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There’s a transfer bonus promotion from American Express to Marriott currently. If you transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points, you get 30% more Marriott Bonvoy points. Even with this bonus, it’s not necessarily a good deal… but it can be for some.

It’s so important to know how to do the math well in the world of travel rewards (literally 1 of the 6 most vital things)… and seeing how many people have unfortunately closed their HSBC card although it made absolutely no sense, I think we’re going to do more content on the math aspect. It’s so important!

Besides, there’s a simple universal principle: just because there’s a promotion doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. You just have to do the math to find out, like with everything else. Don’t worry, we’ll help you!

Here are the details of the transfer bonus from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy.

 

Overview of the Amex to Marriott transfer bonus promotion

You can read a few basic articles (or all 3) to understand everything if you’re just starting with the best rewards currencies:

Transfer bonus promotion announcement (image credit: American Express)

 

Here are the basics of the Amex to Marriott transfer bonus promotion:

  • 30% transfer bonus
    • Special rate is 1 to 1.56
    • Normal rate is 1 to 1.2
  • Gives a value of ≈ 1.4¢ per Amex point
    • Based on our Flytrippers Valuation of Marriott points
    • Our Flytrippers Valuation of Amex points is ≈ 1.5¢/pt
  • Until April 30, 2024
    • 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Even with a 30% bonus, it isn’t such a good deal. But obviously, the value of points varies for each traveler. Some are better at maximizing airline points (the alternative that’s usually better) and others are better at maximizing Marriott points.

THE thing that is certain! If you know you want to transfer Amex points to Marriott, now is for sure the time to do so to get 30% more value!!! The promotion is usually offered every year, so it's best to never transfer Amex points to Marriott without the transfer bonus!

Here are the scenarios where it makes sense to take advantage of the promotion:

  • If you have a specific use for Marriott points that’s good
  • If you want more Marriott points already have the 2 best credit cards for Marriott points
    • And your travel companion too
    • And so do your relatives who aren’t interested in points
  • If you know you’ll get more value from Marriott
    • Than with airline points (Aeroplan or Avios)
    • Either because you aren’t maximizing Aeroplan and Avios properly
    • Or because you are maximizing Marriott very well
      • Lots of free nights
      • Nights worth a lot in cash

Usually, we never recommend transferring points speculatively (i.e. without needing them for a specific use). The only exception is precisely while there’s a transfer bonus promotion going on. But even while there’s a bonus, you still need to check if it’s going to be good for you, it’s not a sure thing!

Lots of Marriott points! It's so easy to get lots of Marriott points without "wasting" precious Amex points, especially with the current increased offers: the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Card (which doesn't require you to have an incorporated business) give tens of thousands of points!

Here’s how to concretely take advantage of the promotion, step by step:

  • Log into your Amex account
  • Link your Marriott account to your Amex account
  • Transfer your Amex points

This is an American Express Membership Rewards promotion, so logically everything is done on the American Express Membership Rewards website. We have a very detailed post on how to transfer Amex points to partners.

Here are the general rules for all transfers of Amex points to Marriott:

  • Usually instantaneous
    • Even if they say 48 hours
  • Always one-way
    • Completely irreversible
  • Minimum of 1000 Amex points
    • No maximum
  • In increments of 100 Amex points

As is often the case with transfer bonus promotions, the transfer rate displayed on the transfer page is the normal rate, but if you make the transfer during the promotion period, you’ll receive the bonus transfer points.

 

Analysis of the Amex to Marriott transfer bonus promotion

Amex, Marriott, Aeroplan, and Avios points are the best because they are of the more lucrative type and have unlimited value! This also means that their value varies according to the uses you choose; it all depends.

So the value of points is different for each traveler and you need to analyze whether it’s a good deal for you, because we can only analyze according to our generic Flytrippers Valuation.

Read the basics of reward value.

There are always 2 simple things to look out for points transfers:

  • The transfer rate
  • The value of the points

Our conservative Flytrippers Valuation of Amex points is ≈ 1.5¢/pt. Because points are transferable to the Aeroplan and Avios programs at a 1 to 1 rate and our Flytrippers Valuation of Aeroplan points and Avios points is ≈ 1.5¢/pt. 

(And if you use them right, they can easily be worth double in economy and triple in business class or first class!)

Our conservative Flytrippers Valuation for Marriott points is ≈ 0.9¢/pt. So at the normal transfer rate, 1 Amex point is worth just ≈ 1.08¢ by transferring it to Marriott, instead of ≈ 1.5¢ in airline points. That’s why we strongly advise transferring Amex points to Aeroplan or Avios.

With the transfer bonus promotion, 1 Amex point is therefore worth ≈ 1.4¢. Simple math: 1 Amex point becomes 1.56 Marriott points and Marriott points are worth ≈ 0.9¢/pt (1.56 pts * 0.9¢ = 1.4 ¢ per Amex point)!

That’s still less than our Flytrippers Valuation, but not by much

But as I showed you in the Marriott Bonvoy card deal explanations, you can get 4¢/pt with Marriott points at some top luxury hotels on certain dates. The Maldives example is extreme, but it’s possible! 

So if you’re going to get more than 0.9¢/pt with your Marriott points, it’s worth it. But don’t forget that you can also get much more than 1.5¢/pt with Aeroplan or Avios! 

Check out the good uses of Amex points and do the math… and if in doubt, don’t transfer the points!

 

History of Amex to Marriott transfer bonus promotions

Eventually, we’ll dig around to include the promotion history from past years, but at least we’re starting today:

  • March to April 30, 2024
    • 30% bonus

 

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Summary

The American Express to Marriott Bonvoy transfer bonus promotion of March and April 2024 gives you 30% more Marriott points. The value you get is still less than our Flytrippers Valuation of Amex Membership Rewards points, but it can be interesting for some travelers.

 

What would you like to know about the transfer bonus promotion from American Express to Marriott? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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