Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Five Free Nights Bonus

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Five Free Nights Bonus

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Marriott has co-branded credit cards issued by both American Express and Chase. A few weeks ago we saw two new welcome offers rolled out on the co-branded Chase cards. One offer is particularly great, as it offers five free night awards upon completing minimum spending. I wanted to recap this offer, as it’s really, really generous, so let’s go over the details.

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card offer (five free night awards)

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is offering an incredible bonus, described as the best free night offer yet (we don’t yet know for how long this offer will be valid). The card is offering five free nights (each valued at up to 50,000 Bonvoy points) after spending $5,000 within the first three months.

The free night certificates are valid for up to one year from the date of issue. This is simply an awesome bonus, as it could be worth up to 250,000 points. Also keep in mind that nowadays Marriott lets you top off free night certificates with up to 15,000 points to redeem at more expensive properties.

There are reasons beyond the bonus that you’ll want to get this $95 annual fee card:

Read a full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card.

Get five free night awards as part of the welcome bonus

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card offer (60K points)

For a limited time (though the end date isn’t published), the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card is offering a bonus of 60,000 Bonvoy points after spending $2,000 within the first three months.

This is a solid bonus when you consider that this is a no annual fee card. Not only that, but there are reasons beyond the bonus that you might want to consider this card. Most significantly, the card offers 15 elite nights toward Marriott Bonvoy status annually, which is rewarding for a no annual fee card.

Read a full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card.

Earn elite nights towards status for having the card

Which Marriott credit card offer should you apply for?

While the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card has an excellent offer for a no annual fee card, I think the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is the obvious choice. Earning five free night awards worth up to 50,000 points each is an extremely lucrative bonus, especially when you consider these awards can be topped off.

Personally I think the card is worth keeping in the long run for the annual free night certificate alone, but if you don’t feel that’s the case, it should be possible to downgrade to the no annual fee card as long as your account has been open for at least 12 months. That allows you to get this bonus and give the card perks a try, with the flexibility to not pay an annual fee in the long run.

Marriott credit card eligibility can be complicated to understand, so see this post for more details on that.

Redeem points at the St. Regis Maldives

Bottom line

Marriott’s co-branded Chase credit cards have some phenomenal welcome bonuses that are seriously worth considering. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is the real star, as it’s offering five free night awards upon completing minimum spending.

However, if you’re someone who is committed to only getting no annual fee cards, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card has a solid bonus as well, consisting of 60K points.

Do you plan on picking up a Chase Marriott credit card?

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  1. kels2003 Guest

    Lots of hotels now at 66k points ... ugh

  2. Omar Guest

    Do you know once you hit the $5,000 spending threshold, do you get the 5 night certificates or do you need to actually pay off the card balance before you are given them?

  3. Jerry Guest

    Can you refer a friend and earn points while they get 5 free nights?

  4. Matt Guest

    Does anybody see the 5 certificates offer as a referral offer? I only see the old 3 nights certificate on chase still

    Thanks!

  5. Ramone Guest

    I have the card, and we have a secondary card (tied to the same account) with my wife's name on it. Can she apply for her own account and get the bonus, or does she need to cancel the first card (which is on my account)?

  6. tassojunior Guest

    ""Your e-certificate may not be combined with cash or other Marriott Bonvoy points when redeeming for your free night, and may not be transferred, extended beyond expiration date, or re-credited for points.""

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ tassojunior -- Good catch, but I think it's not actually as you believe, because exactly the same is listed under the annual free night certificate (just as with the welcome offer). I think this just means that it can't be combined with points beyond the 15K top-off limit.

    2. tassojunior Guest

      my guess is it's boilerplate that hasn't been changed since top-ups started. But technically it can be enforced. Marriott needs to clarify.

    3. tassojunior Guest

      update: Marriott has evidently confirmed this was a mistake and the carts can be topped-up like any others.

  7. Jennifer Lee Guest

    Would I qualify if I have the Bonvoy Amex & Biz from Amex as well as RC from Chase all opened over 2 years ago in 2019? Thanks

    1. staradmiral Guest

      you would have to close the bonvoy amex personal card and wait 31 days.

  8. Tim Guest

    How do the five free nights work if the award nights cost more than 50k per night? I’m looking at a property that is 110k pts/night when I need to go. Can I top the 5 free nights off with points from my account?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Tim -- Unfortunately you can only top off each free night certificate with up to 15K points, meaning you could redeem at properties costing up to 65K points. It wouldn't be possible to use these for properties costing 110K points per night.

  9. KW Guest

    I read on another post about this that the terms say no topping off with points for the 5 night certificates earned with this bonus?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ KW -- I don't see any reference to that in the terms, and I don't believe that's the case. Where did you read this?

    2. tassojunior Guest

      in the terms under New Card Member Bonus:

      ""Your e-certificate may not be combined with cash or other Marriott Bonvoy points when redeeming for your free night, and may not be transferred, extended beyond expiration date, or re-credited for points."""

      a deal killer unless it's a mistake.

  10. Rachel Guest

    If I opened the Amex marriott bonvoy biz within 24 mo., does that disqualifiy me for this one?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Rachel -- It does disqualify you, unfortunately.

  11. mm Guest

    50,000 doesn't get you what it once did. Just 2-3 months back, I could have used these certificates for my stay in Dublin this December. Now, can't use them at either the Shelbourne or Westin. Couple that with the fact they expire in year, offer is not so appealing now. Can't use them for any hotel I intend to stay at this coming year...Rome, Cancun, Dublin. They devalued points so much. They need to do...

    50,000 doesn't get you what it once did. Just 2-3 months back, I could have used these certificates for my stay in Dublin this December. Now, can't use them at either the Shelbourne or Westin. Couple that with the fact they expire in year, offer is not so appealing now. Can't use them for any hotel I intend to stay at this coming year...Rome, Cancun, Dublin. They devalued points so much. They need to do what Hilton does and let's you use the certificates anywhere that has standard room availability.

    1. Irish77 New Member

      You are right on the money! There is very few hotels offering rooms for 50k or 65k. The free certificates may be worthless for me. With this revelation, I would prefer credit card bonuses in miles, not nights.

  12. Bobo Bolinski Guest

    Is there a Business card version of this card? Asking for a friend.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Bobo Bolinski -- There is a business Marriott card, but it's issued by Amex:
      https://onemileatatime.com/reviews/credit-cards/american-express/marriott-bonvoy-business-card/

  13. Azamaraal Diamond

    Jannis - you might want to call customer service and try to sweet talk them.

    Darn shame Chase left Canada a few years ago and that the AMEX version does not have any offers.

    1. jannisn New Member

      I actually called them after I read this post, figured why not. They pretty much straight up told me no :').

  14. Sharwin Guest

    Does Marriott typically allow you to extend the expiration dates of these free nights? If so for how long?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Sharwin -- During the pandemic certificates had their expiration date extended, but it's not something I would expect going forward.

    2. Dee Znutz Guest

      They denied my (Titanium) request to extend a soon-to-be-expiring 50K cert from the Ritz Card. I hung up enranged and said Hyatt here I come, and burned the cert on a lame staycation. Bonvoy sucks so incredibly hard.

  15. Jannis Guest

    Of course I juuuuust applied for this card last week :/...

  16. Brighton Guest

    Can you simplify the complicated “if you have that card, you can’t have this card” rules surrounding this? I don’t have any Chase Marriott cards per se, but I do have the Chase Ritz Carlton card. I also have the old SPG AMEX card. Am I still eligible for this bonus?

    1. Jc2345 New Member

      I have the AMEX bonvoy brilliant. Would I be eligible?

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jc2345 -- You wouldn't be eligible if you've received a new cardmember bonus on the Bonvoy Brilliant in the past 24 months.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Brighton -- I think this post should answer your question: https://onemileatatime.com/guides/marriott-credit-card-eligibility-rules/

      But let me also add a section to this post that addresses the general eligibility question.

  17. Jill Guest

    Fantastic credit cards by Chase
    Marriott Bonvoy is the best
    Very generous signup bonus on both of these credit cards

  18. Tony Guest

    Has anyone successfully referred someone else to this offer? When I try to refer, the referral link is merely 3x 35k free night certs. Moreover, when I search for the Bonvoy Boundless card on google in an incognito tab and click through to Chase, the offer is 3x 50k free night certs.

    What gives? Lucky, is this an OMAAT exclusive? I don't see it yet on The Content Mill That Shall Not Be Named...

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Chase has it up on their site, nothing exclusive here.

      Your Content Mill That Shall Not Be Named, is still working hard to generate a link. Maybe same reason your referral links hasn't been updated either.

      Regardless, you can chill. I don't think this offer is going to disappear that fast.

  19. echino Gold

    Be aware of a Bonvoy IT glitch when trying to actually use the free night award certificate, Marriott charges your credit card on file for purchasing points without your consent. It happens when trying to reserve a stay using a free night certificate, Marriott website is trying to use points instead of attaching a certificate, and if you don't have enough points in your account, Marriott will charge your card on file and buy the...

    Be aware of a Bonvoy IT glitch when trying to actually use the free night award certificate, Marriott charges your credit card on file for purchasing points without your consent. It happens when trying to reserve a stay using a free night certificate, Marriott website is trying to use points instead of attaching a certificate, and if you don't have enough points in your account, Marriott will charge your card on file and buy the points without any warning. When complaining, Marriott says points purchases are non-refundable, and for those who dare a charge back on their credit card, Marriott closes their Bonvoy account and forfeits all points and certificates. There is a flyertalk thread about this issue.

    1. Mauigirl Guest

      This happened to me twice! It's so hard to explain. I disputed it with my CC the first tme and they locked my account. I plan to dispute the 2nd charge soon but I currently have 2 stays in August. Not sure how long I can wait. Can you link me to the FT thread?

  20. K.M. Guest

    IIRC this five night offer was available previously on this card. I remember not applying for it and feeling bummed out so I'm glad to see it available again.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ K.M. -- Indeed, and I'd argue it's potentially more valuable now, since you can also top off the awards (and for the most part pricing hasn't gone up that much across the board, in my experience).

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Jerry Guest

Can you refer a friend and earn points while they get 5 free nights?

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Matt Guest

Does anybody see the 5 certificates offer as a referral offer? I only see the old 3 nights certificate on chase still Thanks!

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tassojunior Guest

update: Marriott has evidently confirmed this was a mistake and the carts can be topped-up like any others.

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