Get a 50% bonus when you buy Marriott points (0.83 cents each)

Feb 19, 2020

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

It’s been a long while since we’ve seen a Marriott points discount this sharp. Through March 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, you’ll receive 50% more Marriott points when you buy 2,000 or more points in a single transaction. That amounts to just 0.83 cents per point, which is a nice discount compared to the usual price of 1.25 cents per point.

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Marriott buy-points promotion details

Head to Marriott’s Buy Points page to take advantage of this sale.

For the duration of the promotion, Marriott has doubled the yearly limit of points you can purchase. Normally, you’d be capped at 50,000 points per year, but you can now buy 100,000 points — with this 50% bonus, you could buy a total of 150,000 points through March 25, 2020.

Note that you can only buy 50,000 points per transaction (in increments of 1,000 points), so you’ll have to make two purchases to buy 100,000 points.

If you’re new to Marriott Bonvoy, note that the terms say you may purchase points 30 days after enrollment if your Marriott Bonvoy account reflects qualifying activity. After 90 days from enrollment, you’re eligible to purchase points regardless of your account activity.

Who should purchase Marriott points?

Earning Marriott points is already very easy with its cobranded credit cards, two of which have limited-time increased offers. Currently, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card comes with 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. And the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card comes with 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.

Related: Which Marriott credit card to get

If you’ve already earned the bonuses on the best Marriott credit cards, buying points with this discount could be enticing.

TPG monthly valuations estimate Marriott points to be worth 0.8 cents each. While the purchase rate for Marriott points is slightly higher than that, even with this big discount, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Anyone who needs just a few thousand more points to achieve a redemption should consider this deal.

Or, if you’ve got a specific redemption in mind, you could buy points to effectively book your stay at a discount. For example, you can reserve Marriott Category 8 hotels for as little as 70,000 points during off-peak dates. You’ll pay more than $1,000 per night at many of these hotels, like the St. Regis Maldives. But with this deal, you can purchase 70,500 points for $588, and receive an effective discount of $400+ per night compared to paying cash.

You’ll receive an even better value when you book five or more consecutive award nights thanks to Marriott’s fifth night free perk.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with Marriott Bonvoy

Which credit card should you use?

The terms state that purchasing points with a Marriott Bonvoy cobranded credit card will earn points as an everyday purchase. To maximize your spending, look at cards like The Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express, which offers 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar (on the first $50,000 per year; then 1 point per dollar thereafter ) Terms apply, or the Chase Freedom Unlimited, with 1.5% cash back (1.5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar).

Featured photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy.

JT Genter contributed to this post.

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