Marriott Bonvoy Amex Offering Up To 100K Bonus Points For Spending

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The Marriott Bonvoy program launched in mid-February, and as part of that, we saw Marriott’s credit card portfolio refreshed. I won’t cover all the implications of that in this post (see the previous one), but did want to highlight one benefit that’s launching today.

Earn 100K bonus points for spending

Starting today, those with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card can earn up to 100,000 bonus points for their spending.

Note that this promotion is only for the personal version of the former Starwood Preferred Guest Card, which is no longer open to new applicants. This doesn’t apply to the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.

Starting today (February 24, 2019), Marriott Bonvoy members can earn up to 100,000 bonus points, as follows:

  • Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card Members must register for the offer by April 7, 2019
  • Registered Card Members will be eligible to earn 25,000 points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the Card (up to 100,000 points)
  • The offer is valid through December 31, 2019

How many points will you earn?

For context, this card offers 6x points per dollar spent at Marriott properties, and 2x points per dollar spent on everything else. For those of us who are historically Starwood loyalists, that’s not as good of a return as we’re used to.

The SPG Amex used to offer one Starpoint per dollar spent, and since Starpoints converted into Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio, that means we were earning the equivalent of three Marriott points per dollar spent. As a result, the earning rate has been reduced by a third.

So for all practical purposes, the bonus of 25,000 points per $25,000 spent means you’d be earning an average of three Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent on everyday purchases, at least at the $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, and $100,000 mark.

Is this promotion worth it?

I value Marriott points at 0.7 cents each, maybe even 0.8 cents on the high end. So that means you’re earning a return of 2.1-2.4% in select increments, by my valuation.

Given the number of credit cards that offer 1.5-2x transferrable points on non-bonused spend, personally my feeling is that this promotion isn’t worth it, unless you’re in a bind for Marriott points. I’d rather earn 1.5-2x points to begin with anyway, and that doesn’t even factor in that the bonuses here only kick in at certain thresholds.

See this post for what I consider the best cards for everyday spending to be, but in general I’d rather put my personal spend on the Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, and my business spend on The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express or Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business.

Bottom line

The promotion being offered on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express basically temporarily reinstates the old SPG Card earnings rates, at least at the right increments.

That’s good news, though personally there are other cards I’d be choosing to use for my everyday spending instead. Furthermore, with the number of bonus categories out there, I don’t actually spend that much on non-bonused spend anymore.

Do you plan on taking advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy Card offer to earn up to 100K bonus points?


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Comments
  1. @ Daniel, right here.

    “(I don’t have this card anymore since I upgraded to the Bonvoy Brilliant, so if anyone sees a registration link, please let me know)”

  2. Do they require a one night deposit for the application?

    I will not spend another penny with Marriott until they publicly address and remove systemwide the sneaky deposit for award redemptions. Unless people speak up about this (which I have done with corporate thanks to Steph’s post a few days ago here) you mark my words and every resort and luxury property will implement this. I have canceled all my upcoming current reservations at Marriott Bonvoy properties as a result.

  3. The “link” is in your Amex offers. Note they excluded gift card purchases, “Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of any cash equivalents. Eligible purchases to meet the Purchase Requirements are for goods and services minus returns and other credits.”

  4. “Who puts that much on a Marriott card?

    Everyone who used to put that much on the SPG AMEX @1x even after many cards that earned 1.5x in transferable currency on general spend were introduced, that’s who. I was called names for repeatedly making the point that @Lucky just made in saying that this deal wasn’t for it:

    “Given the number of credit cards that offer 1.5-2x transferrable points on non-bonused spend, personally my feeling is that this promotion isn’t worth it, unless you’re in a bind for Marriott points. I’d rather earn 1.5-2x points to begin with anyway, and that doesn’t even factor in that the bonuses here only kick in at certain thresholds.”

    The BONVoY point is still just as ‘transferable’ as was the starpoint, which this offer is meant to emulate. So, why is it not worth it any longer? Inquiring minds wanna know!

  5. The people who seemed to use this back in the day were focused on AA points. With AA points less valuable and with the spending thresholds, not worth it anymore.

  6. I have the SPG Starwood American Express card, what happens to folks like me, do we get offers for this card.?
    I will call AX and ask them.

  7. I found this offer appears under “Amex Offers” on the Web site, but not when I use the Amex app.

    (The timing is excellent – I’m about to buy a car, and have large dental bills coming up soon. For me it’s much harder to earn Bonvoy points than to earn UR points, so I will take full advantage of this offer,)

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