Marriott Rewards members can purchase up to 50,000 points annually and I have been doing this yearly (just did this the other day for 2017).
The price of a purchase point has stayed the same for years and I don’t ever remember seeing a discount for buying them (many other hotel programs are continually offering discounts or bonuses for point purchases).
You can access Marriott Rewards page for buying points here.
The price of 50,000 Marriott Rewards points is $625. You are paying 1.25 cents per point.
You will get an email receipt once you make the purchase online.
And another one once the points have been deposited to your account.
It took Marriott Rewards two days to deposit the points
This is excellent way to top up your points for Travel Package awards (read more here) or if member is short on points for lifetime status. The purchased points count towards the minimum number of points required towards the Silver, Gold or Platinum status (read more here).
So, for 270,000 Marriott Rewards points, I would get 7 nights at category 1 – 5 Marriott Rewards properties (you can always up the category by paying more points) and minimum of 132,000 United Airlines miles (more when United runs a hotel points to miles conversion bonus as they do twice a year).
Although the United MileagePlus miles are no longer all around good value for business/first awards that they were due to devaluations, there are some bright spots and I like being able to redeem online without having to pick up the phone and call.
Marriott Rewards Travel Packages are the only reward options that I have ever used with Marriott beyond the certificate promotions that the program has every once in a while. As a matter of fact, I have used two one week hotel rewards at the JW hotel in Phu Quoc from travel packages this year. Excellent value!
I always tend to redeem when an airline has bonus for hotel points conversions and I earned probably half of the miles required for lifetime American Airlines Platinum status (2 million) from these conversions (only flight activity count nowadays).
Buying Marriott Rewards points and then using them towards the Travel Packages is relatively cheap way to “purchase” airline miles and there are plenty of partners where you can credit them to. Note that the number of miles credited depends of the partner.
Remember that you should consider buying SPG Starpoints before buying Marriott Rewards points because they convert at 1:3 ratio and are cheaper to purchase (read about the current offer here). You can move Starpoints and Marriott Rewards points between accounts.
Here are the terms and conditions for buying points:
A Member may purchase or receive Points purchased by another Member a combined maximum of 50,000 Points per calendar year.
Please allow 24-48 hours for purchase transaction to be completed and Points to be awarded to recipient.
You must be a Rewards Program Member in good standing to purchase and/or receive Points.
Once Points have been purchased, no refunds will be permitted.
Purchasing Points with the Marriott Rewards Visa® card will result in earning one Point per dollar spent on these transactions.
Points may be purchased at the rate of $12.50 per 1,000 Points and may be purchased in increments of 1,000.