A Whole Vacation Stay With Just One Credit Card

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Chase has an offer that’s never been bigger before for the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card. You can earn 5 free nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. These nights are each valid for redemptions worth up to 50,000 points, or 250,000 points total. I’d say consider these before the offer ends.

What’s amazing is that two nights is a standard offer, or 100,000 points worth two 50,000 point nights apiece. This isn’t just bigger. It isn’t twice as big. It’s worth up to two and a half times the usual offer.

At my last published points valuation 250,000 points are worth $1500 (many readers argue I undervalue Marriott points because of their usefulness transferring to airlines, but since these certificates don’t offer that option let’s go with my lower value).

Bear in mind that free nights expire after a year. Some people will use them at hotels valued at less than 50,000 points per night, too, though some will use that at pricier hotels because Marriott now allows topping off free night certificates with up to an additional 15,000 points per night. But the key takeaway is that a single credit card can give you 5 nights, enough for a full vacation stay, which we’ve only seen one other time before at the height of the pandemic when rooms were empty.


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The card comes with automatic Silver elite status. Spending $35,000 in purchases on the card in an account year earns Gold status. And you receive 15 elite nights towards status each year you have the card as well. Plus earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.

You also receive a Free Night Award every year after your account anniversary, valid for a one-night stay whose redemption value is up to 35,000 points.

Chase will generally only approve you for a new card if you’ve had fewer than 5 new cards in the last 24 months (“5/24”).

This specific card isn’t available to you if you are a current Marriott personal card cardmember or received a bonus for one in the last 24 months, or you received a bonus on a Marriott American Express card in the past 24 months. Otherwise it’s an offer that’s too good to pass up.

Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card

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Comments

  1. A hand full of travelers will be able to redeem the certs, and life will be good. However, I imagine most folks will have a difficult time booking the rooms THEY want.

  2. When you’re way over 5/24 until 10 months from now…

    Deals come, deals go, nobody should have FOMO. There will always be something coming later.

  3. It’s not good idea to me. You need to explain more clearly for anyone. For example after three months what’s next do I keep on doing it every 3 months huh?

  4. im way over 5/24- and I got approved for this card- I was getting offers for the Southwest card, so I figured Chase wanted my business in some shape or form- I have a cruise to pay for so I’ll meet that Spend in a matter of minutes-

  5. Amex needs to up their game on their Bonvoy cards. The Bonvoy Brilliant is supposed to be the high-end card, but its new account bonus is way below this offer. And Bonvoy points are very much not worth as much as they used to. It would be nice if Amex came out with an offer for 150k or 200k points on the Bonvoy Brilliant with a higher minimum spend of like $5k instead of $3k. Compete with Chase for those cardmembers!

  6. Looking to do 5 nights at the Marriott right in Time Square but I don’t think this offer is enough for that.

  7. Gary,
    When I link (using your link) to the Chase offer, and click on “Offer terms,” I see the following: “The bonus is not available to you if you … are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express). I’ve had that card for years, since it was Starwood.
    In your post, you say the following: This specific card isn’t available to you if you are a current Marriott personal card cardmember or received a bonus for one in the last 24 months, or you received a bonus on a Marriott American Express card in the past 24 months. Otherwise it’s an offer that’s too good to pass up.”
    Is it your belief that Chase will for some reason just not enforce the bonus prohibition for anyone currently holding a Marriott Bonvoy AmEx card? I don’t want to use one of my 5/24 allowances, get the card, put $5,000 on it (thus costing me 10,000 points I won’t get on my Venture X card), and then be denied the 5 night bonus.
    Thanks for whatever insight you can provide.

  8. “But the key takeaway is that a single credit card can give you 5 nights, enough for a full vacation stay, which we’ve only seen one other time before at the height of the pandemic when rooms were empty.”

    The present bonuses on the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Preferred cards both offer substantial enough totals to provide more than 5 nights stay at Hyatt, if transferred. Granted, it wouldn’t necessarily provide the same type of stay as 250000 Marriott points used to, but anymore it seems hard to find a good use of their certs or their points.

    They could make this 10 nights and I still wouldn’t be interested. Marriott has bonvoyed themselves for me.

  9. It is NOT the same as having 250,000 Marriott pts which are much more flexible and do not expire as long as you have activity in the account, incl spend $1 on your BonVoy Credit Card.

    The 50K cert is DIFFICULT to use, not only it could only be topped up with 15K, and guess what? Many properties made their redemption points at 66K… Just 1K above the top up limit and you could not do a darn thing about it.
    On top of that, those Chase card FN cert bonus last time offered, do not work as in booking online, the certs failed to attach to the booking. Lots of hassles entailed, including calling many times to Marriott and the CS over there calling the hotels, manually coded the bookings have certs… Certs from AMEX cards never have such issues.
    I need a Personal Card for the 15 elite nights but I pass this offer, much prefer to have pts, even not the bogus “250,000” pts these 5x 50K certs pretend to be.
    If they have enough taker on last go round, when it was hailed a deal of a long time that would not repeat anytime soon – well, it comes back in less than a year! Does it tell you something?

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