Buying Marriott Points: How To Buy & Cost Calculator

You can buy up to 100,000 Marriott Points per year for 1.25 cents per point. Get the full details on buying Marriott Points and calculate the cost.
Last Updated 2021-01-10
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If you're in need of Marriott Bonvoy Points and transferring points to your account is not an option, you can buy Marriott Points. This page covers the details of buying Marriott Points at both the standard price and during active promotions, when to buy them, and how to buy them.

Cost To Buy Marriott Points

Marriott Bonvoy Points will cost you 1.25 cents (USD) per point at the standard price. This will be the case no matter how many points you buy in a single transaction.

Buying Marriott Points
Points Purchased Cost Per Point
1,000 - 100,000 Points 1.25 Cents

You can buy as little as 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points for $12.50 or as many as 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points for $1,250. You can buy up or receive as a gift a combined maximum of 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per calendar year.

Details On Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points
Base Cost Per Points 1.25 Cent
Taxes? No.
Min Purchase Per Transaction 1,000 Points
Max Purchase Per Transaction 100,000 Points
Max Points Per Calendar Year 100,000 Points
Purchase Increments 1,000-point Increments

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points Calculator

If you plan on buying Marriott Bonvoy Points at the standard rate, the calculator below will estimate how much it will cost you. Do note that the cost of buying points can change at any time, so you'll want to log into your Marriott Bonvoy account and check their buy points page to see the actual cost.

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points Calculator

Enter how many Marriott Bonvoy Points you want to buy to see the estimate cost at the standard rate.
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Are Buying Marriott Points Worth It?

When Marriott Bonvoy Points are on sale, there's several instances in which you might want to buy points. Those instances are:

  • You're close to a redemption and need to top off your account
  • Buying points and redeeming them is cheaper than paying cash
  • You're aiming to stay at a very high-end resort that gives you great value per point

Top Off Your Marriott Account

The most common reason for buying Marriott Bonvoy Points (or any rewards really) is to top off your account. If you have 78,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points and you're 2,000 points away from that 5-day stay at a your favorite hotel, then buying those few Marriott Points can definitely be worth it.

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Topping off accounts is the most common reason for buying points and miles.

Before you top off your account by purchasing Marriott Points, you'll first want to check Marriott's Transfer Partners. There's several programs that allow you to transfer points directly to your Marriott Bonvoy account. The programs are:

Transferring rewards to your Marriott Bonvoy account will save you money since transferring from these programs will cost you $0. You can use check out the Marriott Transfer Partners Calculators to get the full list of transfer partners and calculate the transfer of points to and from the Marriott Bonvoy Program.

When Buying Points Are Cheaper

In some instances, buying Marriott Bonvoy Points can be the cheaper option over paying cash for your stay. This is usually the case when Marriott has one of their really good sales. For example, Marriott Bonvoy Points have been on sale for 0.83 cents (USD) per point in the past. Here are the cash values of standard awards at Marriott hotels based on that promotional cost.

Marriott Standard Awards @ 0.83 Cents
Category 1
7,500 Points
$63
Category 2
12,500 Points
$104
Category 3
17,500 Points
$145
Category 4
25,000 Points
$208
Category 5
35,000 Points
$291
Category 6
50,000 Points
$415
Category 7
60,000 Points
$498
Category 8
85,000 Points
$706
Marriott Reward Chart
The cost of Marriott hotels by category and peak.

So if you found a Category 4 hotel that was $250 per night, you could actually save money by buying 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points for $208 and then redeeming those points for your stay. Just be sure to factor in how many points you would have earn earned if you would have paid cash for the stay altogether because that counts as well. The savings on some redemptions are generally higher even with the points that you would have earned factored in. This method holds true mostly with Category 1-3 hotels. It works for high category hotels as well, but you can only buy so many Marriott Points per year so it's not as useful.

chillicothe fairfield inn suites

Another example is the Fairfield Inn & Suite Chillicothe (which is a nice hotel). A five night stay would cost either $179 per night or 47,500 for the entire stay. The cash cost of a five night stay would be $895 total. Buying 47,500 points on sale at 0.83 cents each and then redeeming those points for a five night stay would only cost you about $395. That is a $500 difference. Since you're not going to earn $500 worth of Marriott Bonvoy Points for this booking, the better route in this case would be to buy points.

Again, this is not a common occurrence but there are times in which buying points is the better option. It's worth checking the cash value and cost in points of your hotel, especially when Marriott Bonvoy Points are on sale.

Large Redemptions

The last reason that most people buy Marriott Bonvoy Points is because they're trying to build their balance for a high-cost redemption. This falls between both of the previous mentioned methods as you're technically topping off your account, but you're buying a lot more than a 'few' points.

These redemptions will usually apply to category 7 and category 8 hotels in which the goal is to aim for the 5th night free benefit. Depending on the pricing, a 5-night stay at these categories will cost you anywhere between 200,000 to 400,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points. Quite a lot of points.

Maldives Category 8 Hotels
Even with the 5th night free, these are still expensive.

Building up 200,000 to 400,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points can be challenging, but it can be done. Points for these kind of redemptions can be built up by:

  • Earning sign up bonuses and running spend through Marriott and partner credit cards
  • Staying at Marriott brand hotels
  • Top off remaining points by purchasing Marriott Points (typically when on sale)

Assuming you've build up a bunch of points via credit card usage and sign up bonuses, any gap between you and your redemption can then be (hopefully) covered purchasing points. This is where Marriott's buy point promotions come in handy. Not only can you top off your account for cheaper than the standard rate, but you can typically buy more than the standard cap of 100,000 points during Marriott's promotions.

marriott buy points sale
Buying points during promotions is the best option for big Category 7 and 8 redemptions if you need to top off your account.

Before you know it, you'll have enough points to enjoy a luxury vacation at a Category 7 or Category 8 hotel all for the price of a couple annual fees and the purchase of points to top off your account which is a fraction of the price it would cost you if you were to pay cash.

Using TopCashback Buying Points

When you purchase points for your Marriott Bonvoy account, you'll be buying points from the Points.com storefront. Points.com is featured on the TopCashback portal which can earn you an additional 2.5% cash back or more on top of your Marriott Bonvoy Points purchase.

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Cash back portals are an easy way to earn cash back shopping online.

The steps involved for earning additional cash back is easy:

  • Sign into your TopCashback account.
  • Search for Points.com on the TopCashback website.
  • Look for the Marriott Rewards option and click Get Cashback.
  • You'll be dropped off on the Marriott.com home page.
  • Go to the buy Marriott Points page and proceed as normal.

After your purchases TopCashback will be notified and cash back will be added to your account. If you don't have a TopCashback account, you can sign up through The Point Calculator for free and earn bonus cash back on your first purchase.

How To Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points

If you've made up your mind and you're ready to purchase some Marriott Bonvoy Points, it's fairly easy to do.

How To Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points

  1. Jump over to the Marriott Buy Points page.
  2. Select how many points you want to buy.
  3. Enter your payment information.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Click Pay Now.

And that's all their is to it! You can buy Marriott Bonvoy Points with all major credit cards which includes:

  • Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • Carte Blanche
how to buy marriott points
It's just a matter of filling out some information.

Notice that using a Marriott Bonvoy credit card would only earn you 1 point per $1 spent.

Summary

As a reminder, I do not recommend buying points just to buy them because they're on sale. I also do not recommend you buying them just because it seems like a good deal. Be sure to come up with a plan and have a redemption in mind before you buy points. Run the calculations and make sure that buying points will benefit you!

FAQ

Can you purchase Marriott Bonvoy Points?

Yes. They can be purchased from the Marriott storefront through their website.

How much does it cost to buy Marriott points?

The standard cost of is 1.25 cents (USD) each. The best time to buy is during promotions in which you can earn 50%-60% bonus points.

How much does it cost to buy 2,000 Marriott Points?

At the standard rate it would cost you US$25, but it can be cheaper during promotions. You can use the Buy Marriott Points Calculator on this page to calculate based on standard cost.

How many Marriott Points you can buy?

You can buy as low as 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points and as many as 100,000 per year. Promotions typically allow you to purchase more.

How do I buy Marriott Bonvoy Points?

You can buy Marriott Bonvoy Points directly from the Marriott Buy Points page.

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