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.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:
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. NerdWallet values Marriott Bonvoy points at an average of 0.8 cent apiece domestically, making this bonus worth $400.
- 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.