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Chase has just introduced a brand new no annual fee Marriott card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card.
It currently offers 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening and earns 3x at Marriott properties, and 2x on other travel purchases. The card comes with Marriott Silver status and has no foreign transaction fees. Perhaps most importantly, despite having no annual fee it still offers 15 elite qualifying nights each year.
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No annual fee card options with better points-earning has been in vogue the last couple of years as card issuers market to customers with potentially less spend who may not be willing to pay a fee for the best rewards. For instance Citi offers the no annual fee American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card (10,000 AAdvantage miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 in purchases within the first three months).
And American Express offers the no annual fee Hilton Honors Card from American Express (75,000 point initial bonus after $1000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months plus silver status, see rates and fees) and the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (2x at US restaurants and on purchases made directly with Delta, 1x elsewhere, see rates and fees).
I like the new Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card as an option. The existing Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card is a better product. It offers 75,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months and earns via spend at a faster rate. And I believe the annual free night award after each account anniversary (for properties that require up to 35,000 points for the night) is wroth the card’s $95 annual fee.
However if you get the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card and don’t agree with me on that then requesting a product change to the Marriott Bonvoy Bold(TM) Credit Card in order to continue receiving annual elite night credits is a great new possibility to have.
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