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Marriott Bonvoy - promotions analysis

by Neil McPherson


Current Offers

Bonvoy Points Promotions.

You can save 30% when purchasing (at least 2,000) Marriott Bonvoy points until 20 June 2021, up to a the combined total maximum  number of 100,000 points purchased in calendar 2021.  Points must purchased on the Marriott site administered by points.com.

The discount of 30% is about average compared to earlier promotions (see below), but it is a timely discount for the northern hemisphere summer holidays.  
While free nights is usually the best use of points, other potential uses include:

  • spa services
  • dining
  • gift certificates.

Bonvoy Status Offers

Bonvoy logo (small)

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



Bonvoy Bonuses for Stays

Marriott's Grand Sheraton Hotel in Adana City, Turkey.

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

Including until 24 August, earn up to 10,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points for stays at more than 150 Marriott Hotels in the Caribbean & Latin America.


Discounted Room Rates for Stays

Every Stay is Sweeter in APAC

Until 30 September 2021, you can book at participating properties and  enjoy up to 20% discount on rooms and suites for stays through December 31, 2021. What’s more, up to 2 kids age 12 or below receive complimentary breakfast.  Use promo code M96 when making your booking.


Marriott Bonvoy Escapes

Marriott Bonvoy has (re) launched its ongoing Escapes offers. For stays Wednesday through Sunday at participating hotels and resorts, Members save 25% off standard rates, valid for hotel stays over the next 4 weekends and all days of the week for resorts. Flexible cancellation applies



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?

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.   Around 33.3% off seems to be typical

Otherwise, December seems to be the month for the best discounts. Offers during the (northern) Summer months of May and June seem to offer the least value.


Table 1 - History of Marriott Bonvoy Points promotions

Offer End Date Offer Discount Offer Bonus Points Price per Thousand (USD) Effective Discount
20 June 2021 30%
8.75 30.0%
22 March 2021 (by invitation)
+ 50% 8.33 33.3%
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

8.55 31.0%

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