Four Reasons to Get the Marriott Credit Card (Hint: It’s Not Just the 100,000 Points)

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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.

  1. 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.

    The Phoenician

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.)

    Westin Maui

Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card

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  1. Bonviy Brilliant comes with $300 credit and the free night plus some other benefits . 75k spend gets plat stays for what that is worth These days I don’t value gold as much with Marriott although others may disagree

  2. Just cancelled mine. Bonvoy is a dumpster fire, as You have written. The free night is hard to use. For San Francisco limited to staying by the airport or somewhere like Vacaville (car show room city on way to Sacramento). If do stay kin Marriotts then worth keeping a card for the points but not for the free night, anymore,

  3. I think I have the Marriott Premier card (from Chase). It does give me a free night but I don’t travel that much and I’m trying to figure out how to use the Hyatt free night as well as this one before spring (when I think both expire). I’ve been looking at cards to get rid of and this one may go. If I keep the Amex Plat that gives me both Marriott & Hilton Gold status which is sufficient for me.

    It is time to ignore a lot of the “why you need this card” BS that the bloggers are now pushing. You need to view the entire lot of cards you have and not have duplicated features (Four Global Entry credits?), nor have features you are paying for that won’t return enough to compensate for the extra fee (i.e., paying an extra $100 for 4X points instead of 3x).

  4. This card is an improvement, but also seems like too little, too late in terms of keeping their biggest customers in the fold. At least with (lowly) Silver Status, no one should have any illusions about getting room upgrades.

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