5 Free Marriott Nights Worth 250,000 Points From Marriott Card

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The Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card offer to earn 5 free nights worth 250,000 points. This is richest ever for this card by far, and one of the richest card offers, period. We saw it once before, in 2020 when very few people were traveling. I didn’t think we’d ever see it again.

These free nights, which new cardmembers can earn after $5000 in purchases within the first 3 months after account opening, are each valid on rooms that would cost up to 50,000 points apiece. So if you use them at the top-priced places you’ll get 250,000 points’ worth of free stays from a single credit card bonus. That’s unheard of. (I usually see limited-time offers for this card at 100,000 points.) At my arguably very conservative last published points valuation 250,000 points are worth $1500.

50,000 point free night awards are what I receive each year with my premium $450 Marriott American Express card, and this card is offering 5 (which you earn as the initial bonus) with an annual fee of just $95. Each certificate is valid for a year from the time that it’s earned.


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Features Of This Card

Other features of this card: return on unbonused spend doubled compared to the old card Chase offered before the Marriott and Starwood programs were combined, so it’s as strong on spending as Marriott’s American Express cards.

  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott hotels
  • 3 points per dollar on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining
  • 2 points per dollar everywhere else

The card comes with automatic Silver elite status. Spending $35,000 in purchases on the card in an account year earns Gold status. And you receive 15 elite nights towards status each year you have the card as well. Plus earn 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.

You also receive a Free Night Award every year after your account anniversary, valid for a one-night stay whose redemption value is up to 35,000 points.

Eligibility For The Card

Chase will generally only approve you for a new card if you’ve had fewer than 5 new cards in the last 24 months (“5/24”).

This specific card isn’t available to you if you are a current Marriott personal card cardmember or received a bonus for one in the last 24 months, or you received a bonus on a Marriott American Express card in the past 24 months.

Otherwise it’s an offer that’s too good to pass up.

Totally Worth It

A bonus worth 250,000 Marriott points isn’t something you see every day (or every month). But there are a couple of drawbacks to note. The initial bonus on this card comes in the form of free night certificates.

  • You have to use them to get value from them, you can’t just save them in your account for years into the future
  • You can’t use them for all hotels, just those where awards are priced at 50,000 points or less (actually, up to 65,000 points since you can top off certificates up to 15,000 points per night with additional points in your account).

If you want to be technical about it there’s another edge case where these certificates are worth more like 200,000 point rather than 250,000 – if you were going to use them on a 5 night stay (as opposed to splitting them up into two or more shorter stays) then Marriott Bonvoy gives you ‘5th night free’ on points redemptions and that wouldn’t apply here. Whether you use 4 or 5 certificates at a 50,000 point per night hotel, you’re getting a stay that would have cost ‘just’ 200,000 points. That situation doesn’t apply to a 3- and 2-night stay, two 2- and a one-night stay, a 4- and 1-night stay, etc.

My view is this is one of the really great initial bonuses we’ve seen if you have plans to travel in the next year. Meanwhile the annual free night (which I value more than the card’s $95 annual fee) gives the card a long-term place in your wallet — and doubly so if you’re working towards Marriott status because of the annual elite nights as well. This is a limited-time offer.

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Comments

  1. When does this expire? I have a trip coming up to Kenya towards end September which would help cover around 3 of that 5k in a week. If its available till mid Jul at the very least, I can sign up for it then.

  2. I’m a lifetime platinum member who is so disgusted with Marriott and their anti-customer attitudes, I canceled all my cards and would never get one again. No doubt, they’ll figure out a way to make those “free” nights really hard to use — or devalue them to the point of worthlessness.

  3. I still have the old previously SPG Personal bonvoy amex with $95 annual fee. If I cancel this how long do I need to wait to apply for this Chase card.

  4. One year to use them. I’d rather have points. At least you have a bigger window for you to eventually get “Bonvoyed”

  5. I saw this offer yesterday. With current Bomvoy award pricing one can find a Courtyard to spend 5 nights there.
    Just to give you an idea, when I look for 1 night stay in the middle of this Sept on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, I have found just 1 hotel (Sheraton Princess, Oahu) which came under 50K/night. My fiend just stayed there this May on a $125/night + tax+ fee rate.
    Of course, one can still find good redemption for those certificates if you do not have daytime job and you are very flexible. But otherwise, just keep your expectations low.

  6. Someone needs to get Chase or Marriott to clarify this or it’s a huge problem:

    “”Your e-certificate may not be combined with cash or other Marriott Bonvoy points when redeeming for your free night, and may not be transferred, extended beyond expiration date, or re-credited for points.””

    in the terms of the SUB.

  7. update: evidently Marriott has said the above language was a mistake and the certs can be topped-up like all others.

  8. the offer expiration date of July 21 was taken off. i wonder.

    Certificates don’t get 5th night free ever.

    I recommend product-changing to the Ritz Carlton grandfathered card after 1 year.

  9. Has the offer on the Marriott Bon Voy credit card 250,000 point bonus been extended beyond July 21?

  10. So if I am Silver elite now which doesn’t include breakfast….if I use one of those 50K point rooms…..I still am not entitled to “free” breakfast?

  11. Link doesn’t seem to be working any longer? Is this one now dead? Thanks

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