No Annual Fee Marriott Credit Card Has Best-Ever Initial Bonus Offer

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In addition to the nearly-unprecedented offer for the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card to earn 5 free nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening (these nights are each valid for redemptions worth up to 50,000 points, or 250,000 points total), the no annual fee Chase Marriott co-brand has its best-ever offer as well.

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card has a limited-time initial bonus offer to earn 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

This card comes with 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year and will earn up to 14 points total for every $1 spent at 7,000+ hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® and 2X points on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).

It makes sense to keep the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card each year despite the annual fee for the annual free night (valid on redemptions worth up to 35,000 points) and the annual elite night credits. However what I like about the no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card in addition to its best-ever initial bonus offer is that you aren’t paying an annual fee each year but still earning 15 elite night credits, good for bonus each year’s elite status and counts towards lifetime elite status.

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  1. That Boundless offer becomes crap when you have to top off each free night with 15k additional points to make them worthwhile. How about they just give me 250k points and let me burn them how I choose

  2. Gary, I just checked out both offers at I have the AmEx Bonvoy card (which I’ve had since it was a Starwood card). The offer details for BOTH Chase Bonvoy cards say “The bonus is not available to you if you … are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express). It might be a good idea to note this in the info you provide about the cards and their welcome bonuses on your blog, because otherwise there are going to be some very disappointed people who get one of the cards without reading the fine print and are denied the bonus.
    Chase is cutting off its nose with this limitation. I probably would have signed up for one or the other — now I won’t sign up for either one. The $95 card that comes with a free night at annual renewal probably would have been my choice, so Chase, at the least, will be forfeiting that annual fee.

  3. I have had a Chase Marriott card for years for which I’m sure I received a bonus. I think it is the Surpass card. I am under 5/24. Would I be eligible to receive another bonus by choosing one of these cards?

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