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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.
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.
Where to use Marriott free nights
The 50,000 point cap will rule out some of the ultra-luxurious Marriott hotels out there, but that’s okay because I hate “fancy” hotels anyways, with one of the reasons being that they seem to charge you for every last little thing.
Remember that you can now top off your Marriott free night awards with up to 15,000 points per night, meaning that you can look for hotels and resorts at up to 65,000 points. You do also get the 5th night free with points bookings, but I’m not sure that using a free night would qualify for this. Here’s an example at the Royalton Riviera Cancun all-inclusive
Yes, you do have to pay 14,000 points / night on top of your free night certificates, but you’re also getting a room that is running for $687 / night (plus tax).
Who’s Eligible for this Marriott Bonvoy Boundless offer
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card is subject to Chase 5/24, so if you have applied for 5 or more credit cards (from any issuer) in the past 24 months, you will likely not be approved for this card. In addition, the terms state that you are not eligible for the welcome offer if you:
- are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express);
- You received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the past 24 months for the 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;
- applied and were approved for 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.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold – no-fee alternative
If you’re not sure about paying the $95 annual fee on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, Marriott does also have a no-fee co-branded credit card with Chase. The Marriott Bonvoy Bold has no fee and is currently offering 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months. Personally, I think that most people will get much more value out of the 5 free nights with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, at least during the first year. You can then downgrade to the Bonvoy Bold after the first year if you don’t want to pay the $95 annual fee again.
The Bottom Line
5 free nights (after spending $5,000 in 3 months) is a pretty amazing offer. With the value of Marriott points at around 0.7 cents per point, the 5 50,000 point nights would be worth up to $1,750. Yes, it comes with a $95 annual fee but you should be able to get significantly more value than that the first year, and each year you also get a free night certificate which should help or completely offset the $95 annual fee.
You can find the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless and Marriott Bonvoy Bold on my top credit card offers page, along with other top credit card offers. As always, feel free to email me at dan at pointswithacrew dot com if you have any questions about your specific situation, or this or any other credit card offer.
What do you think of this Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card offer? Are you planning on signing up for it?
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