Which Credit Cards Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points?

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Marriott features one of the most extensive global footprints of any accommodation provider with over 6,700 hotels under one corporate umbrella and rewards program. With such a large number of hotels plugging directly into the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, Marriott now controls a substantial share of the hotel award travel market.

Whether you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist staying 50+ nights per year, or just looking to diversify your points to include the combined Marriott portfolio, the fastest method of growing a balance of Bonvoy points is acquiring a Marriott co-brand credit card.

Following a full overhaul of the Marriott co-brand credit card lineup, we think it’s the perfect time to recap all the credit cards earning Marriott Bonvoy points and outline the welcome offers and key features of each card.

Credit Cards Earning Marriott Points

Covering the combined Marriott brands, Marriott Bonvoy currently offers co-brand cards from both Chase and American Express.

CREDIT CARDWELCOME OFFERKEY BENEFITSANNUAL FEE
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (previously the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card)Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!• 6x on Marriott spend
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
$95
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (previously the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express)Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 04/24/2019. Terms Apply.• 6x on Marriott spend
• 4x 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 on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
$125 (If application received before 03/28/19, $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95) - Rates & Fees
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (previously the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card)Limited time offer: Earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 4/24/2019.• 6x on Marriott spend
• 3x at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 50,000 points
• Automatic Gold Elite status
• Path to Platinum Elite status when you spend $75,000 on the card in an account year
• $300 annual Marriott/SPG hotel credit
• Priority Pass Select membership
• Global Entry/TSA Pre credit every four years
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
$450
Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit CardNo longer accepting applications • 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 4x at restaurants, gas stations, shipping, internet, cable and phone service purchases
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in an account year
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
$99
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressNo longer accepting applications • 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 35,000 points
• Automatic Silver Elite status
• Path to Gold Elite status when you spend $30,000 on the card in an account year (rising to $35K from January 1, 2019)
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 6x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 3x at restaurants, rental car agencies, on flights booked direct with the airline
• 2x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any property up to 50,000 points
• Automatic Gold Elite status
• Path to Platinum Elite status when you spend $75,000 on the card in an account year
• $300 annual incidentals travel credit
• Save $100 on multi-passenger domestic airfare purchases
• Priority Pass Select membership
• 3 annual club level upgrades on paid stays up to 7 nights
• Global Entry/TSA Pre credit every 4 years
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year (starting 2019)
$450
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 5x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 2x restaurants, car rental agencies, and airfare purchased directly from the airline
• 1x on all other purchases
• Anniversary free night certificate valid at any Cat 1-5 property up to 25,000 points
• 15 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases
$85
Marriott Rewards® Consumer Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 3x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 1x on all other purchases
• Free night certificate valid at any Cat 1-4 property after you spend $25,000 on purchases each year
• 10 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases
$45
Marriott Rewards® Business Credit CardNo longer accepting applications• 3x on Marriott and SPG spend
• 1x on all other purchases
• 10 elite night credits per calendar year
• 1 Elite Night Credit per $3,000 spent in purchases
$45

While none of Marriott’s co-brand cards offers the return on non-bonus spending of the SPG cards of old, cardholders can still collect a ton of Marriott points by stacking credit card spending on bonus categories with shopping portal bonuses and Marriott promos, and by taking advantage of any bonus points awarded for in-hotel spend.

You can also transfer points from Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards at 1:1 ratio, although we don’t recommend this as a high-value use of your points unless you are topping off an account to reach a specific redemption.

Application Restrictions on Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Cards

In addition to revamping the earning rates and benefits of co-brand cards, Marriott introduced a complex web of application restrictions which layer on top of the issuer-specific application restrictions such as Chase’s 5/24 policy and Amex’s one bonus per person per product.

Each card features specific restrictions based on the cards you hold now, have held in the past, and welcome offers you’ve received in the previous 24 months. We’ve listed the restrictions by card in the table below, and you can catch our full breakdown and interpretation of the rules in our dedicated post.

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

Final Thoughts

The refreshed lineup of cards from Marriott features three cards, but, with the new application restrictions layered on top of the already challenging issuer-specific rules, new card applicants need to be strategic in which cards they apply for. Jumping the gun may mean you miss out on an increased welcome offer, or land a card you don’t want to hold longterm.

While the Marriott cards will never be the go-to solution for non-bonus spend, there is still a place for Marriott cards in a well thought out rewards strategy. The addition of the anniversary free night certificates adds another layer of value for those folk that like to stick to a simple award travel strategy, and the revised benefits across the board make the cards an excellent option for Marriott Bonvoy loyalists.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees)

Which Credit Cards Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points?
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Comments

  • Although I miss the earn rate of the old SPG cards, I still see the value of collecting this flexible currency. I am planning a trip to a fairly remote location in the next few months. I was wondering how I was going to get there with my points…then I remembered all my Starriot points and realized that I can get there using points on almost any airline that I find a deal. Especially after I have earned the 100 000 bonus on the luxury card.

  • Thank you for this very detailed map (flowchart?) which provides me with a game plan. I believe the basic SPG card will work for a relative. Although the value of only 75,000 Marriott valued points leaves me less than breathless. I may wait for a higher sign up bonus before pulling the trigger.

  • Great summary of the cards. So confusing now with all the different cards from two different banks, but with that leads to opportunities. The devaluation of SPG points is a bummer though.

  • great summary

  • Steve Dortch says:

    If you have this card and stay in a Marriott hotel expecting the 6x rewards credit, be sure to confirm that your hotel is a “participating” hotel. I recently stayed in a St. Regis property in China and only received 2x. But when I challenged that with Chase, they confirmed the hotel was in fact “participating” and issued a correction so that I received the full 6x rewards.

  • Wow, that’s complicated. I just cannot digest the information by skimming the article!

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