The Marriott Bonvoy Points Promotion Finally Debuts!

The year 2018 was a rather eventful period for two major programs in the hotel rewards space: it was the time when Marriott announced that it is buying Starwood. Along with this change, of course, was the merging of Marriott Rewards with Starwood Preferred Guest. After months of work put into getting the two programs together, they’re now ready to announce the first Marriott Bonvoy points promotion.

Marriott Bonvoy

The First Marriott Bonvoy Points Promotion

Normally, 1000 Bonvoy (formerly Marriott Rewards) points can be bought for $12.50. Members can buy up to 50,000 points in a calendar year.

During this ongoing offer that lasts until May 15th, you save 25% off the purchase price when buying 5000 points or more. You can check your eligibility for the Bonvoy offer, where you should something like this:

Debut Marriott Bonvoy Points Promotion

By buying into this offer, you are effectively paying 0.9375 cents per Bonvoy point. While it’s their very first promotion, this rate is neither particularly bad nor spectacular. This is considering that Bonvoy has in effect absorbed SPG and should factor in its point value.

Note that this promotion is only available for accounts that are at least 90 days old, or otherwise at least 30 days old if there have been qualifying activity (such as stays) before.

Points purchased should come about 24 to 48 hours after the transaction has been completed. Needless to say, points bought do not qualify for status.


Final Word

Marriott Bonvoy has finally launched its very first point promotion ever since the Marriott-SPG merger. Should you buy into this offer? Maybe, if you’re in need of points for a hotel redemption sometime soon. We prefer to wait and see if Marriott will be making a subsequent offer later into the year, as SPG did in the past. After all, you can only buy so much in a calendar year.

A few questions still do remain, though. Will they offer another promotion later this year? Will the rate be any better? And will they also allow purchases over the published limit? We’ll just have wait and see to find out.