Update: This offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card is expired. You can find the current offer details here.
Yesterday I wrote about the new benefits being added to the Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card, which is the business version of the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. Specifically, the business version of the card now offers Marriott Rewards Gold status after spending $50,000 on the card in a year.
It’s something to be aware of, though frankly I don’t think it’s worth putting $50,000 on the card in order to get Gold status, given that the card otherwise offers a lousy return on everyday spend. There are lots of other cards which offer a much better return.
Still, there’s merit to having the card, given the annual free night certificate, valid at Category 1-5 properties. The annual fee on the card is $99 per year, which is a bit more than the $85 annual fee on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
It’s worth noting that along with the introduction of new benefits, the sign-up bonus on the business version of the card has been increased as well. For a limited time, you can earn 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months. For what it’s worth, the previous offer was for 80,000 points after spending $3,000 within three months. While the minimum spend requirement is higher, the sign-up bonus is also significantly better.
I value Marriott points at ~0.8 cents each, so to me 100,000 points are worth $800. When you factor in the $99 annual fee, this sign-up bonus is worth ~$700 to me, which is pretty darn good.
Do keep in mind that this is a business card, and generally Chase is one of the tougher issuers from which to get approved for a business card if you don’t have a well established business. Furthermore, keep in mind that Chase is getting stricter with approvals in general. Nowadays they’ll only approve you for many of their cards if you haven’t applied for more than a total of five cards in the past 24 months, though I don’t think this applies to business co-brand cards yet (someone correct me if I’m wrong).
This is the highest sign-up bonus I ever recall seeing on a Marriott credit card, so if you’re eligible for a business card, I’d seriously consider this offer. I’m tempted to pick up both the personal and business versions of the card (though the personal version “only” has a sign-up bonus of 80,000 points), given Marriott’s upcoming takeover of Starwood.
(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)
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