- Through November 25, receive a 60% bonus on purchases of at least 2,000 points.
- November 26 through December 22 that bonus drops to 50%.
- You can buy 3 times as many points as usual, with the annual purchase cap increased from 50,000 to 150,000 during this offer.
This is effectively prepaying for stays at a discount: they’re willing to sell you points at a cost per point of $0.0078.
Worth It For Hotel Stays?
Prior to the latest round of hotel category changes I valued Marriott points at 7/10ths of a cent apiece. I would probably now value these points around $0.0065 each.
It’s definitely possible to get more value out of these points than Marriott will be charging, especially if you need to top off for a specific award and for some of the chain’s most expensive and least expensive hotels. If you’re redeeming for properties in the middle though you aren’t likely to get much more value out of these points than what you pay for them, and you’re effectively prepaying through a points purchase.
My one caution here is that nearly all hotels in the world should be pricing at low season points rates just about every day, since occupancy levels are so low and Marriott Bonvoy is in little jeopardy of having to reimburse properties at above-normal rates. Yet that’s not been Marriott’s practice.
Worth It For Airline Mileage Transfers
I’d also point out that since 60,000 Marriott points transfer to 25,000 airline miles in a wide variety of programs, you have the opportunity to use this bonus to purchase miles in even obscure airline frequent flyer programs at 1.872 cents per mile. This can be a potentially great deal with Aegean, Alaska Airlines, Asiana, Japan Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. Outside of those, though, it’s more than I’d buy other airline currencies for.