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Chase Launches No Annual Fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

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On Tuesday, Chase launched a new no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy credit card dubbed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card. The card is now the third Marriott consumer credit card offering and the first that comes with no annual fee. And you can currently earn 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $1,000 in the first three months of card membership.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card

 

Click Here to get more information about the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card. 

 

Full Benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card

  • Welcome Offer Bonus: Earn 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months of card membership.
  • 3x Marriott Bonvoy Points: For each dollar spent at all Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 2x Marriott Bonvoy Points: For each dollar spent on other travel purchases (airfare, trains, taxis, etc.)
  • 1x Marriott Bonvoy Points: For each dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits: Earn 15 elite night credits toward Marriott status each year you hold the card which will qualify you for Silver Elite status.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees: The card doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
  • Chase 5/24 Rule: As is the case with all Chase cards, the card is subjected to the 5/24 Rule.
  • Annual Fee: The card has no annual fee.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card

 

Click Here to get more information about the Marriott Bonvoy Bold card. 

 

Are You Eligible to Apply for This Card? 

Because Marriott now has co-branded credit cards issued from both American Express and Chase, there are a number of card eligibility considerations you will need to take into account if you are thinking about applying.

If you hold or have held the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card (formerly called the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus) or received the new cardmember sign up bonus within the past 24 months, you will not be approved for the card. Chase only allows you to have one or the other when it comes to their co-branded Marriott credit cards.

Additionally, if you currently hold or have held the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (formerly the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card), The Marriott Bonvoy Business Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card within the last 30 days, you will not be eligible to earn the new cardmember signup bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Bold card.

If you have received a new cardmember bonus on any of these cards within the last 24 months, you will also not be able to earn the new cardmember sign up bonus offered.

Said simply, if you currently hold a Marriott Bonvoy personal credit card, you will not be eligible to earn the signup bonus on the Bold card. If that card is the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card, you won’t get approved for the no annual fee Marriott Bold card.

And finally, this card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule. So if you’ve opened five or more credit cards (from any bank or hotel chain) within the last 24 months, you won’t be approved for the Marriot Bonvoy Bold card.

 

Our Analysis

We get it, credit cards with annual fees are not for everybody. This is the reason why brands like Marriott offer three different consumer credit cards, as each one appeals to different people.

But this is another great example of why we always encourage our readers to do the math before ruling out cards with an annual fee. Chase’s other consumer Marriott credit card, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, is a perfect example.

The card has an annual fee of $95, but it also comes with a huge advantage over the no annual fee Marriott Bold card. It offers an annual free night certificate that can be used each year to book a free room at ANY Marriott property costing 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or less.

With that certificate, you shouldn’t have to work too hard to get three to four times the value out of the $95 annual fee, making it a much more lucrative offer than the no annual fee Bold card.

Thrifty Tip: See our guide to the Best Uses of the Marriott Annual Free Night Certificate.

 

Bottom Line

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold card is solid no annual fee card offering. It offers a sizable bonus and no foreign transaction fees. But if you stay at Marriott hotels often, the Bonvoy Boundless Card is likely a better option.

 

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