New promo: Mystery bonus when buying Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy has just released a new Summer 2021 promotion which might be of interest for those with upcoming hotel stays. This is a decent offer from Marriott on purchasing Bonvoy points.

From August 13 until September 25, 2021, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a mystery bonus on purchased points when you buy at least 2,000 points in one transaction.

Mystery bonus on buying Marriott Bonvoy points

Each member will receive a different mystery bonus on the regular price to buy Marriott Bonvoy points. For example, I received 45% bonus and I know some other members received a 50% bonus points offer.

This promotion is a bit different than previous offers which offered:

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 2021, you would only be able to buy 50,000 points during this promo.

Thus, if you receive a 45% bonus offer, it would cost $1,250 USD (approximately $1,564 CAD) to buy 100,000 + 45,000 bonus = 145,000 points.

Buy 100,000 Bonvoy points with a mystery bonus

Marriott Bonvoy usually charges 1.25 US cents per purchased point. But with this new promotion, you’re potentially looking at paying just 0.862 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 reward chart.

As a reminder, the Marriott Bonvoy reward 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. 

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.

Points pricing at the TownePlace Suites Petawawa

So with a 45% bonus promotion, you could purchase:

  • 5,800 Bonvoy points for $50 USD (~62.59 CAD) 
  • 8,700 Bonvoy points for $75 USD (~$93.88 CAD)
  • 10,150 Bonvoy points for $87.50 USD (~$109.53 CAD)

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 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.

Summary

Marriott is currently offering a  mystery bonus points promotion on buying Bonvoy points (until September 25, 2021). Members can buy up to 100,000 points at rate of 0.862 US cents or $1.08 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 in 2021 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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