Amex Bonvoy Card: New Offer for Up to 80,000 Points

A new offer for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card has surfaced, and it can be superior to the best available public offer or applying through a referral link. If you head to the dedicated landing page by February 28, 2023, you’ll receive a welcome offer for up to 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

In comparison, applying through a referral link will only net you up to 55,000 Bonvoy points, so this is indeed an intriguing offer. 

With dynamic pricing here to stay and further changes to come any day now, now’s a great time to collect the welcome bonus on the personal Bonvoy Card to take advantage of any current sweet spots that catch your eye.

Amex Bonvoy Card: Up to 80,000 Points

After reducing its welcome bonus to a weaker 55,000 points last fall, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card has bounced back with an elevated offer.

Until February 28, 2023, you can earn up to 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you apply via a dedicated landing page, broken down as follows:

  • Earn 65,000 Bonvoy points upon spending $5,000 in the first three months
  • Earn 15,000 Bonvoy points upon making a purchase between 14 and 17 months as a cardholder

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 (CAD). 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 better hotels, such as the The Bodrum EDITION or Le Méridien 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 Airlines Mileage Plan, and 40+ other frequent flyer programs.

To maximize this offer and earn the full 80,000 points, you’ll have to pay the annual fee for the second year, which is $120 (CAD). However, there’s a strong argument to be made for keeping the card for the long term, both due to the boost of 15,000 points and the annual Free Night Award worth up to 35,000 points.

For comparison the other two offers currently available for this card are as follows:

  • Earn 55,000 Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 (CAD) in the first three months through a referral link.
  • Earn 50,000 Bonvoy points after spending $1,500 (CAD) in the first three months through the public offer.

With three different spending thresholds to receive the welcome bonus, you’ll have to make sure you’re able to meet the requirement for whichever offer you apply for. 

Ideally, you could time your application in advance of a number of hotel stays, thereby working on the minimum spending requirement while sticking with the 5x multiplier at Marriott properties. 

Otherwise, it’s good to know that there are options available to you if you’re unable to meet the higher spending threshold.

If you’re able to spend $5,000 (CAD) in three months, it’s certainly worthwhile to have as a key part of your credit card travel strategy, so be sure to sign up before February 28, 2023 with this great offer.

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

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

  • 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott hotels
  • 2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases

It’s best to use Canadian Bonvoy cards purely for spending at Canadian Marriott hotels, as the 5x earnings are unbeatable there. However, you can prioritize other cards with higher earning rates for other general purchases.

(Marriott hotels outside of Canada are also not ideal, thanks to the card’s 2.5% foreign transaction fee. If you have a US-issued Bonvoy cards for foreign hotel bills, you won’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

As mentioned above, the most meaningful perk on the Bonvoy card is the anniversary Free Night Award, which you’ll earn upon renewing the card for a second year.

These are worth up to 35,000 Bonvoy points each, so a smart redemption here would easily outweigh the card’s $120 (CAD) annual fee.

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

A temporary welcome bonus offer for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card has surfaced, offering up to 80,000 Bonvoy points. This comes with the caveat that you need to pay the annual fee for the second year and make a purchase between months 14 and 17 as a cardholder to maximize the offer.

This is the best available offer at the moment as long as you can meet the minimum spend, so if you haven’t already added this card to your wallet, there’s no better time than now. Head to the offer’s dedicated landing page and submit your application soon.

This unique offer ends on February 28, 2023, so make sure to take advantage before the offer expires.

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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