This is the first credit card to offer lodging rewards in Saudi Arabia
American Express Saudi Arabia and Marriott Bonvoy, the award-winning travel programme from Marriott International, has announced the launch of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Credit Card.
The new card issued by American Express Saudi Arabia offers members the opportunity to earn Marriott Bonvoy points on their daily spend while giving them access to exclusive benefits, offers and experiences across Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 brands and more than 8,100 hotels and resorts.
In addition, members will enjoy greater access to perks provided to members of Marriott Bonvoy including an exclusive 20% discount on food and drinks at participating Marriott properties in Saudi until 31 October 2023.
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The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Credit Card is a US dollar card that offers a 0% foreign exchange fee when spending in Saudi Riyals (SAR). Members can earn five Marriott Bonvoy points for every US$1 (or its equivalent in other currencies) spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties around the world.
Cardmembers can also earn three points for each US$1 spent internationally (excluding US$ and SAR) and two points for every US$1 (or SAR equivalent) transaction within Saudi Arabia.
Card holders will automatically be given annual Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status, which gives them additional benefits such as bonus points for stays and Priority Late Checkout.
Members will be upgraded to Gold Elite status if they spend US$30,000 within a calendar year. Eligible members can also enjoy a limited-time welcome bonus offer of 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points if they spend US$3,000 in the first three months.
Commenting on the news, American Express Saudi Arabia chief executive officer Fahad Bin Mubarak Al Guthami said: “The launch of the new Marriott Bonvoy American Express Credit Card aligns with our strategy to provide customers with greater payment choice while meeting their specific needs against a backdrop of continued growth in travel.
"We are always exploring ways in which we can enrich our card members’ experience and we’re pleased to partner with Marriott Bonvoy to continue to deliver incredible value and service to our Cardmembers, wherever life takes them.”
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Marriott International chief sales and marketing officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa Neal Jones added: “We're thrilled to work with American Express Saudi Arabia to offer Marriott Bonvoy members more ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points at our hotels in the Kingdom and across our portfolio of hotels, resorts and home rentals globally.
"Not only is this an expansion of our existing relationship with American Express, but it's also a reflection of our hyper-local strategy that focuses on delivering extra value to our members in the Kingdom.”
Other Marriott Bonvoy American Express Credit Card benefits include a US$100 Property Credit, which can be used on eligible purchases during a two-night minimum stay at participating luxury hotels worldwide across The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis brands, an annual free night stay at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, airport lounge access and travel insurance with card usage from American Express.
For more information, visit www.americanexpress.com.sa