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Lite Marriott Bonvoy Chase Visa – No Fee But Less Perks

A lite Marriott Bonvoy Chase Visa card has been unveiled with less perks than the regular version, but with no-annual-fee, a bold move sure to rattle competition amongst rival co-branded travel reward credit cards.

The new no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold Chase Visa card will complement the recently introduced Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature card, carrying a $95 annual fee.

Sign-Up Bonus

New cardholders of the Bold version will, for a limited time, earn 50,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months from account opening. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature currently offers 75,000 bonus points to new cardholders spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months of use.

Earning Rewards

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Visa cardholders earn 3 points per $1 spent at Marriott Bonvoy properties; 2 points per $1 spent on other travel purchases; and 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature cardholders earn 6 points per $1 spent at Marriott hotels and 2 points per $1 spent elsewhere.

Benefits

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Visa cardholders receive 15 elite night credits each calendar year, qualifying cardmembers for Silver Elite Status. The Marriott
Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature
cardholders automatically earn a free night award every year on the account anniversary, valid for a one-night hotel stay at a property with a redemption value up to 35,000 points.
Both cards have no foreign exchange fees.

Redemption

Marriott has a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties in 30 hotel brands in 131 countries. The company’s experiential marketplace, Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities and Marriott Bonvoy Moments, offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from must-see attraction tickets and tours for purchase with credit cards by all guests, to over 8,000 once-in-a-lifetime experiences only available to members using points.

Marriott Bonvoy Awards

This year the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program snagged four Freddie Awards for its hotel programs. More than seven million travelers voted in the 29th annual Freddie Awards. Marriott Bonvoy was named “Program of the Year, Americas”, for the 12th consecutive year. The other awards included: “Best Hotel Promotion, the Americas”; “Best Elite Hotel Program, Europe and Africa”; and “Best Hotel Redemption Ability, the Americas.”

Early this year Marriott unveiled the Marriott Bonvoy brand, replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) brands. Over the past 23 years Marriott’s former loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG won 215 Freddie Awards combined.

Marriott Bonvoy Cards

Last summer Marriott combined its Marriott Rewards with The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The brand-new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card and the new Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card.  

Today, Marriott Bonvoy offers four co-branded cards, two with Chase and two with American Express. Chase offers the Bold and Boundless Visa cards while American Express offers its Brilliant and Business cards.