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I’ve often said that one of the best ways to get lots of miles and points is through applying for new credit cards. It’s just too hard to get any appreciable amount of miles by just your regular everyday spending (unless you are spending a LOT). So for most people, regularly applying for new credit cards every couple of months is the best way to get enough miles and points to go somewhere fun. Of course, that also goes right into the other thing that I regularly say, and that is to not sign up for a credit card just because some guy on the Internet said that you should.

a close-up of a credit card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Free Night Offer

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card just came out with a brand new offer and it’s pretty compelling. Normally, new welcome offers give a certain amount of miles or points, but this one currently is offering 5 free nights (up to 50,000 points) when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months of having the card. While I sometimes find free hotel nights to be tricky to use, that’s mostly when you only have 1 or 2 of them. With 5 free nights, you can really turn that into a pretty amazing trip.

Keep in mind that with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card, you’ll also get:

  • 3X Bonvoy points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
  • 6x Bonvoy points for every $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®
  • 2X Bonvoy points on all other purchases.
  • Complimentary Marriott Silver Elite status
  • Free night (up to 35,000 points) each year on your anniversary.
  • 15 elite nights towards status each year

The Bonvoy Boundless card does come with a $95 annual fee which is not waived the first year.

6 Marriott hotels to stay for free

So, with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card giving 5 free nights up to 50,000 points, I thought I would take a look at some of the hotels where you might be able to use these certificates. In some cases, you may have to find off-peak dates (to make sure that your dates fall under 50,000 points). But also remember that you can top off your certificates with up to 15,000 points / night. So even if you find a hotel that is more than 50,000 points on one or more of the nights, you can use extra points to still use your certificate. Keep in mind that although Marriott offers the fifth night free on award stays, that does not include stays where you use certifiates.

So with all that in mind, here are six hotels around the world to help inspire your travels. All photos from the hotel’s page on

1. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is a resort on Khem Beach in Vietnam. Previously a 19th-century French university, it has now been “reimagined as an eclectically themed, lavish beachfront playground”

a row of lounge chairs and umbrellas on a beach

Most dates I saw in the fall were 44,000 or 45,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night

2. Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida USA

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is on the northeastern coast of Florida, just north of Jacksonville near the Florida / Georgia border. It features coastal beaches and authentic charm

a golf course with a large building and a beach

Most nights here ranged from 55,000 to 70,000 points per night, so you would need to spend some additional Marriott Bonvoy points to top up your certificates

3. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is a 5-star luxury beach resort in Cancun, close to the beach, nightlife and archeological sites.

a beach with a large building and a pool

Award rates ranged from 43,000 to 60,000 Bonvoy points per night on the dates that I checked.

4. Sheraton Times Square New York USA

I stayed at the Sheraton Times Square a few years ago with my daughter and had a great time (read our review). It’s very centrally located and makes a great base to explore Manhattan

a city street with many buildings

Prices on dates I checked ranged from 44,000 to 59,000 Bonvoy points / night

5. The Westin London City, UK

The Westin London City is an urban hotel nestled right into the middle of everything in London. It overlooks the Thames very near St. Paul’s Cathedral

a room with tables and chairs and a view of water

Prices ranged from 50,000 to 70,000 points per night on dates I checked, so you may need to use points to topup, or you may have to be flexible on your dates if you’re using your free night certificates to stay here.

6.The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki Hawaii, USA

Marriott has a ton of properties in Hawaii, but it’s difficult to find ones that aren’t (much) more than 50,000 points / night.

a beach with palm trees and a building

Most dates at The Royal Hawaiian ranged from 53,000 to 60,000 points per night

The Bottom Line

Any of those sound interesting to you? Help spark some wanderlust or travel plans? What hotels did I miss that you would add?

As a reminder, you can support the site by applying for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card through our top credit card offers page.

Good luck and happy travels!

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