Limited Time 80,000 Point Marriott Visa Card Sign-Up Bonus

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For a limited time, you can earn 80,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. The card has an $85 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

As far as signup bonuses go, this is a decent one, and one of the better public offers I’ve seen on this card:

  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 24 months
  • 80,000 Marriott Rewards points are enough for two free nights at a top-tier property

I tend to ignore the Marriott program as I find their elite status requirements and lack of benefits to be uncompetitive compared to other hotel chains, but the properties themselves are generally nice, and many people are a fan of the program. For business travelers, the comparative footprint is also a big advantage.

Marriott has nine categories of hotels, with a top-tier property requiring 45,000 points per night:

Marriott Reward Tiers

Even better, you can use Marriott Rewards points for stays at Ritz-Carlton hotels, and they have five “tiers” of reward stays:

Ritz Carlton Reward Tiers

So the sign-up bonus alone would give you enough points for a top-tier property like the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, which is probably the best hotel in the city.

View from my room at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Furthermore, just for having the Marriott Rewards card you also get a free night upon your account anniversary each year valid at category 1-5 properties. Marriott has nine categories, so that’s basically valid for up to a mid-tier hotel.

The Marriott Sao Paulo Airport is surprisingly nice, and only a Category 4 property

You also get 15 nights elite nights towards status each year just for having the card, and an additional one night towards status for every $3,000 you spend. That means you basically get Marriott Silver status for as long as you have the card, which takes just 10 qualifying nights. The catch is that Marriott Silver is probably the least valuable hotel status, and primarily only gets you bonus points on stays.

The card typically earns 5x points per $1 at Marriott hotels, 2x points with airlines, rental car agencies and restaurants, then one point everywhere else.

I value Marriott Rewards points at 0.8 cents each, so you’re looking at a return of 1.6% on bonus categories and 0.8% on everyday spend. Unless you’re putting money on the card to requalify for status (since the card offers one elite qualifying night for every $3,000 spent) this probably isn’t worth putting spend on.

Bottom line

The way I look at it, there are three components to the value of a credit card:

  • The sign-up bonus
  • The value the card gives you for everyday spend
  • Any bonuses you may get for having the card long term

The increased sign-up bonus certainly makes the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card more compelling, and I would keep the card for the free anniversary night, but I still wouldn’t use this card for everyday spend.

If you really want to accrue Marriott points you’re almost always going to be better off earning Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, as it has better bonus categories and accumulates a more flexible points currency.

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  1. The 70K offer with AF waived the first year and free night at category 1-4 hotel after approval is a much better deal

  2. Thank you for discouraging others to join Marriott rewards. More upgrades for ME! 🙂 It’s so easy to get to gold when you have the card. I have no trouble staying platinum.

    I sure liked my $600+ a night room at the Ritz Carlton Montreal last week for 40,000 a night (includes 5th night free) and the platinum upgrade that was included.

    The points just keep rolling in. With Marriott Rewards, the rich keep getting richer. 😉

    Not to mention Marriott has major visibility with all their brands around the world – and they seem to keep adding more. We’ve discovered the joys of Autograph hotels.

    Please continue to encourage people to not join the best program out there. We left Hilton years ago because a bottle of water and bag of chips wasn’t good enough for the 2nd level up. They never treated me like the Queen as Marriott does.

  3. Lucky, the next time you are in London, New York or Miami stay at the EDITION hotel. These are Marriott’s attempts to create a W-type boutique brand. Excellent hotels. Marriott is my favorite program as they have hotels everywhere in the US (on business travel, I often can’t find a Starwood hotel) and the earnings rate on paid stays is pretty good.

  4. Also agree with Jason…this offer is 10,000 more points for $85 (annual fee), so that is a neutral exchange, but the height spending requirement and no annual night the first year at a category 1-4 hotel clearly make this offer worse than the 70,000 offer.

  5. I’m pretty sure that the Sao Paulo airport Marriott is cat 4. So if you got the 70k + cat 1-4 card (with no annual fee), you could stay there, and have 70k points left to burn.

  6. @Lucky I had the JP Morgan Ritz Carlton card with bonus offer within the past year. Am I eligible for this Marriott offer

  7. This affiliatelandia version of the “best” card offer for this product is disgusting. Really, really disgusting.

  8. My spouse received an email of 10K bonus to invite friends (before Aug 17). Now, the 70K offer (with waived AF) is even more attractive for my new application.

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