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Existing American Express Marriott co-brand cardmembers who enroll between July 14 and September 15, 2021, will be able to earn 6x Marriott Bonvoy points (up to 4 additional points) for each dollar of eligible purchases through September 30, 2021 on:
Car rentals (purchased directly from select car rental companies)
Flights booked directly with airlines
Gas at U.S. gas stations
Transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, and buses)
Cardmembers can earn up to 10,000 points per category and a total of 40,000 points in the four categories.
I have both an American Express Marriott business card and premium consumer card. These provide me with 30 elite nights towards status each year. So how will I play this?
- 6x Marriott isn’t compelling in travel categories. That’s about a 4% rebate, and doesn’t come close to Sapphire Reserve-level rewards.
- I’m roughly indifferent with this offer on gas compared to the other alternatives in my wallet.
This offer, though, makes the cards somewhat competitive on a return for spend basis which is something that Marriott products lag on. That’s not really American Express’ fault as such. They share the co-brand with Chase and when the Bonvoy program and new Chase cards launched, those doubled their earn – while the historic value of the American Express Starwood cards met the Chase products in the middle.
Two and a half years ago I valued a Marriott point at $0.007 and points are worth somewhat less than that today.