New Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card With 100K Welcome Bonus

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A couple of weeks ago we learned the full details of Marriott’s new loyalty program, as they’re bringing together Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. As part of this we’ll see a new credit card portfolio from both American Express and Chase. I’ve written a separate post about the new American Express cards (which haven’t yet been introduced), and in this post wanted to look at a new Chase card that’s being introduced this week.

Specifically, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card has been introduced, and has a big 100,000 point sign-up bonus. If you’re eligible for this card, then I’d highly recommend applying.

Here’s what you need to know about this new credit card:

Marriott Premier Plus Card annual fee

The Marriott Premier Plus Card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived for the first year.

Marriott Premier Plus Card sign-up bonus

The Marriott Premier Plus Card has a huge welcome bonus of 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months. This is a limited time sign-up bonus, and one of the best we’ve seen on a Marriott card. Personally I value Marriott Rewards points at ~0.8 cents each, so to me those points are worth somewhere around $800, which is huge.

Marriott Premier Plus Card eligibility

There are two major restrictions to be aware of with eligibility for this new card:

  • You’re not eligible for the new Marriott Premier Plus Card if you currently have the Marriott Rewards Premier Card, or received a new cardmember bonus on that card in the past 24 months
  • The card is subjected to the 5/24 rule, meaning you typically won’t be approved if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months

Marriott Premier Plus Card return on spend

The Marriott Premier Plus Card offers:

  • 6x points for spend at participating Marriott and SPG hotels
  • 2x points on all other purchases

Since I value Marriott Rewards points at ~0.8 cents each, personally I wouldn’t consider the card to be very compelling for spend, at the equivalent of ~1.6% on non-bonused spend, and ~4.8% on select hotel spend.

On the plus side, the card has no foreign transaction fees, so it’s potentially a good card to use for purchases abroad.

Marriott Premier Plus Card annual free night award

Perhaps the most exciting benefit of the Marriott Premier Plus Card is that it offers a free night award on the account anniversary every year. The certificate can be redeemed for a hotel that costs up to 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, which should cover a majority of Marriott hotels around the world. To me this more than justifies the annual fee.

Marriott Premier Plus Card status fast track

The Marriott Premier Plus Card offers some perks that will potentially help you earn status faster. Specifically:

  • You receive automatic Marriott Silver status for as long as you have the card
  • You receive Marriott Gold status when you spend $35,000 on purchases on the card in an account year
  • Starting in 2019, you’ll receive 15 elite night credits towards status every calendar year; note that each Marriott account can get that credit at most once, so if you have multiple cards offering that, it won’t stack

What do I make of the new Marriott Premier Plus Card?

The new Marriott Premier Plus Card has a fantastic sign-up bonus. Historically Starpoints convert into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, so a sign-up bonus of ~33,000 Starpoints is excellent.

The way I view it, this is a card that’s worth holding onto for the anniversary free night certificate, valid at a hotel that retails for up to 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night. That benefit alone should more than justify the annual fee.

Beyond that, though:

  • You can generally get a better return on spend than 2x Marriott Rewards points per dollar by using other cards, so this isn’t a card I’d use for everyday spend
  • You can earn Marriott Gold status through RewardsPlus if you’re a United MileagePlus Gold member or above, or by having an Amex Platinum Card
  • If you are going to put a significant amount of spend on the card, I’d probably recommend using the SPG Luxury Card, where you can earn Platinum status after spending $75,000 in a year

It’s always great to see a new card with a big bonus introduced, so hopefully some of you are eligible for the Marriott Premier Plus Card.

What do you make of the new Marriott Premier Plus Card?

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Comments

  1. Can you no longer earn 1 night credit towards status for every $3,000 spent on the card?

  2. @ James — Correct, that’s no longer a feature on any of these cards going forward.

  3. @Lucky – but that remains a feature of the Premiere card, including past Aug 1, right?

  4. @ LP — It does for the rest of the year as far as I know, but I don’t think it does as of next year anymore. Double checking on this now.

  5. Can I apply and get a bonus with this card if I currently have the older Marriott Rewards card?

  6. If you pin Hyatt points at 1.8-2.0 cents each, then this offer is on par with the standard Chase Hyatt Visa Signature card. You get the Hyatt points after only $2k in spend, it also comes with a free annual night, and costs $24 less.

    Sure, the 15 night credit is a big upside that the Hyatt card doesn’t offer. But in terms of a special offer, this feels more standard then special.

    I’m not sure I’m motivated here… Yet

  7. I wonder if Chase will up the 5x points offering on the Rewards Premiere to keep pace with this card. Same annual fee…

  8. @ mishas — Not if you have the Marriott Premier Card. You’d only be able to upgrade.

  9. In terms of using Marriott points for the MLE SR or BOB SR, is it worth getting the marriott card for that?.

    Can the marriott points be combined amongst family members?.

  10. @ Jason — As of now we don’t know what redemptions will be like at these “all suite” properties going forward. In the SPG program at the moment they’re priced insanely high, so it’s not a good redemption. So we can’t say for sure what kind of a deal it would be under the new program. I wouldn’t get the card with the purpose of redeeming at one of those properties, though there are so many other great places you can redeem these points. While Starwood allows unlimited points transfers within a household, Marriott limits you to transferring 50,000 points per year.

  11. @Lucky, do you happen to know which hotel you’ve featured in the picture above? Looks gorgeous…

  12. I know you said it’s like getting 33k SPG historically… but it should be possible to actually convert these to SPG until Aug1, right?

  13. Upgrade offer was 20k which seemed worth it for $10/year and the extra 1x on Marriott/SPG stays (got rid of SPG card to free up an Amex slot).

  14. With the top award rate at top Marriott properties jumping seasonally to up to100K/night after this year, anyone who desires to earn enough MR points to afford award stays at high-end MR hotels must consider getting this card, especially if s/he stays quite a bit on revenue at MR properties.

    It is a rather bland card otherwise…

  15. Isn’t there a higher-end top tier Marriott card that’s also coming out soon? If so, might make sense to hold off lest you should find yourself in a situation where you can’t get an even better welcome bonus because you already signed up for this Premier Plus card. Or no?

  16. Any idea on how long this offer will last? Would really only apply for this card for the sign up bonus and yearly free night and cancel my current SPG Amex post merger.

  17. Lucky,

    I echo Michael’s question. My understanding was that there were going to be three “new” Marriott consumer cards. Amex has announced its SPG Luxury Card, and Chase has introduced this new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card. Where is the third card (I thought Chase would get two cards and Amex one, but that may be wrong)?

  18. Do you know if the 6x points will apply at Protea properties in Africa as well? I put a lot of spending on my CSR at the local Protea hotel here at 3x bonus, but a 6x bonus for Marriott miles may be a better deal. How would you value the comparitive benefits of 6x Marriott versus 3x Ultimate Rewards?

  19. Lucky,

    I don’t see where this new Marriott card has any trip cancellation or trip interruption benefits, which are valuable features to me.

    Did I miss something?

  20. @ Ajay — Nope, but you wouldn’t want to use this card for airfare anyway, when there are so many better cards for that spend.

  21. Lucky,

    Are we missing hearing news with what’s to happen with the Chase Ritz Carlton card?
    The air discount and 300 incidental credit more than pay for the fee on the card for a lot of people, but there has been total silence on the new earning structure or night credits after Aug.

  22. Hi Lucky,
    If I had the SPG card AND get this one (which also gets the bonus 15 elite nights each year), will these stack?

    Thanks- SF Island Boy

  23. @ Jess D — Unfortunately you can’t stack these — you can get a maximum of 15 elite nights per year.

  24. Can you cancel existing Marriott card and wait for XXX period of time and then apply for new card to be eligible for sign on bonus?

  25. I just canceled my Marriott Premier card which I have held for years to upgrade to the new one and get the 100k signup bonus. They said I had to wait three to six months to apply for the new one to allow the old card to be removed from my credit report. Is this true? Any intel on this? I went ahead and applied anyway.

  26. Would really like to know the answer to the question about whether the 1 elite night per $3,000 spent will continue on the existing Premier card after this year. That is worth a lot more to me than the higher earnings rate on the new card!

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