Positive Changes To Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex

Positive Changes To Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex

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The Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card (review) is Marriott’s small business credit card. I find the card worthwhile for the annual free night award, plus the ability to earn 15 elite nights toward status annually.

Some positive changes have just been made to the card, which I think cardmembers will be happy about. The card even has an excellent new elevated welcome offer.

Best of all, the card’s $125 annual fee (Rates & Fees) will remain unchanged. Let’s go over the details of these improvements in no particular order (these all kick in as of July 21, 2022).

Earn 4x Bonvoy points on restaurants globally

Historically the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex has offered 4x points on U.S. restaurant spending; now, the card offers 4x points on restaurant spending globally. This is a very nice development, especially since Amex has historically limited some bonus categories to the United States.

In addition to this, the card offers 6x points on Marriott spending, 4x points on U.S. gas stations, U.S. purchases for shipping, and wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, plus 2x points on other purchases.

Earn 4x points on dining globally

Earn Marriott Bonvoy Gold status

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex now offers Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as you’re a cardmember, rather than just Silver status. Gold status offers perks like 25% bonus points, 2PM late check-out, enhanced Wi-Fi, a room upgrade subject to availability (to non-suites), etc.

Status gets most valuable when you get to the Platinum tier, so I wouldn’t get too excited about the Gold status. Fortunately, elite nights are easy to rack up with the card, as you get 15 annually just for being a cardmember.

Receive a room upgrade as a Gold member

7% Marriott room rate discount

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex now offers a 7% room rate discount. This applies off the standard rate, for a standard guest room booking at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties.

You need to pay with your business card to take advantage of this. The catch is that the discount is off the standard rate, and many of us will have access to equally good or even better rates otherwise. In other words, you may find that AAA rates, senior rates, Bonvoy member rates, advance purchase rates, etc., are either similarly priced or even cheaper.

If you’re an eligible cardmember and log into your Bonvoy account, you should see the “Amex Biz Card Member Rate” automatically listed in the section that shows eligible rates.

Amex Biz Card member rate

For example, I pulled up the rates for a stay at the Le Meridien Tampa. The standard rate was $180, and the Amex Biz Card rate was $171. Meanwhile the advance purchase rate was $153.

Amex Biz Card member rate

I then looked up the flexible AAA rate, which was $156.

Amex Biz Card member rate

So frankly, I’d consider this to be of limited value since this doesn’t actually seem to be better than existing rates for savvy travelers.

New limited-time bonus of 125K points

To celebrate these new benefits, the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex has a special welcome offer for a limited time. Through August 31, 2022, the card is offering 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $5,000 within the first three months.

As a comparison, the card previously offered 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points upon completing minimum spending, so this is significantly better. I value Bonvoy points at ~0.7 cents each, so to me, the bonus is worth ~$875.

Redeem Bonvoy points at the St. Regis Venice

Bottom line

Some positive changes have just been made to the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex. The card now offers Bonvoy Gold status for as long as you’re a cardmember, you earn 4x Bonvoy points on dining globally (rather than just in the United States), and cardmembers also get access to a 7% rate discount off the flexible rate.

These are all positive changes, though personally I wouldn’t consider any of these to be too huge of a deal. For me the core value proposition of the card continues to be an annual free night certificate plus 15 nights toward elite status, both of which help me earn status with Marriott.

On top of that, the card has a new limited time welcome offer of 125,000 Bonvoy points upon completing minimum spending. This would be a good time to pick up the card — just keep in mind Marriott credit card eligibility restrictions.

What do you make of these Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex changes?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card (Rates & Fees).

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  1. iamhere Guest

    You don't mention what the Marriott corporate code to get the business Amex rates is. Usually it is three or four letters.

  2. Reno Joe Guest

    The 7 percent discount applies to the publicly available Standard Rate and not the member rate. For members, it's really closer to a 5 percent discount. And, it does not apply to package rates. And, it certainly does not apply to the cash portion of an award redemption. So, this new benefit is likely of little real value.

    But, then, why would someone regularly patronize Marriott enough to get this card?

    1. Eskimo Guest

      I'm actually more concerned about the Brilliant Card. With the change in $300 credits, and this card being better, I find it might convince people to switch.

  3. Alonzo Diamond

    Forgot the free night award still exists.

  4. Don Guest

    Is there a way to spend your way to Plat. status? You used to get 1 night for $3000 spend but I think that is gone. Is there any card that let's you spend enough to get plat. status? I have a personal and a business card so I get 30 nights a year but lately I haven't had enough nights in the hotel to get to 50. Thanks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Don -- The Bonvoy Boundless Card offers one elite night for every $5K spent (in addition to 15 elite nights annually just for being a cardmember). On top of that, the Bonvoy Brilliant Card offers Platinum status when you spend $75K on the card in a calendar year.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      @Don

      If you can't even spend 20 nights at a Bonvoy property, I highly doubt spending money to get Platinum would really be worth it. If Covid causes you to travel less, don't worry you're not missing much. Plat benefits are still grossly cut due to pandemic and staffing.

    3. Nate nate Guest

      Considering that Marriott declared Covid was over on June 30th, I would push back on any hotel that didn't offer full Plat benefits.

    4. Eskimo Guest

      @Nate nate

      Oh they offer all the Plat benefit, but it's not quite like it used to.
      Reduced 'continental breakfast', shorter lounge hours with fewer offerings and almost never restock.

      And the obvious "we have no upgrades available" even checking-in at 11 PM, up to the room to find out it wasn't clean yet, then miraculously a top floor corner room (2-3 category upgrade) is available to switch into. I'm sure suites are available...

      @Nate nate

      Oh they offer all the Plat benefit, but it's not quite like it used to.
      Reduced 'continental breakfast', shorter lounge hours with fewer offerings and almost never restock.

      And the obvious "we have no upgrades available" even checking-in at 11 PM, up to the room to find out it wasn't clean yet, then miraculously a top floor corner room (2-3 category upgrade) is available to switch into. I'm sure suites are available as they are still selling them. It's was a long day and too tired to fight.
      Go figure.

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iamhere Guest

You don't mention what the Marriott corporate code to get the business Amex rates is. Usually it is three or four letters.

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Eskimo Guest

I'm actually more concerned about the Brilliant Card. With the change in $300 credits, and this card being better, I find it might convince people to switch.

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Eskimo Guest

@Nate nate Oh they offer all the Plat benefit, but it's not quite like it used to. Reduced 'continental breakfast', shorter lounge hours with fewer offerings and almost never restock. And the obvious "we have no upgrades available" even checking-in at 11 PM, up to the room to find out it wasn't clean yet, then miraculously a top floor corner room (2-3 category upgrade) is available to switch into. I'm sure suites are available as they are still selling them. It's was a long day and too tired to fight. Go figure.

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