweet ability to convert to airmiles at 3:1 ratio as well. So, there are many properties where you can get outsized value from your Marriott points.
Take the example of this established resort, one of the most popular Marriott properties in India, for the New Year 2020. The cash price is INR 128,500 ex taxes (INR 151,000 inclusive of taxes), and on points, it just comes to INR 99,200 for 5 nights with no separate taxes to pay.
Additionally, if you have the American Express Platinum Charge Card and you put this buy on that card, you can also earn about 6 Membership Rewards points per USD spent. Each Membership Rewards point also converts to Bonvoy 1:1 ratio.
There are a large number of situations where Bonvoy points could provide outsized value anyways, and given this is Marriott’s best offer on Bonvoy points purchase, that sweetens the deal a whole lot. If you additionally have cards that give you a bonus on international purchases, you get to make even more points. This is the best ever offer from Marriott Bonvoy on points purchase.
So, are you going to buy Marriott Points with a 50% Bonus?