Marriott Bonvoy has a few credit cards available to new consumers, but one, in particular, has added a lot of potential value with free nights for new cardholders.
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Five Free Nights, Up to 50,000 Points Each
A new promotion from Chase and Marriott offer new credit card customers five free night certificates each of which can be redeemed for up hotel nights up to 50,000 points per night. To be crystal clear, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is not offering a 250,000 point sign up bonus, they are offering the certificates which could be worth as much. To this point, the highest offer from any Marriott credit card was 100,000 points.
It’s important to note that the sign-up incentive has the potential to be worth 250,000 points but is not innately valued at such. One would have to be able to secure all five nights at 50,000 point properties to get the maximum value. Free night certificates differ somewhat from point redemption nights in that they do not count toward elite status qualification as a redemption would.
Visitors to Dinsey World in Orlando could find significant value redeeming the certificates for Swan/Dolphin properties or the new JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, on the same property as the Waldorf-Astoria Bonnet Creek and Hilton Bonnet Creek which my family has enjoyed in the past.
Should You Sign Up?
The value of this offer is very high if fully maximized. However, the high value is dependent on being able to redeem for high value properties. If this were 250,000 points outright, there’s no question as to whether I’d advise one to sign up. But that’s not what this offer is.
For some, the five night certificate offer from the Mariott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is extremely lucrative, perhaps the most generous ever offered by the chain. The question is whether your travel plans (whenever they may be) will include high-value hotels and if five nights suits your needs.
In the last three years I have highlighted just four credit cards, two of which have come in the last two weeks. As banks look for new customers and travel luster has lost its shine at the moment, offers may increase and when genuinely highly valuable offers present themselves, smart consumers will participate if it suits their plans. This is probably one such offer.
What do you think? Will you be signing up for the card?
Marriott is cluelessly pathetic when it comes to its international clientele. Undoubtedly it needs to focus on its major market, but increasingly the promotions are entirely US-centric and, it would seem, the rest of us can go to hell. This is particularly so relative to what Hyatt is doing, and the way in which they manage to embrace all markets. Marriott, in stark contrast, is insular, inward-looking and evidently believes that international customers, many of whom live in countries in which this credit card is not available, will still stay at Marriott even when the competition is offering MUCH better deals ( not only Hyatt but also Hilton, IHG and Accor). Some Marriott decisions/policies/campaigns/‘strategies’ border on the moronic.
@Paulo. Educate yourself. The reason most of these offers don’t apply to you is because the law prevents this from being offered in many international territories.
I’ve looked on the internet and do not see any promotion for the five nights with a Marriott credit card. Can you please provide a link. Thanks
It looks like the Marriott Bonvoy has ended the sign up promotion. The post was created on October 4th but I can’t be sure when it was pulled.