Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card: New 100K Welcome Bonus

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Marriott’s new Bonvoy loyalty program launched a couple of weeks ago, and as part of that, we’re seeing a refresh of the American Express and Chase card portfolio.

Recently the Marriott Bonvoy BusinessTM American Express® Card introduced a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 Bonvoy points, and now the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase is also offering a welcome bonus of up to 100,00 Bonvoy points.

So let’s take a look at the details of this bonus:

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card welcome bonus

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is offering a welcome bonus of 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months. As a point of comparison, the welcome bonus was previously for up to 75,000 points, so this bonus is significantly better.

Personally, I value Marriott points at 0.7-0.8 cents each, making 100,000 points worth $700-800.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card annual fee

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived for the first year.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card return on spend

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card has the following rewards structure:

  • 6x points per dollar spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases

Personally, I don’t consider 2x points per dollar spent to be especially compelling, since I value that at a return of 1.4-1.6 cents per point, and there are better cards for everyday spending.


You can earn 6x points for stays at Marriott hotels

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card perks

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card comes with a variety of potentially useful benefits, including:

  • A free night award on your account anniversary every year, valid at a property retailing for up to 35,000 points per night
  • Complimentary Silver Elite status for as long as you have the card
  • Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on eligible purchases on the card in an account year
  • 15 elite qualifying nights towards status annually just for having the card (note that if you have multiple cards offering this benefit, it can’t be stacked)
  • Premium internet at Marriott hotels
  • No foreign transaction fees

To me the annual free night award more than justifies the $95 annual fee on the card, and is a reason to have this card. The additional benefits have the potential to be really valuable as well, including the 15 elite nights towards status annually, and more.

You can use your annual free night at the Le Meridien Chiang Rai

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card eligibility

First of all, this card is subjected to the 5/24 rule, so don’t expect to be approved if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months. See this post for the easiest way to determine that.

On top of that, Marriott co-branded credit cards have rather complicated rules when it comes to eligibility.

The card is not available to those who are:

  • current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier Plus), or
  • previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards Premier Plus), who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.

Furthermore, the welcome bonus isn’t available to you if you:

  • are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express);
  • are a current or previous cardmember of either Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card), and received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months; or
  • applied and were approved for Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card) within the last 90 days.

Yes, those are a lot of rules.


Receive room upgrades as a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member

Bottom line

This new 100K welcome bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is much better than the previous 75K offer that we saw. Personally, I think this card is well worth it long term for the annual free night award, which should offer most people outsized value compared to the $95 annual fee.

Of course, this assumes you’re eligible, since there are quite a few restrictions to be aware of when it comes to being approved for this card.

Does anyone plan on picking up the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card with a 100K offer?

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Comments

  1. “As a point of comparison, the welcome bonus was previously for up to 75,000 points, so this bonus is significantly better.”

    Not really. Two years ago, I applied for the SPG Amex and received a 50’000 point bonus after the min spend. Point currency conversion pegs that to 150’000 MR/MB points.

    Recap: 150’000 vs 100’000. That’s a huge devaluation. Then again, Marriott…

  2. Can you upgrade from the Bonvoy Premier to the Bonvoy Boundless? If so, how? And is there a bonus for doing that?

  3. OT

    I am in China now at a Marriott and they have a nation wide dining bonus at all Marriott properties until June 30th

    30% discount for food and beverages and 10 points per $ spend (minimum $10)

    If anyone is planning a China tip, this might save them some $$ on food as well as extra points

    I just saw it on the table when went for breakfast

  4. I can’t keep all the cards straight including the legacy and new ones. Many many many web hits to the blogger that puts this all in simple, easy-to-read table.

  5. If I successfully obtain the Boundless card with the described offer, is the Brilliant (Amex) card still available to me (without the signup bonus)?

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