70,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points + 5X Points on Eligible Travel & Gas
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Up to 17 free hotel nights with the Marriott Bonvoy Card!

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With this great welcome offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Card, earn up to 17 free hotel nights!

An impressive welcome offer

The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card is the best credit card for free hotel nights.

With this welcome offer, you can earn up to 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points:

  • 70,000 points after $1,500 in Card purchases within the first 3 months
  • 5 points per dollar on travel and gas purchases for your first 3 months (up to 15,000 points)

This means you’ll earn a minimum of 73,000 points after $1,500 in Card purchases within the first 3 months (including minimum spending at 2 points per dollar).

Especially since you can now use your American Express card in many stores and grocery stores in Quebec and Canada.

And unlike many credit cards that require a high income, the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card does not require a minimum income.

What can you get with Marriott Bonvoy points?

Marriott Bonvoy's Rewards Chart

With Marriott Bonvoypoints, you can get free nights in one of the group’s 7,000 hotels in more than 130 countries! And there are options for all budgets!

Knowing that you will earn at least 73,000 points with the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (including the minimum spend to earn the welcome bonus), here is the number of possible free nights based on the Marriott Bonvoy hotel category chart (off-peak/standard/peak season):

Free Night Award Chart – Marriott Bonvoy
Category Off-peak / Standard / Peak season Nights with 73,000 points
1 5 000 – 7 500 – 10 000 Between 7-8* and 17* nights
2 10 000 – 12 500 – 15 000 Between 5* and 7* nights
3 15 000 – 17 500 – 20 000 Between 3* and 5* nights
4 20 000 – 25 000 – 30 000 Between 2 and 3 nights
5 30 000 – 35 000 – 40 000 Between 1 and 2 nights
6 40 000 – 50 000 – 50 000 1 night
7 50 000 – 50 000 – 70 000 1 night
8 70 000 – 85 000 – 100 000 up to 1 night

*And you could benefit of the stay for 5, pay for 4 perk when you redeem points for your stay.

Free hotel nights

This means that 70,000 points represent a potential of 17 free nights in category 1 hotels !

An outstanding $120 investment

By “investing” $120 in the card’s annual fee, you’ll get many free hotel nights at a choice of over 7,000 Marriott hotels! There are over 250 hotels in Canada.

At Category 1 hotels, we are talking about a potential of up to 17 free nights with those 70,000 points offered by the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card! That’s a cost of $7 per night.

Look for example at all these Category 1 hotels in South Africa (we did a full article on this destination here):

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Les hôtels de catégorie 1 en Afrique du Sud

Or 7 nights in a category 2 hotel, a cost of $17 per night!

As in one of these hotels in Southeast Asia:

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Les hôtels de catégorie 2 en Asie du Sud-Est

For example, during our round-the-world family trip, we stayed at many Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Bali, many of which have just been downgraded to Category 1 or 2.

Marriott Bonvoy Categories

According to milesopedia statistics, more than 50% of Marriott hotels are in categories 1 through 3, so they only cost 5,000 to 20,000 points per night! Enough to make your Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card pay for itself!

7,000+ Marriott Bonvoy hotels Map

Couple, friends: combine your points!

A little-known advantage of Marriott Bonvoy: you can transfer up to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per year from one account to another!

So, in our point-earning strategies, we recommend a couple or friends to each apply for the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card and then combine their points into one account to book their free hotel nights!

For two, it’s a good way to earn more than 100,000 points, which paves the way for a lot of free hotel nights!

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai - Suite Bédouin

An example of Marriott Bonvoy points redemption

Let’s take an example, in this lovely category 2 hotel in Bali, the Element by Westin Bali Ubud (where we stayed last winter):

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Element By Westin Bali Ubud
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You can get this category 2 hotel for only 12,500 points/night (and only 10,000 points per night in low season)!

Element By Westin Ubud - One night
Element By Westin Ubud - One night

Stay for 5, Pay for 4

When booking 5 consecutive nights in the same hotel with Marriott Bonvoy points, one night is free! More ways to leverage the points you earn with your Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card.

Using the example above of the Element by Westin Bali Ubud for 5 nights, you only need to redeem 50,000 points instead of 60,000 points!

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Element By Westin Ubud - Five Nights

In other words, it’s a 20% saving on this 5-night stay! Check out the details on the Stay for 5, Pay for 4 perk in this article.

Closer to home, here is some reviews on the excellent category 2 hotel, the Delta Hotels Sherbrooke Conference Centre:

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Delta Sherbrooke
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Delta Hotels Sherbrooke Conference Centre
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Delta Hotels Sherbrooke Conference Centre

So you can spend your holidays “at home” with your points, as many members of the milesopedia community have done.

Convert Marriott Bonvoy points into airline miles

If you’re not interested in free hotel nights, you can opt for another option: earn airline miles.

Marriott Bonvoy partners with numerous airline programs such as Aeroplan, Flying Blue, United MileagePlus, etc. For most loyalty programs, Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 ratio.

So 30,000 points = 10,000 miles.

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Air Canada

And for every 60,000 points transferred, Marriott adds a 15,000 points bonus or 5,000 bonus miles!

Thus, 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 Aeroplan points / Flying Blue miles / Avios miles, etc!

With the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, you can earn 60,000 points or 25,000 Aeroplan points!

Other card benefits

The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card offers you many benefits such as:

  • 5 points per dollar on Marriott purchases
  • 2 points per dollar in all your purchases
  • Annual Free Night Award for up to 35,000 points every year after your first anniversary
  • Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year; it will get you closer to Gold Elite status (25 nights)
  • One free additional card
  • Travel insurance (delay/loss/theft of baggage, flight delay, travel accident, hotel or motel burglary)
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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai - Suite Bédouin

Annual Free Night Award at Card Renewal

After one year, if you renew your annual fee, you will automatically get an Annual Free Night Award with a 35,000 points value, which will be valid for one year (from the date of issue of the certificate).

Enough to get a free hotel night in a hotel like this in the heart of Manhattan, New York! As in one of these two hotels during the 2021 holiday season (choose the Residence Inn, ideal for families):

Annual Free Night Award in New York
Annual Free Night Award in New York

Here again, the card annual fee should be seen as an investment: CA$120 for one night in a great Downtown Manhattan hotel that costs $352 US, that’s unheard of!


The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card is currently the best credit card for free hotel nights available in Canada.

The $120 annual fee should be viewed as an investment: the exceptional welcome bonus of up to 85,000 points is yours to grab for your upcoming travel! Take advantage of this exceptional offer now!

If you want examples of Marriott Bonvoy points uses by the milesopedia community, check out this discussion topic in the Facebook group!

We picked up a few examples a little below!

Member testimonials

Here are some examples of how the milesopedia community uses Marriott Bonvoy points!

We personally went to Manhattan last May: 35,000 points for a night of US$350 so for 140,000 points, we had 5 nights (and paid 4 nights), which is worth, $2300!


We leave with our family for Europe for 26 days in December/January and have booked 18 nights with our Bonvoy points. (New York 3 nights, Vienna 5 nights, Wroclaw 3 nights, Dresden 2 nights, Leipzig 2 nights and Paris 3 nights).

Marie Andrée C.

8 nights in Louisiana between New Orleans, Houma, Lafayette and Baton Rouge – 1 night at the Marriott at the Montreal airport to limit my mother’s fatigue and travel before a very early morning departure for Mexico.

Pierre-Luc V.

2 nights at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel:70,000 points. 2 nights in London, booked 4 days early at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall:120,000 points. And I transferred 126,000 points in 52,000 American AAdvantage miles.

Jorge L.

I’m trying to maximize the value of points generally. And it was at the JW Marriott Hotel Ankara (mentioned in the article) that I managed to have the most value per point, followed by the Meridian N’fis in Marrakech, then the Element Me’aisam – Dubai. I usually avoid categories 4 and up. Except when I have an annual certificate to spend.

Poly G.

Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel:75,000 points for 5 nights! I mentioned that it was the birthday of my spouse. So I received a free night, a bottle of wine and a small party cake!

Patrick E.

AC Hotel Valencia – Late August to last September. 5 nights for 30,000 points. We had an upgraded room with king bed and the very friendly receptionist even gave us breakfast for two (16 euros ch.) for free!!!!

Alain M.

Three nights in Honolulu next March, five nights in Tokyo in April, and surely more bookings to come for our mini-tour of the world 2020!

Dominique M.

The Ritz-Carlton – Tokyo when it was at 60,000 points. 5 nights for 240,000 points. With the upgrade in suite, we are talking about a value of nearly $10,000 which cost me $500 in annual fees for Bonvoy/SPG cards I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again in a room/hotel of this level. It is now a category 8 to 85,000 points at night, but if you can have it in low season for 70,000 points, I highly recommend it.

Mathieu L.

I am currently at the Residence Inn Toulouse-Blagnac Airport… superior room upgrade with welcome gift (a plate of sweets) – Very convenient to visit the Airbus Museum.

Murielle D.

We’re leaving for 18 nights in South Africa in November. 9 nights for 97,500 Marriott points. Value of $2372.37.

Pascal J.

This summer in Italy, 385,000 points for 16 days worth $4,500 in addition to a saving of $800 on lunches thanks to Platinum status.

Last summer, Paris, Nice and Marseille. 13 days. 260,000 points plus 2 certificates. Value of about $4,000. Then 5 days in Virginia in high season. 140,000 points, worth $2,200.

Mario D.

5 nights in San Francisco, 1 night in Sydney, 2 nights in Melbourne, 2 nights in Brisbane, 2 nights in Gold Coast!

Bénédicte P.

This article was not sponsored. The views and opinions expressed in this review are purely my own.

4.75 Milesopedia Rating

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