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Amex MR 25% Bonus for Transferring to BonVoy (includes Cobalt)

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[American Express] Amex MR 25% Bonus for Transferring to BonVoy (includes Cobalt)

Transfer your Amex MR for a 25% bonus when transferring to BonVoy, so 1 pt = 1.5 BonVoy

Sucks for those of us who have transferred points in case our accounts were closed (including me - 54K last week)

Per Amex:
Far and wide just got closer
Get 25% more Marriott Bonvoy™* points when
you transfer your Membership Rewards® points to
Marriott Bonvoy until September 30, 2020.
*Conditions apply
Last edited by lovethesales on Sep 1st, 2020 10:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Some sites value the points for hotel bookings at 1.17 cents per point, but when I look at the redemptions, most hotels cost just too many points. I would have a hard time justifying spending the points equivalent of $200 a night on a hotel, but I am rather frugal.
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Jan 31, 2016
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Works with mr-s points (cobalt) too. Just did the transfer.

Thanks so much OP.
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If you're using the points to book anything other than the 4 nights + 1 free, you're doing it wrong.
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solo. wrote: If you're using the points to book anything other than the 4 nights + 1 free, you're doing it wrong.
We did 5 nights at the W Maldives. It was spectacular!

dotsandpixels wrote: Works with mr-s points (cobalt) too. Just did the transfer.

Thanks so much OP.
I thought only the Cobalt (only MR card I have). Updated the title!
Diafel wrote: Some sites value the points for hotel bookings at 1.17 cents per point, but when I look at the redemptions, most hotels cost just too many points. I would have a hard time justifying spending the points equivalent of $200 a night on a hotel, but I am rather frugal.
New Years Eve is a great redemption value. We usually travel over this time so we value the points accordingly.
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Perfect timing to transfer out those colbalt points.
I'd save platinum points for AP/BA tho.
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Aug 29, 2016
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This might sound like a random question, but for people who got cobalt amex, are there chance to transfer the MR points to travel uses? or is it plain impossible unless you get platinum or gold?
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utmosteffor wrote: This might sound like a random question, but for people who got cobalt amex, are there chance to transfer the MR points to travel uses? or is it plain impossible unless you get platinum or gold?
you can transfer cobalt's MR points to Marriott Bonvoy then from Bonvoy to almost any airline FFP.
MR to Bonvoy is 5:6 so 50,000 MR = 60,000 Bonvoy.

Then when you transfer 60k Bonvoy to an airline, Aeroplan for example, they throw in an extra 15,000 so for 75k you get 25,000 Aeroplan. I seem to recall that There's even a better bonus for United. You can transfer to many different airlines.

I max out my $35k limit of the 5x category per membership year. that's 175k MR which is 210k Bonvoy. Enough for quite a few nights at fairly good hotels.
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Diafel wrote: Some sites value the points for hotel bookings at 1.17 cents per point, but when I look at the redemptions, most hotels cost just too many points. I would have a hard time justifying spending the points equivalent of $200 a night on a hotel, but I am rather frugal.
Realistically more like 0.7-0.8 cents per point. One of the sweet spots is 4 nights on points get 5th night free
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Jan 25, 2020
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Just redeemed 100k points for 1c each. Whyyyyyy!
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For those with a Marriott Bonvoy Amex, and have a free night certificate (after 1 year) - are you able to use this in conjunction with the 5th night free promotion? I.e., 3 nights paid with points, 1 night certificate, 1 night free?
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Aug 24, 2019
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jasonarroyo wrote: For those with a Marriott Bonvoy Amex, and have a free night certificate (after 1 year) - are you able to use this in conjunction with the 5th night free promotion? I.e., 3 nights paid with points, 1 night certificate, 1 night free?
You should be able to. Just called customer service at Marriott Bon boy
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Aug 11, 2016
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Is this better than using the point on fixed travel for amex?
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How do people compare this deal to transferring points to Aeroplan at 1:1? I've never traded my Amex points for hotel points before, just airline.
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Dec 28, 2018
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EDIT: Was corrected on my calculations later in the thread!

In case it helps anyone, I ran some numbers on converting MR/MR Select to Aeroplan via Bonvoy:

100,000 Amex = 150,000 Bonvoy (2 MR = 3 convoy)
150,000 Bonvoy = 50,000 Aeroplan
+ 10,000 Bonus = 60,000 Aeroplan (5,000 bonus for transferring 60k)

Total: 100K Amex MR = 60,000 Aeroplan
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spielo wrote: In case it helps anyone, I ran some numbers on converting MR/MR Select to Aeroplan via Bonvoy:

100,000 Amex = 150,000 Bonvoy (2 MR = 3 convoy)
+ 25% = 187,500
187,500 Bonvoy = 62,500 Aeroplan
+ 15,000 Bonus = 77,500 Aeroplan (5,000 bonus for transferring 60k)

Total: 100K Amex MR = 77,500 Aeroplan
Think you are mistaken here. You normally get 1.2 MBV for every 1 MR-S. With the current offer of 25% bonus you are getting 1.5 MBV for every 1 MR-S. So from your example 100k MR-S will fetch you 150k MBV and not 187.5K MBV as you have listed.
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solo. wrote: If you're using the points to book anything other than the 4 nights + 1 free, you're doing it wrong.
For those wondering how many points you approximately need. Five nights at a Category 5 property would cost you 35,000 × 4 = 140,000 Bonvoy points, while five nights at a Category 7 property would cost you 60,000 × 4 = 240,000 Bonvoy points.
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Oh, you're right!! Thanks for that. I've edited my previous post to correct the error.
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solo. wrote: If you're using the points to book anything other than the 4 nights + 1 free, you're doing it wrong.
You're doing it wrong, for assuming everyone can or should stay for 5 nights at each place each time.
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Arrgh wrote: You're doing it wrong, for assuming everyone can or should stay for 5 nights at each place each time.
This thread is about whether it is worth it to transfer MR to Bonvoy and the answer is YES if you are maximizing the value of those points by staying those 5 nights (for 4 nights cost). Of course there's the exception of people wanting to top off their points to get a night. But for most folks, if you're staying for 4 days or less, it is definitely much better value to use MR points for fixed points travel along with a discount code.

So you are definitely not wrong for calling me wrong to assume, but you are just clearly not educated about the points game. Remember, these post are about the question in the OP.

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