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One great aspect of the Marriott Bonvoy program is the ability to transfer and combine points between members. It’s easy to transfer among members and there are no fine print stipulations. A quick phone call is all it takes. Learn why you should transfer and how to combine Marriott Bonvoy Points in this basic breakdown!
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Why should you transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points
There are two distinct reasons why it makes sense to combine Marriott Bonvoy Points. First, the 5th-night free perk. If you don’t have enough Bonvoy Points to cover the first four nights, transferring points into the account can result in huge value. Especially, if you are staying at a premium Marriott Bonvoy Property.
The second reason to transfer points is for Marriott Bonvoy Status. For example, if there are two people earning Marriott Bonvoy Points that travel together, it would make sense for all of the points to be pooled to one person when booking nights. Earning elite qualifying nights from stays can lead to great benefits like free breakfast and lounge access!
How to Transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points
Now that you know why it makes sense to transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points let’s break down the how-to. The first step is to gather the information necessary to initiate the transfer and ensure that the accounts are in good standing.
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- Write down the Marriott Bonvoy Membership Number of the person receiving the points
- Both accounts must be in good standing and have been opened for at least 30 days with qualifying activity or 90 days without qualifying activity
- Qualifying activity is anything that earns points like using a co-branded credit card or staying at a property.
Earn 3 free nights of up to 50,000 points each after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of card opening. You can also earn 10x on all eligible purchases in select categories.
One annual free night certificate on account anniversary (valued up to 35,000 points). Learn More Here.
Call Marriott to Transfer Bonvoy Points
The next step is to call Marriott to transfer the points. Depending on which country you are calling from, the number will vary. The United States & Canada number is +1-800-627-7468. For the rest of the numbers, click here.
Note how many Bonvoy Points you would like to Transfer
It’s important to note that Marriott allows members to transfer a minimum of 1,000 Bonvoy Points. The maximum number of Bonvoy Points that can be transferred from one account to another is 100,000 per calendar year. A Marriott Bonvoy member can receive a maximum of 500,000 Bonvoy Points per calendar year. This is essentially five people sending one person the 100,000 maximum Bonvoy Points allowed.
How long does it take to transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points
Lisa called to transfer 100,000 Bonvoy Points from her account to mine at 1:31 PM. The representative indicated over the phone that the points should post to my Bonvoy account within 24 hours. Edit: I checked again at 7:29 PM on the same day and the points were posted!
As you can see it makes sense to utilize the Marriott Bonvoy transfer feature of the program. Whether it’s Bonvoy Status you are after or being strategic with the 5th-night free perk, Marriott makes it easy to maximize your value. And if you’re wondering why we decided to transfer points now, the Al Maha in Dubai might have something to do with it!
Let us know! Have you transferred Marriott Bonvoy points before for a particular redemption?
I’d love to hear down in the comments below or over in our 5,000+ Member Basic Travel Facebook Group!
More Basic Reading
- A Basic Guide to Earning Marriott Bonvoy Points
- Guide to Redeeming Marriott Bonvoy Points
- Basic Guide to Marriott Bonvoy Status
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