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Marriott Bonvoy Bold

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The Marriott Bonvoy Bold is the no annual fee card in the Marriott Bonvoy family of credit cards. The card itself offers a small return on Marriott spend and grants Silver Elite status with Marriott. It's an option for those looking to downgrade their curreny Chase Marriott Cards to avoid paying annual fees. Anyone that plan on staying at Marriott a few times a year will want to take a step up to the Marriott Boundless Card.

Bonus Categories

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card features one bonus category which is spending done at Marriott Hotels. There is no limit to the amount of bonus points you can earn spending in this category and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with the card overall.

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The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card earns 3 points per $1 spent at Marriott Hotels. This is the only Marriott Card that earns a low return as the other six Marriott Cards earn 6 points per $1 spent. With Marriott Points being worth 0.7 cents each on average, you're looking at about 2.1% return when using this card. That's not bad, but you can do better with other no-fee cards such as the 3% cash back on hotels with the Barclays Uber Card and 3% return with the Wells Fargo Propel Card.

2x Non-Category

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card earns 2 points per $1 on all non-Marriott purchases. This is equal to an average return of 1.4% per $1 spent which is relatively low, but is the highest amount of Marriott Bonvoy Points you can earn on non-category spend. If you're looking for a better return in general, you can pick up a 2% or higher cash back card like the 2% cash back Paypal CashBack Mastercard or 3% cash back Alliant CashBack Visa.

Perks and Benefits

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card comes with Marriott Elite Status along with the standard Chase perks.

Marriott Silver Elite Status

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Cardholders will receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year, qualifying you for Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite Status. This offers a few perks such as 10% bonus points and late checkout. As with the other Marriott credit cards, the Elite Night perk does not stack with other cards. You can only earn the 15 elite nights once per calendar year no matter how many Marriott Cards you have.

Standard Chase Benefits

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card comes with the standard Chase travel and protection benefits. This includes:

  • Baggage Delay Insurance - Reimburses you for essential purchases like toiletries and clothing for baggage delays over 6 hours by passenger carrier up to $100 a day for 5 days.
  • Lost Luggage Reimbursement - If you or an immediate family member check or carry on luggage that is damaged or lost by the carrier, you're covered up to $3,000 per passenger.
  • Trip Delay Reimbursement - If your common carrier travel is delayed more than 12 hours or requires an overnight stay, you and your family are covered for un-reimbursed expenses, such as meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket.
  • Purchase Protection - Covers your new purchases for 120 days against damage or theft up to $500 per claim, up to $50,000 per account.
  • Visa Concierge - Get complimentary Visa Signature┬« Concierge Service 24 hours a day. Find tickets to the top sports and entertainment events, make dinner reservations and even get help sending the perfect gift.

Sign Up Bonus

The standard sign up bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card is 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points. This has an average cash value of about $350. In terms of free nights, this can be as many as 10 free nights at a Category 1 during off-peak season or 1 night at a Category 7 during off-peak season. Marriott Bonvoy Points can also be transferred to almost 40 partners in which 50,000 points is equal to 16,666 airline miles in the majority of the programs.

Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Chart.

Credit Card Fees

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Annual Fee

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card does not have an annual fee. This means you do not have to worry about hitting any specific type of spend to make the card worth it. While it doesn't come with a free annual night like the other Marriott Cards, it's nice for anyone looking to maintain at least Silver Elite Status without worrying about paying a fee.

Authorized User Fee

There is no authorized user fee for adding additional users to the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card. If you're looking to earn additional Marriott Bonvoy Points, adding family and friends can help you earn points faster.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card has a 0% foreign transaction fee. This means you can use the Bold Card for international purchases without worrying about being penalized. This is great for anyone looking for an international card and wish to earn some Marriott Bonvoy Points with their spend. It also helps that the card comes with Chase's great travel protection benefits.

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Page Last Updated: 2019-08-15
Written By: Robert Flowers III

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