Marriott Bonvoy, the loyalty programme of Marriott Hotels, is dishing out hits after hits at the moment. The current buy Marriott points with a bonus is one of their best deals on purchased points and presents a good opportunity.
Marriott Bonvoy is now offering a Bonus on the purchase of Marriott Bonvoy Points till July 15, 2022. All you have to do is buy at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in a transaction to trigger the promotion. You could get a 45-55% bonus on purchased points..
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 pre-bonus. In my case, I can buy a total of 155,000 points for USD 1,250 (INR 97,000), making the per point cost of purchase at US Cent 0.81 (INR 0.62)
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 very handy this year with everyone travelling, and hotel costs having gone up massively on a systemic basis. You could get up to 40-50% discount by buying miles and using them for your stay.
There are a large number of situations where Bonvoy points could provide outsized value anyways, and given this is one of Marriott’s reasonable offers 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 amongst the best offer from Marriott Bonvoy on points purchases.
So, are you going to buy Marriott Points with a mystery Bonus?
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