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With the launch of the new Marriott program, members have been limited to earning 15 elite nights via credit card. Each Marriott credit card offers 15 elite nights per year – but the cap on earning has been 15 total nights.
While Marriott’s recent direction has been to clamp down on opportunities for earning elite nights via means other than hotel stays, such as removing the 10 elite nights per year just for holding a meeting, the hotel chain has just made one change to liberalize elite earning by credit card.
Nick Ewen flags that you can now earn up to 30 elite nights per year by credit card: 15 for a Marriott personal card, and 15 for a small business card.
- Chase exclusively issues new mass personal cards. Either one will give you 15 elite nights per year:
The Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card will let you earn 75,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening and 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.
The no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card lets you earn 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $1,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
- American Express issues premium personal cards and small business cards
The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card offers 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Cardmembers receive a Free Night Award every year after account anniversary as well as an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year. Each can be used for one night whose redemption cost is 35,000 points or less.
It will now separately give you 15 elite nights per year.
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Years ago it used to be possible to have friends and family get the Starwood American Express card, and link your Starwood Preferred Guest number so that you would get the elite nights from each of those cards. A certain very prominent blogger told an SPG Vice President about this loophole (they had no idea it existed) and Starwood clamped down on the practice.
And of course 10 nights used to be per meeting not once per year, before that opportunity got closed.
Nonetheless, earning 30 elite nights via credit card makes Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status really within reach for a lot more people and is an avenue some will find to be even better than the 10 night meetings ‘trick’.