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There are around 200 credit cards in Canada, and you should definitely have several if you want a better credit score, lots of benefits, and more rewards especially. But which ones? That depends on each traveler! Except for ONE that ALL travelers should have, with no exceptions.

It’s the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card, and if you think it’s not for you, I can assure you, amicably, that you’re wrong. It really makes no sense not to have it if you love to travel! 😊

And almost everyone should have the Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Card too (which doesn’t require you to have an incorporated business). A great alternative if you’re one of the many travelers who already have the card everyone should have. It has a higher bonus… but also a higher spending requirement. 

Both cards have great new increased offers since February 13th, so now’s the time to grab at least one now (or by May 6, if you’re interested in other deals before then).

Here’s everything you need to know!

 

Videos about the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal

Here’s the short video version summarizing the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For those who want the detailed version in video format, that’s coming very soon. In the meantime, here’s the old version that still has all the right details for the card and the points specifically, except that the new offer is just a bit different.

 

And here’s the text version!

 

Basics of travel rewards

You already know this if you’re one of the thousands of Flytrippers readers who’ve earned nearly 3 million dollars in free travel thanks to our travel rewards deals and you already know the basics, you can skip this overview.

I must mention the basics because it’s important: having more cards will improve your credit score, contrary to the common and very false myth. 

As long as you follow these 3 simple rules:

  • Always pay off all your cards in full and on time
  • Never close your old cards
  • Space out your card application days by at least 2-3 months

If you have unpaid balances on your cards, take advantage of the 0% interest offer to pay them off as quickly as possible! Having more cards is TERRIBLE only if you don’t pay everything on time, hence the origin of the myth.

You can read the infographic that summarizes the basics of travel rewards.

I also strongly encourage you to register for our free webinar on the basics of travel rewards that will take place in February.

 

Basics of the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal

The Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card is a must-have while it has its increased offer, for 5 main reasons:

I’ll give you more info on each.

But first, I’ll summarize how to take advantage of this deal if you’re already convinced and want to join all the savvy travelers who have already done so:

That’s it!

You’ll earn a minimum of 71,000 Marriott points! That’s worth ≈ $639. That gives a Flytrippers Valuation of ≈ $519 for the offer because there’s a $120 fee.

I’ll remind you that it makes no sense to want to avoid the $120 fee when paying the fee gives you ≈ $639! Knowing how to do the math correctly (and taking the time to do so) is literally 1 of the 6 most important things in the basics of travel rewards.

Your 71,000 points will give you ≈$639 off most of the 8700+ Marriott hotels if you don’t want to rack your brain.

But they can be worth a lot more too, if you use them well (we’ll help you). Even more than $3000, as I’ll show you below!!! 

That’s what more valuable type points are all about, and that’s why the value is variable (that’s why it’s ≈ $639 with the symbol in front of it and not just $639). 

In fact, Marriott points can have an unlimited, outsized value if you use them right. This means that the number of points required is not necessarily linked to the cash price.

If you prefer to read all the card details in clear, structured tabs, our Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card resource page has everything you need to know.

 

We’ll also have a detailed 30-page guide on the card to get you started and help you maximize the value you can get from it. Sign up for our free newsletter specifically for travel rewards to receive it first.

 

Details of the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal

Here’s how the deal works with the 5 reasons why you should take advantage of it.

 

The huge welcome bonus (up to 11 free nights!)

The welcome bonus is always the most important thing to look at when choosing all the cards you’re going to get during the year.

And the new increased bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card is excellent.

Here’s how many points you’ll earn when by unlocking the bonus:

  • 65,000 points after spending $3,000 in up to 3 months (bonus)
  • 6,000 points earned on the $3,000 (earn rate of 2 pts/$)

There’s also a separate additional bonus that gives you a special earn rate of 5 pts/$ on travel and gas expenses for 6 months, up to $5,000 in spending. We haven’t included this in our Flytrippers Valuation in case you don’t have such expenses. But if you do, the bonus is even more incredible

So unlocking the main bonus gives you 71,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

The 71,000 points give you 11 free nights in beautiful hotels in Bali, for example (or even 14 nights on certain dates, like here).

71,500 points for 14 nights in Bali (photo credit: Marriott)

 

If you have a travel buddy, by both taking advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal, you get 22 free nights to share for just $120 per person. 

That’s a cost of just $5 per night per person, in case you haven’t figured out what a crazy deal it is yet. If you’re traveling solo, it’s $11 a night, so it’s still incredible!

The hotels are beautiful, but of course there’s a limited selection at this price. You have to plan a trip around them. Simple. For 22 free nights (or even just 11 if you’re traveling solo), it’s obviously worth it.

You can read about some of the countries and hotels where you can take advantage of this, with more content coming soon from our newly doubled team.

If you want more choice in terms of destinations, you can also get 6 free nights in a few dozen countries (13 with a travel buddy, because it’s really 6.5 per bonus). It’s still a great deal!

63,000 points for 6 nights in Morocco (photo credit: Marriott)

 

And if you want even more hotel choices, you get 3 free nights. And so on.

If you prefer to maximize quality rather than quantity, you can get 1 free night at ultra-luxury hotels worth over $3000 a night.

70,000 points for 1 night worth $3167 in the Maldives (photo credit: Marriott)

 

So a lot more than “just” ≈ $639 in value. The possibilities are endless! For example, this summer I got about 4 times more value than our conservative Flytrippers Valuation of Marriott points.

No kidding, my epic hotel in the Himalayas costs $2358 in cash for 3 nights, but only 60,000 Marriott points! That’s also a lot better than “just” ≈ $639. And it gives you 3 nights instead of just 1 in the Maldives, a better deal in my opinion if you want luxury.

60,000 points for 3 nights worth $2358 in the Himalayas (photo credit: Marriott)

 

We’ll help you find those great hotels that cost few points (or that cost few points compared to the cash price) if you want to maximize the points from your Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card.

One thing’s for sure… it’s always worth a lot more than $120! And usually, the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card offer is increased just once per year.

 

Rare hotel points that are easy to use for all travelers

Hotel points are rare in Canada, and those from the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card are so flexible — Marriott is the world’s largest hotel chain with 8700+ hotels —  that it doesn’t make sense to miss out! 

You can use them:

  • Without availability restrictions
    • For any standard room that’s available with cash
  • Without any taxes to pay
    • Free nights are really completely free
30+ hotel brands where you can use your points (photo credit: Marriott)

 

So even if you don’t want to plan trips around the best hotels to maximize the value of the deal, you’re going to get excellent value no matter how you use your points (or almost).

Marriott points are rewards of the more valuable type, but they’re among the most flexible of that kind. 

So you literally have thousands of hotel options where the welcome bonus is going to be worth ≈ $639 even if you don’t want to go to the trouble of choosing the best hotels.

 

The incredible free night certificate each subsequent year (worth ≈ $315)

In addition to the excellent welcome bonus, this is where this deal stands out from the rest. Every year that follows, the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card gives you a certificate for a free night that’s extremely lucrative.

It’s one of the best card benefits in Canada, hands down! So it’s also THE only card every traveler should keep every year, with no exceptions!

This certificate works at thousands of hotels, including many ultra-luxury ones. Kevin, Flytrippers’ other co-founder, used it for an overwater bungalow in Fiji worth $1,000 a night, to give you just one extreme example.

So it makes absolutely no sense not to keep the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card every year! The $120 card fee you’d save by closing it would pay for a very basic hotel. If you’re savvy, for the same $120 cost, you can get a luxury night in Portugal worth $400+ with the certificate.

The certificate is worth 35,000 points (≈ $315). 

37,000 points for 1 night worth $485 in Portugal (photo credit: Marriott)

 

You can even go a bit over: you’re allowed to add 15,000 points if you want to upgrade your certificate to use it at the world’s most luxurious hotels, like that same Maldives hotel, which is worth almost $2000 a night.

50,000 points for 1 night worth $1971 in the Maldives (photo credit: Marriott)

 

Imagine not wanting to pay $120 to get a certificate that can be worth $2000! Even by using it the worst way possible, it’s worth at least $120 so it’s a no-brainer to keep the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card!

 

The fact that there is no time limit to use the points

Ideally, you should use them relatively quickly — otherwise, get a deal like the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card, which gives you $925 that can be applied to almost any travel expense, to use your rewards quickly!

But there’s no time limit to use the points from the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card.

There are 2 different and easy ways to extend the expiry indefinitely:

  • Simply keep the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card open
    • What literally everyone should do
    • And use it at least once every 2 years
  • Do a simple activity in your Marriott account every 2 years
    • Like a hotel stay or a points transfer
    • Just required if you close the card, which you shouldn’t do

 

The other card benefits (elite status, earn rates, etc.)

Finally, the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card has a few other benefits

The card gives you automatic Silver elite status at all 8,700 Marriott hotels. It’s the basic level, so it’s pretty limited, but it gives you bonus points and a bit more VIP treatment. Especially outside North America since everything in the realm of hospitality is obviously so much better outside North America.

Above all, it gives you a shortcut to higher status if you like luxury. You’ll get 15 elite night credits (ENC) per year, so you’ll have 15 fewer nights to spend in hotels to reach higher elite statuses:

  • Gold (for upgraded rooms sometimes; also offered automatically simply by having the Amex Platinum Card)
  • Platinum (the most interesting, for more upgrades, access to hotel lounges, and free breakfast at many hotel brands)
  • Titanium (for more frequent upgrades and United Silver airline elite status)
  • Ambassador (inaccessible to 99%+ of travelers)

The Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card also gives you a solid base earn rate of 2 pts/$ (≈ 1.8%) for those times when, unfortunately, you’re not unlocking welcome bonuses or using the grocery store gift card trick to get at least 5% (or the related prepaid card trick to get at least 3.4%).

The only multiplier rate is 5 pts/$ on Marriott hotels (≈ 4.5% or rather ≈ 2% everywhere except Canada, because it’s not 1 of 8 cards in Canada with no foreign transaction fees).

The Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card also provides a few insurance coverages, including one that’s particularly interesting if you’re a savvy traveler and you’ve kept your card open: extended warranty coverage for all of your purchases. 

Just about every card has this, but you obviously need to still have the card after 1 year to take advantage of it. It’s not always advantageous to keep a card for the 2nd year, but it is with this card. 

So for example, I bought a smart lock for my house and it broke after 1 year and 1 month. Since I had paid with my Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card, they simply refunded my money, no questions asked.

 

Why all travelers should benefit from the deal

Because it’s incredibly rare that a deal will give you 11 free nights just with the welcome bonus, and because it’s completely impossible not to save at least $120 with the 71,000 points from the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card

And then there’s the annual certificate, which, as mentioned, is one of the best card benefits in Canada. 

The only reasons not to get it are rather reasons not to get it right away

For 2 reasons:

  • The increased offer has an increased minimum spending requirement
  • There are other really incredible offers out there right now

 

Increased minimum spending requirement

Because the welcome bonus offer is increased, the minimum spending requirement is higher than usual too: $3000 instead of $1500.

Spending $3,000 in 3 months is the equivalent of $231 a week (3 months is 13 weeks, not 12), so it’s not so bad for most people. But if you spend less, it can be harder.

We’ve got some pro tips to help you out.

But maybe you don’t want to apply them and spending $3,000 is too much, since Amex cards are a little less accepted. 

I’ll remind you that welcome bonuses are the key. So we don’t really care that you can’t use the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card at your local artisan bakery. 

The point is not to use it for 100% of your spending. That’s never going to be possible with Amex cards, and Amex has literally all the best cards for travelers so it would be a real shame to go without. A shame for you.

The important thing is to have enough spending to unlock the welcome bonus. Which you should be able to do, especially if you do your grocery shopping at the many grocery stores that accept Amex cards or if you have at least one big expense planned for the next 3 months.

If not… you should still get the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card. But you should wait for the regular offer, which gives you fewer free nights but only requires $1,500 over 3 months (the equivalent of $115 a week).

 

Other really incredible offers at the moment

The real question for those who understand how travel rewards work isn’t whether you should get this good card or that good card. Yes, you should.

The question is always when to get which good card. 

The new increased offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card is great, but there are plenty of other great offers out there right now.

This one ends on May 6, so strategically it might be worth getting it in May so you can take advantage, right now, of card offers that expire faster. To maximize your rewards.

For example:

Getting 2 would obviously give you more rewards and benefits… and improve your credit score on top of that!

If you choose these, we’ll remind you when the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card offer ends in May if you sign up for our free newsletter specifically for travel rewards (in addition to sending you lots of other great content to maximize the value you get with your card).

 

How to take advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card deal

Here’s what you need to do step by step:

  • Apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card (secure Amex link)
  • Unlock the welcome bonus by spending $3,000 in 3 months
  • Get 71,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
    • Welcome bonus (65,000 points)
    • Earn on spending (6,000 points)
  • Use your points for free nights
    • 11 nights at select hotels (or fewer at more hotels)
    • Value of ≈ $639 off most 8000+ hotels
    • For just a $120 fee
  • Renew card to get the awesome annual certificate
    • Value of ≈ $315 (or potentially much more)
    • For just a $120 fee

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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