A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question about buying points on multiple Marriott Bonvoy accounts and then combining them for an award in the Maldives.
You can access Le Meridien Maldives here.
Here’s a message that a reader sent us:
I only have HH points. But I want to go to Maldives (Le Meridien) for 10 days, and I need 280k points. Can I register 3 accounts and buy all needed points, and give them to 1 account?
or is it possible to transfer the HH points for Marriot Bonvoy ?
And booking by points bonvoy , is breakfast in price ? Or it depends by status?
My Marriott i don’t have any status.
Here, the reader refers to the new Le Meridien property in the Maldives that is unusually “cheap” using points presently (category 5).
Here’s what Marriott T&Cs tell about combining points:
2.8 Transferring Points from One Account to Another
2.8.a. In accordance with the conditions for transferring Points as described in Section 1.6.c., a Member can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 Points per calendar year to another Membership Account as long as both Accounts are in good standing and have each been open for at least thirty (30) days with qualifying activity, ninety (90) days without qualifying activity (see 2.8.b). A Member can receive up to a maximum of 500,000 Points per calendar year from other Membership Accounts as long as the Accounts are in good standing and have each been open for at least thirty (30) days with qualifying activity, ninety (90) days without qualifying activity.
2.8.b. A new Member may receive a Points Transfer thirty (30) days after enrollment if the Account reflects activity including a Qualifying Stay or other qualifying activity as described in Section 1.6.d. After ninety (90) days from enrollment, a new Member is eligible to receive a Points Transfer regardless of their account activity.
2.8.c. Authorization to transfer Points must be initiated by the Account holder with the Points to be transferred by contacting Member Support. The Account holder requesting the transfer must provide the Membership Number of the Points recipient at the time of the Point transfer request.
2.8.d. Once the authorisation for transfer is received and processed, the transferor relinquishes all rights to the transferred Points, and they become the recipient’s Points.
2.8.e. Miles and Elite Night Credit cannot be transferred between Membership Accounts.
There’s a points sale going on right now:
You cannot buy points unless the account has been open for a minimum of 90 days OR 30 days with a qualifying activity. The same applies to moving points between accounts.
Theoretically, the reader could buy 100,000 points on three accounts, then move the points for one account, and redeem for 10 nights in the Maldives. The cost for 300,000 points would be 2 X $875 ($2,2625).
The lowest tax/service inclusive rate for a random 10-night stay would be $6,020, including breakfast that the reader wouldn’t get without having a Platinum or higher status with Marriott.
I would question this plan because too many things can go wrong. Points.com may deny some point purchases, and the same goes for Marriott if combining them from three accounts to one if there is no other activity.
You also have to keep in mind that you end up paying a significant amount of money for the stay anyway. The transit per person to/from the resort is likely around $500 (based on my personal experience in the Maldives). The absolute minimum you need to set for F&B and activity expenses per day for two is $500.
So, a 10-night stay would cost perhaps around $8,000 when you factor in all the expenses. Is it worth it? Difficult to say.
I always advise friends & family, and readers not to visit any resort within 6 months to a year after their opening, expecting everything to go smoothly. Then there is always the possibility of opening delays when it comes to new hotels, especially for resorts.
But I would imagine that the points required for this Le Meridien hotel in the Maldives will go up soon. It is difficult to see it staying at category 5 when the “airport” Sheraton is category 6.