Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points with a 60% Bonus

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points with 60% Bonus

You Can Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points with a 60% Bonus through June 30, 2020–is it worth it? Generally we haven't been too impressed with the Marriott Bonvoy program or Marriott hotels in general, for awhile, but recall that Marriott points are one third the value of the old Starwood Starpoints, and can still transfer to a number of different airline frequent flyer programs.

While few people want to get on a flight right now, given the coronavirus pandemic, once it makes more sense to travel again, it's certainly better to be able to fly business class or first class with frequent flyer miles and points, to have more personal space and fewer people in the cabin, assuming you're not able to fly private. And that's where Marriott points can come in handy, since they have more airline transfer partners than AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards do.

Here's the offer:

  • Buy at least 2000 Marriott points to earn 60% bonus points
  • A Marriott Bonvoy member may buy a maximum of 100,000 points during the promotional period, although only 50,000 points (plus 30,000 bonus points) may be bought in a single transaction
  • Must be an existing Marriott Bonvoy member (at least 30 days prior to purchasing points, if there has been qualifying activity) to purchase
  • No refund on points purchases

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What is a Marriott Bonvoy Point Worth?

With the 60% bonus, you're buying points for 0.78 cents per point. If you still think in terms of SPG Starpoints, as we do, that's equivalent to buying Starpoints at 2.34 cents per point. Plus, recall that when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to frequent flyer miles (the ratio is typically 3:1; this is because Starpoints, which transferred 1:1 to most airline programs, were tripled when converted to Marriott points). So taking into account the 5000 bonus points for 60K points transfers, and the 60% bonus, it's akin to buying miles at 1.9 cents each, which is a good deal for many airline currencies, although probably not a rate that most people will want to load up speculatively at.

Still, if you have some otherwise “orphaned” miles in a program that you'd like to use, transferring some Marriott points can be a good solution. Just double check that these orphaned miles won't expire before you get a chance to use them, since frequent flyer programs have different rules for miles expiration.

As an example, JAL Mileage Bank can be a good way to redeem for roundtrip Emirates awards, and is also a great way to get early access to JAL First Class and JAL Business Class awards, since Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Awards are Bookable 360 Days in Advance, a month before they're available to American AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan members.

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Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Partners

All ratios below are 3 Marriott Bonvoy points = 1 airline frequent flyer mile. We've left out Air New Zealand Airpoints, which has a silly 200:1 ratio. We've also highlighted what we consider the best airline frequent flyer programs in bold font.

Note that transfers are generally NOT instant and can take a few days.

Aegean Miles+Bonus

Aeroflot Bonus

Aeromexico ClubPremier

Air Canada Aeroplan

Air China PhoenixMiles

Air France-KLM Flying Blue

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alitalia MilleMiglia

American Airlines AAdvantage

ANA Mileage Club

Asiana Airlines Asiana Club

Avianca LifeMiles

British Airways Executive Club

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles

China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles

Delta SkyMiles

Emirates Skywards

Etihad Guest

FRONTIER Miles

Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

Iberia Plus

Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank

JetBlue TrueBlue

Korean Air SKYPASS

LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Qatar Airways Privilege Club

SAA Voyager

Saudia Alfursan

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Southwest Rapid Rewards

TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

United MileagePlus

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

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