The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is a new card with a familiar feel. This card used to be the Chase Marriott card but has since taken on Marriott’s new branding. When SPG and Marriott merged in the summer of 2018, the combined points “currency” has been heavily devalued.

Those who are interested in the equivalent to the former Amex SPG card as a new applicant will be redirected to this card. The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card is not open to new applicants.

 

Earning

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card has a sign-up bonus of 100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months. This bonus is a limited time offer that expires on April 24. It also has an annual fee of $95 (waived the first year).

This card earns 6x points per $1 spent on Marriott purchases and 2x points on all other purchases.

Existing Marriott Bonvoy cardmembers can register to earn 25,000 points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the card. This can be done up to four times per year. But I don’t recommend registering given the value of Marriott points. Registration begins on February 24.

 

Burning

Hotel Redemptions

This is the most obvious and basic way to redeem Marriott points. To determine how much a night is worth in points, you can use the table below:

Category Standard Off-Peak Peak
1 7,500 5,000 10,000
2 12,500 10,000 15,000
3 17,500 15,000 20,000
4 25,000 20,000 30,000
5 35,000 30,000 40,000
6 50,000 40,000 60,000
7 60,000 50,000 70,000
8 85,000 70,000 100,000

Transfer Partners

Transfer partners are a lesser known redemption option for this card. More than 40 airlines are partners with Marriott, including United, Emirates, Delta, China Eastern, and Lufthansa. The transfer ratio is three Marriott points per one airline mile.

 

Perks

As a mid-tier travel card, the Marriott Bonvoy card includes some benefits that can make life easier when away from home. Some of them can even pay for the annual fee with enough use.

Annual Free Night

This benefit is where the Marriott Card’s value lies. Because most rooms at Marriott hotels cost more than $95 per night, you will likely receive positive expected value from this benefit alone. The annual free night can be redeemed for rooms costing up to 35,000 points (Categories 1-5). Most properties are between Categories 1 and 5, so the free night is quite accessible.

The free night can only be earned and redeemed after holding the card for 12 months. Luckily, the card’s $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

Complimentary Silver Status

Marriott Silver Status is not worth much. All you’re getting is a 10% points bonus for Marriott purchases. Room rates and gift shop purchases are included. Marriott Gold Status can be obtained by spending $35,000 per year on the card. Gold Status can also be obtained automatically through the Amex Platinum Card and its business counterpart.

No Foreign Exchange Fees

You will save 3% on all purchases made outside the United States with the card.

 

Similar Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

The Brilliant Card basically offers complimentary Gold Status and a more accessible free night over its “little sibling”. Marriott Gold Status lets you upgrade your room for no extra cost if there are nicer rooms available.

Like it’s “little sibling”, the Brilliant Card offers a 100,000-point bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months. You will also receive the following perks:

  • $300 annual statement credit
  • A free night after (spending $60,000 per year on the card)
  • Priority Pass airport lounge access
  • 10 Boingo airport Wi-Fi passes
  • Global Entry or Pre-TSA membership fee waiver

This card will offer you way more for your money than the regular Marriott Bonvoy Card despite having a $450 annual fee (NOT waived the first year),

World of Hyatt Card

This card from Chase and Hyatt offers an annual free night and complimentary Discoverist Status.

This card has a $95 annual fee. But it also has a two-part sign-up bonus. First you can earn 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. Then, you can earn 20,000 more points after spending $6,000 total in the first 6 months.

For earning, you get 4x Hyatt points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels. You also earn 2x points on Dining, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, local transit and commuting, and gym memberships.

Hyatt loyalists and those who spend within the card’s categories are better off with this card.

 

Nearly Identical Card: American Express Marriott Bonvoy Card

This Amex card has the same sign-up bonus, earning structure, redemption methods, and Marriott-related perks as its Chase counterpart. However, this card is not open to new applicants. It’s rather a substitute for the former Amex SPG card.

I will not be doing an individual review on this card for these reasons.

 

Final Draw

I’m not impressed by the changes Marriott has made to its branding and this card is no exception. Despite the points, the “free” night could make this card a long-term keeper card for some people. This card is offering an increased sign-up bonus, giving people incentive to pull the trigger. But the higher bonus comes with higher minimum spend, which could be dissuading for some people.

Like its predecessor, I have no use for this card. My American Express Business Platinum Card gives me Marriott Gold Status and more ways to derive value than the free night the Marriott Card offers.