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Marriott Bonvoy AMEX business card - 100,000 point welcome bonus after $5000 over 3 months ($125 yearly fee)

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MARRIOTT BONVOY BUSINESS™ AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARD has upped the bonus (until 10/23) on their business line cards too 100,000 after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. There is a $125 annual fee.

While I don't have a business, I was able to get approved via "Sole proprietor". I've used that for other business cards without fail as well.

Other perks with the card are there too, please look through the webpage and see.
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Fee waived first year?
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Fee waived first year?
No, but I've been meticulously following Bonvoy CC's this calendar year and both AMEX and Chase don't waive the first year fee for the high reward cards. Chase does have a free version with way less perks (e.g. they don't include one free night).

I'd break down the year so far this way:
1) No Fee -> Max is 50,000 points, smallish perks
2) Chase Boundless -> 75,000 points, and once (in April) did hit 100,000. Fee is $95, free room, etc. Almost same perks as AMEX, except AMEX has a 4X Point category for Travel / Restaurants / Gas while Chase does not (it is only 2X)
3) AMEX -> Highest seen so far is this current promo, at 100,000.

Again to summarize, I thought the $125 fee was worth it for the extra 50,000 points plus free stay. That said I would (and plan to) cancel after a year completes as the yearly free room is generally offset by the annual fee.
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I have Chase Marriott $85/year version for few years already. It just came for renewal in Aug. I jumped on this AmEx deal that I came across this morning and will be cancelling Chase one shortly.

I think 1 night annually compensates for this annual fee. Pluse I liked late checkout and free upgrade when available.
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I have Chase Marriott $85/year version for few years already. It just came for renewal in Aug. I jumped on this AmEx deal that I came across this morning and will be cancelling Chase one shortly.

I think 1 night annually compensates for this annual fee. Pluse I liked late checkout and free upgrade when available.
Please double check. Terms of Amex might preclude you. It's confusing


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No, but I've been meticulously following Bonvoy CC's this calendar year and both AMEX and Chase don't waive the first year fee for the high reward cards. Chase does have a free version with way less perks (e.g. they don't include one free night).

I'd break down the year so far this way:
1) No Fee -> Max is 50,000 points, smallish perks
2) Chase Boundless -> 75,000 points, and once (in April) did hit 100,000. Fee is $95, free room, etc. Almost same perks as AMEX, except AMEX has a 4X Point category for Travel / Restaurants / Gas while Chase does not (it is only 2X)
3) AMEX -> Highest seen so far is this current promo, at 100,000.

Again to summarize, I thought the $125 fee was worth it for the extra 50,000 points plus free stay. That said I would (and plan to) cancel after a year completes as the yearly free room is generally offset by the annual fee.
Actually they did waive the fee on this card if you applied by March 27, 2019. Same 100k bonus too.
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When all your SPG points are now worth $hit and customer service has gone down the toilet = you've been Bonvoyed!
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yeah forget about this card, it is garbage
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can someone explain what the 100,000 points can be used on? Is it on rooms only? or can they be used on giftcards, etc and if so, at what ratio? are these points like normal amex points, where $100 gift card will cost 10,000 membership rewards to get ? Thanks
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can someone explain what the 100,000 points can be used on? Is it on rooms only? or can they be used on giftcards, etc and if so, at what ratio? are these points like normal amex points, where $100 gift card will cost 10,000 membership rewards to get ? Thanks
$325 on gift cards, or 15 stays on category 1 marriot properties which are kinda hard to find so basically only $200 after paying the $125 annual fee
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$325 on gift cards, or 15 stays on category 1 marriot properties which are kinda hard to find so basically only $200 after paying the $125 annual fee
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can someone explain what the 100,000 points can be used on? Is it on rooms only? or can they be used on giftcards, etc and if so, at what ratio? are these points like normal amex points, where $100 gift card will cost 10,000 membership rewards to get ? Thanks
These are Marriott points, not AmEx points. There are some ways to transfer them out of Marriott. But generally, transferring hotel/airline points does not give much value.
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When all your SPG points are now worth $hit and customer service has gone down the toilet = you've been Bon(voy)ed!

Fixed.
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One should not forget that even thought the card has a $125 annual fee, not waived, is that it comes with an annual free night (that gets deposited about 14 months after opening the card). Marriott will be moving to a peak and off peak redemption chart in about two weeks, which likely will affect where you can redeem the free night. Resort fees are not waived for free night with Marriott. That being said, the fee can be easily recouped with the free night if you travel once a year. With the sign up bonus you can still get two nights at a category 6 (until the new redemption chart begins in two weeks). Contrary to the other posters, I think it is a good deal. I like hyatt's program better but this current offer is fair. PM with questions.
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can someone explain what the 100,000 points can be used on? Is it on rooms only? or can they be used on giftcards, etc and if so, at what ratio? are these points like normal amex points, where $100 gift card will cost 10,000 membership rewards to get ? Thanks
why would anyone redeem hotel or airline points for gift cards lol? 100k marriott can be worth $1000 or more in hotel stays if you know what you're doing. amex points are worth even more than that.
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