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Chase has just increased the offer on its no annual fee Marriott card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card.
It currently offers 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening and earns 3x at Marriott properties, and 2x on other travel purchases. That’s up from a previous offer of 30,000 points.
The card comes with Marriott Silver status and has no foreign transaction fees. Perhaps most importantly, despite having no annual fee it still offers 15 elite qualifying nights each year.
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No annual fee card options with better points-earning has been in vogue the last couple of years as card issuers market to customers with potentially less spend who may not be willing to pay a fee for the best rewards. For instance Citi offers the no annual fee American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card (10,000 AAdvantage miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months).
I like the new Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card as an option. It’s worth getting for the up front bonus and keeping for the annual elite nights, since there’s no annual fee. There are two reasons not to get this card. One is if you’re up around 5 new cards in the last 24 months and there’s something else you want from Chase. The other is if you have another Marriott card or plan to get one. (I also like this as a product change option for Chase Marriott cards.)
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