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Up until yesterday, Chase had just two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards in its portfolio and only the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card was still open to new applicants. Now a new card has been introduced to the market – the Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card – and it comes free of charge.
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card
Here’s what you need to know:
There is no annual fee.
30,000 points after you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months from your account opening.
- Marriott Properties – 3 points/dollar
- Travel – 2 points/dollar
- All Other Purchases – 1 point/dollar
- 15 Elite night credits/year
- Marriott Bonvoy Silver Status
- No foreign transaction fees
Ever since Chase and American Express both started to issue Marriott Bonvoy cards the eligibility criteria have become incredibly complicated and convoluted – there are a lot of restrictions in place to prevent people from getting multiple sign-up bonuses.
Here are the eligibility rules for the Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card as published by Chase:
Eligibility for this product: The product is not available to either:
- current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), Marriott Bonvoy Bold™credit card, or
- previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), or Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ credit card, who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
If you are an existing Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change.
Eligibility for the new cardmember bonus: 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);
- are a current or previous cardmember of either Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card), and received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months; or
- applied and were approved for Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card) within the last 90 days.
As a card with which to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, I don’t think it’s particularly great but I like the 15 Elite Nights credit it offers despite the fact it comes with no annual fee.
Here’s how the new Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card compares to the two other personal Chase Marriott Bonvoy cards (click to enlarge):
If you’re a frequent visitor at Marriott properties this probably won’t be the card for you as you can earn a lot more points on your stays by paying $95/year and getting the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card…but that doesn’t mean that the Marriott Bonvoy Bold card doesn’t have its uses.
The 15 Elite nights credit that the card offers may be useful to anyone who stays at Marriott properties occasionally (don’t forget that you can only earn 15 elite night credits per year from your credit cards regardless of how many credit cards you hold that offer this as a benefit).
The 3 points/dollar earnings at Marriott properties will be useful to infrequent Marriott guests who don’t hold the Chase Sapphire Reserve card (which effectively earns 3 Bonvoy points/dollar on all travel spend) and would like to boost their Marriott balance.
The no annual fee Bonvoy Bold card will also be useful for anyone who would prefer to downgrade their existing Chase Marriott Bonvoy card rather than cancel the card altogether (this hasn’t been an option up until now).
Personally, I think the $95/year Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is the one that anyone staying at Marriott properties should have (assuming they want a Chase Marriott card and don’t already hold the legacy card) as the annual free night more-or-less covers the annual fee and then you’re left with a credit card that offers superior earning power to the new Bonvoy Bold card.
If, however, you’re still not convinced that the annual fee on the Boundless card is worth it but want a Marriott Bonvoy credit card nonetheless, then the new Marriott Bonvoy Bold card may be right for you.