My Newest Travel Credit Card — and Why I Got It

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A travel rewards credit card recently found its way into my wallet — and features what I think is a great welcome bonus.

We’ve discussed how “free” hotel nights can help us save money before or after a cruise.

With that in mind, I’m finally under Chase’s 5/24 rule and recently scored a Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card (I was an authorized user for many years on someone else’s account).

I find myself staying in Marriotts more than before and couldn’t resist the current welcome offer: earn three (3) Free Night Awards (valued up to 50,000 points each) after spending $3,000 on eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. (50,000 points is a fairly impressive maximum.)

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card:
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card:

I quickly reached the $3,000 minimum spending requirement and am already plotting how my family will use the free nights. (They’re valid for one year. The free nights, that is. Not my family.)

Marriott Long Wharf Boston (©Eye of the Flyer, special to Frequent Floaters.)
Marriott Long Wharf Boston (©Eye of the Flyer, special to Frequent Floaters.)

Plus, the card comes with an annual anniversary night (starting the second year of membership) valued at up to 35,000 points. I think that’s a potentially great value, considering the card’s annual fee is $95.

One of the Marriott properties I visit at least once a year usually prices out around 32,000 points — or $230 a night. So, yeah, I’m happy!

Elite status-wise, the card would give me Bonvoy Silver. However, I already hold Bonvoy Gold because that’s a perk of my The Platinum Card® from American Express. (Amex Platinum cardholders may receive complimentary Gold elite status in both Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors. Enrollment is required and terms apply. The benefit is also available through The Business Platinum Card® from American Express)

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card members also receive 15 Elite Night Credits per calendar year — plus an additional Elite Night Credit for every $5,000 spent on the card.

As for points, I can earn:

  • up to 17X per dollar spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 3X per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on gas stations, grocery stores, and dining
  • 2X on everything else

Time to Set Sail!

If you need a card for its “free” hotel night features, check out the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card‘s three Free Night promotion — and annual anniversary night perk. I don’t know how much everyday spending I’ll put on it (outside of Marriott stays), but I think it’s worth the $95.

 

  • For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please visit this link.

    For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, please visit this link.

  • (All information about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card has been collected independently by Frequent Floaters. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is not available through Frequent Floaters’ affiliate partners. The information provided was not reviewed by the card issuer.)

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