Bank of America Sonesta Mastercard Review

Bank of America has partnered with Sonesta International Hotels Corporation to launch the new Bank of America Sonesta Mastercard. This is the first and only Sonesta co-branded credit card.

The new card will allow members to earn points on purchases at Sonesta properties and beyond including airfare, car rentals, dining, shopping and anywhere Mastercard® credit cards are accepted. This enables members to earn free nights faster for use at Sonesta hotels across the US, Caribbean and South America. Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, U.S., Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and St. Maarten.

Bank of America Sonesta Mastercard

Signup Bonus

Earn up to 95,000 bonus points:

  • 60,000 points after spending at least $1,000 in purchases within your first 90 days of account opening
  • 5,000 points after adding an authorized user within your first 90 days of account opening
  • 30,000 points on your Account Anniversary, if you spend at least $7,500 in purchases every year

Application Link

Card Benefits

The Sonesta World Mastercard® builds on the loyalty offerings of the Sonesta Travel Pass rewards program, which is free to join and features points, perks and exclusives for members only. Sonesta Travel Pass members approved for the Sonesta World Mastercard® will earn even more benefits. You get automatic upgrade to Elite level status and access to perks such as complimentary club lounge access, daily continental breakfast, room upgrades, 15% discount on dining and resort amenities, exclusive member-only offers, upgraded WiFi and more.

  • 3x points on eligible Sonesta purchases
    • That means Sonesta Travel Pass members can get up to 13X points (3x points for using your card on eligible purchases + 10x points on qualified room rate purchases)
  • 2x points on eligible airfare, car rental and dining purchases
  • 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Immediate upgrade to Sonesta Travel Pass Elite Member Status upon card approval
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees

Sonesta Travel Pass Points

Sonesta Travel Pass points do not expire for active members, and there are no blackout dates. You can read more about member benefitsexclusive offersparticipating locations and how to redeem at Sonesta.com/TravelPass.

They have 9 redemption tiers, starting at 15,000 points per night for Tier 1 and maxing out at 50,000 points per night for hotel in Tier 9. You can see their list of hotels and respective tiers here.

Annual Fee

$0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year. After that there is a low Annual Fee of $75.

Guru’s Wrap-up

They only have 80 properties, but you can get some value out of the signup bonus. At their top tiers you can only get one or two nights if you get the full 95K bonus. You can do better in lower tier hotels. Bank of America Sonesta Mastercard is probably not the first option that will come to mind when you’re looking at hotel cards. But it’s worth keeping in mind.

Have you been at any of these properties? Let me know!

HT: DoC

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