Marriott Bonvoy loyalists may be happy to learn that there are some new benefits that will be launching on the Marriott Bonvoy business credit cards: these cards will soon offer complimentary Gold elite status (rather than Silver) and a 7% discount on room rates. Additionally, they will now earn 4x at restaurants worldwide. We already noticed the room rate discount and reported it a few days ago, but it’s great to see this spelled out as a concrete benefit of the card. That said, Gold status isn’t particularly meaningful and whether or not the cardmember discount is your best available deal will likely vary considerably.
Note that these new benefits apply to both the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card from American Express and the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase (note that the Chase card is no longer available for new applicants).
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A Marriott business card is certainly worth having for its annual 15 nights of elite credit toward status — especially since it is possible to stack those 15 nights from this business card with 15 nights from a consumer card if you have one of each (note that elite night credits from multiple consumer cards do not stack — you get a maximum of 15 total elite night credits from having one or more consumer cards and 15 elite night credits from having one or more business cards). Having one Marriott Bonvoy business credit card and one Marriott Bonvoy consumer credit cards puts you more than halfway to Platinum status, which comes with free breakfast at most brands and lounge access at most brands. More detail about elite benefits can be found in our Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide.
Gold elite status doesn’t come with much in terms of concrete benefits. You’ll get 2pm late checkout and more points per dollar spent. While it’s nice that the card will now convey that status automatically, anyone could get Gold status by either having one Marriott business credit card and one consumer credit card (Gold status requires 25 elite nights and you would get 30 total with one business and one consumer card) or by having an Amex Platinum card (which also offers complimentary Marriott Gold Elite status).
The room rate discount could certainly be nice if you don’t otherwise have access to useful room rate discounts. It’s certainly a tool worth having in your bag and a reason to log in before searching, though I suspect that other widely-available discounts like AAA will be as good if not better in many cases. We’ll see.
The restaurant bonus category now expands to restaurants worldwide. That’s better than being limited to U.S. restaurants, though a return of 4 Marriott points per dollar spent wouldn’t be enough to get me using a Marriott card rather than the Amex Gold card (which also earns 4x points that are transferable to Marriott on a 1:1 basis).
Keep in mind that there are is a weird set of rules as to whether or not you qualify for a Marriott credit card welcome bonus. Whereas rules like that usually only apply to a single issuer, this is the exception where those rules apply across issuers between Amex and Chase. See this section of our Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide to determine whether or not you are eligible for the Amex business card.
Overall, the enhancements here certainly don’t hurt, but they will likely do less to move the needle than a strong welcome offer. In that regard, the new offer here is certainly valuable enough, particularly if you prefer points (which can easily be kept alive with activity and which offer greater flexibility than free night certificates).