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Chase has delivered a hotel-points bonanza overnight, unveiling huge new welcome bonuses for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and the recently launched Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card.
Marriott Bonvoy Card from Chase gets an upgraded welcome offer of 100,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. The new offer on the IHG Rewards Premier Card is now up to 120,000 bonus points—the highest we’ve ever seen on this card.
Both cards offer plenty of perks in addition to the improved signup offers, including annual free-night certificates and elite status benefits that will more than account for the annual fee if used to maximum effect.
When welcome offers climb into 100K+ point territory, it’s time to reassess your card application strategy to determine where one of these cards could fit into your rewards portfolio.
New 100,000 Point Offer on Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
In addition to rebranding the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card as the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card during its recent unveiling of the new Bonvoy program, Marriott announced a limited-time increased welcome offer of 100,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
The new Marriott co-brand card (see full card review) retains all the benefits offered by its predecessor, including the annual free night which offsets the out of pocket expense of holding the card long term. Plus, the new card is issued as a contactless card.
Marriott Bonvoy Card Key Benefits
- 6x points at Marriott Bonvoy properties and 2x on all other purchases
- Anniversary free night certificate for hotels valued up to 35,000 points
- Complimentary Silver Elite Status and a Path to Gold Elite Status after you spend $35K in a calendar year
- 15x Elite Night Credits towards your next elite tier (capped at 15 nights across all Marriott co-brand cards)
- No foreign transaction fees
- Access to Chase Offers through the Chase mobile app
- $95 annual fee
While the initial motivation to acquire the Marriott Bonvoy Card will most likely be the 100,000 points received after meeting minimum spend requirements, cardholders can redeem the card's annual free night certificate at Marriott properties up to the value of 35,000 points per night. A high-value perk that can add value well above the cost of the annual fee when redeemed at the right Marriott property.
Earn up to 120,000 bonus points with the IHG Rewards Premier Card
If you’ve been on the fence whether to get the IHG Rewards Premier Card, you won’t find a better time than now to apply. The latest offer is the highest we’ve ever seen offered on this card, providing up to 120,000 bonus points - Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening plus an additional 40,000 bonus points after spending a total of $5,000 on purchases within 6 months of account opening. Until today, the best offer on this card has been 100,000 points.
To put the value of the welcome offer into perspective, you can secure award nights at premium IHG properties like the Intercontinental Melbourne in Australia for 60K points per night, giving you two nights of luxury in Australia’s culinary capital. Or, you could unload the signup bonus on 5,000 points per night PointBreaks hotels, netting as many as 24 nights from a single credit card bonus.
IHG Rewards Premier Card Key Benefits
- 10x points at IHG Hotels; 2x at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1x on all other purchases
- Anniversary free night certificate for hotels valued up to 40,000 points per night
- 4th night free on award stays – pay three nights, and the fourth is free
- Global Entry or TSA Precheck fee credit every four years
- Complimentary IHG Rewards Platinum Elite Status
- 20% discount on purchasing points
- 10,000 bonus points if you spend $20,000 on the card in a calendar year
- $89 annual fee
This is the first time we’ve seen a welcome bonus this high on the IHG Rewards Premier Card, an offer we consider top value for the $89 annual fee. If you're looking for more details about the card, you can read our full review here.
Application restrictions are tightening across all major card issuers, and the new Marriott Bonvoy cards are no exception with a complicated set of application restrictions that will confuse even the most seasoned points and miles collectors. It’s more important than ever to ensure you are getting the best possible deal when applying for a new rewards card, and that the card will deliver value over the long term above and beyond the year-on-year expense of holding the card.
As part of its revamped credit card lineup, Marriott introduced a minefield of new application rules for its co-brand rewards cards. To check if you’re eligible for the welcome bonus on the new Marriott Bonvoy Card, check out our recently updated application guide.
After recent updates to Chase’s application policies, both of these cards are also now subject to Chase’s 5/24 policy. If you’re unfamiliar with 5/24, you won’t be approved for these cards if you’ve opened 5 or more new credit card accounts in the previous 24 months, from any provider. Catch all the details in our dedicated 5/24 resource post.
The 100,000 point offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Card provides roughly the same value as the highest offers ever offered on the legacy SPG cards and could net you 25,000 miles with Marriott's 40+ airline partners, with another 40K Marriott points left in your Marriott account for your next redemption.
You also can’t go wrong if you opt for up to 120,000 bonus points with the latest offer on the IHG Rewards Premier Card and score enough points for 2-3 nights in a luxury IHG property, or as many as 24 nights if redeemed for low-tier PointBreaks hotels.
While neither of these cards gets our vote for day-to-day spending, both offer top perks such as complimentary elite status and annual free night certificates, which make them great candidates to hold for the long term.
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