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If you’re loyal to the Marriott Bonvoy brand but aren't interested in paying an annual fee, you've got a new option now.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card, issued by Chase, is open to applications as of June 11, 2019. It offers fewer perks than its pricier counterpart, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. But unlike that card, which sports a $95 annual fee, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold's annual fee is $0.
The new card also offers these benefits:
Current sign-up bonus: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
NerdWallet values Marriott points at 0.7 cent each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 0.7 cent or more in value from your Marriott points.
3 points per $1 spent at Marriott properties.
2 points per $1 on travel expenses including airfare, taxis and trains.
1 point per $1 everywhere else.
15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year: This will qualify you for Silver Elite status, which offers perks like late checkout when available, a dedicated reservation line, a 10% point bonus on eligible hotel expenses and more.
Easy to travel with: The Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card charges no foreign transaction fee and, as a Visa card, is widely accepted around the world.
One drawback of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card compared with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card is the lack of a free night at a Marriott property for each cardmember anniversary.
Both Chase and American Express issue co-branded Marriott Bonvoy cards, but the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card is the only one with an annual fee of $0.