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Perhaps a coincidence, but at the same time as Marriott Bonvoy introduced more expensive awards, they have also launched a sale on buying points. This sale will run until 18 October, 2019.
Marriott Bonvoy members will be allowed to buy a maximum of 100,000 points at a discount of 30% off the regular price. This works out to 0.875 US cents per point (0.7p per point).
I personally value Marriott points at 0.8 cents each – click here for details – although you will have to decide for yourself whether it makes sense to buy discounted Marriott points to exchange for award nights.
Unfortunately 100,000 points won’t get you particularly close to the number of points needed for a “pay four nights, get five” award stay at a truly top end hotel. But perhaps as a final top up or a one night stay it might make sense for you.
And if you are intending to convert those newly-acquired Marriott points into airline miles… You would pay £420 for 60,000 points, which would get you 25,000 airline miles. (in the absence of any conversion bonuses). 1.68p per mile is expensive! Although perhaps worth considering if you need some truly “exotic” miles that aren’t ever sold to members… or a smallish top up of your Alaska Airlines / American Airlines / United mileage account.
If interested in this promotion, you can click here to reach the appropriate landing page, where you will need to enter your Marriott details to reach the “buy points” page…
Previously, Marriott sold points at a 25% discount. Luckily that promotion must not have been successful, as the discount is larger this time around.
I’m still not a buyer though, are you?