Final Days: Earn 5 Free Nights Up to 50k Points Each With the Marriott Boundless Card

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Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus For the first time, earn 5 Free Nights after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 5 Free Nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Our Best Free Night Offer Yet.
  • 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.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • 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.
  • 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

Earlier this month, Marriott and Chase announced a huge new sign-up bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card. New applicants can receive five—count em' FIVE—Marriott Free Night Awards for nights worth up to 50,000 points each after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. That's worth up to a quarter-million Bonvoy points when maximized!

This limited-time offer has now entered its final days, and we expect this deal to be pulled around 4 pm ET on Wednesday, October 28th. To be frank, it's one of the most lucrative hotel credit card sign-up bonuses we've ever seen.

Want a better idea of the incredible value this bonus can deliver? We've put together some examples of how you can use this excellent new offer below.

The Good and the Bad

For most people, there's no debating that this is by far the best sign-up bonus ever offered for this card. In fact, it's arguably one of the best sign-up bonuses we've ever seen for ANY hotel credit card. Five 50K Free Night Awards are worth as much as 250,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. That's 2.5 times the best sign-up bonus we had ever previously seen on this card. However, the sign-up bonus is only this valuable if you plan to use the points for Marriott hotel bookings.

The downside of a Free-Night bonus (instead of points) is that it limits your flexibility:

  1. Five Nights Max — No matter what, the maximum number of free nights you get is five. This differs from previous sign-up bonuses, which enabled applicants to stretch out their points for many free nights at low-category properties.
  2. Free Hotel Stays Only — Some people collect Bonvoy points to transfer to airline miles. Marriott has 40+ transfer partners, but with this bonus, that won’t be an option.
  3. One Year Expiration Date — Unlike points—which only expire after 24 months without qualifying activity—these Free Night Awards expire after 12 months after issuance. Considering the outlook for travel in the next year is still fairly bleak, a one-year expiration period could limit the value of these awards.

While some people may prefer points, there's no denying that five free night awards can provide incredible value.

How to Redeem the 5-Night Marriott Boundless Welcome Offer

New Marriott Boundless applicants earn a signup bonus of 5 Free Nights after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. But what are the best ways to redeem five 50K free-night awards?

Thanks to Marriott's peak/off-peak award chart, we have a lot of options. You'll find the best value, however, when redeeming for the highest hotel category possible. The only limiting factor is availability.

CategoryOFF-PEAKSTANDARDPEAK
15,0007,50010,000
210,00012,50015,000
315,00017,50020,000
420,00025,00030,000
530,00035,00040,000
640,00050,00060,000
750,00060,00070,000
870,00085,000100,000

Marriott Category 5 Properties (Off-Peak, Standard, and Peak Pricing)

The easiest way to utilize five 50K certificates is for free nights at a category five (or lower) Marriott property. That's because even at peak award pricing, the value of these certificates still covers the award price. Consequently, you won't have any issue finding award availability.

The white sand beaches of the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam

One of our favorite category five Marriott properties is the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam. This stunning beachside property was originally a 19th-century French university. Now, it's found new life as a sprawling resort offering picturesque views and fantastic Vietnamese cuisine.

A quick award search shows that you could redeem a 50K free night award literally any day that you'd like. That includes dates well into 2021 when we will hopefully be able to travel to Vietnam once again:

If you're looking for an excellent hotel stateside, another great option is The St. Anthony in San Antonio. It falls under the Marriott ‘Luxury Collection' banner, with beautifully appointed interiors, a central location, and ample access to vibrant nightlife and activities.

Again, you can't go wrong for availability here:

Marriott Category 6 Properties (Off Peak and Standard Pricing)

Category 6 Marriott properties offer even better value for your free night awards. While standard award pricing is 50,000 points, these properties often fetch over $500 per night. At that price, your five free night awards afford around $2,500 in value!

However, there is a catch. Unlike lower category hotels, you'll have to search for Standard or Off Peak award availability. You won't have to search long, though, as the majority of the year will still work.

San-Francisco-Proper-Hotel-Member-of-Design-Hotels
Get five nights at the San Fransisco Proper Hotel – Image courtesy of Marriott Hotels.

Two of our favorite domestic Category 6 properties include The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Arizona and the San Fransisco Proper Hotel of Design Hotels.

There are plenty of opportunities to use a 50K certificate at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain next May.

Marriott Category 7 Property (Off-Peak Only)

Listen up, all you over-achievers. Without a doubt, the best value for 50K free night awards is at category seven properties. These aspirational hotels are often destinations in and of themselves—a fact that's typically reflected in their steep price tag.

The problem—as you may have guessed—is availability. The only nights you can use 50K free night awards at category seven properties are when Marriott prices them at Off-Peak level. That means that using 50K certificates at these properties involves the most amount of digging among all your redemption options.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, a Category 7 Marriott Property

There are a bunch of wonderful hotel options in this category. Some of my favorites include:

To find Off-Peak award availability, your best bet is to use Marriott's ‘Flexible Dates' search function. When selecting your desired dates to search, click ‘Flexible Dates'. Now, you can search whole months at a time to find when the award price suits your free night awards.

Once you know how to look, you might be surprised at the amount of Off-Peak availability you'll find!

Other Ongoing Card Benefits

Beyond the incredible sign-up bonus, the Marriott Boundless also offers a slew of other benefits that make it worth keeping long-term:

  • Earn 6x Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent at participating in Marriott hotels
  • Earn 2x Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Receive one free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after your account anniversary
  • Automatic Silver Elite status each account anniversary year. Earn Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees

To read more about the Marriott Boundless—including to see why we think it's worth keeping—check out our comprehensive card review.

Application Restrictions

The application restrictions for the Marriott Boundless are a complicated maze of rules and restrictions which may confuse even the most seasoned points and miles fans. This includes Marriott-specific application rules that layer on top of Chase’s already restrictive 5/24 policy.

The Marriott Boundless is subject to 5/24. So, if you have opened 5 or more new personal credit card accounts in the previous 24 months, you won’t be approved for this card. You can get familiar with Chase’s application policy in our comprehensive 5/24 guide.

On top of the Chase specific rules, Marriott co-brand cards are subject to a complicated set of restrictions which change depending on the cards you already hold, have opened in the recent past, or received a welcome offer on in the previous 24 months. For a full breakdown of the application rules, check out our dedicated post covering Marriott’s application restrictions.

Our Take

The welcome bonus of 5 Free Nights on the Marriott Boundless is an unbelievable deal. Full stop.

While some may prefer a point-based sign-up bonus, it's easy to get excited about five free nights—especially when they are worth up to 50K points each. It's almost like getting a full luxury vacation from one sign-up bonus!

This limited-time offer is set to end on October 28, 2020, leaving just a few days to apply and earn the 5 Free Nights. If you've been on the fence about whether to apply, now is your last chance.

Are you going to apply for the Marriott Boundless during the five free nights offer?

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus For the first time, earn 5 Free Nights after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 5 Free Nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Our Best Free Night Offer Yet.
  • 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.
  • 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • 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.
  • 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

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    I also have trouble using the free nights for good value. I typically use nights for stops along the way on driving trips, so many of the properties in the right locations have relatively low points requirements anyway. Points are much preferred because I can stretch then farther. That’s especially true while avoiding air travel during the pandemic.

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    I find free night awards difficult, if not impossible to use because of the cap – in this case, 50,000 pts, or in the case of IHG 35,000 pts. When you go to use them, any hotel that I would like to stay in is just out of reach. The Westin Snowmass during ski season is out of reach. The Boston InterContinental (IHG), where I have stayed in the past, impossible. I would much prefer the flexibility of points. If I have points, then I can simply book using more points. I am not restricted to a low point hotel. And as others have pointed out, the hotels have greatly devalued the points where it simply costs more and more points. I don’t collect Marriott points so I can stay at an airport Courtyard. I don’t collect IHG points so I can stay at a Holiday Inn. Hyatt has done the same. I used to be able to use a free night certificate at the Boston downtown Hyatt. Now it can only be used at the airport.

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    If they didn’t have the 12 month expiration window on the free nights, this would have been a great deal but given COVID and the 12 month limit, the offer becomes quite “time constrained” for most people

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    Have any folks had any lucks requesting Chase to match this offer from a previous offer?

    I opened my Boundless with the 100k offer just two weeks ago. It seems Chase seldom does matches nowadays…

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    Reading at DoctorOfCredit and Reddit that folks have received flyers noting the current offer will be ending October 21st.

    Recommend folks who are interested in applying for the five nights offer to do so soon.

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    As a data point, Chase firmly refused to convert my Hyatt card signup bonus “free night certificate” to points several months ago when the pandemic was at its peak. So, they are likely to take that same approach to this Marriott offer. From that perspective, I’d say you are better off using a points offer for signups to this card – unless you are very sure you will be using the nights.

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    What an awesome detailed review of this new card. Too bad you can’t get the 5th night free when using these certs. Because of this, I would say the signup bonus is closer to a 200,000 point value unless you plan on having multiple stays at a 50,000 per night property.

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    Great card and interesting offer but the one year expiration date on the nights is really difficult to understand during these difficult travel times.

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    Thanks Erik

    I am primarily a Hilton Guy due to Aspire Card and IHG due to to fourth night free rather than fifth with the IHG select card.

    Plus with IHG you can always make and cancel money and points reservations to buy discounted points and get them to code on credit card as travel

    When you cancel money and points refund is all in points – just need to find right property and price. Much better than their crummy +75% sale currently going on.

    I will check out the Marriott Flexible award search – was not familiar with it.

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      I hope that flexible award search helps! It’s just above the calendar when you select your dates—easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there.

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        Erik: THANK YOU – The Marriott Flexible Award Calendar is a real find . Not hard to find once you know to look for it

        Does you (or anyone) know if that function is also available with Hilton and/or IHG and it is just hard to navigate to on their websites?

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    No end date? Hopefully, it’s an eternal offer.

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    Well, they are generous because they know too well that too many will not be able to enjoy 5 wonderful nights 🙁

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    These signup bonuses are getting better and better! It’s the sweet spot of both wanting people to spend and to travel.

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    Great offer, but maybe not as good as touted. Hotel rates are going to be depressed for along time to come, so the $ 2500 example is a bit of a stretch ( if any of those aspirational properties are even open). And if using points you would get 5th night free. Still worth doing, but I wonder if other programs will follow with sweeter offers like Marriott, IHG, Delta etc. have all done recently.

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    I love Marriott. Hope the stand when we get more COV19 control. AS others have asked when do these offer expire?

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    Absolutely great !!,, I am needing this card. Being an elite member with bonvoy, definitely we have to apply

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    Any indication on how long the offer will last?

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    5 night offer is really attractive!

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    Daaaang, I just applied and got the card back in July. Poor timing, but then, I normally don’t spend $5000 in 3 months anyway. Hopefully I can snag another deal in the near future.

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    Once all these free night certificates from this promotion start to hit the market you can expect to see Marriott repricing many properties just above the 50K mark.

    This is how they make finding real value in using the 35 K annual free night certificates nearly impossible.

    Pick a market and look at the point to paying cash dollar ratio.

    Look at all the attractive properties priced at 40K – just out of reach.

    Look at the point to dollar ratio on 40 K properties versus those priced at 35K and under.

    You can still find good value with a 35 K certificate off season abroad.

    In the USA it is difficult to get any real value out of 35K annual free night certificate.

    Marriott would rather leave rooms empty than let you use certificates, even during Covid with almost all properties operating far under capacity.

    Factoring in the credit card annual fee the 35K annual free night certificate is probably going to work out to $30 to $80 savings in most US markets.

    Unlike points which are easy to keep from expiring a huge percentage of free night certificates expire unused.

    I do give Marriott credit for posting certificates and expiration where you see them when you sign into their website and they are easy to book yourself online.

    With IHG you must know where to look but you can also easily book online.

    As far as I can determine, with Hilton you must call to see if certificate has posted and call again to use it.

    However, when you cancel a Marriott certificate reservation the certificate often does not show back up again on the website although the Marriott phone agent can see it, so keep careful records.

    If you get this credit card do it for the signup bonus.

    Keeping it for the annual 35K night is generally going to be questionable value with the huge devaluation we have seen in the Marriott program in recent years.

    Marriott extended all certificates expiring in 2020 to December 31 , 2021 due to Covid.

    Too bad I have 6 expiring February 2021 which as of now will expire as scheduled so I am forced to book what I can as I have chosen not travel abroad until there is a vaccine for Covid.

    I will take whatever value I can get for my certificates on short trips to Arizona and New Mexico

    Will not be renewing any Marriott credit cards.

    35K annual free night is just not worth the hassle of keeping track of certificate expiration and trying to find significant savings by using them at at a Marriott property where I actually want to stay.

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      Hey Jon, lots to unpack here. I’m surprised by your take on the 35K certificates. I used mile for a stay at Courtyard San Antonio Riverwalk last year and saved around $160. Do you tend not to have much date flexibility? I almost always find something with the flexible dates search.

      I can see where it would be more complicated to use free nights from lots of Marriott. Good luck with those six certificates.

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      You are correct, with regard to the 35K and 50K offers. You can already see this happening in real time. Even the examples here and on AFAR no longer show as being available for 50,000 points. Instead most are at 100000 and 120000 points every single day of the next year. I checked SF, not only is the Proper not available, only one hotel in the area, near the airport, was available. Nothing in Denver at all. Nothing in Portland. Basically, one could only reliably plan to use the 50000 points for a Fairfield on an interstate somewhere. Still might be worth the enrollment fee, but not a bonanza as the articles are indicating.

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    If you used the 5 nights consecutively, would they not qualify for Marriott’s “Stay award nights 4, Get 1 Free”? If so, that would result in 6 nights.

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      We were wondering the same thing! Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Between my Marriott cards and Choice Benefit, I have five Free Night Awards available now. When I try to book an award reservation and use certs, it requires 5 certs. With points, I’m only charged for four nights and the fifth night is free.

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        This might be a beginner’s question, but could you unlock the 5th night free by using 3 free night certs and then points for the 4th night? Or does the system not allow that?

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          The system will allow you to apply as many or as few award night certs as you want. But unfortunately the free night only is unlocked when you pay for all 5 nights with points 🙁

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    Are their restrictions on the 5 free nights or can you use them anytime? Do they have an expiration?

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    do the 5 free nights have an expiration date on them?

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    Please note: Upon reading the “fine print” this wonderful offer is not available to current Bonvoy card holders….

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      Hi Rhonda,

      We did our best to cover the rules in the “Application Restrictions” section of our post. Just to make sure you’re clear, it matters which card you have (or had previously). You can’t get this offer if you already have the same card. And you can’t get this bonus if you got a different Marriott bonus (from select cards) too recently.

      More details here: https://awardwallet.com/blog/marriott-card-application-rules/

      Most folks who don’t have this card or the Marriott Bold should be okay. If you have an old version of the Marriott personal card, it’s possible you’d have to close that card to get this one. If you aren’t sure, I’d recommend reaching out the the AwardTravel 101 team on Facebook.

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      I signed up for the boundless card 2 weeks ago under the 100k point offer. I’ve talked to 3 separate agents and none would switch me to the 5 night offer. On the bright side, if the pandemic is still in full swing 12 mos from now, the points won’t expire.

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    Wow the $5000 is quite steep for this. 5 free nights but the $5k spend kind of turns me off on the deal. They should lower the spend to get the industry back and make it more attractive

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    Is there an expiration date for these five free nights?

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    Bill from Maine says:

    You must use the free nights within 12 months from issue date. It’s a nice offer but since I’m not traveling at the moment anywhere to far from home, I would hate to use one of these at a lower tier property. I would rather see a point offer since they don’t expire and are more flexible, so for these reason’s I’ll pass.

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      @Bill – Yes, lots of us would have preferred a 250k points offer, me included. The certs being capped is one huge drawback for Marriott cards in general imho.