Marriott: Increased, limited-time offers on the Bold and Boundless cards

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Earlier today we posted about the long-awaited shakeup in the lineup of American Express and Chase Marriott cards, including the release of the new Bonvoy Bevy and Bonvoy Bountiful cards. Now, we are also seeing increased offers on both of the entry-level Chase-issued Marriott credit cards: the Marriott Bonvoy Bold and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless. While these offers are a bit less exciting from a shear numerical value, they are nonetheless worth considering if you’re in the market for a Chase Marriott card.

The Offers & Key Card Details

Click the card names below to go to our card-specific pages for more information and to find a link to apply.

Card Offer and Details
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
100K points
Limited Time Offer - 100K points after $3K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Dine
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 3X gas stations, grocery stores, and dining on up to $6K in combined purchases each year ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Gold status when you spend $35K each year ⚬ 1 Elite Night Credit towards elite status for every $5K spent

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night certificate for 1 night at a hotel redemption level up to 35K ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year ⚬ 1 Elite Night Credit for every $5K spent

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Card Offer and Details
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

FM Mini Review: The best use for this card is probably to downgrade from the Ritz or Boundless card to avoid the annual fee. That way, you can always upgrade again when you need the annual free night or other perks


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 2X travel ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Noteworthy perks: Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Quick Thoughts

These new bonuses on the Chase Marriott cards are good, if not incredible (especially in comparison to the 5x50K certs Boundless offer that Greg nabbed for the 3 Cards, 3 Continents challange). I imagine most readers will be more interested in the Boundless card. The 35K free night certificate should get you around $150-$250 in value domestically if you’re able to use it wisely and 100,000 points are worth ~$700 according to our reasonable redemption values. You should be able to get good value out of the welcome offer.

The release of the the new $250 Bevy and Bountiful cards weas quite underwhelming, in my opinion. I just don’t see how the benefits justify the annual fee difference between those and the Bold and Boundless. However, in the post I said that I could definitely see getting the Bevy or Bountiful for a year in order to get the 125K welcome offer and then product-changing. Now that the Boundless is up to 100K points, there’s even less reason to get the Bountiful (assuming you’re eligible for Chase card and don’t already have the Boundless).

The Bountiful would get you an extra 25K points, but you’d lose out on the 35K anniversary cert, effectively a complete wash unless you need the points ASAP. For $155 a year, you’re getting +1x at restaurants, Gold elite status and an extra 1,000 points per stay at Marriott. I’d take the Boundless, personally. On the other hand, if you’re going to cancel after the first year, it could still be worth it, as you might miss out on the anniversary cert anyway. Otherwise, I think I like this offer better.

I’d be less excited about the Bold unless you’re merely opening it as a means to upgrade to the Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite card down the road. Those who want the Ritz card will need to wait a year from opening one of these Chase Marriott cards to request a product change, but so far it’s still possible to do it. The Bold card doesn’t otherwise offer much ongoing value and the welcome bonus isn’t very exciting when compared to the other Marriott cards.

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Andy

Just curious, how much time do you have to spend proofreading and editing these posts because of Marriott’s stupid card names?

Chris from GoBucketYourself

I’m surprised you say that the 100k point offer is “good, if not incredible compared to the 5x50k offer that Greg used “. I was skimming through the offers and said to myself, “I’m glad I snagged that 5×50 offer, it’s much better than these “.
Just a differing of opinion or what am I missing?

Dima

Must be a typo. Lukewarm offer at best. Over the last year there was 5xFNC offer and 125k + 1 FNC offer, that were way better, even with slightly higher spend requirement.

Pam

Hi Tim, a family mbr was approved for the Brilliant card in 2020 when 100k MRs were offered upfront but 25k not until the 1st anniv. In tetms of meeting the req time for a different card, does the wait start from the first bonus or the whole SUB after the 1st anniv? Thanks for your help

Jake

I like that chase has the no AF Bold downgrade option. I wish Amex had that too.

JL100

who is eligible?

Linda

When do the dining credit start? Do we get a credit for September or does it start Oct 1?

LTL

What do you mean “reset 10/1”? I thought it was on a cardmember year basis?

jimbo

you get $25 a month, hence reset the $25 counter on 10/1

VIS

Already started this month, already got credit of $25 for September restaurant spend. Sweet !