Marriott Bonvoy has launched their first points sale, allowing you to buy Marriott Bonvoy Points at a discount of 25%. The offer is valid when buying 5,000 or more points.
It appears to be another strategy that Marriott have taken from SPG. Prior to the merger, Marriott never really offered any promotional rates, while SPG ran various promotions.
Marriott Bonvoy Points Discount
At the moment, Marriott Bonvoy are offering a discount 25% discount for purchases of 5,000 or more points. This promotion is valid of points purchased between April 15 and May 15, 2019.
Normally, Marriott sells points as $US12.50 per 1,000 points, or 1.25 cents per point. With the 25% discount you would be paying 0.9375 cents per point.
This may be of interest to those with a specific redemption in mind or needing to top off their account.
If you are only after a small number of points, keep in mind that the discount kicks in at 5,000 points. The effect of this is to make 5,000 points cheaper than 4,000 points.
Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points
When you buy Marriott Points, you should keep in mind a few limits that are made to what you can do.
- You need to have been a member for at least 30 days, and your account must be in good standing
- Purchased points do not count towards Marriott Bonvoy Elite status.
- You may purchase or receive as a gift from another member a combined maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year.
- Points may be purchased in increments of 1,000.
- Excluding promo periods, purchase rate is 12.50 (USD) per 1,000 points.
- Please allow 24-48 hours for transaction to be completed and points awarded to recipient.
Is it Value?
There is some thought around that Marriott Bonvoy will be testing various promotions to see what works, and what doesn’t. We will have to wait and see if that is the case.
For now, we can just look at whether the current promotion stacks up or not. To some degree, this is a bit of an academic exercise, as you are limited to purchasing 50,000 points in a calendar year.
The following table shows the number of Marriott Bonvoy points required for each category, together with the cost of obtaining those points if you buy them.
|Category||Points Required||Standard Points Cost||Discounted Points Cost|
Note: Category 7 and 8 are theoretical as you cannot buy that many points.
To put that table into perspective, most Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Australia are in Category 5. The Aloft and Four Points hotels are typically in Category 3 or 4 hotels.
In many cases, you may well be better off just paying the cash rate for the room. You really need to consider each option.
In the Marriott Bonvoy program, you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to a range of airline programs, including Virgin Australia and Qantas.
For most airlines, the transfer rate is 3:1. Air New Zealand and United are the main standouts, with rates of 200:1 and 3:1.1 respectively.
In addition, if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, or more, Marriott tip in an extra 5,000 airline points. So, if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you end up with 25,000 airline points.
This is the first sale promotion that Marriott Bonvoy have had. As always it is best to do the maths to see if it is worth it.
This may be worth it if you are just a little short of an award night.
Generally, however, I would say only buy them if you have some idea in mind for them.