Marriott Bonvoy is currently running a promotion that allows members to earn up to 10,000 bonus points per stay at select properties across the Middle East, Africa, and Germany up until September 11.
1. What’s the deal?
To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to book your stay by Monday, September 4th, for stays between June 19th and September 11th. For this particular promotion, a ‘stay’ is defined as two nights or more. You’ll also need to use the promo code MR5 during the booking process.
The promotion is tiered, with the number of bonus points earned depending on the hotel brand chosen. The tiers are as follows:
- 1,000 bonus points at Element, Residence Inn, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Protea Hotels.
- 2,000 bonus points at AC Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Courtyard Hotels, Four Points, and Moxy Hotels.
- 5,000 bonus points at Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels, Le Méridien, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio, and Westin.
- 10,000 bonus points at Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, W Hotels, and JW Marriott.
To unlock the bonus point offer, you must book a ‘premium room’ unless you stay at an Element Hotel, Residence Inn, Marriott Executive Apartments, or Protea Hotel.
2. How much is a Marriott Bonvoy point worth?
Marriott Bonvoy points are generally valued at around 0.7 cents per point. It’s important to note that the program no longer follows a fixed award chart after switching to dynamic award pricing last year. This means that the redemption cost for an award night can vary based on factors like seasonality and local events.
While it’s challenging to provide an exact range for redemption costs, most award nights fall between 30,000 and 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. In the most extreme case, some ultra-luxe high-end properties may require up to 150,000 points per night!
While not always popular with consumers, the dynamic pricing model allows Marriott to adjust redemption rates to reflect market conditions, providing both advantages and potential variations in value.
3. Does Marriott Bonvoy have an award chart?
Marriott Bonvoy has moved away from a fixed award chart due to its adoption of dynamic award pricing. This change enables the program to adjust the points required for a redemption based on factors such as demand and seasonality.
While dynamic award pricing does, unfortunately, make it difficult to determine the exact number of points needed, this flexible approach can throw up some favourable redemption options, especially during off-peak times or when promotions are available.
4. How many Marriott Bonvoy points do I need to make a redemption?
Due to dynamic award pricing, the number of Marriott Bonvoy points required for a redemption can vary. On average, award nights range from 30,000 to 60,000 points per night. Ultra-luxe properties may demand up to 150,000 points per night – although this is the most extreme example.
To help check whether you are getting good value from your points, make use of Marriott’s award calendar to see what a particular property is charging for redemptions throughout any given month. When you go to book your stay, simply select ‘flexible dates’ to see award pricing for the entire month.
You can also switch between redemption pricing and cash pricing to see whether you are getting value for money by paying for your stay with points.
5. What’s the ‘fifth-night free’ promotion on award stays?
Marriott Bonvoy offers a valuable promotion called “Stay for 5, Pay for 4.” When you book an award stay for five consecutive nights, you’ll only need to redeem points for four nights. The cost of the fifth night is waived, although it applies to the cheapest night among the five.
This promotion allows members to extend their stays without using extra points. It presents an excellent opportunity to maximize the value of your points and enjoy a more extended vacation or business trip.
6. Important points to remember
- The promotion is valid for bookings made by Monday, September 4th, for stays between June 19th and September 11th.
- Use the promo code MR5 during the booking process to qualify.
- Book a ‘premium room’ unless staying at Element, Residence Inn, Marriott Executive Apartments, or Protea Hotels.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.