There are currently six Marriott credit cards available to new applicants and several cards that no longer accept new applications. Chase offers three of the Marriott credit cards you can currently apply for, while American Express offers the other three.
These cards are similar in some ways and different in other ways. Suppose you’re thinking about applying for a Marriott credit card. In that case, you may be considering the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, both of which are offered by Chase, and earn points and rewards with Marriott’s loyalty program, Bonvoy.
Which should you choose? Let’s look at the similarities and differences between the Bountiful and Boundless cards to help you decide which option is better.
Benefits common to both cards
Before we discuss how they differ, here’s what the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cards have in common:
- Type of points earned: Both cards earn Marriott Bonvy points. TPG values these points at 0.84 cents apiece. While the most obvious use of these points is for hotel stays with Marriott, there are other uses (though some are not very valuable), including transferring points to numerous airline partners to redeem them for flights.
- Earning rates at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts: Both cards provide 6 points per dollar when paying for room rates, meals or other charges at Marriott Bonvoy properties. This yields a 5.04% return on spending, based on TPG’s most recent points valuations.
- Earning rates on everyday purchases: Both cards earn 2 points per dollar on purchases that don’t fall into bonus categories or on purchases in bonus categories after exceeding the annual spending caps for bonus points. Earning 2 points per dollar amounts to a 1.68% return on spending, based on TPG’s latest valuations.
- Elite night credits received each year: You’ll start each year with 15 elite night credits by holding either of these cards. Elite night credits are what you need to earn elite status with Marriott Bonvoy. For reference, you’ll need 50 nights per year to reach Platinum Elite status, where benefits like free breakfast and suite upgrades kick in.
- “Fifth night free” benefit: When redeeming points for hotel stays with Marriott Bonvoy, you’ll get a fifth night free. This means redeeming points for a hotel stay of four or five nights will cost the same. Please note that this benefit only applies to points redemptions and does not apply when paying cash or using free night awards.
- Credit card issuer and application rules: As both cards are issued by Chase, both are subject to Chase’s credit card application rules and restrictions. The most famous of these is the 5/24 rule, meaning you’ll likely be denied if you have opened five or more accounts (5) in the last 24 months (24) across all credit card issuers. Another rule is that you likely won’t be approved for more than two credit cards from Chase within 30 days.
- Travel protections: Both cards offer trip delay reimbursement, lost luggage reimbursement and baggage delay insurance.
- Purchase protection: Both cards offer purchase protection on items you paid for with your card, available up to 120 days from the purchase date but subject to limits on the number of claims and per-claim value limits.
The information for the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful overview
Current sign-up bonus
New applicants for the Bountiful card can earn 125,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,050.
You will earn 6 points per dollar at hotels and resorts that participate in Marriott Bonvoy, 4 points per dollar on dining and groceries and earn 2 points per dollar on all other purchases. That being said, you’ll only earn 4 points per dollar on the first $15,000 of dining and grocery purchases per year; after that, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar for the rest of that calendar year.
TPG values Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.84 cents each; thus, these earning rates represent a 5.04%, 3.36% or 1.68% return on spending.
Other benefits and perks
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Moreover, the Bountiful card provides you with several travel and shopping protections that can help in times of need. Baggage delay insurance can reimburse you for up to $100 per day for up to five days when your luggage is delayed by six hours or more. Lost luggage reimbursement can provide up to $3,000 per passenger if your travel carrier permanently loses your luggage. Trip delay reimbursement can reimburse up to $500 of expenses per ticket when your trip is delayed overnight or by 12 hours or more.
You’ll also have purchase protection for 120 days on new purchases made with the Bountiful card. This coverage is limited to $500 per claim and up to $50,000 per account. Lastly, there is an extended warranty benefit; this adds an extra year to U.S. manufacturers’ warranties of three years or less.
Annual fee: $250.
Check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card for more details.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless overview
Current sign-up bonus
Applicants for the Boundless card can earn three free night awards after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Each free night award is worth up to 50,000 points. Based on TPG’s valuation of Marriott points at 0.84 cents each, this bonus is worth up to $1,260 in total value if you can maximize each free night award.
Cardholders will earn 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating properties; 3 points per dollar on the first $6,000 of annual spending at gas stations, grocery stores and dining (then 2 points per dollar thereafter); and 2 points per dollar on other purchases. TPG values Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.84 cents each; thus, these earning rates represent a 5.04%, 2.52% or 1.68% return on spending, respectively.
Other benefits and perks
Boundless cardholders receive automatic Silver Elite status with Marribott Bonvoy — providing perks like bonus points on stays, discounted member rates on hotel rooms and late checkout — plus 15 elite night credits each year, helping you work toward higher status levels in Marriott Bonvoy. Additionally, Boundless cardholders receive an additional elite night credit toward status for each $5,000 spent on the card and can achieve Gold Elite status after spending $35,000 on the card in a calendar year.
Each year on your account anniversary, you’ll receive a free night award worth up to 35,000 points. There’s no spending requirement to receive this benefit; all that’s required is keeping your account open and paying the annual fee. If you’d like to use this free night award at a property that costs more than 35,000 points per night, you can add up to 15,000 points to this certificate when redeeming (for a maximum of 50,000 total points in value).
You’ll also have benefits like baggage delay insurance, lost luggage reimbursement, trip delay reimbursement and purchase protection. Baggage delay insurance can reimburse up to $100 per day for up to five days when your luggage is delayed by six hours or more. On the other hand, lost luggage reimbursement reimburses you for checked or carry-on bags that are lost or damaged by your carrier — up to $3,000 per passenger.
Trip delay reimbursement will reimburse you when your trip is delayed by 12 hours or more (or overnight for any amount of time), reimbursing your expenses for up to $500 per ticket. Purchase protection covers items paid for with your Boundless card for up to 120 days from the date of purchase, covering damage or theft up to $500 per claim and up to $50,000 per account.
Annual fee: $95.
Check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card for more details.
Which card should you get?
As Chase offers both cards, we’ll assume you’re under 5/24. We’ll also assume that you’re eligible for both credit card bonuses.
If you’re eligible to open and receive the bonus on either card, here are the reasons for and against applying for the Boundless and Bountiful cards if you can only choose one.
The case for the Bountiful card
If you’d like to receive Gold Elite status automatically, this is your winner. Plus, if you’d prefer to receive a bonus of points instead of free night awards, this card will provide points — which you can use as you see fit, rather than having to use free night awards. Also, the Bountiful card offers extended warranty protection, which the Boundless card doesn’t provide.
Plus, if you spend more than $6,000 per year in combined purchases between groceries and dining, then this card will allow you to keep earning points at higher rates. You’ll earn 4 points per dollar on the first $15,000 of those purchases each year, rather than 3 points per dollar on $6,000 of those purchases per year (for reference, this category is combined with gas station purchases on the Boundless card).
The case for the Boundless card
If you’d like a free night award each year that you keep your account open, you’ll get one with the Boundless card but not on the Bountiful card — unless you spend $15,000. Plus, consider this comparison: The free night award on the Boundless card comes automatically and is worth up to 35,000 points. The free night award earned from spending $15,000 on the Bountiful card is worth 50,000 points. However, you could add 15,000 points to the free night award from the Boundless card to create a 50,000-point redemption. The spending required to earn those extra 15,000 points you need? It would be $7,500 at most, depending on which categories you’re spending on. Using the Boundless card, you could get a 50,000-point free night award for less than half the spending (and a cheaper annual fee).
Plus, some people like receiving free night awards as a sign-up bonus, instead of points. This can be advantageous if you want to splurge on hotel stays or don’t travel often. Another reason to consider the Boundless card is the ability to earn one elite night credit for each $5,000 spent on the card. In the example above, you’d spend $7,500 (or maybe less, depending on spending categories) to be able to make a 50,000-point redemption, and you would also get an extra elite night credit in your Bonvoy account in the process. You’d get a free night award but no additional elite night credits after spending $15,000 on the Bountiful card.
The Bountiful and Boundless cards, which Chase issues, earn Marriott points.
While some of their earning categories are similar, there are more differences than similarities between these cards. If you were torn between these two cards, you should have a better understanding now of which is a better fit for your wallet.
Official application link: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card