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It won’t be a stretch to call May 2020 the month of Amex – good, bad or ugly, and we are only in week 3. In a quest to add value back in the pockets of its cardmembers, Amex Canada has confirmed that the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Card will now earn 5 points per dollar on groceries, food delivery and takeout. This increased offer comes with a limit of 30,000 bonus points ($10,000 spend) for purchases made between May 15, 2020 and August 31, 2020.

Amex Marriott Bonvoy

While Amex Cobalt Card continues to be the best credit card for grocery in Canada, earning 5x Membership Rewards-Select points (which convert to 6 Bonvoy points), Amex Marriott Bonvoy Card will now be a close second until August 31, 2020. Marriott Bonvoy points can be extremely lucrative as they transfer to several airlines at 3:1 ratio and also earn a 5K bonus on every 60K transferred to airline miles.

The increased earn rate of 5x also applies to online purchases of Marriott Bonvoy gift cards, currently on 20% off, until May 17, 2020. Here is an excerpt from the terms, confirming the 5x earn on Marriott gift cards;

Account must be in good standing. You will earn five (5) Marriott Bonvoy points from American Express for every $1 of eligible purchases (less credits and returns) charged on your Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card when charged directly with participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, standalone Marriott Bonvoy retail establishments, and Marriott branded online stores (including online purchases of Marriott Bonvoy gift cards), that in each case, are owned or managed by Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates.

If you were on the fence about the Amex Marriott Bonvoy card, this is great time to pull the trigger. Only $1500 spend in six months, gets 50,000 Bonvoy points and a stellar 5x earn rate on groceries (until August 31, 2020). A quick glance at the card benefits;

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Amex Marriott Bonvoy


  • Annual Fee: $120
  • Welcome Bonus: 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (with $1500 spend in first 3 months 6 months, until June 30, 2020)
  • Earning Rate:
    • 5X on Grocery, food delivery and take-out ($10,000 spend limit from May 15, 2020 to August 31, 2020)
    • 5X on spend at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
    • 2X on all other eligible purchases
  • Other Key Benefits:
    • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year
    • Annual Free Night Award after your anniversary each year
    • Complimentary Silver Elite status
    • Upgrade to Gold Elite status with 30K spend per year
    • Referral bonus of 10,000 points
    • Transfer points to airlines: 5,000 bonus when you transfer 60,000 points to a frequent flyer program
    • Comprehensive Travel and Shopping Insurance coverage

Detailed list of benefits and perks of the card are listed here

Other Amex Canada announcements which continue to add value for its cardmembers;

  1. Amex will continue to extend the welcome bonus offer period to six (6) months to allow Cardmembers more time to achieve their spend threshold. This applies to eligible Consumer and Small Business Cards acquired between January 22, 2020 through June 30, 2020 with a Welcome Bonus Offer
  2. The Platinum Card®: Existing (and new) cardmembers will continue to enjoy Double Rewards, until July 20th, 2020. This includes double earn rates (6x on all dining, 4x on travel and 2x on all other purchases) and double rate when redeemed for the Use Points for Purchases option (1,000 points = $20 statement credit)
  3. Amex Cobalt Card: Until September 30th, 2020, redeem 1,000 points for a $10 statement credit against all eligible non-travel purchases charged to your Card. (1,000 points = $10 statement credit)
  4. Amex Gold Rewards Card: From May 15 to August 31, 2020, you can earn 5 Membership Rewards®points for every $1 you spend on eligible food delivery purchases made with Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes in Canada