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.
As of January 2021, there is an annual purchase limit of 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per member, excluding bonus miles earned during special promotions. This limit includes points gifted from other Marriott Bonvoy members. But this limit has been increased during the current promotion.
Special Deals on Buying Marriott Bonvoy Points
Marriott is currently offering a 30% discount on purchases of at least 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. This offer expires on 20 June 2021 and it’s among the best deals we’ve seen from Marriott Bonvoy so far.
This offer is about on par with the previous offer of 60% bonus points in November 2020. However, it’s worth noting that when the offer is bonus points (rather than a discount), you would be able to buy more points overall. That’s because bonus points earned as part of promotions do not count towards your annual purchase limit of 100,000 points.
If you were to purchase the maximum amount of 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points during this promotion, you would receive 100,000 points at a cost of USD875 (~$1,133).
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. Keep in mind that you’ll earn 25% bonus airline miles for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points transferred (equivalent to 20,000 airline miles, in most cases).
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 : Airline Miles)|
|Aer Lingus AerClub||3:1|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||3:1|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||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|
|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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