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Chase has launched new offers for their Marriott cards and they are as big as have ever been offered. The offer to earn 100,000 points with the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card is a one-third increase over what was available just yesterday – and the offer to earn 50,000 points with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card is a two-thirds increase over what was available yesterday.
The initial bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card is 100,000 points after $3000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. I’ve seen them offer 100,000 points before with a $5000 spend requirement.
And the initial bonus for the no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card has an offer to earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
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100,000 Point Offer For Marriott Credit Card
The Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card comes with an annual free night after each account anniversary valued for hotels which cost up to 35,000 points.
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
- 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.
My view is this is a great initial bonus. The Marriott card used to be weak for spending, it’s now improved and above average, but not what I want top of wallet day in and day out. I last valued Marriott points at $0.007 apiece, suggesting 1.4% return for unbonused spend.
The annual free night gives the card a long-term place in your wallet — and doubly so if you’re working towards Marriott status.
50,000 Point Offer For The No Annual Fee Card – That Still Earns Elite Nights
The no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card will let you earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
To me the best reasons to consider the card are that initial bonus and that even though there isn’t an annual fee, keeping the card means you’ll receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year – which both help you earn current year elite status, and count towards earning lifetime elite status.
Not The Only Cards With A New, Bigger Offer
The $89 annual fee Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® from Bank of America is offering 50,000 miles after $2,000 in spend within the first 90 days after account opening. That’s double the previous offer. (HT: Doctor of Credit)
It’s a big bonus from Bank of America which isn’t known for big bonuses, and it’s a card from a bank that is not Citi/Chase/American Express so variety for those who don’t have options with the main travel card issuers.
Flying Blue miles are generally easy to get since the program is a transfer partner of all the bank proprietary programs: Chase, Citibank, American Express and Capital One. On the one hand that makes the card itself less useful, but on the other hand it means that 50,000 points can be easily added to with points from another account.
Why This Is The Best News I’ve Had In Weeks
We haven’t seen a lot of new elevated offers for rewards cards lately, and it makes sense why. It’s been tough to get people to pay attention to travel cards, when attention hasn’t so focused on taking trips. And it probably hasn’t made sense to invest more heavily in acquiring credit card customers in an economy where so many people are struggling (and may not be able to pay back what they borrow).
So seeing both Chase and Bank of America out with elevated offers for travel rewards cards suggests they believe both that they can move the needle with customers and that they want to move the needle with customers. That’s a good sign for travel and for the economy, two areas where I’ll take ‘green shoots’ anywhere I can these days!