Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Awesome new increased welcome bonuses on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Cards - 70,000 points + accelerated earn rates

 
American Express revealed new welcome offers for their Marriott co-brand cards today and they are lit! Technically speaking they are not the best ever overall offers but they are the highest ever in terms of the up front welcome bonus points (that's if you don't take into account the 25K offers on the old SPG cards!) No waiting 14-17 months to get your entire bonus either. Instead both cards will award 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points each after meeting the minimum spend requirements in the first three months. On top of this they are offering accelerated category earn rates to earn up to 15,000 more points which means you can top out either card at 85,000 bonus points.

The new welcome offers are as follows:

 Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card
  • New Marriott Bonvoy™* American Express® Cardmembers earn 70,000 Welcome Bonus points after you charge $1,500 in net purchases to your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership
    • Plus, earn a total of 5 points for every $1 on eligible travel & gas purchases in Canada for your first 3 months of Cardmembership (up to 15,000 points). Offers subject to change at any time

Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card

  • Earn 70,000 Welcome Bonus Marriott Bonvoy™ points after you charge $5,000 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership. 
  • Plus, earn 5 points for every $1 in Card purchases on eligible Gas, Dining and Travel (excluding lodging) for the first three months of Cardmembership.

Here at Rewards Canada we value Marriott Bonvoy points a 1 cent a piece (C$) which puts the welcome bonus value at $700 for either card. After annual fees that drops to $580 for the consumer card and $550 for the business card. Those are minimum values however, as you will most likely know you can easily get 1.5, 2 or even more than 3 cents per point with Marriott Bonvoy which can puts those 70,000 points at over $2,100 in value!

I would highly recommend reading our reviews of the cards so that you can see the huge value and potential in them:

And while I won't cover everything in this post that these cards do offer I will go into some of the redemptions you can expect from these card's 70,000 point welcome bonuses.

Free nights at Marriott Hotels

With 70,000 points - actually at least 73,000 points on the personal card and 80,000 points on the business card since you have to spend $1,500 and $5,000 respectively to get the bonuses - you'll have multiple free night options with the Marriott Bonvoy program:

This is Marriott's standard free night chart which as you can see you'll have enough points for one off peak night at the highest level of hotels which are Category 8 Hotels or fourteen to sixteen nights for an Off Peak redemption at a Category 1 hotel. No matter which route you go for redemption you should be able to extract at least $700 in value from the welcome bonus points alone!

At least 25,000 airline miles/points

Your other great redemption option with Marriott Bonvoy is converting the points to any one of their 40+ airline partners. Points convert at a 3:1 ratio however when you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once Marriott will kick in the equivalent of 5,000 miles or points as well. That means the new 70,000 point welcome bonus on both of these cards is the same as getting 28,333 miles or points in most of their airline partners and this doesn't include the points from your spending either.

Card features and benefits

The awesomeness of these cards doesn't end with just the new welcome offers. The cards have some great features and benefits including being some of the highest earning cards on non-category bonus spending since both earn 2 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent on everyday spending. Then you have the annual free night award, automatic Silver Elite status and more:

Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card

• Earn 5 points for every dollar in eligible Card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy™* properties
• Earn 2 points for every $1 in all other Card purchases
• Receive an Annual Free Night Award for up to 35,000 points at eligible hotels and resorts worldwide every year after your first anniversary
• No annual fee on Additional Cards
• Redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at over 7,000 of the world’s most desired hotels
• Automatic Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status membership
• Receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year with your Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express&reg Card. These can be used towards attaining the next level of Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program
• Enjoy an automatic upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in purchases on the Card each year

Apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card  here

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Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card 

• Receive an Annual Free Night Award automatically each year after your anniversary
• Enjoy an automatic upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in purchases on your Card each year
• Receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year with your Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. These can be used towards attaining the next level of Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program
• You can earn 3 points for every $1 in Card purchases on eligible gas, dining and travel
• Earn 5 points for every $1 in Card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties. Earn 2 points for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card everywhere else
• Make the most of a suite of business management tools that give you more control over your business anytime and anywhere  

Apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card   

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Who should get these cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy point collectors - the fact that you can have this card and the business card in your wallet at the same time you'll make sure your Bonvoy points earning is supercharged
  • People who are interesting in pulling the maximum value out of each dollar they spend on their credit card
  • Members of one of Marriott Bonvoy's partner airlines that have no other method of collecting points or miles in that airline program
  • People who want to stay at luxurious hotels and resorts but typically cannot afford paying the cash rates for those hotels

Wrapping it up

It may not total to 105,000 points like the offers we saw over the summer for these cards but in some ways this offer is better as it is the best ever up front welcome bonuses. To get 70,000 Bonvoy points after only three months (or less) and have accelerated earn rates to get you up to 85,000 points is pretty sweet.  If we weren't sitting on tons of Bonvoy points in our household I would seriously consider adding a second Marriott card to our credit card portfolio right now! Here's hoping that they will have offers similar to this in a couple of years after we've gone full bore travel mode again and used up lots of those points.

You can find these and all other Amex offers here.

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