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If you’re a fan of the Marriott Bonvoy program and you enjoy staying at Marriott properties around the world, it would probably make sense for you to hold a Marriott Bonvoy credit card in your wallet. Of all the Bonvoy cards on the market, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card does the best job of keeping costs low while still offering strong earnings with Marriott and benefits that help to offset the card’s annual fee.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is Chase’s top-level Bonvoy credit card that offers credits towards elite status and a free award night every year. This can be a key card for anyone who visits Marriott properties with any frequency as no credit card earns more Bonvoy Points at Marriott properties worldwide than the Boundless card (not even Amex’s $450/year premium Bonvoy card).
Here’s what you need to know about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card:
Cost of Authorised User Cards
- $0 (zero)
Current Welcome Bonus
- Get 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 on your new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card within 3 months of card membership (more details).
- 6 points/dollar at Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
- 2 points/dollar on all other purchases
- Receive a free award night valid at properties costing up to 35,000 points/night on every card anniversary
- 15 elite nights credit towards status
- Earn Bonvoy Gold status when you spend $35,000 on the card each account year
- No foreign transaction fees
Are You Eligible?
Current holders of the following cards are ineligible for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card:
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card (review)
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier Plus)
- Marriott Bonvoy Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier)
Former holders of these three cards who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months are also ineligible for this offer.
In addition, the welcome bonus is not available to applicants who:
- Are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of the 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 the 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.
Make sure you check these restrictions carefully before submitting an application.
Why This Is A Great Card To Get
The Welcome Offer
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is currently offering successful new applicants 75,000 bonus Bonvoy points after they spend $3,000 on their card in the first three months after they open their account.
As I value Bonvoy points at 0.6 cents each (based on the value I know I can get out of them will ease), the welcome offer is worth $450 which more than covers the card’s $95 annual fee.
For reference, below is the Marriott Bonvoy award chart, and from it you should be able to see that the 75,000 points from the welcome offer would be enough to book an off-peak night at a top-tier Marriott property anywhere in the world, a night in any season at Marriott’s Category 7 properties, or possibly even multiple nights at Marriott properties in Category 5 and below.
By using the points from the welcome offer with care, it shouldn’t be too hard to get a good deal of value out of the 75,000 points and you may even be left with change.
There are, for example, some very good Marriott Bonvoy properties around the world at which a room can be booked for just 50,000 points per night (e.g. the St Regis Langkawi, The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club, and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club to name just a few), and these are properties at which room rates frequently exceed $400 per night.
The Marriott Earnings
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card offers 6 points per dollar for spending at all Marriott properties worldwide and no other card offers a better return at Marriott properties than this one (not even the $450/year Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express). If you stay at Marriott properties with any kind of frequency and you don’t want to splash out on a card costing $450/year, this is probably the card for you.
The Annual Free Night Certificate
Every anniversary, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cardholders receive a free night certificate which can be used at properties charging up to 35,000 points/night. Even if you disregard the current welcome bonus and the strong Marriott earnings rate that this card offers, the yearly free night certificate on its own is enough to cover the card’s annual fee year after year.
Elite Night Credits
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cardholders will receive 15 Elite Nights credited to their accounts within 60 days of opening their new account and will continue to see 15 Elite Nights credited to their accounts on or before 1 March every year.
Without setting foot in a Marriott property the Boundless card gets a cardholder 60% of the way to Bonvoy Gold status (25 nights), 30% of the way to Platinum status (50 nights), and 20% of the way to Titanium status.
In addition, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is the cheapest card that you can pair with the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (review) to earn a total of 30 elite night credits per year (more details on how that works).
These two cards together would automatically give a cardholder Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status every year and would leave them needing just 20 elite night credits to earn valuable Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is a very solid card for anyone who’s looking to earn the maximum number of points on their Marriott stays without splashing out on a $450/year credit card. It’s also the cheapest card that can be paired with the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card to give a cardholder an impressive boost towards valuable elite status every year.
For travelers who are frequent visitors to Marriott properties year after year, the more premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express may be a better option (it’s more expensive but it also comes with some great benefits that help to offset that cost), but for everyone else, this is probably the best Bonvoy card to hold.