One of the best ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy Points is by using American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards. This is because AMEX allows you to transfer your Membership Rewards Points to Marriott and turn them into Marriott Bonvoy Points at a 1:1 ratio. This means every 1 AMEX Point you earn will equal 1 Marriott Bonvoy Point when transferred. Outside of buying Marriott Bonvoy Points, this is the best way to obtain Marriott Points fast and almost instantly.
Things To Know
In order to transfer your Membership Rewards account to Marriott:
- Your account with AMEX must be in good standing
- You must have a Marriott Bonvoy account
- Your account with Marriott must be in good standing
If you don't have a Marriott Bonvoy account, you'll want to jump over to Marriott.com to create one. You will need your Marriott Bonvoy account number in order to link your account and transfer your AMEX Points.
How To Transfer
If you're ready to transfer AMEX Points to Marriott Bonvoy, these are the steps to follow.
Log In To AMEX Account
The first thing you'll want to do is head to americanexpress.com. Once you're on their home page, you'll want to enter your UserID, Password, and select 'Membership Rewards' from the dropdown. Next, click Log In.
Head To 'Transfer Points'
Next, you'll land on the Membership Rewards home page. About halfway down the page you will see Transfer Points. Click on that and you'll see a button that says View All. Click View All.
You'll now find yourself looking at all of AMEX's transfer partners. Scroll down to the subcategory of 'Hotel' and you'll find Marriott Bonvoy as one of the options. Go ahead and click on Marriott.
Link Your Marriott Bonvoy Account
You will now have the option to link your Marriott Bonvoy account to your American Express Membership Rewards account. You'll need to select a cardholder and verify your card. This will be yourself if you're transferring points to your Marriott Bonvoy account. You have the option to select someone else here if you wish to transfer points to their account, but you will need to link there Marriott Bonvoy account instead of yours as the cardholder and Marriott Bonvoy account being linked must have the same name.
You can choose any of your cards for verification. You'll need to enter the 3-digit and 4-digit codes found on your card. You'll also need your Marriott Bonvoy account number. You will get a successful message after you click Link Account if everything is good to go.
Do note that the system is particular picky on the name. For example, I have a few cards without my 'III' suffix and a few cards with it. I cannot link my account using the cards with the 'III' suffix because my Marriott account does not have that suffix as part of my name. So be aware that this could be a problem if you're a Jr., III, etc.
Transfer AMEX Points To BA Avios
Now that your accounts are successfully linked, you'll be able to easily move points to your linked Marriott Bonvoy account from your American Express Membership Rewards account.
You will need at least 1,000 Membership Rewards Points to transfer your points to Marriott. This transfer ratio is 1:1, but there are typically several promos during the year in which you can earn bonus points transferring from AMEX to Marriott.
You can get some great value out of Marriott Bonvoy Points. While they are valued around 0.7 cents on average, it's very possible to get 1 to 2 cents per point or even more if you take the time to do some. I commonly transfer Membership Rewards Points to my Marriott Bonvoy account to redeem them for superb value. I recommend reading up on the value of Marriott Bonvoy Points to get an idea of how you can obtain solid value out of your points.