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Credit Card Review: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless (Mid-Level)

by joeheg

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card by Chase is the mid-level Marriott Bonvoy card available to new applicants. Marriott points are useful because of the variety of hotels available in the Bonvoy program in addition to the other ways you can redeem your points with their travel partners.

Sign Up Bonus

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card currently has two sign up offers. We have a referral link for an offer of three free night certificates at a Marriott hotel costing 35,000 points a night, or less if you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months after opening your account.

If you’re interested in this offer, here’s our link (we receive a referral bonus if you sign up and are approved for the card) 

There’s another public sign up offer for 100,000 Bonvoy points if you spend $3,000 in the first three months. This offer may be a better deal if you’re looking to use your points at either low category or high category Marriott hotels as you have some extra flexibility. You can find a sign-up page for this offer here.

There are some truly confusing rules to sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy cards since there are cards available from both Chase and American Express. First things first. This card, like most Chase cards, is subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. This means if you’ve applied for 5 or more credit cards in the last 24 months, Chase will not approve you for a new card. The Bonvoy cards have their own set of additional rules for new applications.

Read the “Offer Details” for either sign-up bonus before applying.

Annual Fee

This card has a $95 annual fee.

Bonus Spending Categories

When spending on the card, you earn points in the Marriott Bonvoy program as follows:

  • Earn 6 points for every dollar of eligible purchases at participating Starwood and Marriott Hotels
  • Earn 2 points for all other eligible purchases

I’ll admit that it is not a very exciting list of bonus categories. Even at Marriott hotels, you only earn 6X points but you can earn 3x points on all hotel spending by using either the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige cards.

Card Benefits

Let’s look at what benefits you get with Marriott for having the card:

  • Free in-room premium internet (when booking directly through Marriott)
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status. Ability to earn Gold Elite status if you spend $35,000 or more in eligible purchases in a calendar year
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits to be used to reach the next level of status. This can currently be stacked with the 15-night credits from a Marriott Bonvoy Business card for automatic Gold status and a jump towards Platinum.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. The award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 points) at a participating hotel. Select hotels have resort fees.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees

Ways to Use Bonvoy Points

Points earned with the Bonvoy Boundless card can be used to stay at Marriott properties. In addition, you’re able to transfer points to many different Airline Frequent Flyer programs (possibly with a bonus, depending on how many points you transfer). That’s not counting the additional options of Marriott Bonvoy Moments (which I explain later in this post).

Hotel Stays

Points can be used for award stays at any of the Marriott hotels. They cover over 30 chains worldwide where you can spend your points:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton
  2. St. Regis
  3. JW Marriott
  4. Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  5. The Luxury Collection
  6. W Hotels
  7. EDITION
  8. Marriott Hotels
  9. Sheraton
  10. Marriott Vacation Club
  11. Delta Hotels
  12. Le Meriden
  13. Westin
  14. Autograph Collection
  15. Design Hotels
  16. Renaissance Hotels
  17. Tribute Portfolio
  18. Gaylord Hotels
  19. Courtyard Hotels
  20. Four Points
  21. SpringHill Suites
  22. Protea Hotels
  23. Fairfield Inn & Suites
  24. AC Hotels
  25. Aloft Hotels
  26. Moxy Hotels
  27. Marriott Executive Apartments
  28. Residence Inn
  29. TownPlace Suites
  30. element

Marriott Bonvoy has some incredible properties like the ones we visited in Austria, Germany and England.

Flights

You can transfer points to the frequent flyer programs of over 30 different airlines. The transfer ratio is 3 points to 1 mile for most airlines and you get a bonus of 5,000 extra miles when you transfer 60,000 points. That means it’s best to transfer only in 60,000 point increments when your 60,000 points give you 65,000 miles. A change from the previous transfer ratio is with United Airlines. Where previously a transfer to United was a horrible deal, you’ll now get a 10% bonus when sending points to United.

AEGEAN Miles+Bonus 3:1
Aer Lingus AerClub 3:1
Aeroflot Bonus 3:1
Aeromexico ClubPremier 3:1
Air Canada Aeroplan 3:1
Air China PhoenixMiles 3:1
Air France-KLM Flying Blue 3:1
Air New Zealand Airpoints 200:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ 3:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia 3:1
American Airlines AAdvantage® 3:1
ANA Mileage Club 3:1
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club 3:1
Avianca LifeMiles 3:1
British Airways Executive Club 3:1
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 3:1
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club 3:1
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles 3:1
Delta SkyMiles® 3:1
Emirates Skywards® 3:1
Etihad Guest 3:1
FRONTIER Miles 3:1
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club 3:1
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles® 3:1
Iberia Plus 3:1
InterMiles 3:1
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank 3:1
JetBlue TrueBlue 6:1
Korean Air SKYPASS 3:1
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass 3:1
Multiplus Fidelidade 3:1
Qantas Frequent Flyer 3:1
Qatar Airways Privilege Club 3:1
SAA Voyager 3:1
Saudia Alfursan 3:1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer® 3:1
Southwest Rapid Rewards® 3:1
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go 3:1
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus 3:1
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 3:1
United MileagePlus® 3:1.1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 3:1
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer 3:1
Vueling Club 3:1

Others Uses For Bonvoy Points

There are also other exciting ways for you to spend your points. One of those is the Marriott Bonvoy Moments program. There aren’t many moments available right now, but in the past they have offered dinners, concerts and sporting event tickets, often from a VIP suite.

Final Thoughts

As far as how to use your points, for years I hoarded Starwood and then Marriott points I earned with this card. I always felt there would be some exotic destination I would want to travel to and I would transfer points to an airline for the fancy seats. With limited vacation time, I’ve realized I have enough points and it was time to start spending my points. Luckily, I’ve found that using points for hotel stays can be a great value. I wish we could stay somewhere for 5 nights more often so I could take advantage of the fifth night free on reward stays as I did at the Sheraton New York and the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

One of the most common uses of this perk was to stay for five nights at the Swan or Dolphin hotels at Walt Disney World with points for the price of four nights. Marriott has caught on the value people gave these rooms and have placed them into category 6, costing 40,000 to 60,000 points a night (previously they only cost the equivalent of 30,000 points).

Swolfin

I value Marriott Bonvoy points at .667 cents per point. I usually find redemptions worth much more than that, like when I managed to get 2.25 cents per point value booking a room at the Residence Inn in New York over Thanksgiving weekend.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

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