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If you have some big travel plans in your future, it might be time to scroll through Marriott’s more than 7,000 hotels and resorts in more than 130 countries and territories. Once you find a few that catch your eye, it’s time to check your points balance.

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Card Bonus

Chase and Marriott Bonvoy have launched two credit card signup bonuses that could prove quite fruitful for getting you out and about for free. The offer involves the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card. Both the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless and Bold Credit Cards are from Chase.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

For a limited time, new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card cardholders can earn 125,000 Bonus Points and 1 Free Night Award (value up to 50,000 points) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Cardholders can earn up to 17x total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Card.

Cardholders also get automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year as well as 15 Elite Night Credits annually. There are no foreign transaction fees.

It carries a low $95 annual fee.

Learn more: Hotel Rewards Credit Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

There’s also the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card that carries no annual fee. For a limited time, new Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

The points-earning structure on this card is slightly different. For any travel purchases, 2x points per dollar that you spend are awarded. For eligible Marriott Bonvoy hotel stays, cardholders earn up to 14x points per $1 per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Card. All other purchases earn 1x point per $1 spent.

Cardholders also receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, which qualifies them for Silver Elite Status (restrictions apply). There are no foreign transaction fees either.

Learn more: Hotel Rewards Credit Cards

Where to redeem points?

Whether you travel overseas or closer to home, there are more than 7,000 hotels in more than 130 countries and territories. This means you can earn and redeem points at a Fairfield by Marriott near the airport or for a night at the St. Regis in the Maldives or Tahiti.

Marriott Bonvoy divides its hotels into eight different categories with a sliding scale of points to redeem for a free night. These will vary, depending upon if it is an off-peak, standard, or peak travel date. The cheapest off-peak free night redemption goes for 5,000 points per night. The most lavish and expensive hotel night could be yours for 100,000 points on a peak travel day. You can also combine points and cash for a free night.

No matter where you choose to spend your points, these point bonuses represent huge cash value if you use them wisely.

If experiences are more your thing, Marriott Bonvoy Moments offers behind-the-scenes access or hard-to-replicate activities that can be redeemed with points. Get lessons from a professional athletic trainer, go backstage at your favorite concert, or learn to cook with a celebrity chef. Each experience is designed by Marriott’s in-house team of event planners.

Final Thoughts

The opportunity to use points for experiences that money cannot buy is an entertaining way to use your points. And racking up points for signing up for a new credit card, when done responsibly, can be just the way to get you there.

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