In 2016, the Marriott Hotel Group purchased Starwood Hotels & Resorts, creating the world’s largest hotel company with over 5,700 hotels throughout the world. In 2019, Marriott introduced the combination of their three loyalty programs (Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest or SPG, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards) in one program called Marriott Bonvoy, which includes features from all three founding programs. Today we are going to look at the ability to transfer miles and points to and from Marriott Bonvoy.
You can transfer some credit card points to Marriott Bonvoy.
It's relatively easy to transfer Bonvoy points between existing accounts.
You can transfer Bonvoy points to many airline programs at a lackluster 3:1 ratio.
» Learn more: Marriott Bonvoy program: the complete guide
How to get Marriott Bonvoy points
There are many ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, but the two most common are through Marriott hotel stays and through co-branded credit cards with Chase and American Express.
You’ll earn 10 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent on Marriott hotel stays, and if you have Marriott elite status, you will earn additional points as follows:
Silver Elite: 10% bonus.
Gold Elite: 25% bonus.
Platinum Elite: 50% bonus.
Titanium and Ambassador Elite: 75% bonus.
The other main way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is through spending and welcome offers on the various Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. There are four currently open to new applicants:
Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card ($0 annual fee): Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card ($95 annual fee): Earn 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening + 10X total points per $1 spent on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores within 6 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card ($125 annual fee): Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 of eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (annual fee: $450): Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
For more ideas on earning points, you can also check out the 5 best ways to rack up Marriott points.
Transferring points to Marriott
Because Marriott has co-branded credit card relationships with both Chase and American Express, both banks allow you to transfer their points to Marriott Bonvoy. You can transfer Chase points to Marriott at a rate of 1 Ultimate Rewards point to 1 Marriott Bonvoy point.
You can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy points at a ratio of 1 Membership Rewards point to 1 Marriott Bonvoy point, though American Express has been known to offer transfer bonuses.
We value Marriott Bonvoy points at around 0.7 cent per point, and generally both Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards can be redeemed for much higher value, so these transfers are generally not a great use of your valuable Membership Rewards or Ultimate Rewards points. There’s a reason Marriott Bonvoy ranked near the bottom of both the best Chase transfer partners and the best transfer partners of American Express.
Transferring points between members
Marriott has one of the most liberal policies for transferring points between accounts. There are no restrictions like having to be related to the member whose account you are transferring to/from or needing to share the same address. Any Marriott account can transfer points to any other Marriott account. Both accounts must be in good standing with Marriott and have each been open for at least 30 days with qualifying activity, or 90 days without qualifying activity.
You can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 points per year, and any one account can receive a maximum of 500,000 points in one calendar year. You cannot transfer Marriott points online — you’ll need to call the Marriott helpline at 801-468-4000 to initiate a points transfer.
There are several reasons why you might want to transfer points to another account, including needing to combine points from multiple accounts to make a particular stay, or transferring points to an account with a higher elite status to take advantage of elite benefits on a stay.
Transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to airlines
Another way you can transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points is by transferring your Bonvoy points to airline miles. Marriott has partnered with over 40 different airlines, and nearly all of the airlines allow you to transfer 3 Marriott Bonvoy points to 1 airline mile, in increments of 3,000 Bonvoy points. The only airlines that do not transfer at the 3:1 ratio are Air New Zealand (200:1), JetBlue (6:1) and United MileagePlus, which transfers at 3:1.1 thanks to the RewardsPlus partnership program between Marriott and United.
In addition to the 3:1 transfer ratio, you receive a 5,000-mile bonus if you transfer in increments of 60,000 Bonvoy points. So if you’re planning on transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to airlines, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of that bonus — 60,000 Bonvoy points becomes 25,000 airline miles with most of Marriott’s airline partners.
Marriott Hotel + Air Packages
You can also use your Bonvoy points to purchase what Marriott calls Hotel + Air packages. These Hotel + Air packages allow you to book a seven-night stay at a participating Marriott hotel AND receive airline miles on top. These used to be one of the absolute best ways to spend your Marriott points, but unfortunately these packages were significantly devalued recently as part of the integration of Starwood and the introduction of Bonvoy.
Hotel + Air packages start at 255,000 Bonvoy points, which will get you a seven-night stay at a Category 1-4 Marriott hotel and 50,000 airline miles (55,000 miles if you transfer to United). Package prices go up if you want additional airline miles or a hotel in a higher Marriott category. A package with a seven-night stay at a Category 8 Marriott plus 100,000 airline miles will run you a cool 750,000 Bonvoy points.
To view rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, see this page.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card