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The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® credit card from Chase was recently upgraded and, in addition to accessing the new benefits, new cardholders can get a big welcome bonus, but the current offer won’t last long.
Until October 27, new cardholders are eligible to earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months of opening the card. Starting in February, they’ll also earn bonus points at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants, as well as additional Elite Night Credits to speed up a journey to Gold status.
Here’s an overview of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card and who it’s best for, plus some ideas on how to spend the welcome bonus.
How you will earn points
Bonvoy Boundless cardholders now earn three points per dollar on groceries, gas and meals up to $6,000 in combined purchases each year, up from the two points per dollar those purchases previously earned. The change means cardholders can score an additional 6,000 points each year (for a total of 18,000 points) if they max out bonus categories.
Plus, cardholders still have the option to earn six points per dollar on Marriott purchases and two points per dollar on everything else.
In early 2022, Chase and Marriott introduced a new benefit for cardholders: they now automatically earn Elite Night Credit for every $5,000 spent, with no limit on the number.
These credits are in addition to the 15 Elite Night credit cardholders already received each calendar year, helping them move closer to the next level of Marriott Bonvoy status. The card automatically grants Silver Elite status, which is unlocked with 10 Elite Night Credits, but members only need 25 nights to reach Gold, a tier that offers 25% bonus points on stays, upgrades from upgraded room, late check out at 2pm and Suite.
Boundless cardholders can also access a host of other benefits, including a free night reward worth up to 35,000 points issued annually after your account anniversary. And while that perk alone easily justifies the card’s $95 annual fee, the Boundless also offers baggage delay insurance, lost baggage reimbursement, trip delay reimbursement, and purchase protection.
Welcome bonus (and how to spend it)
The current bonus is significant, with free nights starting at just 7,500 points. There are several great options for redeeming the 100,000 points, whether you’re looking to do it all for a one-night stay at an ambitious property or cover a longer trip in its entirety.
While Marriott’s reward rates fluctuate dynamically, meaning they can change significantly from month to month and even day to day, those seeking luxury may find many properties charging less than 100,000 points per night. The St. Regis Deer Valley, for example, offers several nights below 100,000 during ski season, as does the Ritz-Carlton South Beach throughout December.