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The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is Chase’s prime Bonvoy card and thanks to the fact that we’re currently watching the convergence of a number of deals, enhancements, and rule relaxations, now may be a very good time to consider adding the card to your wallet.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
Hee’s what you need to know:
- Receive 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after you spend $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of opening your new account (find out more)
- 6 points/dollar at Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide
- 6 points/dollar at grocery stores & supermarkets worldwide (through 31 July 2020 and up to a spending limit of $5,000)
- 2 points/dollar on all other purchases
- 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 75,000 point welcome offer isn’t the highest offer we’ve seen on this card but it’s still pretty good. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.6 cents each which would value the offer at $450 but, more importantly, it’s enough points for a couple of nights at a number of very nice mid-tier hotels.
The Marriott Earnings
The $95/year 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 Bonvoy card that Amex issues).
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 (Category 5 properties) and, used wisely, this can easily cover the card’s annual fee.
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 see a further 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.
Why Apply Now?
The two biggest issues a new credit card holder usually faces are how to earn the welcome bonus in the allotted time frame and how to earn the welcome offer without putting too much unbonused spending on the card. Right now neither is an issue with the Boundless card.
Through 31 July 2020, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card will earn 6 points/dollar at grocery stores and supermarkets worldwide (up to a maximum of $5,000 in spending) so, even though travel is not really an option right now, it’s still possible to earn a significant number of points while working towards the welcome offer target just by using this card when paying for your groceries.
For the next 6 days, Marriott is selling gift cards at a 20% discount and the hotelier has confirmed that all gift card purchases made with Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards will earn 6 points per dollar.
If you stay at Marriott properties with any frequency (presumably this is the case or you wouldn’t be considering a Bonvoy card) you can get Chase to rush your new card to you and pre-pay some of your future Marriott stays by buying gift cards. Not only will you be receiving a 20% discount on your future bookings but you’ll also be earning 6 points/dollar as you progress to the welcome offer target.
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 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, right now, it’s easier than ever to meet the welcome offer requirements and lock in 75,000 Bonvoy Points without ever earning less than 6 points/dollar.
For Marriott loyalists considering a Bonvoy card, now may be the time to strike.