New Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card 100K Offer [2020]

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The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is now offering a new limited time offer of 100,000 points! This is a good offer if you’re under 5/24, so let’s take a look at some of the details like the free night potential, bonus earning, and elite benefits to see if it’s worth jumping on for you. 


Marriott Bonvoy Boundless limited-time offer

  • 100,000 Marriott points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • Annual Free Night Award
  • 6X Bonvoy points on Marriott
  • 2X Bonvoy points on all other purchases
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • Get Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year
  • $95 annual fee

There is also a limited time offer for the Marriott Bold for 50,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. (The Bold is a good choice if you don’t want to pay an annual fee, but I personally would choose the Boundless.) 

View from the W Taipei.

Welcome bonus 

  • Earn 100,000 Marriott points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

This is a nice offer and one of the strongest offers we’ve seen for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card (the previous offer was at 75,000 points). 

With 100K Marriott points, you could cover a couple of nights at brands like the Autograph Collection, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, and even at some Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and W hotels. So you could definitely get over $800 worth of value at nice properties from the bonus. Or you could stretch your points on Category 1 properties and cover up to 20 nights!

And finally, you could convert your 100K points into airline miles at a 3:1 ratio and a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points you transfer. So in this case your 100K points could be worth 38,000 airline miles for just about any major program.

(After meeting the minimum spend you’d only be 10,000 points away from the next 5,000 point bonus, too). 

Bonvoy points can be a big help when you need to top off a balance or help you get closer to some redemptions with programs like JAL that have super-cheap awards but no major transfer partners. 

Either way you go, 100K Bonvoy points can be worth a lot if you use your points efficiently and Bonvoy points can also be a very useful rewards currency due to its extreme flexibility. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

Credit card strategy tip

While I really like the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card, I’d recommend many people to first consider the best Chase cards first like the Chase Sapphire Preferred which offers 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. 

As long as you haven’t opened up five accounts in the past 24 months, the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve might be better options to go with first if you want better bonus earnings on dining and general travel expenses. You can also transfer their points to many partners (including Marriott). 

(If you really wanna maximize your wallet, go with the Chase Ink Business Preferred first since that card will not account towards your 5/24 status.) 

Also, don’t forget the long and confusing Marriott application rules that apply to these cards. You can find the text for these rules below but remember that when WalletFlo launches, the calculations for these rules will be automated for you!


Annual Free Night

Every year on your account anniversary, you’ll get a free night that can be used on properties costing up to 35,000 points per night. There are some great properties you can find in this range and you should check out our article on the best Marriott Category 5 properties

JW Marriott Houston.

Bonus categories 

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card offers the following bonus rates: 

  • 6X Bonvoy points on Marriott
  • 2X Bonvoy points on all other purchases

6X Marriott points is okay for Marriott properties. At a valuation of .08 cents per point, that’s 4.8% back so you could easily argue that you’d get more back with a card that earns 3X on travel like the Chase Sapphire Reserve. But Chase points would only transfer to Marriott at a one to one ratio so you have to factor that in.


Elite benefits

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card will offer automatic Silver Elite Status which honestly isn’t much but you can earn Marriott Gold status by spending $35,000 in a year. Gold will get you benefits like: 

  • 25% Bonus on points
  • Late check-out
  • Upgrades
  • Enhanced internet
  • Welcome gift

There is no guaranteed breakfast or lounge access. So would I go chasing Marriott Gold for $35K in spend? Not a chance, especially since you get Marriott Gold with the Amex Platinum. Still, I guess it’s nice to have a way to get a (lower) mid-tier hotel status without having to stay at a hotel. 

You’ll also be given 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year, which can help you reach Gold status much quicker since you’ll only be 10 nights away from reaching it.


Final word

If you are under 5/24 this is a good time to jump on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card with its higher bonus of 100,000 points. The spend requirement is a little higher at $5,000 but it’s still get a good card. Using the free night should easily offset the annual fee for you in many cases so this card is a keeper for many! 

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2 comments

  1. The whole “1 lane rule” is a major drag. Imagine if you could only go to 1 gas station chain to get fuel. It’s an absurd & childish way to do business. In the end, it creates a lose/lose/lose scenario whereby the customer, Marriott, and the credit issuer all miss out.

    Changing it to “having any Marriott card from any issuer within 12mon” would protect them from churning, but also open the door to future business/sales after the waiting period has ended.

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