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American Express to Marriott 40% transfer bonus
Just a super quick heads up that American Express is currently offering a 40% transfer bonus through June 15th, 2021 to Marriott Bonvoy. Usually this is a 1000:1000 transfer, but with the bonus, for every 1000 Amex points you move to Marriott Bonvoy you’ll get 1400 points.
Is transferring Amex points to Marriott a good idea?
Ordinarily I would say that Amex points are worth close to 2 cents a pop while Marriott are worth less than a penny. So, no, under normal circumstances I would advise against such transfers…but there is a always a caveat.
Super high end properties that are crazy expensive per night. For instance here is a look at the the St Regis Maldives calendar
Those rates are for standard garden villas. For a small upcharge of $25 you can do an overwater villa.
With the current transfer bonus, you’d only need to move 54k Amex points per night to get over $2k worth of value. That’s almost 4 cents per point and definitely worth the transfer.
Marriott offers 5th nights free…
As long as you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, you get a 5th night free. In the above scenario, if you found 5 continuous award nights, you’d get a 5th night free. That’s 5 nights for just 216k Amex points.
Crunch the numbers, the transfer bonus ends 6/15/21
If you’re sitting on a healthy balance of Amex points and looking to take an experiential trip at an expensive property…this could be a wonderful time to get more bang for you buck. If you’re looking at run of the mill hotels – personally I wouldn’t advise using your Amex points unless you’re getting more than 1.5 to 2 cents per point in value.
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