Get up to 30 Elite Nights Annually With Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

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One of the best benefits of holding a Marriott Bonvoy credit card just got even better. Marriott has recently updated the terms and conditions for its co-branded credit cards. Cardholders can now receive up to 30 elite qualifying nights per year just from holding Marriott credit cards!

Photo of The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort courtesy of the hotel.

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

Marriott has offered a dizzying array of co-branded cards over the years, and its current portfolio can be a little tricky to figure out. There are currently four Bonvoy credit cards still available to new applicants:

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$450
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • You'll receive complimentary Marriott Gold Elite status, plus you receive Marriott Platinum Elite status after spending $75,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • A Free Night Award every year after your account anniversary, up to the value of 50,000 Marriott points
  • Complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership
  • $300 in statement credits each year for eligible purchases at participating Marriott hotels.
  • TSA Pre✓® or Global Entry fee credit
  • 6x Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 3x points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
Annual Fee$125
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping
  • 2x points on all other purchases

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$0
Welcome Bonus Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card from CHASE® with no annual fee!
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 3X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).
  • 1X point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, qualifying you for Silver Elite Status. Restrictions apply.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • 3X points for every $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2X points on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains)
  • 1X point on all other purchases

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
  • 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases

One of the main benefits of each of these cards is that, as the primary cardholder, you'll receive 15 elite qualifying nights annually towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status. This is enough to earn Silver Elite status, and leave you just 10 elite nights from Gold Elite status.

Historically, cardholders have been limited to 15 nights a year—regardless of if they held more than one Bonvoy credit card—but that just changed this week.

New Policy

Marriott Bonvoy cardholders can now receive up to 30 Elite Nights per year: 15 nights for having a consumer card and 15 nights for having a business card. This distinction is important to note, as you won't earn the additional 15 nights if you have two personal cards or two business cards.

While Chase hasn't updated their terms yet, you can already see the updated policy appear under the terms and conditions on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card cards:

Screenshot of credit card terms and conditions showing elite night credit section

Although the terms and conditions haven't been updated yet on the Bonvoy cards issued by Chase, a Marriott spokesperson confirmed to AwardWallet that all Marriott Bonvoy cards are eligible.

Easier Elite Status

While complimentary Silver Elite status is good, Bonvoy members don't start seeing significant value until they've reached the higher status levels—particularly Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite. With this policy change, if you have both a personal and business Bonvoy credit card, you now only need to stay 20 nights to reach Platinum Elite! That's not much of a challenge and worth it to gain benefits like suite upgrades, guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout, and lounge access.

Cardholders that currently have a personal and business Bonvoy credit card should already see 30 elite nights posted to their account. For example, AwardWallet's JT Genter now finds himself just ten nights from qualifying for Platinum Elite status, thanks to his Marriott Bonvoy Business Card and The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card cards:

Screenshot of Marriott elite status page showing 30 elite nights earned through "Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card"

Other Considerations

Before you go rushing out to apply for Bonvoy cards, there are a couple of things you may want to consider. For one, you can receive complimentary Marriott Gold Status—as well as Hilton Gold Status and a ton of other benefits—merely by being a The Platinum Card® from American Express cardmember (Terms Apply).

So, if you can't see yourself staying the additional nights necessary for anything more than Gold Status, then applying for the Amex Platinum would be a simpler means to that end.

The other thing to consider is that we've seen Chase offer elevated 100,000-point sign-up bonuses on the consumer Bonvoy cards several times over the last year. Since there's a possibility those offers may show up again, it might be worth holding off on applying for the personal cards until they do.

Final Thoughts

Travel companies everywhere are doing their best to tighten their finances and retain customer loyalty through this period of uneasiness. With TSA reporting record low numbers of people traveling, we've witnessed several major hotel groups offering temporary measures to counter the loss of business. Just this week, we've seen Hilton extending elite status, Choice Hotels suspending point expiration, and Hyatt make several traveler-friendly policy changes as responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While these other companies offer short-term fixes, Marriott has come out with what appears to be a long-term, positive policy change for their credit cardholders. While it may be unexpected, it's certainly welcome.

H/T: Frequent Miler

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Comments

  • I don’t think many people are looking at travel cards right now.

    • This is more about informing people that have the cards so they’re aware of the impact on elite status in a year where normal stays will be hard to come by.

  • I have to commend Marriott for making this move. This is probably a positive change in a long time. Especially given the COVID-19 situation, this will likely help a lot of people and more importantly help Marriott get back some loyalty.

  • So the free card, $95 card, and $450 all give 15 elite night credits? It sounds like the free card is the power card in the Marriott portfolio. They really should take a look at Hilton and what their lineup offers.

  • Would the hotels offer massive bonuses when the nightmare from hell is finally behind us?

    • That’s one of those questions, like so many today, with such uncertainty. Will they be in any financial position to offer massive bonuses / discounts? We all certainly hope so, for a number of reasons.

  • So the 2 x 15 qualifying nights from two cards linked to the same Marriott number can be pooled?

  • It would also be really nice to allow those that still have the legacy SPG Amex to apply for the Chase Boundless.

  • would those 30 nights count towards lifetime status?

    • @Elaine – Unless something has changed recently, yes, all the credits one receives from one’s card count toward Marriott lifetime status.

  • Was strongly considering cancelling the Amex Biz Bonvoy, but with this change and now getting 15 personal + 15 business that might make the difference with the higher fee now so free night plus 15 night credit for $125, plus ancillary benefits of biz Amex offers, etc.

  • While this is a welcome change, gold status on Marriott is not worth much. If you are going to stay an additional 20 nights, then this is a good strategy to get to a higher elite status.

  • Harvey Kwan says:

    Will they extend the expiration for the free night awards?

  • If we are looking towards the long-term, this nightmare will be over some day and rewards travel will be back, So let’s pack in the newly offered freebies now.

  • @Harvey – Yes, in an email communication certs expiring this year are now valid thru 01/31/21. However, for reservations made with FNCs and cancelled due to COVID, it seems Reps are able to change validity dates to 1 year from the date of cancellation. In my experience: res was cancelled 3/30/20; cert redeposited to my Marriott account with new expiry date of 03/30/2021.

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