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For part of last year it seemed credit card issuers didn’t want new customers. Now they all seem to have turned that around, and their primary strategy to attract you to their cards is to massively increase the up front offers for getting approved. Chase and American Express are both out with new offers for their Marriott cards in a coordinated fashion, and these offers are very good.
Mind you I think that these Marriott card offers make the products worth getting. And I think the cards give you reason to hang on to them. I have – and keep – both a personal and small business Marriott card. But they do not gain a lot of my ongoing spend.
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card has a limited time 125,000 bonus points and 1 Free Night Award (value up to 50,000 points) after $5,000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s up to 175,000 points in value for the card as an initial bonus.
Cardmembers receive a Free Night Award (which can be used at properties that require up to 35,000 points for the night) every year after account anniversary as well as silver elite status in the Marriott program and Gold status after $35,000 in purchases each account year, along with 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year that can be used towards higher tier levels.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card is the no annual fee consumer Marriott card and has a limited-time 60,000 bonus points after $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. I have never seen a bigger offer for this card.
This card comes with 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year, which doesn’t just make each year’s elite status easier to earn but counts towards lifetime status as well.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has a limited time offer to earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and two bonus Free Night Awards after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Each bonus Free Night Award is valid for a redemption level up to 50,000 points. That means up to 225,000 points in value with this offer that ends November 3, 2021. This is a $125 annual fee card. (See rates and fees.)
Cardmembers receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
Silver elite status comes with the card, $35,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year earns Gold status. And cardmembers receive 15 elite nights per year.
Al Maha Desert Resort, Rooms Are Standalone Villas And Include Meals And Activities
A few things worth noting. You can earn 15 elite nights in the Bonvoy program from a personal card and from a business card, for a total possible 30 elite nights from credit cards each year. Some Marriott hotels add resort or destination fees, and those aren’t included with award redemptions (unlike Hilton and Hyatt). However there are some amazing and truly special properties in the Marriott portfolios, the bulk of which were picked up with the Starwood acquisition. I don’t know how many better places I’ve ever stayed at than Al Maha Desert Resort, for instance.
Mark Ostermann says “Marriott isn’t messing around” with these offers. And that’s surely correct. For Chase cards bear in mind that you’re not likely to be approved if you’ve had 5 or more new cards in the past 24 months.