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The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is Chase’s prime Bonvoy card and we have just seen the welcome bonus that this card offers raised to 100,000 points. I’m pretty sure that this is the highest welcome bonus that the Boundless Card has ever offered but (and this is the good bit) the last time we saw the welcome offer up this high, the spending requirement was also considerably higher.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
Here’s what you need to know:
- Receive 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after you spend $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of opening a new account (find out more).
- 6 points/dollar at Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
- 10 Points/dollar on dining and at gas stations through 15 September 2020*
- 2 points/dollar on all other purchases
*A spending limit of $3,500 is in place and activation is required (click for more details)
Note: This card also currently earns 6 points/dollar at grocery stores & supermarkets worldwide up to a spending limit of $5,000 but this promotion ends on 31 July 2020.
- Receive a free award night at a property with a redemption level of up to 35,000 points 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
Note: This card is not available to current holders of the Marriott Bonvoy Premier credit card, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card or previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy Premier credit card, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card or the Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card, who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
What’s Good About This Card?
The Welcome Offer
The 100,000 point welcome offer is the highest we’ve seen on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card and the $3,000 spending requirement that goes alongside the welcome offer is $2,000 less than the last time we saw the card’s welcome offer this high. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.6 cents each which would value the offer at $600 and that’s clearly a great deal for a card that costs just $95/year to hold…but there’s more value to be had here.
There are some very good Marriott Bonvoy properties at which a room can be booked for just 50,000 points per night (e.g. the Langley, the St Regis Langkawi, The Ritz-Calton 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 can sometimes exceed $500 per night.
Given a bit of research, it shouldn’t be too hard to use the welcome offer to book a free 2-night stay at a fantastic property which would otherwise have cost $800, $900 or even $1,000.
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 the card for you.
Earn 10 Points/Dollar On Dining & At Gas Stations
Through 15 September, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is offering 10 points per dollar for spending at gas stations and on dining (up to a cap of $3,500) so this makes it a lot easier for new cardholders to hit the welcome bonus spending target without having to put a lot of unbonused spending on their card. With my valuation of a Marriott Bonvoy point standing at a conservative 0.6 cents, this temporary earnings rate is effectively offering Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cardholders a 6% return on dining and on gas station purchases – there aren’t many other cards on the market that can match that right now.
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 excellent welcome offer and the strong earnings rates the Boundless card is currently offering, this free night certificate alone 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 credit 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.
Note: A Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cardholder who also holds the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card will earn a total of 30 elite night credits per year (click for more details)
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.
The 100,000 point welcome offer is enough to allow new cardholders to book a 2-night stay at some truly excellent properties, the annual free night certificate that the card offers will cover the annual fee every year, the bonus elite nights make earing status considerably easier than it may otherwise be and with the welcome offer’s spending requirement currently set at $3,000, it has never been cheaper to meet the welcome offer requirements and lock in 100,000 Bonvoy Points.