Link: Apply now for the new Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card
It’s a big day for Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. In addition to huge changes to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, Marriott Bonvoy is also launching two new credit cards today. One is issued by American Express and one is issued by Chase, and they complement the hotel program’s existing lineup of cards.
Details of Marriott Bonvoy’s new credit cards
Marriott has today launched the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card and Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase. These cards have $250 annual fees (Rates & Fees), and the cards have virtually identical benefits.
These cards are being marketed as being for those who want to earn points faster. For one, the cards arguably have the best rewards structure of any Marriott Bonvoy credit card, as they earn:
- 6x Marriott Bonvoy points on Marriott purchases
- 4x Marriott Bonvoy points on up to $15,000 in combined purchases per calendar year at restaurants globally and at U.S. supermarkets
- 2x Marriott Bonvoy points on all other eligible purchases
In addition to that, the cards offer the following perks:
- Complimentary Gold Elite status for as long as you’re a cardmember
- 15 elite nights toward status annually
- A free night award valid at a property costing up to 50,000 points when you spend $15,000 on the card in a year
- 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points with each qualifying stay
My take on Marriott’s new credit cards
While it’s always nice to see new cards brought to the market, I have a hard time getting excited about either of these cards, at least in comparison to Marriott’s existing credit card portfolio:
- This is the first Marriott credit card with an annual fee where you have to spend money to earn a free night certificate, rather than just getting one automatically on your account anniversary each year
- The rewards structure still isn’t good enough that I’d want to spend much on the card; you’re still only earning 6x Bonvoy points at Marriotts and 2x Bonvoy points on non-bonused spending, just like Marriott’s other premium credit cards
- Gold Elite status isn’t especially valuable, as Platinum Elite status is where status really starts to count
I guess what it comes down to is that I think for the casual Marriott guest, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is a better option. Most significantly, the $95 annual fee card:
- Offers 15 elite nights toward status annually
- Offers a free night award annually at a property costing up to 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, with no spending requirement
Meanwhile, for the more frequent Marriott guest, I think the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is the best option. The card has been fully refreshed, and for the $650 annual fee (Rates & Fees) you receive:
- Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for as long as you’re a cardmember, which is where status really gets valuable
- 25 elite nights toward status annually, which is useful if you want to earn Marriott Bonvoy Choice Benefits (like Suite Night Awards) or go for Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite or Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite status
- A free night award valid at a property costing up to 85,000 Bonvoy points, with no spending requirement
- Up to $300 per year in restaurant credits, in the form of a $25 credit every month
It just seems like one of those options would be better for a vast majority of consumers than these new cards.
Lastly, Marriott’s card naming convention sure is… (I’m trying to think of an appropriate word that starts with “b,” but am struggling). To recap, we now have the Bevy, Bold, Boundless, Bountiful, Brilliant, and Business cards.
Today we’re seeing the launch of the new Marriott Bonvoy Bevy from American Express and Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful from Chase. These $250 annual fee consumer cards offer a somewhat improved points earning structure, 15 elite nights toward status annually, Gold Elite status, and free night awards in conjunction with spending.
What do you make of the Bonvoy Bevy and Bountiful credit cards?
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), and Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees).