Big New 100,000 Point Bonus Offer for Marriott Credit Card

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With the launch of Marriott’s new loyalty program they also boosted the value of their credit card, the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card. It earns twice as fast as the older Chase consumer Marriott card, and they’re promoting it now with a new limited time big offer of 100,000 points (which is 1/3 more points than the previous offer).

The initial bonus is 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. I’m not aware of there ever having been a bigger bonus for this card and recall when 50,000 point offers were considered exciting for a Marriott card.


Al Maha Desert Resort

The card comes with an annual free night that seems improved compared to the old card, too. The earlier free night was valid up to category 5, a room that would cost up to 25,000 points. This new card gives you an annual free night after each account anniversary valued for hotels which cost up to 35,000 points.

Return on unbonused spend doubled compared to the old card — so that it’s as strong on spending as Marriott’s American Express cards.

  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott hotels
  • 2 points per dollar everywhere else

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.

My view is this is a great initial bonus. The Marriott card used to be weak for spending, it’s now improved and above average, but not what I want top of wallet day in and day out. I last valued Marriott points at $0.007 apiece, suggesting 1.4% return for unbonused spend.


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The annual free night gives the card a long-term place in your wallet — and doubly so if you’re working towards Marriott status. If you’re under 5/24 definitely consider it.

Especially because Marriott valued its points 3:1 versus the old Starwood points, dividing 100,000 by three would give you 33,333 – and we used to jump with excitement over when 30,000 point bonuses were offered by Starwood.

In my view the card is (1) great for the initial bonus offer, and (2) worth keeping for the annual elite nights and the annual free night.

Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card

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Comments

  1. Gary, aren’t there labyrinthine rules about who can get this card/bonus, based on which Chase/Amex Marriott cards one has? Can you include a refresher (or a link to the rules) so that we’re all clear? Thanks!

  2. Jose – hotel points are underrated. I’m regularly redeeming Marriott points at 1-1.1 cents per point and Hilton points at 0.8 to 1 cents per point

  3. I became 4/24 10 days ago. Do i have to wait until Feb 1st? i.e. the 1st of the month after getting under 5/24 before I apply?

  4. @Anthony- the only way you’re redeeming points for that high a value is if you’re taking inflated sticker prices seriously. If I use 50,000 points to book a nominally $500/night hotel room, my realized value isn’t actually 1 cpp because I would never spend anywhere near that much on a hotel room. In reality, the 50,000 points saved me spending $150-200 on an Airbnb or more reasonably priced hotel room, putting the true redemption value closer to the 0.4 cpp, which is about where I value Marriott points.

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