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Earn up to 125,000 bonus points with the Marriott Bonvoy cards

These are among the highest-ever welcome bonuses on Marriott rewards cards

Summary

The Marriott Bonvoy credit cards offer a great opportunity to earn a large influx of rewards and earn free hotel stays.

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If you’re a fan of any of the many Marriott hotel chains around the world, Marriott Bonvoy credit cards offer a great opportunity to earn a large influx of Marriott points and free hotel stays. That’s doubly true considering a few Bonvoy cards are currently offering their highest welcome bonuses to date.

To start, the no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card is offering a 30,000-point welcome bonus after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, while the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (carrying a $95 annual fee) comes with 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.

Next up, the luxury Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is offering up to a whopping 125,000 points: 100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first three months, plus another 25,000 points on your first card member anniversary.

Finally, for a limited time, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card also gets you a 100,000-point welcome bonus after you spend $5,000 in the first three months (offer ends 1/13/21).

Read on to see how much these bonuses are worth and which card is the best fit for you.

See related: How to earn Marriott points

Comparing Marriott Bonvoy cards

The Marriott Bonvoy cards share several similarities, including a good earning rate on Marriott Bonvoy hotel purchases. The Bold, Brilliant and Business cards, however, offer bonus points on additional categories, including U.S. restaurants.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Rewards rate
  • 3 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2 points per dollar on travel purchases
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2 points per dollar on other purchases
  • 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 3 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2 points per dollar on other eligible purchases
  • 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 4 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. purchases for shipping
  • 2 points per dollar on other eligible purchases
Introductory bonus30,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months75,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • 100,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • 25,000 additional points on your first anniversary as a card member
  • Complimentary Platinum Elite status for the 2021 status year
  • Limited time offer expires 1/13/2021
  • 100,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • $150 in statement credits within the first 6 months on all eligible purchases of U.S. advertising in select media
  • Complimentary Platinum Elite status for the 2021 status year
  • Limited time offer expires 1/13/2021
Annual fee$0$95$450$125
Estimated earnings in first year ($15,900 spend)$382$769$837$1,008

Although the Brilliant card has the highest annual fee among these cards, it also offers one of the largest bonuses as well as valuable hotel perks and travel credits that can more than make up for the fee. Plus, the 3-point bonus at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines is an ideal perk for cardholders who travel and dine out frequently.

You’ll also get complimentary Platinum Elite status for the 2021 status year, which gets you perks like a 50% point bonus on stays, enhanced room upgrades, lounge access, late checkout and your choice of welcome gift.

The Boundless card, on the other hand, does not carry a bonus rate on dining or flights. However, it does offer a solid welcome bonus and a much lower annual fee – making it an option for those who want to earn a good chunk of points quickly and take advantage of Marriott perks, but don’t want to spend $450 on annual fees.

Meanwhile, cardholders who opt for the no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold card will earn a smaller introductory bonus than other Marriott cards, but won’t have to worry about earning enough rewards to offset the card’s cost.

See related: Are credit card annual fees worth it?

Recent changes to the Marriott Bonvoy cards

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold card is the newest addition to Marriott’s co-branded cards, and it is currently offering an introductory bonus of 30,000 points for cardholders who spend $1,000 in the first three months. This is down from the card’s most recent offer of 50,000 points for spending $1,000 in the first three months, but matches earlier bonuses.

Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card bonus has returned to the offer we saw earlier this year, back to 75,000 points from a unique (and potentially very valuable) offer of five free nights after spending $5,000 in the first three months.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Oct. 15, 202030,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
July 23, 202050,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
Mar. 5, 202030,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
Jan. 13, 202050,000 points if you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
Previous30,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Oct. 29, 202075,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Oct. 15, 20205 Free Nights after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
July 23, 2020100,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Mar. 5, 202075,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Jan. 13, 2020100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months (limited-time offer)
Nov. 7, 201975,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Sept. 26, 2019100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months (limited-time offer)
May 16, 201975,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Feb. 28, 2019100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months (ends May 16, 2019)
Jan. 8, 201975,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Nov. 1, 2018Two free night awards if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
July 16, 201875,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
May 3, 2018100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Oct. 15, 2020
  • 100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • 25,000 additional points on your first anniversary as a card member
April 25, 201975,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Feb. 13, 2019100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
Aug. 1, 201875,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
April 19, 2018
  • $100 statement credit if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Additional $100 statement credit if you make a purchase at a participating SPG or Marriott hotel in first 6 months

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
Oct. 15, 2020
  • 100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • $150 in statement credits within the first 6 months on all eligible purchases of U.S. advertising in select media
April 25, 201975,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Feb. 13, 2019100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
Nov. 1, 201875,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Aug. 1, 2018100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in first 3 months
April 19, 2018
  • $100 statement credit if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Additional $100 statement credit if you make a purchase at a participating SPG or Marriott hotel in first 6 months

Best way to use 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

Depending on the Marriott card you choose, the up to 125,000-point introductory bonus can go a long way. In addition to hotel nights and room upgrades, cardholders can redeem points for Cash + Points, travel packages, car rentals, experiences, charity and more.

We value Marriott points at 0.8 cents per point – but this value can vary depending on how you redeem your rewards. For example, each point is worth 0.8 cent when redeemed for standard hotel rooms, but worth only 0.4 cent when redeemed for merchandise.

Redemption optionsAverage point valueValue of 125,000-point bonus
Standard rooms0.8 cent$1,000
Upgraded rooms0.7 cent$875
Cash + Points0.6 cent$750
Point transferVaries by the airline you useVaries
Travel packagesVaries by the airline you useVaries
Instant redemption0.2 cent$250
Cruises0.4 cent$500
Car rentals0.4 cent$500
Marriott MomentsVariesVaries
Merchandise0.4 cent$500
Donation0.3 cent$375

To get the most value from your points, we recommend redeeming them for standard hotel rooms. Plus, each time you redeem points for five consecutive nights, you’ll get the lowest priced night discounted from your stay.

See related: Which hotel programs offer fifth night free awards?

Who is eligible for the bonus?

The Marriott Bonvoy cards’ bonuses are available to individuals who currently do not have or who have not had the card in the past. The number of American Express cards you have opened and closed may also be considered when determining your eligibility.

Additionally, you will not be eligible for the welcome bonuses if you meet any of the following:

 Marriott Bonvoy Bold bonus restrictions

Credit cardNot eligible if you…
Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit CardCurrently have or have earned a new cardmember bonus in the last 24 months with any of the following cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier
  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card

Currently have or have had any of the following cards in the past 30 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Have acquired any of the following cards in the past 90 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Have received a bonus or upgrade offer for any of the following in the past 24 months:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

 Marriott Bonvoy Boundless bonus restrictions

Credit cardNot eligible if you…
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit CardCurrently have or have earned a new cardmember bonus in the last 24 months with any of the following cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier
  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card

Currently have or have had any of the following cards in the past 30 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Have acquired any of the following cards in the past 90 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Have received a bonus or upgrade offer for any of the following in the past 24 months:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express bonus restrictions

Credit cardNot eligible if you…
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card Currently have or have had any of the following cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card

Currently have or have had any of the following cards in the past 30 days:

  • The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JP Morgan
  • J.P. Morgan Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

Have acquired any of the following cards in the past 90 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase

Have received a bonus or upgrade offer for any of the following in the past 24 months:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase

Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express bonus restrictions

Credit cardNot eligible if you…
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card Currently have or have had any of the following cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Currently have or have had any of the following cards in the past 30 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business™ from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card from Chase

Have acquired any of the following cards in the past 90 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase

Have received a bonus or upgrade offer for any of the following in the past 24 months:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

Should you apply now?

Currently, the Bonvoy Brilliant and Business card bonuses are each at their highest to date and are set to expire in early 2021, so now is definitely a good time to consider applying. You’ll also need to keep in mind that American Express has a limit of once per lifetime for earning the bonus on a particular card.

The Boundless card’s bonus, on the other hand, is down to a familiar 75,000 points after a $3,000 spend in the first three months. Since this card often shifts between a 75,000- and 100,000-point welcome bonus, it may be worth waiting to see if the higher offer rolls around again. The same goes for the Bold card, which is also offering a reduced (but familiar) welcome bonus.

If you frequently stay at Marriott hotels and are interested in earning a large influx of rewards, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card is a great option. Along with a 75,000-point sign-up bonus, cardholders earn one free night at eligible hotels each year.

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