Amex Bonvoy Cards: New Offers for Summer 2022 (80,000 Points!)

As of today, there are two new elevated offers on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card.

These signup bonuses are among the better offers we’ve witnessed on the Bonvoy cards, drawing on many tantalizing elements from the all-time highs we saw back in the summer of 2021.

With dynamic pricing here as of March 2022 and further changes to come in 2023, now’s a great time to collect the welcome bonuses on the Bonvoy cards to take advantage of any current sweet spots that catch your eye.

Amex Bonvoy Card: Up to 80,000 Points!

After briefly reducing its welcome bonus to a weak 55,000 points, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card has bounced back.

Until October 26, 2022, you can earn up to 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you apply via a refer-a-friend link, broken down as follows:

  • Earn 70,000 Bonvoy points upon spending $3,000 in the first three months
  • Earn 5x points on eats & drinks in the first three months, up to a maximum of 10,000 points (on $2,000 of spending)

Based on our current valuations, we’d value Bonvoy points at 0.9 cents per point (CAD) apiece, meaning that 80,000 Bonvoy points are worth $720. And yet, they can indeed be redeemed for much higher value than that!

80,000 Bonvoy points could be enough for a one-night stay at one of Marriott’s higher-tier hotels, such as the The Bodrum EDITION or Le Meridien Maldives.

The Bodrum EDITION aerial view
Earn enough points to book The Bodrum EDITION!

If you’d rather redeem your points towards more modest accommodations, they’d also be enough for two nights at a mid-tier or mid-market hotel, five nights at a decent hotel in an emerging market, or 17+ nights at the most affordable redemptions the Marriott Bonvoy program has to offer.

Alternatively, you’d also be able to convert 60,000 Bonvoy points into 25,000 airline miles in the program of your choosing, including Aeroplan, Alaska Mileage Plan, and 40+ other frequent flyer programs.

You’ll particularly benefit from this offer if the bulk of your initial spending is on groceries and restaurants, including bars, cafes, and food delivery services.

To maximize this offer and earn the full 80,000 points, you’ll have to spend $2,000 on eligible eats and drinks. Naturally, your spending here would also be eligible for your progress towards the primary $1,500 threshold.

Note, however, that the 5x earn rate is in total, not cumulative: you won’t earn the usual 2 points per dollar spent while you’re working towards your cap for the 5x rate.

Amex Bonvoy Business Card: Up to 80,000 Points!

Meanwhile, the new offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card is similar to the personal card’s welcome bonus, worth up to 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when applying via a refer-a-friend link:

  • Earn 70,000 Bonvoy points upon spending $3,000 in the first three months
  • Earn 5x points on gas, travel, and dining in the first six months, up to a maximum of 10,000 points (on $2,000 of spending)

In a reversal of fortune for Bonvoy cards, this refer-a-friend offer is entirely better than the public offer: it has a higher bonus and a lower spending requirement!

For the Bonvoy Business Card, you’ll need to spend $2,000 on gas, travel, and dining to maximize the offer. This would contribute to your total spending requirement of $3,000.

The business version does have a $150 annual fee, $30 higher than the personal card. If you’re deciding between one or the other, the personal card would certainly be a better choice, since it has both a lower annual fee and a lower spending requirement. 

In any event, I’m an advocate for applying for the Bonvoy cards at your earliest convenience. That’s because the anniversary Free Night Award doesn’t kick in until your second year with the card.

The Bonvoy cards are great choices as keeper cards, since the value of a Free Night Award worth 35,000 points will easily exceed the $120 annual fee on the personal card or the $150 annual fee on the business card. The sooner you get started with these cards, the better.

Amex Bonvoy Cards: 15 Elite Qualifying Nights + Anniversary Free Night Award

In terms of the cards’ earning rates, you’ll earn the following:

  • 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott hotels
  • Bonvoy Business Card only: 3 points per dollar spent on gas, dining, and travel
  • 2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases

Personally, I tend to use my Bonvoy cards purely for spending at Canadian Marriott hotels, as the 5x earnings are unbeatable there. However, I’d prioritize other cards with higher earning rates for my general purchases.

(Marriott hotels outside of Canada are also not ideal, thanks to the card’s 2.5% foreign transaction fee. I prefer to use my US-issued Bonvoy cards for my foreign hotel bills, where I don’t get dinged on the FX fee.)

Both the personal and business Marriott Bonvoy cards offer 15 elite qualifying nights towards your Marriott Bonvoy status every year. By holding onto one of them, you’d only need to complete 35 elite qualifying nights to reach a total of 50, where Platinum Elite status and all of its associated perks start to pay off.

Unfortunately, the two sets of 15 elite qualifying nights cannot be stacked into 30 – that’s only possible with the US-issued personal and business cards, not the Canadian ones.

If you hold the following combination of Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards...

You will receive...

Canadian personal + Canadian business

15 elite qualifying nights

Canadian personal + US personal

15 elite qualifying nights

Canadian personal + US business

15 elite qualifying nights

Canadian business + US personal

15 elite qualifying nights

Canadian business + US business

15 elite qualifying nights

US personal + US business

30 elite qualifying nights

In my opinion, the most meaningful perk on the Bonvoy cards is the anniversary Free Night Award, which you’ll earn upon renewing the cards for a second year.

These are worth up to 35,000 Bonvoy points each, so a smart redemption here would easily outweigh the cards’ $120 and $150 annual fees.

You’re also now able to top-up your Free Night Award by up to 15,000 Bonvoy points, thus booking a property that would otherwise cost up to 50,000 Bonvoy points.

Redeem your Free Night Award at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

Conclusion

As a new welcome bonus for the summer of 2022, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card are offering 80,000 Bonvoy points, with a portion of the bonus being awarded as a 5x earning rate on eats and drinks on the personal card, or gas, dining, and travel on the business card.

With Marriott Bonvoy‘s dynamic pricing kicking in for select properties as of March 2022, and more changes looming for 2023, now’s the time to get in on the action with Marriott if you haven’t already.

The personal Bonvoy card’s offer ends on October 26, 2022, with no published end date on the business card, so make sure to take advantage in the coming months.

This is a recurring article, regularly updated with the latest round of offers. Some comments may refer to past offers that are no longer available.

17 Comments
  1. Maria

    If you have a platinum personal Amex giving you a Gold status and you get a MB amex card, does the 15,000 nights add up to your gold Status? and nighst can be combined between P1 and P2 to get a Platinum status?

  2. Lori

    is there any way of knowing what the offer linked to your site was from Marriott Bonvoy Amex back in in July of 2021? Thought I had signed up for an offer with 70,000 points after a $3000 spend and a $100 statement credit statement. But I only got 65,000 points and no credit. AMEX says that is the correct for the code that they have on record from when I signed up Sadly I did not take a screen shot when I signed up.

    1. Annie

      Quick update: After multiple complaints, AmEx finally issued the $100 statement credit for me + the extra 15,000 for a total of 70,000 after 2 months.
      Extra lesson learn: Keep asking for it (with screenshots of your bonus offer, if you have it) 🙂

    2. Annie

      I am having a similar problem! I signed up for the card in March 2022 with the 70k points + $100 statement credit (as in this article at this moment), and now AmEx told me that I only get 55,000 in May 2022 🙁 My lesson learn: ALWAYS take screenshots of the bonus offer when we applied for, with the date and time.

  3. Thy

    Can I get the bonus offer for Amex Business Bonvoy if I owned Amex Personal Bonvoy before?

  4. Tiggy

    How long after the 3 month min spend requirement do the bonus points get posted to the bonvoy account? Thanks!

    1. Rachel YYZ

      Should show up a few days after the monthly statement that you hit minimum spend on.

  5. Backe Thai

    Hi Ricky,
    I’ve seen your vlogs of how to get the US personal bonvoy cards, but do you have any material for getting the US business bonvoy cards? I imagine you’d need to register a business in the US?

  6. Chico

    When I look at the public offer right now, it says the MS on the Business Bonvoy is $3,000, and not the $1,500 referred to in your post. This clearly makes applying via a referral the better offer.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks for the correction.

  7. JamesBock

    I have the same question than Jay, but I think the answer is no

  8. David

    Does booking “travel” through Expedia or FlightHub such as flight or hotel count as a travel booking?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes, those should count. Technically lodgings are excluded, but if it’s booked through Expedia etc. I don’t see how the system would be able to tell.

  9. Kristian

    Any mention from Amex of the end date of this new offer?

    1. Ricky YVR

      No end date, so it’s subject to change at any time. With how frequently Amex has been changing things up lately, I’d expect these offers to last through the end of the year, and perhaps some new offers to come after that.

  10. Jay

    Shall I get a sign up bonus again if I had that card in the past? It’s been over a year that I closed my first bonvoy card.

    1. Ricky YVR

      You aren’t entitled to the bonus if you’ve held the card before, so if you do apply, you run the risk of not getting the bonus.

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