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Is the Marriott Bonvoy Business Worth It for You?

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Is the Marriott Bonvoy Business Worth It for You?

Devon O'RourkeIs the Marriott Bonvoy Business Worth It for You?Million Mile Secrets Team

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INSIDER SECRET:   Just a single benefit of this card can save you $350+ if you know how to use it.  I’ll show you what I mean!

Sometimes you’ve got to roll with the punches.  Or in the miles in points world, roll with the drastic credit card changes.

Marriott recently nuked their old credit cards and reshaped their benefits.  Rising from the ashes is the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (formerly the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express).

Here’s why the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card is worth it for many wanderlusters.

Is The AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Business worth it?  You can use its bonus to stay in hotels all over the world, like Glasgow!

Is the Marriott Bonvoy Business Worth It for You?

Apply Here:   Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

Read our review of the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Card comes with a 75,000-point welcome bonus after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

The card continues to hold these benefits:

  • 6 Marriott points per $1 spent on eligible Marriott purchases
  • 4 Marriott points per $1 spent at US gas stations, at US restaurants, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers and on US purchases for shipping
  • 2 Marriott points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Free Silver elite status
  • Free employee cards (See Rates & Fees)
  • Free Boingo Wi-Fi
  • Gold status after making $35,000 in purchases with the card in a calendar year
  • Free award night each cardmember anniversary valid at locations costing up to 35,000 points
  • 15 elite night credits every year
  • Terms Apply

The card has a $125 annual fee (See Rates & Fees).

With this card, you can now earn a second free night award (for hotels costing up to 35,000 points) after spending $60,000 with the card in a calendar year.

Eligibility

You aren’t eligible for this card’s bonus if you have or have had these cards in the past 30 days:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Card
  • Chase Marriott Bonvoy Business Card

You also aren’t eligible for the intro bonus if you’ve had any of the following cards in the past 90 days or have earned a welcome bonus or upgrade bonus with from any of these cards in the past 24 months:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
  • Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Premier Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express (lifetime)

Is the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card Worth the Annual Fee?

Yes!  The free night award alone is worth more than the annual fee.

Here are some examples of out of pocket standard room rates for Category 5 hotels:

  • Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel ~$350
  • Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square ~$320
  • Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Autograph Collection near Disney World ~$225

As long as you can get more value with the free annual night than annual fee, this card is a no-brainer.  Especially if you’re using your free night at some of the places listed above!  I’ve got my eye on the Renaissance Chicago Downtown for August!

AMEX Bonvoy Business Changes
The Renaissance Chicago Downtown is a great option for your free night award

Plus, the welcome bonus itself is worth the annual fee many times over.  And for stays using points, you can book your stay up to 50 weeks in advance using Marriott’s Points Advance.  This is especially helpful if you want to book your stay before you meet your minimum spend and receive the 75,000-point welcome bonus.

Bottom Line

If you’re interested in the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card from American Express, you’ll earn 75,000-point welcome bonus after meeting minimum spending!

You can easily offset the annual fee each year just by using the free night award.  And if you can spend $60,000 with the card in a calendar year, you’ve got even more reason to keep the card in your wallet because you can earn ANOTHER free night award.

What are some reasons you’re keeping this card in your wallet?

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, please click here.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel

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I just got this card but they sent me the SPG card, did anyone get the Bonvoy card yet?

I received the SPG Starwood preferred business too.

Anyone know how long to wait for the free night to post? My AF hit a month ago and nothing yet. With my chase card the free night posts when the AF hits.

Yes, there is definitely a difference between when the free night is posted and when the AF is charged between the two cards. American Express can take up to 10 weeks after the AF is paid, according to their phone rep. and an email I was sent. In actuality, mine took 9 weeks. This is even though the crediting of the free night is for the past year and has nothing to do with the AF. Yet, Amex claims if the AF isn’t paid, you won’t have an active account when the night does post, so you cannot use it. Chase doesn’t play this game…..the free night is awarded on the anniversary date. It’s just another game Amex plays.