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Marriott Bonvoy is selling points with a bonus again. You will receive a 40% bonus when buying 2,000 points or more. This promotion will run until 3rd April 2023.
Does it Make Sense?
The regular price of a Marriott point is about 1.03p at current exchange rates (1.25 cents). A 40% bonus means that you would be paying ~0.73p (0.89 cents) per point.
If you are redeeming points at expensive hotels using Marriott’s fifth night free award pricing, you can occasionally find a bargain by buying points (instead of paying cash). You are less likely to find value when redeeming points for shorter stays.
Marriott Bonvoy points also have a useful floor value – converting them to airline miles. 60,000 Marriott points will convert into 25,000 miles in a large number of frequent flyer programs.
Transfer to United MileagePlus and you can now do even better and get 30,000 miles. You can therefore indirectly purchase 30,000 United miles for ~£438 (by buying 60,000 Marriott points and transferring them), which works out at ~1.46p per United mile. That’s not bad.
If you are absolutely desperate for some Marriott points, a 40% bonus is better than nothing. But this is one of the lower bonuses that Marriott has offered recently, so most people should just wait for a better offer to come along…