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Marriott’s co-branded credit card is offering an increased sign-up bonus, which is one of the best I’ve ever seen on the card.
Earn up to 87,500 points
Under this new offer on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you can earn:
- 80,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
- 7,500 bonus points when you add your first authorized user and they make a purchase within three months
In other words, that’s potentially a sign-up bonus of 87,500 Marriott Rewards points after spending $3,000 and adding an authorized user.
In terms of actual return on everyday spend, the card offers 5x points per dollar spent at Marriott properties, 2x points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, at car rental agencies, and at restaurants, and 1x point per dollar spent on everything else.
Frankly I don’t consider this card to be especially lucrative for everyday spend, since you’ll get better return on a card like the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
Two valuable perks of the Marriott Credit Card
The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card has two perks which make it quite valuable:
- Upon your account anniversary every year you get a free night certificate valid at up to a category 5 property
- You earn 15 elite night credits towards status annually just for having the card, and an additional elite night credit for every $3,000 spent on purchases, with no caps
The free night certificate should more than justify the annual fee every year, while the elite night credits can be extremely valuable if you’re going for status with Marriott. With enough spend, you can even earn top tier status exclusively on credit card spend. Not that I’d recommend earning status that way, but it is worth noting that the option is out there.
Why I plan on applying for the Marriott Visa now
So why am I finally considering applying for the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card? The reason I haven’t applied in the past isn’t because I didn’t see value in the card, but rather that I wasn’t a Marriott loyalist. I was so focused on requalifying for status with Hyatt and Starwood that I just didn’t want to put my stays with any other program.
Well, Marriott and Starwood are in the process of merging, and that’s supposed to be completed the middle of this year. I wouldn’t expect the actual programs to merge at that time (instead I suspect it will be next year at the earliest when the programs merge), but I do now have an interest in Marriott.
At some point Marriott Rewards points and Starpoints balances will presumably be merged. What we don’t know yet is when that will happen or at what rate. I’d like to see Starpoints convert into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, though if I had to guess, I’d say 1:2 is probably more likely, unfortunately. I’d like to be wrong, but if history with these types of mergers is any indication, I think 1:2 is most likely.
Depending of whether we’re talking about a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio, 87,500 Marriott Rewards points would be the equivalent of ~29,000-44,000 Starpoints. And both of those are good offers, if you ask me.
This is one of the best sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. While I’ve always thought there has been a lot of value to be had from the card in general, I never bothered since I wasn’t a Marriott loyalist. With the merger of Marriott and Starwood imminent, I’m more interested in the card than ever before, so finally plan on applying.
Any other Starwood loyalists plan on picking up this card due to the inevitable merger?
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