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Marriott Bonvoy - promotions analysis

by Neil McPherson

Originally published 6 December 2020.

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Introduction

The Marriott Bonvoy program has regular promotions for points purchases and for stays. We look at the history of their promo's while shining a light on current ones.

Are current promotions good value?  Are the offers seasonal?  When do the best offers usually occur?

Current Offers

Points Promotions.

Get 50% more points when you buy or gift 2,000+ points now through December 22, 2020. Plus, you can purchase up to 150,000 points — that's triple the usual annual limit — between November 26 and December 22. The annual limit includes points previously purchased in 2020, but does not include the 50% bonus earned with this promotion.

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Bonuses for Stays

There are currently no global promotions running, although there are some Marriott offers specific to locations.

Status

There are currently no status-related promotions running.  You can however apply for a status-match at any time.

Points Promotions

Marriott Bonvoy offers points for sale through the management service of points.com. The usual rate is USD 12.50 per thousand points, with a member limited to purchasing no more than 50,000 points in a calendar year.

Our "fair value" valuation for Bonvoy points (the level at which you can redeem them for good value accommodation) is USD 8 per thousand (approx AUD 10.80).  So, many promotions are pitched at a level a little above our valuation, when there is a 33.3% discount. 

We do not recommend buy points speculatively, or hoarding them, but if you need a few to top up for a free night, or have a specific purpose in mind using one of the strategies in our comprehensive Guide to Marriott Bonvoy or similar to what is in our Marriott Bonvoy Case Study it may then make sense,

In 2020 (an unusual year in many ways) a Black Friday promotion provided the largest discount for recent times and allowed purchases cheaper than our fair value.   Otherwise, December seems to be the month for the best discounts.  Around 33.3% off seems to be typical.


Table 1 - History of Marriott Bonvoy Points promotions

Offer End Date Offer Discount Offer Bonus Points Price per Thousand (USD) Effective Discount
22 December 2020
+ 50% 8.33 33.3%
25 November 2020
+ 60% 7.81 37.5%
March 2020
+ 50% 8.33 33.3%
December 2019 30%
8.75 30.0%
October 2019 30%
8.75 30.0%
May 2019 25%
9.38 25.0%
Average

8.30 31.0%

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