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American Express has boosted the welcome offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card so the card is now offering successful new applicants the opportunity to earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points as well as a $150 statement credit which would effectively offset the card’s first-year annual fee.
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
The Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (review) is the only Marriott co-branded business card on the market and it’s issued by American Express. The card’s key selling points are that in exchange for a $125 annual fee, it offers the best available earning rate at Marriott properties worldwide, it offers the best earning rate for spending at US restaurants and at US gas stations of any Bonvoy card, it offers cardholders a free night at select Marriott properties every year, and it’s the only card that when paired with one of a number of other Bonvoy cards, will give cardholders 30 elite night credits towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status every year.
New Welcome Bonus
- 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after a successful new applicant spends $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months (find out more).
- Earn up to $150 in statement credits on eligible purchases made within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
The $150 in statement credits on offer isn’t restricted to spending made in any particular shopping categories so the first $150 of spending that a new cardholder puts on their Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (review) should trigger the rebate. Effectively, that’s $150 of free spending which would more than cover the card’s $125 annual fee.
As far as the bonus points go, the 100,000 points the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card is currently offering are worth $600 based on my valuation of Marriott Bonvoy Points (0.6 cents each) but more importantly, they’re more than enough to get a cardholder up to two free nights at some great Bonvoy properties around the world.
Note: Make sure you check the eligibility criteria for the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card before you apply (you’ll find them at the end of this post).
Card Earning Rates
- 6 points/dollar at Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
- 4 points/dollar on spending at US restaurants
- 4 points/dollar on spending at US gas stations
- 4 points/dollar on spending on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers
- 4 points/dollar on spending on US purchases for shipping
- 2 points/dollar on spending in all other categories
The old welcome offer on this card already included the $150 statement credit so, effectively, Amex has been offering to pay cardholders to try this card out for a few months. Now, however, Amex has sweetened the deal a little more by boosting the welcome offer to an impressive 100,000 bonus points.
- A free night certificate valid at properties costing up to 35,000 points/night
- 15 elite night credits towards elite status
- Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status
- Purchase protection
- Extended warranty
- Access to Amex Offers
The free night alone should be worth at least $150 so even if a new cardholder doesn’t need or use any of the other benefits that the card offers, they’ll be getting a lot of value out of the $125 annual fee.
Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card is the only card that can be paired with either the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa (review), the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card (review), or the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (no longer open to new applicants), to give a cardholder a total of 30 elite night credits every year.
If you already hold one of the cards listed above, the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card will boost your elite night credits by a further 15 nights and given the generous credits Marriott has already been handing out this year, there’s a very good chance that would be enough to get you to Platinum Elite status for the rest of this year and all of next year (at the very least it should get you pretty close).
Put simply, if you’ve been considering applying for the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, now is probably the time to do it – Amex is effectively covering the annual fee in year 1 and the welcome bonus is looking very good.
Are You Eligible For The Welcome Offer?
This welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product or the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.
In addition, the welcome offer is not available to:
- Applicants who have or have had the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card from Chase, or the Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 30 days.
- Applicants who have acquired the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessT Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase, or the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days.
- Applicants who have received a new Card Member bonus offer in the last 24 months on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase.
Make sure you check these restrictions carefully before submitting an application.