Buying Marriott Points at 30% Off to Save Money

Buying Marriott Points For 30% Off

Promo is back until December 22nd

Buying Marriott Points at 0.875 cents each can be well worth the price. Get the details on this 30% promo and examples on when this is a great deal!


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Marriott, through Points.com, is currently running a 30% off promotion on purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Points until December 22nd, 2019. Marriott Points costs 1.25¢ each at the standard rate, but this sale allows you to buy them for 0.875¢ each which is not bad. Marriott Bonvoy Points are generally worth 0.7 cents each on average, but there are plenty of options in which you can earn a value of 1 cents or higher. Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points to book 1-4 days can be hit or miss regardless of a sale. The true value of buying points will generally come from 5-day bookings in which you get the 5th day free and booking made during holiday seasons in which room rates are generally higher.

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At the standard rate, purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Points at 30% off will cost you 0.875¢ per point. Marriott Bonvoy Points can be purchased in 1,000-point increments and you can purchase between 1,000 and 50,000 points per transaction. Marriott Bonvoy Members can purchase up to a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year. For the promotion lasting until October 18th, you can purchase a maximum of 100,000 points which will require two separate transactions of 50,000 points.

The calculator below will calculate how much it will cost you to buy Marriott Points at 30% Off.

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Buying Points For 1-4 Night Bookings

Buying points and miles is generally frowned upon due to the high cost associated with purchasing them, but if you can spot great deals you will find out that there are lots of great redemption options. These great options are easiest to find when points and miles are on sale, rather than when they're at the standard price. Lets take a look at a few examples on when buying Marriott Points can be an awesome deal at 30% off.

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Marriott Free Night Rewards Chart

Lets take a look at some of the lower hotel categories in the Cincinnati area.

Marriott Buy Points Low Categories Cincinnati

When you're searching for Marriott Hotels, you have to remember that the average price per night price they have listed does not account for the fees. If you follow through all the way to the reservation details page, you'll see that the real cost of the Aloft Newport On The Levee is $171.95.

Marriott Aloft Newport Levee
You'll pay $18.91 in taxes/fees too!

When you use Marriott Bonvoy Points, taxes/fees are usually included. I say 'usually' because there are times in which I've booked a hotel on points and they will still require $5-$20 for taxes. So you'll still want to follow all the way through to the reservation page when checking the price in points as well. For this hotel (as well as the other two) there are no extra taxes/fees included. Just straight points.

Marriott Aloft Newport Levee
No taxes or fees... points only!

Another thing worth noting is that booking on points will generally give you the option to book at least two different room types which are usually the simplest of rooms. More times than not, this will include a 1-bed and 2-bed option. When paying cash, you'll find that these options tend to be different prices.

1 king 2 queen cash difference
You'll pay an additional $9 per night (plus taxes/fees) for an extra bed.

But when paying in points, you will usually be able to choose either room type without paying any additional points.

1 king 2 queen points
Both rooms will cost you the same 17,500 points.

So how does all these prices come into play? Let's list them out and see! The table below lists the costs in points and in cash for each of the three hotels along with a break down of king and queen rooms. The table also shows how much value you're getting out of your points with each hotel and room type.

Hotel Cost Per Marriott Point
Aloft Newport on the Levee
Category 3 Hotel
17,500 Points
Standard Pricing
1 King Room
$191.18 Total
1.092¢
Per Point
2 Queen Room
$171.95 Total
0.982¢
Per Point
Courtyard Cincinnati Covington
Category 3 Hotel
17,500 Points
Standard Pricing
1 King Room
$159.55 Total
0.911¢
Per Point
2 Queen Room
$180.90 Total
1.033¢
Per Point
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Category 3 Hotel
15,000 Points
Off-Peak Pricing
1 King Room
$166.85 Total
1.112¢
Per Point
2 Queen Room
$177.43 Total
1.182¢
Per Point

Remember that buying points is the better option when you can purchase them at a value that is lower than what the hotel is asking for.

The standard purchase rate of Marriott Bonvoy Points is 1.25 cents each. None of these rooms have a value of over 1.25 cents which means buying Marriott Points at the standard rate would be a bad option for all of these hotels.

With the 30% off promotion, Marriott Bonvoy Points only cost 0.875 cents per point. All off these hotels have a cents per point value that is higher. This means that it's actually cheaper to purchase the points than to actually book it in cash. For the Fairfield Inn & Suites, you can purchase 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points for $131.25 and save $35 to $46 depending on the room choice. For both the Aloft and Courtyard, you can purchase 18,000 points (must be in 1,000-point increments) for $157.50. This will save you between $2.05 and $33.68.

Remember that you will not earn any Marriott Bonvoy Points booking award nights since you're not paying anything out of pocket. That's something worth considering when you're only saving a couple of dollars from buying points.

Buying Points For 5 Night Bookings

When you book 5-consecutive award nights at a Marriott Hotel, the fifth night will be free of charge. This automatically gives your points a lot more value and is one of the best ways of using Marriott Bonvoy Points over using them for single day stays.

Now remember that you can only buy 50,000 Marriott Points per calendar year as a standard. The promotion allows you buy up to 100,000 Points per year which includes any points you may have already purchased during the calendar year. Lets take a look at some of the hotels in the Kansas City area.

1 king 2 queen points
Each night is 25,000 points with the fourth night free!

When booking these hotels with points, you'll get some exceptional value from both the Residence Inn and Westin due to the daily rate being so high.

Hotel Cost Per Marriott Point
Residence Inn
Category 4 Hotel
25,000 Points
Standard Pricing
Studio
$1,115.35 Total
1.115¢
Per Point
1-Bedroom Suite
$1,291.00 Total
1.291¢
Per Point
Courtyard Kansas
Category 4 Hotel
25,000 Points
Standard Pricing
Guest 1-King
$863.58 Total
0.863¢
Per Point
Guest 2-Queen
$872.96 Total
0.872¢
Per Point
Exec 1-King
$966.64 Total
0.966¢
Per Point
Exec 2-Queen
$976.00 Total
0.976¢
Per Point
Westin Kansas
Category 4 Hotel
25,000 Points
Standard Pricing
Studio
$976.00 Total
0.976¢
Per Point
Studio
$1,190.67 Total
1.190¢
Per Point

At the promotional rate, 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points can be purchases for $875. There are only two room rates in the list that costs less than that (Guest King and Queen for Courtyard). This means you can buy points and save $240-$416 at the Residence Inn, $91-$101 on the Executive rooms at the Courtyard, and $101-$315 at the Westin. Receiving the 5th night free gives you tremendous value when it comes to redeeming your Marriott Bonvoy Points regardless of whether you earned them or purchased them.

Holiday/High-Rate Bookings

The last type of booking I want to touch is for bookings made during holiday seasons or for hotels that generally cost a pretty penny when it comes to cash prices. Lets take a look at the most popular example which are hotels in New York Times Square on New Year's Eve.

1 king 2 queen points
As usual, the rates are on the high side for New Year's Eve.

Without doing any calculations, you can already tell that the best option for The St. Regis and Fairfield Inn & Suites will be purchasing points. The prices for these hotels are broken down in the table below.

Hotel Cost Per Marriott Point
St Regis New York
Category 8 Hotel
100,000 Points
Peak Pricing
1 King
$1,342.00 Total
1.342¢
Per Point
Sheraton New York Times Square
Category 6 Hotel
50,000 Points
Standard Pricing
1 Queen
$662.16 Total
1.324¢
Per Point
1 King
$718.39 Total
1.436¢
Per Point
2 Double
$774.62 Total
1.549¢
Per Point
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Category 5 Hotel
40,000 Points
Peak Pricing
1 King
$1014.45 Total
2.536¢
Per Point

All of these hotels offer 'cents per point' values that are way over the promotional value of 0.875 cents per point. You can purchase 100,000 Marriott Points for a stay at the St Regis for $875 and save $467, purchase 50,000 Marriott Points for a stay at the Sheraton for $437.50 and save $224-$337, or purchase 40,000 Marriott Points for a stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites for $350 and save a whopping $664.

These prices also apply to Marriott's high-end brands as well as their resorts and all-inclusive properties that are pretty much pricey regardless of the holiday season.

How To Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points

If you have a redemption in mind and want to partake in this promotion, it's easy to do.

  1. Head to Marriott's Buy Points page.
  2. Select how many points you wish to purchase.
  3. Log in to your Marriott Bonvoy account.
  4. Enter your payment information.
  5. Review your purchase and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Click Pay Now.

And that's it! Marriott Bonvoy Points will usually post to your account within a few minutes, but do note that Marriott states that it can take up to 72 hours.

Summary

As you can see, purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Points can be worth it if you take the time to run the calculations. Make sure you're pricing out everything entirely and that you're including any taxes/fees that might be included in the booking.

If you're trying to price out some Marriott hotels, you can use the Points and Miles Value Calculator to calculate the cash value based on cost in points and cost in cash. It allows you to price out a total of 5 hotels (or any other rewards) at one time.


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Page Last Updated: 2019-11-17
Written By: Robert Flowers III

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