Amex Marriott Bevy Card: 125,000 Bonvoy Points Welcome Offer

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Amex has an increased welcome offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card to go along with the new offer on the Bonvoy Brilliant card that we wrote about earlier today. Instead of the free night certificates offered with the Brilliant card, this one is all about points: 125,000 of them.

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The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
Limited Time Offer - 155K Points ⓘ Affiliate
155K points after $5K spend in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 5/1/2024)
$250 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: None. this is the best that we've seen.
Earning rate: 6X Marriott.✦ 4X restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets on up to $15K spend per year ✦ 2X on all other eligible purchases
Base: 2X (1.6%)
Dine: 4X (3.2%)
Grocery: 4X (3.2%)
Brand: 6X (4.8%)
Card Info: Amex Credit Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus: One 50K Free Night Award after $15K calendar year spend.
Noteworthy perks: 15 night credit towards elite status every year upon account anniversary ✦ 1,000 bonus points with each qualifying stay ✦ Gold elite status

Quick Thoughts

I’ve always been a little perplexed about the Bevy card, ever since Marriott and Amex first released it. It’s got a fairly hefty annual fee of $250/year, but the benefits are on the skimpy side: complimentary Bonvoy Gold status, 1,000 bonus points on every Marriott stay and the ability to get a 50k Marriott free night certificate with $15k spend in one year. The last one is especially strange, given that the $95 Chase Marriott Boundless card comes with a 35k free night cert every year, regardless of how much you spend on the card. I just don’t see much reason to keep the Bevy after the first year, unless there’s a juicy retention offer available.

Still, this could be appealing for some folks in the Bonvoy poorhouse. 125K is among the best offers that we’ve seen on the card, outside of one that we saw over the summer for 125k points + an additional 50k with 6 paid nights at Bonvoy hotels. We value the redemption of Marriott points at ~0.8 cents each; even accounting for the annual fee that gives about $700 in first-year value.

Are you eligible for a Amex Bonvoy Brilliant card?

Here’s Greg’s chart for deciphering the Marriott eligibility rules:

Card You Want
Cards You've Had (Or Recently Applied For) Chase Bonvoy Bold Chase Bonvoy Boundless Chase Bonvoy Bountiful Amex Bonvoy Business Amex Bonvoy Brilliant Amex Bonvoy Bevy
Chase Ritz Carlton ⚠30
Bonvoy ($45 card)
Bonvoy Premier ⚠24
Bonvoy Bold ⚠90 ⚠24 ⚠30 ⚠90 ⚠24
Bonvoy Boundless
Bonvoy Bountiful ⚠24
Bonvoy Business ($45 card) ⚠30
Bonvoy Premier Plus Business ⚠90 ⚠24 ⚠30
Amex Bonvoy ⚠30 ⚠30 ⚠90 ⚠24
Bonvoy Business ⚠90 ⚠24
Bonvoy Bevy
Bonvoy Brilliant
Eligibility Key
You are eligible for this card and welcome bonus
⚠30 Your are not eligible for a welcome bonus if you have had the card on the left within the past 30 days
⚠24 You will not be approved if you currently have or if you've received a welcome bonus in the past 24 months for the card on the left
⚠90 ⚠24 You are not eligible for a welcome bonus if you were approved for the card on the left within the past 90 days; or if you've received a welcome or upgrade bonus in the past 24 months.
⚠30 ⚠90 ⚠24 You are not eligible for a welcome bonus if you've had the card on the left within the past 30 days; or if you were approved for it within the past 90 days; or if you've received a welcome bonus or upgrade bonus for it in the past 24 months.
You are not eligible for a welcome bonus if you've ever had this card before (but the system seems to "forget" that you've had the card about 5 to 7 years after you cancel)
 
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Andrew

Even more confusing to me is why the Bountiful seems to be completely ignored for elevated SUB offers. It’s essentially the same card as the Bevy but Chase leaves it out of the promotions with the Bold and Boundless.

Mary Jane

Tim, Besides the Bonvoy Boundless, what other cards can you upgrade to the Ritz?

SamBam

Marriott is so in my rear view mirror. Dynamic pricing makes it have zero to almost zero value.

rj123456

Is it possible to PC to the Bonvoy Business $45 card from the Chase Bonvoy Premier Business card? I’m loath to give up a $95 night every year but the Premier blocks all Amexes but the $$$ Brilliant

J S

Possible to PC to Amex Bonvoy after a year?