(Expired) Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business Card: New 5x50K Free Night Certificates Offer

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Amex has launched a terrific, limited-time welcome offer for the Bonvoy Business card that offers five Marriott 50K free night certificates after $8,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. In our most recent evaluation of Marriott points, we estimated that Marriott 50K free night certificates were worth around $300 each, making the total offer worth ~$1500.  Given that you can now top off these certificates with up to 15,000 additional points per night, this becomes a great deal for anyone able to maximize the use of the certificates in the first year.

This 5x50K cert offer has come and gone several times on the personal Chase Marriott Boundless card, but this is the first time we’ve had it on the Bonvoy Business, making the it the best offer we’ve ever seen for that card. Go forth and conquer.

The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
Earn 3 Free Night Awards - Valued at up to 50K points each, up to 150K points total. ⓘ Affiliate
Earn three 50k free night certificates after $6K spend in the first 6 months. Redemption level up to 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy(R) points for each bonus Free Night Award, at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy(R). Certain hotels have resort fees. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
$125 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: 5x50K free night certificates after $8K in spend (expired 3/20/24)
Earning rate: 6x at Marriott Bonvoy properties ✦ 4x at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased from U.S. suppliers and on U.S. purchases for shipping ✦ 2x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)
Base: 2X (1.6%)
Dine: 4X (3.2%)
Gas: 4X (3.2%)
Phone: 4X (3.2%)
Biz: 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: Earn an additional 35k free night certificate (can be topped-up with up to 15k additional points, subject to resort fees) after you spend $60K on purchases in a calendar year
Noteworthy perks: Complimentary Marriott Gold elite status ✦ 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year ✦ 35k Free Night Award every year after card renewal (subject to resort fees) ✦ Complimentary premium Internet access at Marriott properties ✦ Terms Apply (Rates & Fees)

Quick Thoughts

This new offer replaces one that gave 3x50K certs for $6K spend, obviously a significant improvement. In fact, it’s the best that we’ve ever seen for the Bonvoy Business.

We typically prefer points over free night certificates, as points are more flexible and don’t have to be used within a year.  That said, there’s a lot of value to be had with these 50K certificates, especially when considering that they can be used at properties costing up to 65,000 points with Marriott’s top-up feature.

Last year, we redid the value of many hotel program’s free night certificates by taking the points value and multiplying it by a somewhat subjective “fudge factor,” that takes into account the inflexibility of the certificates and their one-year expiration dates.  The Marriott 50K certs came out to just over $300, making the five certs “worth” ~$1500. In practice, it will probably be easy to get more value than that if you put even a bit of effort into trying to maximize the certs.

Keep in mind that there’s currently a slightly better offer on the Chase Marriott Boundless personal card, which gives the same five 50K certs with after only $5k spend (although it only gives you 3 months to complete that spend instead of 6).

That said, the business card will be more appealing for many because it comes with 15 annual elite night credits that stack with the elite nights from having Marriott consumer cards. If you have at least one of each, you’ll begin the year with 30 elite night credits — just 20 nights short of Marriott Platinum status (otherwise known as “the ridiculously confusing free breakfast status“). The business card also won’t add to your 5/24 status.

This is probably the offer that will finally get me to pick up the Bonvoy Business card and I think that it’s worth a hard look for anyone who’s been considering it.

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whocares

Applied using your affiliate link and was approved yesterday March 18th for the Bonvoy Business. Been a while since I used one of your links…or any affiliate link for that matter.

veronique

so i applied for this card and now it’s giving me only 3 free nights when i know i apply for the 5 free nights. What should i do ? I have contacted amex twice about this and as of today i only have the 3 nights…..wondering is someone else is dealing with this issue. thank you.

Steve from California

Do the eligibility rules apply at the time of application or when the SUB is issued, or both ?

The former would mean that the bonus is guaranteed if I don’t get the pop-up during the application.

For example, could I sign up for the 5 night offer on this Amex Bonvoy business and for the Chase Bold (with no SUB) a few weeks later ? Or would this exclude me from the Amex SUB once I hit the minimum spending, let’s say in 4 months ?

EruptingLoowit

Approved via 20k P2 referral w/o x10 dining. Interestingly, I was in pop-up jail for past year. Put a bunch of spend on my pers. Plat the past couple of weeks while on vacation & approved the day I got back. Immediately downgraded said plat to gold on the last day I was able to avoid the AF. Successful plat double dip & out of jail. Not bad.

Rocio

Tim, my husband tried to apply for the business since he has the brilliant and is a great combo. However. he got the pop up jail sign saying he would not get the bonus if he continue with the application. We tried using my referral link, then incognito mode, still the pop up will show up.

We are trying to figure it why he is in pop up jail could be since he has been putting spend in all his amex: the blue cash every day, hilton business and the brilliant. He only has those 3 with Amex and the last 2 were opened on 1/23 and 6/23 respctively.. Could it be that he is not getting it because he got the brilliant bonus on 1/23 which is 13 months ago? any recommendations to try to get this sign up bonus or should we give up?

Rocio

Hi Tim, I was hoping to get your insight on this! Please let me know your thoughts. Very much appreciated.

rpar

My approval email seems to have a different card design than the website displays. Not that I generally care about card design, but thought that was interesting. Here’s a link to what my approval email shows:

http://www208.americanexpress.com/axp/cardart/bonvoy_business_amex_card.gif

whocares

same same

trav

I was approved for the Boundless March 22, 2022 and pc to Ritz March 22, 2023, am eligible for the Amex Marriott Biz sub?

Mark

no

Brian

Ohhh
I just canceled this same card two weeks ago after having it for a couple years

Am I out of luck for getting it again?

Repeat Offender Captain Greg

I’m totally going to get the pop up, lol. I just closed like 3 platinum biz cards and a biz gold in the last 6 months. But you can’t get a hit if you don’t swing!

Repeat Offender Captain Greg

Crap, the matrix tells me I’m not eligible since I got the boundless in June 2022. Bummer!

Andy

If the baseball hits your bat without you taking a swing (e.g. you duck out of the way of a pitch but still are holding the bat above your head and the ball strikes it) and bounces into fair territory, it is a live ball. And so you can get a base hit without swinging if you make it to first base before being thrown out.

Last edited 1 month ago by Andy
flipper

Does this mean you have to USE the FNCs within a year or merely book something within a year?

Mohammad M

book and use within one of year of when they are awarded.

Titanium Dude

Dual Hyatt Globalist + Bonvoy Titanium here

As much as I hate Bonvoy, the certs I have found to be quite useful because they let you “top off” their value with additional points. Finding a property that is slightly above the value of the actual cert value are usually the better uses of the certificates.

However note this: Bonvoy’s stay 4 award nights get 1 night free for an award booking does not apply when using a cert. So in other words – these certs are to be used for a set of shorter stays, usually 1-2 nights. If you have trips where you are doing shorter stays, this works. Otherwise for a week in Cancun etc – would advise to do the 4+1.

Regardless will be hard to use during high season given lack of award chart anymore.

Mbh

Would you mind posting the link to your brilliant (pun intended) marriott card conflict chart. I have the the amex biz (former SPG) fir a million years but have no other Marriott biz cards. Am I eligible? Thanks.

Matt

Hey Tim! Have you heard of any DPs of people getting approved for new Marriott cards AND awarded the SUBs when they were technically ineligible? I got a Chase Boundless 5-night SUB within the past 2 years and I am wondering if there would be any risk in lobbing an application into Amex for this offer.

Andrew

AMEX will tell you with a pop-up when you apply and are ineligible due to another Marriott SUB or card, and you can back out at that point. I picked up the Marriott Biz without a SUB for the elite nights and it told me I was ineligible during the application process – I was okay with that (have gotten good value from the breakfasts, Suite upgrades, and extra points earnings).

To be clear I was in the same situation after picking up the Boundless 5 FNC, you won’t be eligible. AMEX isn’t dumb. I wish Marriott didn’t have such a long waiting period between SUB eligibility on their cards.

shawn

I currently have an Amex Bus. Bonvoy card that I’ve had for well over 2 years. If I cancel the card and reapply in a month or two (assuming this SUB is still around) what are the chances Amex approves the new card/bonus?

I know Chase is somewhat fast and loose with SUBs, but my impression is Amex is a bit more diligent in ensuring non-intended usage. Just wondering if anyone had any official or anecdotal insights.

Last edited 1 month ago by shawn
geofeat

With horrible, inflated point pricing, especially in major cities, there’s no way these are worth $300 each. I might’ve bit at $95 annual fee, but it’s not a keeper for $150.

geofeat

$150 cash rate hotels in Manhattan are 55-70k points.

PA of Credit

Well, don’t use the certs there on $150 Manhattan hotels…

Behdad

Been waiting on this, just applied and instant approval, I have the Amex Bonvoy Brilliant, so stacking the nights is great.