Marriott Bonvoy is currently running what it refers to as its “richest ever offer” – a 60 per cent bonus on purchased points.

The scheme said that “As countries around the world begin to reopen and people are once again able to make travel plans, this lucrative offer allows them to bank or gift points at a great rate for future award travel”.

Members can purchase points either for themselves or as a gift at a rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points, with a minimum transaction of 2,000 points.

There is a limit of 100,000 purchased points, and note that points which have already been bought by members during 2020 will count towards this limit.

The points must be purchased by June 30 to qualify for the bonus – the base points will be deposited into members’ accounts within seven working days, followed by the bonus points up to 48 hours later.

To purchase points members must have had a Bonvoy account for 90 days, or 30 days if the account has had “qualifying activity” (see the programme rules for further information).

Last month Marriott announced an extension of all elite statuses earned during 2019 through to February 2022, as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Note that purchased points do not count towards reaching Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status, and points purchased using a Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card will earn points as an “everyday purchase”.

Earlier this year Marriott announced changes to its UK branded Amex credit card, including a lower rate of points earning on non-property spend.