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Earn up to 75,000 bonus points with the Marriott Bonvoy cards

Two of the Marriott rewards cards have recently lowered their welcome offers

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.

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) offers an opportunity to earn three free night awards after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. Plus, the card earns 10 total points on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations within the first six months.

The luxury Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is now offering 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first three months, plus up to $200 statement credits for eligible U.S. restaurant purchases within the first six months.

Finally, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card gets you a 75,000-point welcome bonus after you spend $3,000 in the first three months and a $150 statement credit on eligible purchases made within the first three months of card membership.

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 hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 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 hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 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 first 3 months
  • 3 free night awards (up to 50,000 points in value each) when you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
  • 10 total points on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations within first 6 months
  • 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
  • Up to $200 statement credits for eligible U.S. restaurant purchases within the first 6 months
  • 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months of card membership
  • $150 statement credit on eligible purchases made within first 3 months of card membership
Annual fee$0$95$450$125
Estimated earnings in first year ($15,900 spend)$382$536 (free night awards not factored in)$637$808

Although the Brilliant card has the highest annual fee among these cards, it also offers 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.

The Boundless card, on the other hand, does not carry a bonus rate on dining or flights. However, it does offer a generous welcome bonus and a much lower annual fee – making it the best option for the first year of card membership and a good choice for those who want to earn free night awards quickly and take advantage of Marriott perks but don’t want to spend $450 on annual fees. Additionally, the three-night offer can be worth up to 150,000 total points – that’s $1,200 in value.

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.

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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 and matches some of the earlier bonuses.

The new welcome offer on the Marriot Bonvoy Boundless beats the previous one in value. The card offered 100,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months, but now the free nights alone can offer up to 50,000 in value each – that’s up to 150,000 points in total as you’ll get three free night awards when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. The 10-point-per-dollar boost on grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations (up to $2,500 in combined purchases) within the first six months drives the bonus value even further.

Meanwhile, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant and Business have decreased their previous generous intro offers of 125,000 points and 100,000 points respectively to 75,000 points, significantly lowering these cards’ value in the first year. Both, however, kept statement credits as a part of their welcome offers.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
June 17, 202130,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
April 22, 202150,000 points if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
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
March 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
June 17, 2021
  • 3 free night awards (up to 50,000 points in value each) when you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
  • 10 total points on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations within first 6 months
April 22, 2021100,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
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
March 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)

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
May 13, 2021
  • 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months
  • Up to $200 statement credits for eligible U.S. restaurant purchases within the first 6 months
March 18, 2021
  • 125,000 points if you spend $5,000 in first 3 months
  • Up to $200 statement credits for eligible U.S. restaurant purchases within the first 6 months
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 cardmember

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card bonus history

Change dateIntroductory bonus
May 13, 2021
  • 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months of card membership
  • $150 statement credit on eligible purchases made within first 3 months of card membership
March 18, 2021
  • 100,000 points if you spend $5,000 in first 3 months of card membership
  • $150 statement credit on eligible purchases made within first 3 months of card membership
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

Best way to use 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

Depending on the Marriott card you choose, the up to 75,000-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 cents when redeemed for standard hotel rooms but worth only 0.4 cents when redeemed for merchandise.

Redemption optionsAverage point valueValue of 75,000-point bonus
Standard rooms0.8 cent$600
Upgraded rooms0.7 cent$525
Cash + Points0.6 cent$450
Point transferVaries by the airline you useVaries
Travel packagesVaries by the airline you useVaries
Instant redemption0.2 cent$150
Cruises0.4 cent$300
Car rentals0.4 cent$300
Marriott MomentsVariesVaries
Merchandise0.4 cent$300
Donation0.3 cent$225

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 intro bonuses on the Bonvoy Brilliant and Business aren’t as attractive when compared to the cards’ previous generous offers. However, it may be a good time to apply for the Bold or Boundless as they offer their highest welcome bonuses to date. 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.

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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