Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points
Marriott Points are on sale for 0.78 cents each which is the best promotion Marriott has ever offered. Top off your account or stock up for future travel!
Marriott's current buy points promotion is one of the best yet. From now until June 30, 2020, you'll earn 60% bonus points when you buy at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points which is 0.78 cents per point.
Cost To Buy Marriott Points
Marriott Bonvoy Points are currently on sale for 0.78 cents per point. In order to partake in this sale, you'll need to buy at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points which is around the norm with their promotions. Buying 1,000 points will give you the standard rate of 1.25 cents per point.
|Marriott Points Cost|
|1,000 Points||1.25 Cents|
|2,000 - 50,000 Points||0.78 Cents|
When you buy 2,000 or more Marriott Bonvoy Points, you'll get a 60% bonus. The lowest amount of points you can buy (for the promotion) is 2,000 which will give you 1,200 bonus points for a total of 3,200 points for only $25. The maximum amount of points you can earn with this promotion is 100,000 which will give you 60,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points for a total of $1,250. You can only buy up to 50,000 points per transaction, so you'll need to buy 50,000 points twice to max out the promotion.
Normally you would only be able to buy up to 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per year which would cost you $625. This promotion allows you to buy up to double the normal point limit and earn a significant bonus on top of it.
|Buy Marriott Points Min/Max|
|Minimum Purchase||1,000 Points|
|Maximum Purchase||50,000 Points|
|Maximum Purchase||100,000 Points|
Do note that previously purchased points during 2020 will count towards the annual limit. Points that are part of the 60% bonus does not count towards the limit.
Are Buying Marriott Points Worth It?
When Marriott Bonvoy Points are on sale, there's several instances in which you might want to earn 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.
Before you top off your account by buying 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 most popular transfer partners 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 our Marriott Transfer Partners & Calculators page to get the full list of transfer partners and calculate the transfer of points to and from the Marriott Bonvoy Program.
Buying Points Are Cheaper
With this promotion, you can buy Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.78 cents each. With that estimate in mind, the table below lists the standard award pricing for each Marriott Category. Along with that is the cost if you were to buy points during this promotion to cover a day at each Category.
Low Category Hotels
Marriott has a handful of Category 1 and Category 2 hotels scattered across the world. These hotels cost anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points depending on the season. This is a sweet spot regardless of whether or not Marriott Points are on sale.
Looking at a few category 1 hotels in Ohio, which are all listing as off-peak, each ranges from $92 to $166 per night before taxes. After taxes they're about $100 to $190 per night.
For these hotels, buying the points required to get a free night is actually cheaper than paying cash. With this promotion, you can buy 4,000 for $50 and receive a 2,400 point bonus for a total of 6,400 points. You can then redeem 5,000 of those points for a free night.
So you end up paying $50 for a free night versus the $100 to $190 you would have paid in cash per night saving you $50 to $140.
Do note that this also applies when Marriott Bonvoy Points are not on sale. The standard price for Marriott Bonvoy Points is 1.25 cents each meaning 5,000 points would cost you $62.50. That's still cheaper than paying cash.
Now let's look at the standard redemption rate because you're not always going to be lucky and find off-peak pricing. The standard redemption rate of category 1 hotels is 7,500 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night. The closest you can get to 7,500 points with this promotion is purchasing 5,000 points for $62.50 and receiving a 3,000 point bonus for a total of 8,000 points.
You'll notice that buying points still comes out to be the cheaper option for all of the hotels listed. This means that buying points and using them to book the hotel can still benefit you at the standard redemption rate.
Marriott Mid Category Hotels
For the middle category range which is about Category 3 to Category 6, this will not apply as often though it is possible to still find cases in which buying points is cheaper. This will typically apply to hotels that are on the expensive side due to being popular or in high demand such as hotels in a downtown area. For example, the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel is more than $400 per night after taxes, but it only costs 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points which would cost you around $196 at 0.78 cents per point.
Marriott High Category Hotels
Marriott's category 7 and 8 hotels is another example in which this promotion can benefit you. Buying points and then turning around to redeem them for your stay for these types of hotels can save you a few hundred dollars in some instances. It all depends on the cash cost and whether or not the hotel is in off-peak, standard, or peak pricing.
For example, the Mystique in Santorini costs 85,000 Points per night during peak and 75,000 Points per night a few times per year during off-peak days. Regardless of which days, the hotel is always clear over $1,100 USD per night not including tax. If you were planning on paying cash, buying 75,000 to 85,000 points would come out cheaper than the total price with taxes.
Another example would be if you had enough points for a few nights but you wanted to stay an additional night. You can fork up around $664 for an additional night which is half the price of paying cash.
5th Night Free
When you book a 5-night consecutive award stay, you will get the 5th night for free. This means a five night stay would only cost you 4-nights worth of Marriott Bonvoy Points which not only keeps points in your wallet, but it ups the value of points as well.
For the category 1 properties that cost 5,000 per night, you would be able to stay 5 nights for the cost of 20,000 points. You could buy 13,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points for $162.50 and get a bonus of 7,800 for a total of 20,800 points. One day at the Fairfield Inn & Suite Chillicothe was going for $166 per night before taxes. Buying points would allow you to stay 5 nights for the cost of one in this example.
High category hotels also apply here. While you can't buy enough points to cover 4 nights at a Category 7-8 hotel, you can add to your already existing balance to give yourself enough points to get the fifth night free. More details on that is in the section below.
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. Yeah... it's a lot.
Building up 200,000 to 400,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points isn't the hardest thing to do, but it does take effort. People build up points for these kind of redemptions by:
- Earning large sign up bonuses and running spend through credit cards
- Staying at Marriott brand hotels
- Buying Marriott Points (typically when on sale)
A big chunk of earning that many points will stem from earning sign up bonuses. Sign up bonuses are earned when you meet a certain spend requirement on a new credit card you've obtained. Usually you'll have 3 months to complete the goal and once you do, you'll receive the points that sign up bonus offered.
Sign up bonuses are the easiest way to build up tens of thousands of points and is the primary method of reaching these types of redemptions. Sign up bonuses can be earned with Marriott's line up of credit cards or you can earn sign up bonuses with American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards and transfer those earned AMEX Points to your Marriott Bonvoy account.
On top of sign up bonuses, you'll also earn points running spend through credit cards which you'll need to do anyway to reach the goal for the sign up bonus. Running spend through cards will generally not earn you as much as a sign up bonus, but every point counts.
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 covered purchasing points. This is where point promotions like this one come in handy. You can top off your account buy earning as many as 160,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points with this promotion.
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.
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
- Jump over to the Marriott Buy Points page.
- Select how many points you want to buy.
- Enter your payment information.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- 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 Chase Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Mastercard
- Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
- Ritz-Carlton Chase Card
- American Express
- Diners Club
- Carte Blanche
Rules of Buying Bonvoy Points
There are several rules to be aware of when purchasing Marriott Bonvoy Points:
- You can buy up to 100,000 points with this promotion. Points earned from the 60% bonus does not count towards the annual limit.
- Points may be purchased in increments of 1,000.
- Allow 24-48 hours for transaction to be completed and points to be awarded to recipient.
- Once points have been purchased or gifted, no refunds will be permitted.
- Purchasing Points with a Marriott Bonvoy or Ritz Carlton credit card will result in earning one point per $1 spent on these transactions.
Notice that using a Marriott Bonvoy credit card would only earn you 1 point per $1 spent. If you have the AMEX Blue Business Plus Card you can earn 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and then transfer those earned points over to your Marriott Bonvoy account at a 1:1 ratio.
With a sale like this, buying Marriott Bonvoy Points can be very useful whether you're close to a redemption, trying to save money buying points versus paying cash, or building your way up to a large redemption. As with all point purchases, be sure to have a redemption in mind before you buy.
Keep in mind, this sale ends June 30, 2020.
Buying Marriott Points 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 each, but this promo allows you to buy them for 0.78 cents per point.
What's the lowest amount of Marriott Points you can buy for the promotion?
You can buy as low as 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points and get a 1,200 point bonus (60%) for a total of 3,200 points for $25.
What's the most Marriott Bonvoy Points you can buy with this promotion?
You can buy up to 50,000 points per transaction and up to 100,000 points total with this promotion. This does not include the 60% bonus points. Factoring in the bonus, you can accumulate a total of 160,000 points.
Is this the best time to buy Marriott Bonvoy Points?
Yes. This is the cheapest Marriott Bonvoy Points have ever been. Anytime you can buy points for less than 0.9 cents is generally worth it if you know how to redeem them for max value.
How do I buy Marriott Bonvoy Points?
You can buy Marriott Bonvoy Points directly from the Marriott Buy Points page.