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At the beginning of May, both Chase and American Express announced that their Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards would earn bonus points for spending on groceries/at US supermarkets through to the end of this month and, with just three weeks left to go of that promotion, Chase has now announced that its Marriott credit cards will all be offering bonus point on dining and at gas stations.
New Bonuses On Chase Marriott Credit Cards
Between 15 July and 15 September 2020, holders of all Chase credit cards affiliated to the Marriott Bonvoy program will be able to earn 10 points/dollar when using their card(s) for spending at gas stations or when paying for dining. The participating cards are as follows:
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card
- The Ritz-Carlton credit Card*
- Marriott Bonvoy Card*
- Marriott Bonvoy Premier Card*
- Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Card*
- Marriott Bonvoy Business Card*
*Indicates that a card is not open to new applicants
Activation is required for each card via this dedicated Chase webpage (by 15 September 2020) and when you register successfully, you should see a confirmatory message similar to this one:
As the confirmation message mentions, the 10 points/dollar on offer is only available on up to a total of $3,500 in combined spending on dining and at gas stations but, in more positive news, delivery services like Grub Hub and DoorDash will trigger the bonus earnings.
This is another clever move by Chase as it works hard to keep its travel-related rewards cards relevant at a time when most people aren’t traveling. It comes on top of the recent announcement that Chase’s Sapphire Cards will earn additional bonus points for spending at gas stations, on select streaming services, and on Instacart deliveries and on top of the revelation that, despite no official announcement from Chase, the Sapphire Cards are also earning bonus points for dining too.
I value Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.06 cents each so that means that all the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Cards listed above will be offering an effective rebate of 6 cents/dollar (6%) on dining and on spending made at gas stations…and that’s not bad at all when you consider the fact that most of the cards in question only cost $95/year to hold.
Between 15 July and 15 September 2020, all of Chase’s Marriott Bonvoy Credit cards will earn 10 points per dollar on dining and for spending made at gas stations and this will make them highly competitive with a lot of the more premium cards in the marketplace. I’m a little surprised that we haven’t seen American Express follow suit and offer the same boost in earnings on its own Marriott Bonvoy credit cards (and possibly even its Hilton Honors credit card), but that may be something that is on its way…I guess we’ll find out soon enough!