Posted by William Charles on June 5, 2019
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Published on June 5th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Bank of America Launches Sonesta Hotel Card – 65,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Bank of America has partnered with Sonesta International Hotels to launch a new co-branded credit card. Let’s take a look at this new card in this quick review.

Card Basics

  • Sign up bonus of 60,000 points after $1,000 in spend within the first three months
  • 5,000 points after adding an authorized user within 90 days of account opening
  • Annual fee of $75 is waived first year
  • Anniversary bonus of 30,000 points if you spend at least $7,500 in purchases every year
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 3x points on eligible Sonesta purchases
    • 2x points on eligible airfare, car rental and dining purchases
    • 1x points on all other purchases
  • Sonesta Travel Pass Elite Member Status

How Much Are Points Worth?

Points can be redeemed for free nights starting at 15,000 points per night. You can view the redemption options for each tier here. Tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1: 15,000 points
  • Tier 2: 17,500 points
  • Tier 3: 20,000 points
  • Tier 4: 22,500 points
  • Tier 5: 25,000 points
  • Tier 6: 27,500 points
  • Tier 7: 30,000 points
  • Tier 8: 40,000 points
  • Tier 9: 50,000 points

Hat tip to @AC8travel



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Not bad!

Max B
Max B

I had to look them up. I’ve never heard of them. I didn’t know BofA would partner with what seems like a small chain.

Jack
Jack

Apparently there is one a few blocks from me. I had no idea. Sounds like a prescription sleeping pill.

Locations include South America and some random boat on the Nile: https://www.sonesta.com/destinations

Points44

No Verdict?

Dana
Dana

Agreed. In all seriousness, Doc, I rely on your verdicts a TON. Tell me what to think!!!!

Brian
Brian

Cool – waiting for a business version…

Chong786
Chong786

This card looks interesting but getting approval is a problem 🙁

Evan
Evan

It doesn’t appear that their Travel Pass points can be redeemed (or earned?) for their Nile Cruises. That’s mildly disappointing.

Abey

Was once in a Sonesta Suits in NJ like 7 years ago, its similar to a Hyatt House / Holliday Inn Express. I do remember that they call.
The Pool – The Dip
The Bar – The Pour
The Lobby – The Nest
Breakfast (room) – The Dish
Meeting room – The Space
Gym – The Mat.

frogger
frogger

The hotels that interest me are in St Maarten. Tier 8 and 9. 40k and 50k. I couldn’t even get 2 nights from this card.

lingua
lingua

Same here. Would have to do the 7.5k annual spend for the extra 30k points, wait for card anniversary, pay the $75, by then should have 100k for 2 nights. This for about, I think I saw rooms for 350 a night. I’m still on the fence. Looks to be a super nice all inclusive…

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

They status match too

frogger
frogger

Actually the New Orleans hotel doesn’t look bad. Do business BOA cards count for 2/3/4. If they do this would make me 4 BOA in 14 months. Not sure if it would be worth my last slot for the next 8 months.

joE
joE

SoneWho?

McBean
McBean

Sonesta Travel Pass points expiration: Members who do not engage in eligibility activity for 36 months will be re-classified as “Non-Active” and immediately forfeit all Rewards Points in their account. Eligibility activity includes accruing or redeeming Rewards Points and accruing a Qualified Room Night.

Staradmiral
Staradmiral

Very limited locations list. Seems useful if you’re planning a trip to that specific location just for the sign up bonus.

NationalChamps2015
NationalChamps2015

There are some interesting properties here:

I’ve stayed in the one on Hilton Head Island. Right on the beach, one of the top properties 30K
The other 30K properties in Boston and New Orleans are in great locations

The 27,500 property in Scottsdale is the Gainey Ranch and has an incredible reputation. One on the beach at Fort Lauderdale is a good party/vacation spot. Also ones in downtown Baltimore and Philly. One in St. Louis seems a little too far away from downtown for the points.

There’s a 25,000 point spot right on international drive in Orlando. Near all the theme parks.

At 22,500 the one in Flag Staff makes for a great summertime trip for those heading to Sedona area. Also any Big 10 football fans, there is one in Ann Arbor a couple miles away from Michigan Stadium at this point value.

Anyone having problems finding rooms for the MLB All Star game in Cleveland could redeem a 17,500 room in the suburbs of CLE. I’d suggest the one near the airport, as you can take the light rail directly from CLE airport to downtown.

Andy
Andy

How long have you worked for Sonesta?

Honestly, we had drinks at the Jazz Playhouse at the Sonesta in in NOLA and it is a great property in a great location…

Matt P
Matt P

All of the Colombia hotels are 15k except Cartagena which is 17.5k. They run around $100 each so reward is worth around $400 I guess and points around .67 cents.

Burton
Burton

That seems about right – I’ve stayed at one of their 27,500 properties multiple times and the rates were highly seasonal (as low as $120 but can be over $300) depending on the dates).

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