For a limited time the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card has an increased bonus offer of 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 in the first three months of account opening. This is an increase of 25,000 points over the previous offer.
I got this card the last time it had a 100,000-point bonus and I plan on converting those points into Alaska Airlines miles (to book Cathay Pacific flights) because Marriott is the only major flexible points program that transfers to Alaska Airlines.
With the introduction of Marriott’s peak and off-peak pricing, the cost of an award night can vary greatly. For example, the difference between peak and off-peak prices at a top-tier Category 8 hotel is 30,000 points. This could present opportunities for deal hunters, but if your travel isn’t as flexible, then you might get stuck paying more.
These changes also impact the annual free-night certificate you earn on every card anniversary with Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, because it’s valid at hotels costing up to 35,000 points per night. This means you won’t be able to use the free night at Category 5 hotels on peak days, but I still think the free-night certificate alone could justify paying the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card’s annual fee of $95.
I love Marriott points because they transfer to 40+ airlines and most of these transfer are at a 3:1 ratio. In addition, you’ll get 15,000 bonus Marriott points added to every 60,000 points you transfer. In most cases, that’s an extra 5,000 miles, so a 60,000-point transfer would convert to 25,000 miles. And the Bonvoy Boundless card also gets you 15 elite night credits every year you keep the card, which will give you a head start on earning top-tier Marriott Bonvoy elite status.