EDIT: Marriott has extended this promotion until April 3, 2022!!!
Marriott Bonvoy has just released a new Spring 2022 promotion which might be of interest for those with upcoming hotel stays.
From now until April 3, 2022
March 23, 2022, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a tiered 40% to 50% bonus on purchased points when you buy at least 2,000 points in one transaction.
Up to 50% bonus on buying Marriott Bonvoy points
During this promotion, Marriott is offering a tiered bonus to all members when buying points. The bonus varies between 40% and 50% according to the amount of points you wish to buy:
- 40% bonus when you buy 2,000–9,000 points.
- 45% bonus when you buy 10,000–39,000 points.
- 50% bonus when you buy 40,000–100,000 points.
Also, UnionPay credit card members get a 10% discount when they buy Bonvoy points with this promotion.
Nonetheless, during this promotion Marriott Bonvoy members can buy or gift up to a maximum of 100,000 points. Keep in mind that any points already purchased this year count towards that limit. E.g. if you already bought 50,000 points earlier in 2022, you would only be able to buy 50,000 points during this promo.
Thus, if you bought the max amount with the 50% bonus offer, it would cost $1,250 USD (approximately $1,588 CAD) to buy 100,000 + 50,000 bonus = 150,000 points.
Marriott Bonvoy usually charges 1.25 US cents per purchased point. But with this new promotion, you’re potentially looking at paying just 0.833 US cents per point.
So, what are some of the uses for Bonvoy points?
Obviously, Bonvoy points can be redeemed for hotel nights at Marriott properties. But they can also be converted to over 40 different airline frequent flyer programs. Additionally, you can redeem your points for unique experiences and events with Marriott Bonvoy Moments.
Please refer to my previous article for more tips and strategies to use when redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points.
Use Marriott Bonvoy points for hotel stays
You can redeem Bonvoy points at 6,700 Marriott properties world wide based on their award chart (which is valid until March 2022). Read more about Marriott’s upcoming award chart change.
As a reminder, the Marriott Bonvoy award chart is based on 8 categories with off-peak, standard and peak pricing.
Each Marriott hotel is assigned to a particular category. So, the number of points required for a free hotel night will vary depending on occupancy and the time of year.
Here is the Marriott Bonvoy hotel reward chart.
So, if you have any upcoming hotel stays, it could be cheaper to use points instead of paying cash.
Between March 2022 and the end of 2022, award pricing at more than 97% of properties should continue to range between off-peak and peak award costs.
For example, the TownePlace Suites hotel in Petawawa, Ontario is a category 1 hotel (one of the few in Eastern Canada). Back in April 2021, it was only 5,000 or 7,500 points per night to stay at this hotel.
For the same time period, a stay at this hotel costs anywhere between $133 and $148 CAD per night! Therefore, it makes much more sense to buy and redeem points for your stay rather than paying cash.
I stayed at this hotel in March 2021 so check out my updated review of the TownePlace Suites Petawawa 2021.
Terms and conditions
There are some terms and conditions to be aware of for this promotion. Notably, no refunds will be permitted. So, make sure you have a specified use in mind before buying points.
Also, new Marriott Bonvoy members can purchase points depending on their situation.
- within 30 days after enrollment with qualifying account activity (e.g. hotel stay)
- within 1 year from enrollment regardless of account activity.
Keep in mind that purchases are processed by points.com and not directly with Marriott. This means that if you buy points with the Marriott Bonvoy Amex card, you’ll earn at the everyday regular rate of 2 Bonvoy points per dollar spent.
Finally, purchased points do not count towards Marriott Bonvoy Elite status and can take up to 72 hours to process.
Marriott is currently offering a tiered bonus points promotion on buying Bonvoy points (until April 3, 2022). Members can buy up to 100,000 points at rate of 0.833 US cents or $1.06 CAD per point.
Bonvoy points have multiple uses but are best used for hotel stays. Therefore, this promotion could be great deal if you have any upcoming hotel stays for Spring 2022 as it could be cheaper to use points instead of paying cash.
Finally, I would only suggest buying Bonvoy points with a specific use in mind as there are no refunds allowed!
Will you be buying Bonvoy points during this promotion? Let me know in the comments below.
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