The latest in a slew of changes this year, the Marriott Bonvoy Business card is no longer offering free Boingo Wi-Fi.
In March of last year, American Express increased the annual fee for the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, following a slew of other changes related to the official launch of the united Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. Since, the card has seen an inflated, limited-time welcome offer come and go.
The most recent change to the Bonvoy Business went into effect on Dec. 31, 2019. In the new year, cardholders no longer have access to Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots for free as part of their card membership. While this perk was hardly the most valuable benefit the card had to offer, its loss still represents a potential loss in value.
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Is the card still worth $125 per year?
In the last year, the Marriott Bonvoy Business card has increased its annual fee and cut perks, so you may be wondering if the card is still worth getting. Simply put: Yes. Along with bonus points on Marriott Bonvoy hotel purchases and business-related expenses, the card currently offers a generous introductory bonus. Though not the highest in the card’s history – the bonus alone can score you quite a bit of value in free hotel nights.
|Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card|
Why use it?
Loyalists of Marriott Bonvoy brands can rack up points easily with generous bonuses on spending categories on the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card.
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We estimate each Marriott Bonvoy point to be worth approximately 0.8 cents, making the card’s 75,000-point bonus worth a whopping $600. Once you factor in the average business owner’s yearly spend – which we estimate to be $48,000 – you have the potential to earn $1,481 worth of rewards in the first year alone.
|Value of bonus + value of yearly spend – annual fee = First year rewards value|
|$600 + $1,006 – $125 = $1,481|
Additional Marriott Bonvoy Business card perks include:
- Free night award certificate each year on your account anniversary
- Additional free night on your account anniversary when you spend $60,000 or more in a calendar year
- Free silver elite status
- Upgrade to gold status when you spend more than $35,000 in a calendar year
- No foreign transaction fees
- No fee for employee cards
- Tools to manage business expenses, such as ReceiptMatch
Should you apply now?
If you are a business owner who wants to be rewarded for every purchase your company makes, now is a good time to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Business card from American Express. Despite the increased annual fee and loss of Boingo Wi-Fi access, the yearly rewards value more than outweighs the $125 fee. Additionally, the generous welcome bonus offers a great opportunity to earn a large influx of rewards to use toward free hotel stays and business travel.