Marriott and Banorte have launched two Bonvoy credit cards for the Mexican market that we first reported about back in March (read more here).
Marriott Bonvoy Gold credit card members will get 10 elite qualifying nights and Silver status, while those getting the Platinum one will get Gold status and 15 elite qualifying nights.
You can access Marriott Bonvoy here.
UPDATE: Here are the features of card available in Mexico:
Marriott Bonvoy (Gold) credit card:
Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite Status upon sign up
2 points per US dollar spent on grocery and airfare purchases
4 points per US dollar spent at participating properties across the globe
10 Elite Night Credits each calendar year the card is active
Welcome bonus of 12,500 points after spending $1,000 USD within the first three months of use
1 Free night award – Category 4 (up to 25,000 points)
Marriott Bonvoy Inspire (Platinum) credit card:
Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status upon sign up
3 points per US dollar spent on airfare purchases, groceries, gas and dining,
6 points per US dollar spent at participating properties within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio
10 Elite Night Credits each calendar year the card is active
Welcome bonus of 25,000 points after spending $1,000 USD within the first three months of use
1 Free night award – Category 5 (up to 35,000 points)
Here’s information from Banorte:
All your purchases bring you closer to your favorite destination.
Marriott Bonvoy® Travel Program
Collect points for your purchases and exchange them for free nights in hotels, gift cards, travel packages, etc.
Welcome bonus 1 of 12,500 Marriott Bonvoy points for accumulated purchases of USD 1,000 * in the first 3 months from the opening of the account.
Accumulation of points for your purchases:
- 4 points for every USD1 in purchases at Marriott Bonvoy Hotels and Resorts.
- 2 points for every USD1 in purchases on flights and supermarkets.
- 1 point for every USD1 on all other purchases.
Free night for the anniversary of your card
- Receive a certificate equivalent to a free night when accumulating annual purchases for USD 7,500 annually. Learn more at Marriott.com.esExclusive benefits with Mastercard
- Elite Lounge: Enjoy waiting for your flight in lounges specially designed for you where you can relax, refresh and make the most of your stay in Terminal 1 of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM).
- Elite Valet: Take your car to Terminal 1 of the AICM and leave it with the Elite Valet service from Mastercard. With your Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card pay only 50% of the regular price for a stay of up to 5 days. **
- Mastercard Travel Suite: Receive relevant offers before, during and after the trip.
- Mastercard Travel Rewards: Discover discounts automatically in different businesses around the world (USA, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Asia, etc.)
Mastercard Global Service, Customer Service, provides assistance around the world, 24 hours a day, how to report your card for theft or loss:
- From USA and Canada: 001 800 307 7309
- From any other country (collect) to USA: 1 636 722 7111
- For more information visit: mastercard.com.mx
Here’s the announcement from Marriott:
Marriott International Launches New Co-brand Credit Cards in Mexico with Mastercard and Banorte
The Marriott Bonvoy card and Marriott Bonvoy Inspire card offer exclusive benefits across 7,600 hotels globally and at 85 hotels and resorts in Mexico
Marriott International, Mastercard, and Banorte today announced the launch of the Marriott Bonvoy (Gold) and Marriott Bonvoy Inspire (Platinum) credit cards in Mexico, offering card holders a wide variety of exclusive benefits at 85 Marriott International hotels and resorts in Mexico and over 7,600 hotels across 30 brands around the world. Benefits include the ability to earn points for everyday purchases, Free Night Awards and access to more than 1,000 VIP lounges in airports across the world.
“The Marriott Bonvoy cards are available in two options, and will open the world of travel to a new generation of Mexican explorers”, said Diana Plazas, Marriott International’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the Caribbean and Latin America. “Cardholders will enjoy a rich set of benefits, added protection by our bank partners and even more choices within our award-winning Marriott Bonvoy travel program which already offers extraordinary experiences across Marriott’s diverse portfolio of brands and hotels in dream destinations”.
The credit card program is designed to appeal to millennials, families and business professionals and aims to become Mexico’s favorite travel card by offering a wide variety of cardmember benefits.
When guests sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy (Gold) credit card, they receive Silver elite status, earn 2 points per US dollar spent on grocery and airfare purchases, and earn 4 points per US dollar spent at participating properties across the globe. Cardholders can also earn a Free Night Award and a welcome bonus of 12,500 points after spending USD1,000 within the first three months of use.
The premium Marriott Bonvoy Inspire (Platinum) credit card gives members even more benefits, offering Gold elite status, 3 points per US dollar spent on airfare purchases, grocery, gas and dining, and 6 points per US dollar spent at participating properties within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. The welcome bonus with this card is 25,000 points after spending USD 1,000 within the first three months.
Both cards eliminate foreign transaction card fees and offer members free enhanced WiFi at hotels and resorts. The cards also come with MasterCard Travel Rewards and MasterCard luggage protection.
Banorte offers card holders of both cards the benefits of its digital platforms, Banorte Móvil, and online banking, with 24/7 access wherever they are. Customers will be able to apply for digital cards, complete more secure transactions and have access to contactless payment at retailers.
“We at Banorte are very committed to offering each client what they really need. In order to continue doing so, we partnered with Marriott International and Mastercard. We’re convinced that through this alliance we will offer very important benefits for customers that love to travel, since we want them to be totally safe and comfortable,” commented Francisco Martha, General Director of Digital Business Development at Grupo Financiero Banorte.
In addition to elite status, cardholders receive Marriott Elite Night credits toward elite status immediately upon opening a card account – 10 Elite Night Credits for Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card members or 15 Elite Night Credits for Marriott Bonvoy Inspire Credit card members will be added to the card member’s Marriott Bonvoy™ account. Each subsequent calendar year, the same number of Elite Nights will be credited to the card holder’s Marriott Bonvoy account
To learn more and apply for the Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, visit www.banorte.com/marriott. Those applying before July 31, 2021 may earn an additional bonus of 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
More opportunities for eligible Mexican citizens and residents to earn higher status with Marriott Bonvoy by getting 10 or 15 elite qualifying nights yearly and start with Silver or Gold status (not mostly useless).
I could not find information about the Platinum-card option on Banorte’s website. It seems that they are mainly pushing the basin version of the card.