Marriott Bonvoy is celebrating its members and kicking off a Week of Wonders starting today through October 15, 2020. The Week of Wonders provided numerous promotions that Marriott Bonvoy members can take advantage of – some of which are already ongoing like Marriott Bonvoy Escapes, the 50% bonus for buying Marriott points and 2,500 bonus points on stays until October 18. The new offers being provided as of today are the award night sale (which this post mostly focuses on), a sale on items purchased from the Marriott store and a free night when you book stays via Homes & Villas by Marriott International.
The promotion that is most attention worthy is the award night sale and here’s what Marriott tells us about it:
Members can discover more of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio by being able to book rooms with points for up to 33% less than standard rates at more than 7,000 participating hotels and resorts worldwide for stays through November 30, 2020.
That’s right hotels around the world are being offered at their Off-Peak price for stays until the end of November when you book by October 15. All 261 of Marriott’s properties in Canada are participating. As a reminder here is the award night points requirement chart for Marriott Bonvoy (click to make larger):
Since the offer is valid for stays until the end of November most of us will be looking at stays here in Canada. I did a random search of about half a dozen hotels across Canada in various categories and they were all pricing at the off-peak price right through to the 30th of November. This can be a good time to use up some of those points you’ve earned off the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card and other promotions! You’ll recall that when you book a five night award night stay you get one night free (the one night that prices at the lowest rate is free) so you can stay at a Category 1 hotel for 5 nights for as little as 20,000 points, a Category 2 for 40,000 and so on. And if you are lucky enough some hotels will be pricing at Off-Peak PointsSavers rates which are even less! Here’s the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South for 5 nights in November:
It’s pricing at Category 1 Off-Peak PointSavers so it is only 4,000 points per night and with one night free on a five night stay you would only have to redeem 16,000 points. The cash rate for that same stay is $480 (includes taxes and fees) which equates to a return of 3 cents per point. Take that redemption value of the 50,000 point welcome bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card and you have $1,380 value ($1500 points value minus $120 annual fee)
That brings me to the annual free night certificate from that card and with Off-Peak pricing in effect you could have a better chance right now to use that free night at a Category 6 hotel since they price out at 35,000 points for Off-Peak Pointsavers. For example here is the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre which is a category 6 hotel:
It has many nights available in November at the Off-Peak PointSavers rate of 35,000 points meaning you can use your certificate here.
This is great time to go explore our country and this sale couldn’t have come at a better time! We’d love to hear from you if you are going to do some exploring of our beautiful country and let us know where and how many points you are using/saving or if you utilizing those certificates! Tell us in the comments below