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Review: Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card offers very limited benefits to justify its $250, making Marriott's newest Amex card a headscratcher.
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Review: Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card offers very limited benefits to justify its $250, making Marriott's newest Amex card a headscratcher.

Travel on Point(s) has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Travel on Point(s) and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card is Marriott's newest co-branded Amex card. This new card joins a–dare we say it–bevy of existing Marriott cards issued by Chase and Amex. The card is marketed for those looking to earn a lot of Bonvoy points through spend. But the $250 annual fee and limited benefits make it difficult to get excited about the card.

Current Offer

The Bonvoy Bevy card offers the opportunity to earn 125,000 Bonvoy points after spending $4,000 within the first 3 months. The card has a $250 annual fee, which is not waived in the first year.

According to the terms and conditions, the welcome offer is not available to those who (i) have or have had any other Marriott card issued by Chase in the last 30 days, (ii) have acquired the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, or the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days, or (iii) received a sign-up bonus or upgrade offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, or the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase in the last 24 months.

Earn Rate

The Bonvoy Bevy earns bonus points in the following categories:

  • 6x on Marriott purchases
  • 4x on up to $15,000 in combined purchases per calendar year at restaurants worldwide and at US supermarkets
  • 2x on all other eligible purchases

Benefits

The Bonvoy Bevy offers limited perks, despite its name. The card's benefits include:

  • Complimentary Gold Elite status
  • 15 elite nights toward status annually
  • A free night award worth up to 50,000 points when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • 1,000 Bonvoy bonus points with each qualifying stay
  • No foreign transaction fees

Our Analysis

The card's few benefits and current welcome offer hardly justify the $250 annual fee. For starters, 125,000 points from the welcome offer won't get you very much with Marriott these days. Award nights at Marriott's nicer brands regularly cost close to 100,000 points, in light of Marriott's switch to dynamic pricing and peak and off-peak pricing, and a widespread spike in award costs across the Bonvoy program.

For perks, the card's $250 annual fee doesn't even earn you an annual free night certificate! To earn a FNC, you have to spend $15,000 on the card. Assuming you were to even spend that much, the FNC is worth only up to 50,000 points. In contrast, the FNC you can earn by spending $15,000 on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card(review) or the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card(review) are valid at nearly every Hilton property around the globe. Spending $15,000 in return for a measly 50,000 Bonvoy points is not worth it. And that's without mentioning the opportunity cost. With $15,000 in spend, you could earn welcome offers on at least 3 other cards that would reward you with far more than 50,000 Bonvoy points.

Meanwhile, complimentary Gold Elite status isn't worth much. First, Marriott is not very generous with elite members. Also, Gold status with Marriott doesn't even get you any notable benefits, like free breakfast. Lastly, other cards like the Platinum Card from American Express(review) and the Business Platinum Card from American Express(review) offer complimentary Gold Elite status along with a true bevy of other benefits.

The Bonvoy Bevy's earning structure is also disappointing. Earning 4x Bonvoy points at restaurants and US supermarkets is nothing to write home about. You can earn 4x in those two categories with the American Express Gold Card(review), which earns Membership Rewards. As we all know, transferrable currencies like Amex MRs are way more valuable than hotel points. On top of that, the Bevy's 4x is capped at just $15,000, compared to $25,000 cap on U.S. supermarkets (and uncapped for restaurants) for the Amex Gold.

Final Thoughts

The new Bonvoy Bevy card is truly a headscratcher, to put it mildly. The $250 annual fee doesn't even earn you a free night certificate, which is one of the most popular benefits across most Marriott credit cards. The card's limited benefits fall short of justifying the annual fee. Meanwhile, the earning structure pales in comparison to other cards like the Amex Gold. Is there someone out there who could find value in Bonvoy Bevy card? Sure. But we would rather spend our time thinking of a bevy of puns with the card's name.

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Travel on Point(s) has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Travel on Point(s) and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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