Chase announced today newly increased offers on the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold and the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless. Both offers include a nice haul of points for modest spend and could be worthwhile for those who are eligible under Marriott’s complicated rules.
The welcome offer on the Boundless is enough to get you one night with this view at the St. Regis Bora Bora. You supply your own podcast setup.
The Offers & Key Card Details
For more information about this card and to find an application link, click the card info below to go to our dedicated page for this card.
Keep in mind that Marriott has really complicated rules regarding credit card bonus eligibility. Check this chart and the key below it to determine whether or not you are eligible for a welcome bonus: As you can see, you are not eligible to get both of these cards and will not be eligible to receive the welcome bonus on either if you have received a welcome or upgrade bonus on any of the Marriott credit cards in the past 24 months.
Given these draconian rules, I would only recommend considering the 100K Boundless offer between these two. There’s just no sense in getting the bold in my mind: pick up the 100K bonus offer, get a 35K free night certificate at anniversary, and then if you decide that you don’t want to keep the card you can consider downgrading it to the Bold before paying next year’s annual fee. The additional 50K points combined with the free night certificate that you could pick up before downgrading means that it’s worth paying the $95 annual fee up front.
Of course, you’ll need to be under 5/24 to consider either card, which is a hurdle in itself.
Chase’s 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.
Then you’ll also need to get somewhat lucky given that all issuers have anecdotally tightened up approval standards in the current environment. Finally, you’ll need to want Marriott points. At the moment, they may not seem terribly attractive — though, on the other hand, since you’ll be locked out of other bonuses for a while, it might be worth picking this up now if you’re eligible in order to stack these points with those you earn when you’re finally eligible again in 2022. Still, given that this would add a card to your 5/24 count, I’d want to have thought my strategy through and to know which other Chase cards I want and why and when I’ll apply before opening one of these on a whim. They can be worthwhile for Marriott enthusiasts (especially the boundless as the annual free night certificate certainly can be worth well over the $95 annual fee — but that depends on whether or not the nicer 35K properties fit your travel patterns).
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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.
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