Marriott Bonvoy Cards Launch In Canada

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Just a quick heads up for those in Canada that today the rebranded Marriott Bonvoy cards have relaunched in Canada, given that the Bonvoy program just launched a couple of weeks ago. These cards include The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card and Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card.

Marriott and Starwood have historically had co-branded credit cards in several countries, and Canada is one of them.

Obviously, the program still has its challenges, but credit card opportunities in Canada are much more limited than in the US, so I think these cards are even more compelling than here. Furthermore, given that the CAD is weaker than the USD, earning two Bonvoy points per dollar spent is more compelling in Canada than in the US.

In this post I just wanted to quickly share this update, along with the basics of the cards:

The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (Canada)

  • New Marriott Bonvoy™* American Express® Cardmembers earn 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy™ points enough for 3 free nights at a Category 2 hotel after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership.*Offer subject to change at any time
  • Earn 5 points for every dollar in eligible Card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy™* properties.*
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 in all other Card purchases.*
  • Receive an Annual Free Night Award for up to 35,000 points at eligible hotels and resorts worldwide every year after your first anniversary
  • No annual fee on Additional Cards
  • Redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at over 7,000 of the world’s most desired hotels.*
  • Automatic Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status membership.*
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year with your Marriott Bonvoy™American Express® Card. These can be used towards attaining the next level of Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • Enjoy an automatic upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in purchases on the Card each year.*
  • *American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply

There is a business version as well, which offers similar benefits, but has additional bonus categories:


Redeem your Marriott points at Al Maha Dubai

Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card (Canada)

  • Earn 50,000 Welcome Bonus Marriott Bonvoy™ points after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership. Offer subject to change at any time.
  • Receive an Annual Free Night Award automatically each year after your anniversary
  • Enjoy an automatic upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in purchases on your Card each year
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year with your Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. These can be used towards attaining the next level of Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
  • You can earn 3 points for every $1 in Card purchases on eligible gas, dining and travel
  • Earn 5 points for every $1 in Card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties. Earn 2 points for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card everywhere else
  • Make the most of a suite of business management tools that give you more control over your business anytime and anywhere
  • Redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at over 7,000 of some of the world’s most extraordinary hotels and resorts around the globe. Use your points for flights on some of the world’s leading airlines
  • *American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply


Redeem your Marriott points at St. Regis Deer Valley

Bottom line

As you can see, the benefits of these cards are largely similar to those in the US, though there are also some differences. I’d say these cards are more compelling in Canada than the US, given the similar per dollar earnings structure despite the weaker currency.

Anyway, if you’ve been waiting to sign up for these cards, now is your chance…

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Comments
  1. A sad version of the old SPG card which earned 1SPG (3MR) per $, and even sadder of the old Marriott Chase Visa (no forex, good earning)

  2. annabelle costa: considering the C$ is worth about 30% less than the U$ dollar and MR points are earned on the U$ spend, the 2 vs 3 ratio is about on par with the relative currency valuations.

  3. Lucky please delete comments from people who upload their credit card referral links in your posts.
    They are so annoying.

  4. @Tom in stephanie’s post about the Canadian AmEx Plat, she included the following line: “There are often better offers if you’re referred by a friend, however, so Canadian readers should feel free to share their links in the comments.” Figured it would be the same case here since the referral offer is once again better then the public offer. Hope you don’t mind the referral links being posted here for the Canadian cards! Thanks for publishing about the Canadian Bonvoy!

  5. Can we have the US and Canadian version of the card if eligible? Am aware that night credits may not carry over but the points would be helpful.

  6. @karthik, I have personal Bonvoy cards in both countries. At this point, between my wife and I and our business, we have 7 Bonvoy cards

  7. The new point structure doesn’t make sense for big spenders. You are better with a 2% cash back card or an Aeroplan card.

  8. What a confusing day for this blog.

    Earlier: “I’m not saying any other sites are in bed with Marriott”

    Now: “credit card opportunities in Canada are much more limited than in the US, so I think these cards are even more compelling than here”

    This is just regurgitated PR from Marriott – “enough for 4 free nights at a Category 2 hotel”? Can’t wait for all of those free stays at the Courtyard Fort Worth I-30 West! How about “good for 1 free night at a category 6 hotel when peak pricing begins, or 2 at an off peak category 5”? Ya know, something a bit more realistic for readers of this blog?

  9. The 15 elite night credits is pretty huge for use Canucks, as this is a new feature (as opposed to the US where it’s been commonplace for a long time). Just made requalifying for platinum way, way easier!

    That being said, I only use this card to pay for Marriott stays now, since the everyday earning is crap compared to almost every other card…

  10. @Shafana

    Since you’re someone who’s well familiar with the credit card world in Canada, you should know that anyone applying for the card is much better to go through a cash back site (Great Canadian Rebates). Sure, they’d lose out on 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points since “referral offer is once again better then the public offer” but they’d get a hefty $50 cash back. I’m pretty sure that one’s a no brainier.

  11. Foreign exchange fees (along with fewer points than under starwood, as well as points that are worth only about a quarter of a 2017 starwood point in my opinion, ignoring the temporary category 8 values , and losing value at a rapid pace), means that I don’t use the card.

    Amex got half a million is spend from me last year. This year I suspect my spend will be under a thousand. The card is a keeper for me for the 15 elite night credits for this year (until I get lifetime platinum) and for the free night, but it is not good value for spending. What two percent cards are available, without high annual fees?

  12. SPG properties in Asia have gone seriously downhill since merger. No point in even having elite status at the properties in Korea and Japan.

  13. @Farnorthtrader – can you double dip in night credits where you get 15 from the US card and another 15 from the Canadian card?

  14. So is there any other Marriott card besides the American Express in Canada that gives the 15 night bonus? Was hoping there is a MasterCard or Visa.
    What is the best place to apply to get the best deal for the Bonvoy Amex?

  15. @Kevin

    Only American Express issues Bonvoy cards in Canada. There’s only the personal and business cards, no other options.

    You have a couple of options for applying, Amex directly for 50,000 points, a referral link for 51,000 points (plus the referer gets 10,000) or Great Canadian Rebates for 50,000 points plus $15 back.

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