Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Credit Card Application Rules

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On August 26, 2018, American Express and Chase introduced a complex set of application restrictions for Marriott's co-brand cards, making it much harder for applicants to obtain welcome offers on more than one card.

In most cases, the application rules don’t restrict you from applying for Marriott cards, or holding more than one co-brand card at a time; they apply only to obtaining the welcome bonus.

The new rules layer on top of application restrictions already in place from each provider, including Amex’s ‘once per lifetime per card’ welcome bonus rule and Chase’s 5/24 policy. Each card has a separate policy, and the rules are an elaborate tangle that is bound to trip up even the most switched on points and miles fans.

Application Restrictions for Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

To make it a little easier to digest, we’ve transferred the information into the table below and listed the new welcome bonus restrictions next to the card to which they apply. We've only included cards that are open to new applications in the table, as if you are upgrading or downgrading to one of Marriott's other cards, you will not be eligible for the welcome offer in any case.

CARDAPPLICATION RESTRICTIONS
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (previously the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card)The product is not available to either:

1) current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), OR
2) previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), who .

If you are an existing Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier customer and would like this product, call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for an upgrade bonus.
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Welcome offer not available if you're a current cardmember, OR, were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of the:

• Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express)

OR applied and were approved for any of the following cards in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)
• Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)

OR are a current or previous cardmember of the following cards and received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)
• Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (previously The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had:

• The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card.

OR the following cards in the last 30 days:

• The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan
• J.P. Morgan Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

OR have acquired any of the following cards from Chase in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase

OR have received a welcome or upgrade offer for any of the following cards from Chase in the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (previously The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had:

• The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

OR the following cards in the last 30 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Business from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy Business™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card from Chase

OR have acquired any of the following cards from Chase in the last 90 days:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

OR have received a welcome or upgrade offer for any of the following cards from Chase in the last 24 months:

• Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase
• Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus from Chase
• Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

What some will find confusing with the new rules is they change depending on what cards you hold now, which you’ve held in the recent past, and those you’ve received a welcome or upgrade bonus on as far back as 24 months ago.

Final Thoughts

With the new rules are in place, it will be much harder to obtain welcome bonuses on cards earning Marriott points.

Before jumping straight into card applications, it’s important to factor in other applicable rules such as Chase’s 5/24 policy and the rule restricting Amex welcome offers to once only per card. Think about your overall application strategy to ensure you're not jumping the gun and foregoing other bonuses by applying for these co-brand cards.

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