New upgrade offer: 15 elite night credits with Chase Marriott upgrade

Chase is out with a very interesting new upgrade offer for those still hold the old Chase Marriott Rewards credit card:  earn either 10 or 15 elite night credits after spending $3,000 by the end of June (depending on which offer you are targeted for).

The Deal

  • Targeted offer to upgrade your old Chase Marriott Rewards card to the new Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card (formerly called The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier plus) and get 10 or 15 elite night credits when you spend $3K by 6/30/19
  • Direct link to see if you are targeted

Key Card Details

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

Annual Fee: $95

Card Type: Visa Signature

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Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Marriott Bonvoy ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Gold status when you spend $35K each year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night certificate for 1 night at a hotel redemption level up to 35K ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year starting in 2019

See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Quick Thoughts

This is a very interesting upgrade offer. Whereas previous upgrade offers were for points, this one will get you to elite status faster. Keep in mind that you still earn one elite night credit for every $3,000 spent on old Marriott Rewards card if you never upgraded it to the Premier Plus/Bonvoy Boundless You’ll lose that benefit if you upgrade.

I’m personally intrigued by this particular offer. I’ve already got more than 30 nights down this year with just enough planned/booked to hit 50 and requalify for Platinum status. This offer would put me within a stone’s throw of Titanium, which is intriguing if Marriott continues to offer a soft landing in the future when I don’t requalify.

On the other hand, points certainly may be more valuable to many, especially since you can manufacture Elite nights without upgrading. I’m not totally sure whether or not I’ll take the offer and I suspect it will only appeal to those on the edges of elite tiers.

Overall, it’s interesting to see this different strategy to entice people to upgrade. I’ll have to give this one some thought.

H/T: Miles Talk

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Are all cards combined still maxed out at 15 nights? Or is this somehow in addition to existing 15 nights? Thank you

Gene
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Gene

These 15 credits are worthless since Marriott status is worthless.

Jay
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Do nights booked with points count towards platinum status?

Pam
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Do you already have a Boundless card, Nick? I didn’t get this offer but already have a Boundless.

Andrew
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This was a great offer for my situation. I am sitting on 9 years of platinum lifetime status. Many of those years were due to rollover nights and $30k spending on the SPG AMEX. I don’t come close to traveling 50 nights/yr. This will be the easiest path to getting the 10th required year for lifetime platinum (30 nights via the card/upgrade, 10 nights for a rewarding meeting, and 10 nights of actual travel). Afterwards, I’ll still be short of 600 nights, but that requirement is just a matter of time…

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Hi Nick. Question for you. I was considering upgrading to get the 15 elite nights to make it easier for me to maintain my Titanium status. My only hesitation is my 25,000 point anniversary award night posted Dec 2, 2018. If I upgrade with this offer that will get me a 35,000 point award will my anniversary date 35,000 point award still post around Dec 2019 or will my anniversary date change to the date that I upgrade the card? It wasn’t clear in the terms and conditions. Thanks

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Brian,

I just upgraded. As an aside, it took almost a week for the product change. My anniversary date was October. This morning I noticed a refund for the annual fee in the amount of $42 (roughly half the fee). I’m assuming when my closing date hits for this billing cycle I’ll get charged the $95 annual fee to make up the difference for this year. I don’t think I’ll get the next free night until October and, at that time, I’ll get the 35k certificate.