Big changes to the Marriott Bonvoy credit card lineup: new cards, new perks, new rewards – The Points Guy

There’s a lot going on with Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards, so buckle up and put your seats upright.

In addition to the launch of two all-new credit cards, there are major updates to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, a more valuable Free Night Award on a Ritz-Carlton™ credit card (no longer available to new applicants) and welcome offers on three other cards.

Let’s go through the changes to Marriott credit cards that are happening today, one piece at a time.

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Two new Marriott Co-branded credit cards

Two new Marriott credit cards launched today: one from American Express and one from Chase. This is the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ Card from Chase.

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Both cards are very similar. It includes the following perks and advantages:

Furthermore, both the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card have the same earning structure, where you earn points at the following rates:

  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 4 points per dollar on the first $15,000 of joint spend annually at restaurants around the world and in US supermarkets (then 2 points per dollar after that).
  • 2 points per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

Bonvoy Bevy and Bonvoy Bountiful cards have the same welcome offer for new applicants. You can earn 125,000 Bonus Points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases during the first three months of card membership. TPG values ​​Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.84 cents a piece, which means that this reward is worth $1,050.

This welcome offer runs until January 11, 2023 for the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Bevy Card. The Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card offer will also expire in January 2023, although we don’t have a specific date at the moment.

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Changes to the awesome Marriott Bonvoy Card

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Earlier this year, we covered the change to up to $300 in annual credits available on this card. As of today (September 22, 2022), Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant cardholders will no longer receive credits of up to $300 for spending with Marriott properties. Alternatively, this credit is now available as a credit of up to $25 per month for dining purchases.

However, today we learned about a slew of other changes at Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant. You can read the full details of it in this article, but here’s an overview:

  • Automatic Platinum (formerly Gold) status.
  • 25 Elite Night Credits each year (previously 15).
  • Optional perk to spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year (starting in 2023).
  • Incremental annual fee of $650 (see rates and fees).

Fortunately, the new annual fee will not apply to existing cardholders until the first renewal date on (or after) January 1, 2023. Many existing Bonvoy Brilliant cardholders are already seeing an additional 10 Elite Night credits in their accounts.

New Cardmembers can earn 150,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 on eligible purchases during the first three months of Card Membership. This welcome offer ends January 11, 2023. TPG values ​​Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.84 cents per piece, which means this bonus is worth $1,260.

Related Topics: Great Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Review

Free Enhanced Night Award on the Ritz-Carlton Card

It’s more positive news for those who still hold the Ritz-Carlton (no longer available to new applicants), because they’ll also see a more valuable Free Night Award in the future. Currently, cardholders get an annual Free Night Award worth up to 50,000 points. On the next anniversary of your account, you will receive a free night prize worth up to 85,000 points.

However, the $450 annual fee on the card still applies, so this is a totally positive update to the card.

RELATED: The Secret to Getting a Suspended Ritz-Carlton Credit Card—And the 4 Reasons You Need It

New welcome offers on 3 cards

Three additional Marriott Bonvoy credit cards have high welcome offers at the moment.

The Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card It has a high welcome offer, which runs until November 2, 2022. New applicants can earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases during the first three months of card membership. TPG values ​​Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.84 cents a piece, which means that this reward is worth $840.

Remember, this card was recently updated with automatic higher elite status, improved earning rates and a discount on qualifying room rates through Marriott — all without an increase in the card’s $125 annual fee (see rates and fees). Check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card for more details.

Related: Here’s Why You Need a Marriott Bonvoy Personal and Business Credit Card

New applicants for Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card You can also enjoy a high sign-up bonus of 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values ​​Marriott Bonvoy Points at 0.84 cents a piece, which means that this reward is worth $840. The fee for this card is $95 annually. Check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card for more details.

In addition, applicants for Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card You can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months of opening the account. This is up from the previous offer of 30,000 bonus points and is worth $504, according to our latest reviews. There is no annual fee on this card. Check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card for more details.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold and Boundless cards are offered by Chase, while the Marriott Bonvoy Business card is offered by American Express. Each bank has its own rules and restrictions for your credit card application, so be sure to read those rules and restrictions before placing your order.

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Quick thoughts on changes

The benefits and perks of the new Amex Marriott Bonvoy Bevy Card and Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card take over some of the previously offered Bonvoy Brilliant Card, such as 15 Elite Night Credits and free Gold status. These perks are now available at a lower fee ($200 less than what you previously paid in annual fees).

However, cards don’t automatically offer an annual free night; You must spend $15,000 annually to earn this Free Night Award. This is in sharp contrast to the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card, which offers a 35,000-point certificate automatically upon renewal.

It is also worth comparing this with the corresponding cards of other series. For example, file Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card It gives you a free weekend night after spending $15,000 in a calendar year, but this is valid by default Which Shared property. The card also has a lower annual fee ($95, see rates and fees), and the automatic Hilton Gold status on the Surpass card is significantly more valuable than the Marriott Gold status offered on these two new products.

Meanwhile, the Life world credit cardwhich also has an annual fee of $95, offers a Tier 1-4 Free Night award automatically on account anniversary and has the ability to win a second Free Night award by spending $15,000 on the card each year.

On the other hand, the change in the Ritz-Carlton card is quite positive. Without increasing its annual fee, one of the card’s main benefits is getting better. Although the product is not available to new applicants, it is available to those who are transferring from another Marriott co-branded credit card to that card.

The most complicated part of this news is the countless changes in Marriott Bonvoy Cool Card. New perks may be great for some travelers, but others may be turned off by higher annual fees and monthly food credits — which take more energy to maximize than Marriott’s old $300 credit. Fortunately, existing cardholders have some time to consider whether it is worth paying the higher annual fee.

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Marriott has come out with some massive changes to its co-branded credit card lineup today — and there’s plenty to accommodate.

The main benefits are the launch of two new Marriott mid-tier credit cards, and improved benefits at Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex — but the latter corresponds to a $200 increase in the card’s annual fee. On top of that, Ritz-Carlton cardholders will get an even more valuable annual free night from now on, while the other three Marriott credit cards have launched high-end welcome offers.

You can count on TPG to keep you up to date with these changes by providing new analysis for these cards to see if their annual fee is worth it. We’ll also be updating our detailed reviews of each card in the coming weeks, so look for these if you’re interested in applying for one of these cards or already have one (or more) in your wallet.

Apply here: Earn 150,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of Card Membership with your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card. Expires on January 11, 2023.

Apply here: Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases during the first three months of card membership on the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card. Expires on November 2, 2022.

Apply here: Earn 100,000 reward points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening in Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card.

Apply here: Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months of opening an account on Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.

For Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex rates and fees, click here.
For Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex rates and fees, click here.
For Hilton Honors Surpass card rates and fees, click here.

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