Marriott Bonvoy®, the award-winning travel programme of Marriott International, and American Express® have introduced enhancements to the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, which is designed to assist small business owners convert business spending into valuable travel points. In addition to the existing perks, the Card now offers new and existing Card Members a 7 percent Room Rate Discount on eligible bookings at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®, 4X Marriott Bonvoy® points at restaurants worldwide, and complimentary Gold Elite status.
David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty, Marriott International, said, “The rich, new benefits will help Card Members owning and working for small businesses stretch their travel dollars much further and reward them for being a part of the engine that drives the U.S. economy.” He added that S mall Business Card Members who spend several nights travelling for business can now earn points for family holidays and weekend getaways more quickly while staying at participating Marriott Bonvoy® hotels and using their Card for everyday expenses.”
Courtney Kelso, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Global Commercial Card, American Express, stated, “Small business owners have weathered many challenges over the past few years, pivoted their strategies, and are now looking to get back on track with how they run their business. This includes hitting the road again for client meetings, networking, new business pitches and more. Now, these Card Members can make the most of their business and leisure travel with our enhanced Marriott Bonvoy® Business Card and the ability to earn even more valuable points and rewards.”
New data from an American Express survey1 reveals that 82 percent of small business owners believe cheap accommodation prices are an essential factor when scheduling travel, while 78 percent say they would extend their trip if they received a discount on rooms.
Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73 percent) concur that status with a hospitality brand influences where they book overnight accommodations when travelling for work. In addition, the majority of small business executives (67 percent) have plans to travel for work during the next one to three months, and 77 percent believe that they will extend their next business trip to include personal vacation time.