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Chase and Marriott are out with a big bonus for their Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card. Chase is now the exclusive issuer of the broad based Marriott consumer credit card, and they made several changes to their product with the launch of the new loyalty program in order to make it more rewarding.
- Big initial bonus. 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. That’s a great bonus and no I do not know how long this offer will last.
- Annual free night and it’s better than the one that came with 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.
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
- Best way to earn Marriott points. The old Marriott card only earned one point per dollar. This one earns two points per dollar. That’s the same earn that American Express offers on their Marriott cards and it’s also double the rate that Chase’s Ultimate Rewards cards transfer to Marriott at. I don’t think 2 Marriott points is the best you’ll do on unbonused spend by any means, but there’s not going to be a better way of earning Marriott points for spend and this Visa will play a role.
Le Meridien Barcelona on Las Ramblas
- Help towards elite status. The card comes with automatic Silver status. You’ll receive 15 elite nights every year as a cardholder, helpful if you’re trying to earn Platinum or even 75 night status. You can earn 15 elite nights with this card, 10 elite nights with a single modest scheduled meeting, and the Platinum just takes 25 more nights. (Separately spending $35,000 in purchases on the card in an account year earns Gold status.)