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The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® credit card from Chase recently got an upgrade, and on top of accessing the new perks, new cardholders can score a big welcome bonus—but the current offer won’t last long.

Until October 27, new cardmembers are eligible to earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months from card opening. As of February, they’ll also earn bonus points at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants, along with additional Elite Night credits to fast-track a trip to Gold status.

Here’s a look at the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card and who it’s best suited for, along with some ideas on how to spend the welcome bonus.

How you’ll earn points

Bonvoy Boundless cardholders now net three points per dollar on groceries, gas, and dining up to a combined $6,000 in purchases each year, up from the two points per dollar those purchases previously earned. The change means cardholders can score an extra 6,000 points each year (for a total of 18,000 points) if they max out the bonus categories.

Additionally, cardholders still have the opportunity to rack up six points per dollar on Marriott purchases and two points per dollar on everything else.

Other perks

Early in 2022, Chase and Marriott introduced a new benefit for cardholders: They now automatically get one Elite Night credit for every $5,000 they spend, with no cap on how many they can collect.

Those credits come on top of the 15 Elite Night credits cardholders already receive each calendar year, helping them get closer to reaching the next level of Marriott Bonvoy status. The card automatically confers Silver Elite status, which is unlocked with 10 Elite Night Credits, but members need just 25 nights to hit Gold, a tier that offers 25 percent more points on stays, enhanced room upgrades, 2 p.m. late check-out, and more.

Boundless cardholders can access a host of other perks, too—most notably a free night award worth up to 35,000 points delivered every year after your account anniversary. And while that benefit alone makes it easy to justify the card’s $95 annual fee, the Boundless also offers baggage delay insurance, lost luggage reimbursement, trip delay reimbursement, and purchase protection.

Welcome bonus (and how to spend it)

The current bonus is a significant one, with free nights starting at just 7,500 points. There are several great options for redeeming the 100,000 points, whether you’re looking to go all-out on a one-night stay at an aspirational property or cover a longer trip in its entirety.

While Marriott’s award rates fluctuate dynamically, meaning they can change dramatically from month to month and even day to day, those looking for luxury can find plenty of properties charging less than 100,000 points per night. The St. Regis Deer Valley, for example, has several sub-100,000 nights available during ski season, as does the The Ritz-Carlton South Beach throughout December.