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|Card / Notes||Bonus / Annual Fee|
|Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier|
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Earning rate: ⚬ 2X airline, car rental, & restaurants ⚬ 5X Marriott.
Big spend bonus: 1 credit towards elite status for every $3,000 in purchases
Noteworthy Perks: ⚬ 15 night credit towards elite status every year upon account anniversary ⚬ Free category 1-5 certificate each year upon renewal
|75K after $3K spend in 3 months
Annual fee waived first year, then $85
This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule. You may be able to find a better offer by logging into your Marriott Rewards account and simulating the steps of a booking. (You do not need to complete a booking.)
Recent better offer: 107.5K: 100K after $5K spend in 3 months plus 7.5K for adding an authorized user and making a purchase
Up to 120K: 10 points per dollar on up to $12,000 in spend in the first year (Expired 2/18)
87.5K: 80K for $3K spend in 3 months + 7.5K for adding an authorized user and making a purchase (Expired 2/18)
The Marriott Rewards Premier card is a good choice for a nice signup bonus, and it can be a good choice to keep year after year if you can make good use of its annual free night certificate. And, for those who chase Marriott status, the card’s 15 elite nights make the card well worth keeping.
I do not recommend using the Marriott card for spend (except to earn the signup bonus) because points earned with this card are not worth as much as rewards earned with many other cards. Marriott Rewards points tend to be worth only about 3/4th of a cent each. Most people would be much better off using a 2% cash back card or any of a variety of better rewards earning cards.
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