Marriott Bonvoy points are valuable because it’s possible to transfer them to over 40 different airlines! In fact, Marriott will even throw in 25% bonus points for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points that you transfer to an airline.
It’s possible to earn Marriott Bonvoy points by staying at Marriott hotels, or by transferring points across from Amex Membership Rewards. But Marriott also sells Marriott Bonvoy points to the public. Not only can you buy Marriott Bonvoy points directly, but Marriott even sometimes offers discounts or bonus points on purchases.
Buying Marriott Bonvoy points gives you the unique ability to purchase – albeit indirectly – frequent flyer points from airlines that don’t otherwise sell points or miles to the public. Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners include Korean Air Skypass, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
How to Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points
Marriott sells points for USD12.50 (~$19) per thousand. That’s the full price, but Marriott does also offer discounts from time to time. Points can be purchased in increments of 1,000. Points normally take 24-48 hours to post to your account, but could take up to 7 days. You can buy points through the “purchase points” link on the Marriott website.
You must have been a Marriott Bonvoy member for at least 90 days to be eligible to buy points! If you have already had some activity on your account (e.g. from a hotel stay), this cooling-off period is reduced to 30 days. If you’re not already a member, join Marriott Bonvoy now to avoid missing out on future promotions.
Beware that there is normally an annual purchase limit of 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per member, excluding bonus miles earned during special promotions! This limit includes points gifted from other Marriott Bonvoy members. Crucially, the bonus points when transferring to an airline frequent flyer program only kick in if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in one transaction. So, it would be beneficial for you to also top up your account with a few hotel stays (or perhaps by transferring points to Marriott from Amex) to get to that magic figure of 60,000 points. Alternatively, you could purchase 50,000 points during one calendar year and then the extra 10,000 points at the start of the following year.
Special Deals on Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points
Marriott is currently offering 60% bonus points on purchases of at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. This offer expires on 30 June 2020 and it’s the best deal we’ve seen from Marriott Bonvoy so far.
During this promotion, the annual purchase limit is also being increased to 100,000 Bonvoy points. Bonus points earned as part of this promotion do not count towards your annual purchase limit.
If you were to purchase 38,000 Marriott Bonvoy points during this promotion, you would receive 60,800 Bonvoy points (including 22,800 bonus points) at a cost of USD475 (~$725). Those Marriott Bonvoy points would convert to 25,266 airline miles.
You can discuss this offer on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Marriott – buy points with a 50% bonus offer
Redeeming Marriott Bonvoy Points
As Marriott Bonvoy is a hotel loyalty program, you can of course redeem points for hotel nights and other rewards. But of most interest to us are the many airline frequent flyer programs that you can transfer your points to!
You can both buy and redeem (or transfer) points on the Marriott website.
Three Marriott points are generally worth one airline mile, with a few exceptions. Here is a full list of Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners:
|Frequent Flyer Program||Transfer Rate (Marriott points to Airline Miles)|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||3:1|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||3:1|
|Air China Phoenix Miles||3:1|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||3:1|
|Air New Zealand Airpoints||200:1|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||3:1|
|ANA Mileage Club||3:1|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||3:1|
|British Airways Executive Club||3:1|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||3:1|
|China Eastern Miles||3:1|
|Copa Airlines ConnectMiles||3:1|
|Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns||3:1|
|JAL Mileage Bank||3:1|
|Korean Air Skypass||3:1|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||3:1|
|Qatar Airways Privilege Club||3:1|
|Saudi Arabian Alfursan||3:1|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||3:1|
|South African Airways Voyager||3:1|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards||3:1|
|Thai Royal Orchid Plus||3:1|
|Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles||3:1|
|United Mileage Plus||3:1.1|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||3:1|
|Virgin Australia Velocity||3:1|
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