Good Time To Take Advantage Of Marriott 70K Increased Sign-Up Bonus

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Link: Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

I’ve written in the past about the increased sign-up bonus on Marriott’s co-branded Chase Visa Card.

For a limited time Chase is offering 70,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months, plus one free night stay at a Category 1-4 property after account approval. A free night at a Category 4 property goes for 20,000 points, so the sign-up bonus can be worth up to 90,000 points.

The $85 annual fee is even waived the first year.

Anyway, I have reason to believe that this offer will be changing very soon, so if you’d like to take advantage of it, I’d highly recommend applying today.

Marriott Rewards isn’t my favorite loyalty program, though they have a huge portfolio of properties, so their points can be practical to redeem and valuable.

This is also one of those cards that meets the two things I look for in a credit card. Not only does it have a great sign-up bonus, but you also get an annual free night certificate valid at a Category 1-5 property upon your account anniversary each year. A Category 5 property would go for 25,000 points per night, so that’s quite a bit of value just for paying the $85 annual fee, in my opinion.

Marriott free nights for Category 1-9 properties range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night. So your sign-up bonus can potentially get you up to ten free nights including the Category 1-4 free night certificate.

Marriott Reward Tiers

I plan to apply for this card today, since it doesn’t only have a great sign-up bonus, but also is worth keeping long term.

Link: Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

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  1. If you signup for the Ritz Carlton 140,000 offer can you provide your Marriott Rewards number to deposit the points in your Marriott account. Can you also use Ritz Carlton points (out of your Ritz Carlton account) based on the Marriott Award Chart for non-Rtiz Carlton stays?

  2. Ben,
    I applied last week and haven’t heard back yet. Didn’t get immediate approval probably because of the number of Chase cards I already have (Sapphire, Hyatt, Fairmont, United). What number can I call to push the approval through?



  3. My experience has been Marriott Silver is one of the least useful hotel elite levels out there, as far as benefits goes. They also re-categorized a lot of the better hotels in the most traveled cities and vacation locales (e.g. moved properties from Cat 5 to 6 or up), so a free night in Cat 1-5 doesn’t get you too far. Marriott points are good for some specialty properties, like the St Pancras Renaissance in London (at the Eurostar terminal) but definitely not worth it for the quality of hotels in the US, and the lack of perks for Silver members doesn’t make it worthwhile, either.

  4. I got this card few days ago and received a free night cert (in cat 1-4) almost right away. Hoping to use those 70,000 points it in some European properties.
    @ Matt: I have the same issue, but with United card. I have applied for both of these Chase cards and was approved for Marriot right away, while still waiting to hear from them about the United Explorer card.

  5. Lana and Matt: If Chase doesn’t approve you right away, they are reviewing your application either because they are concerned about your creditworthiness or the amount of combined credit you have on Chase cards. If you have a good credit score and multiple Chase cards, all you need to do is call Chase and tell them you want to reduce your credit line on one or more cards (or close one or more accounts) so you can open the card you applied for.

    You can find the phone numbers in the wiki in this FT thread:

  6. Ben,

    FYI – If you weren’t included in the 50k Hyatt promotion and you’re a Diamond? Just call the Diamond line and they will hook you up.

  7. @ Jason: That is what I am thinking also 🙁
    I was kind of hoping to get both card with these great sign up bonuses. I have an excellent credit score but, it looks like I would have to wait for the next time United card would come up with another great bonus:)
    I guess the Chase Bank is just being cautious 🙂
    P.S. Denial feel like a slap in the face 🙂

  8. @ snic: I do not need a reference number? I do not have any. would they be able to find my application just by name? Thank you

  9. @ snic: Thank you so much for the advice and the FT thread. I called the Chase reconsideration line, moved some credit between my Chase cards and was approved for the United card! I am so excited that I was able to get both of the cards with these amazing sign up bonuses! And I am so grateful for your help and this wonderful blog Lucky has. Thank you.

  10. @ Matt — No, you’d have to credit that to Ritz-Carlton Rewards. You’d have to go by their award chart for redemptions.

  11. @ Nick: thanks!

    @ snic: yeah, it’s definitely the total # of cards and total credit line. My FICO score is 800 and I never carry a balance. I’ll make the call and have them reduce the credit line on one of my cards. thanks!

  12. Ben, This is really unprofessional if not unethical. Chase has a direct link for 70,000 points with just $1k spend. In addition to pushing a worse offer ($2k vs. $1k) you are suggesting that the deal is dead, when it’s not. (live link as of 6 pm EDT Aug. 21)

    Then of course on your credit cards page, you advertise the 50k offer which, of course, is a link that earns you money.

    Not cool Ben.

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