Last Chance: Earn 100,000 Points With The Marriott Premier Card

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In early May the new Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card was introduced. As part of Marriott creating a new loyalty program they’re changing up their credit card portfolio, and this new card is part of that.

The card has a $95 annual fee, and offers a huge welcome bonus of 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months. I value Marriott Rewards points at ~0.8 cents each, so to me those points are worth about $800. That’s one of the best welcome bonuses we’ve seen on a hotel credit card.

This is a limited time offer, and we’ve known for a while that the offer is ending on July 12, 2018. So if you’ve been waiting to apply for the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card, you’ll want to do so ASAP, as there are only hours remaining.

This is a card that could be pretty valuable long term, given the perks it offers, including:

  • A free night on your account anniversary every year, which can be redeemed for a hotel costing up to 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night; this should cover a vast majority of Marriott properties worldwide (including Starwood hotels)
  • You receive automatic Marriott Rewards Silver status for as long as you have the card, and 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

To me the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card is well worth it for the anniversary free night certificate alone, as most people should be able to get way more than $95 of value out of that.

If you are going to apply for the card, just keep in mind the restrictions to be aware of:

If you’re locked out from getting the card due to those restrictions, consider getting the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card or The World of Hyatt Credit Card instead. The cards also have great welcome bonuses and excellent perks, and aren’t subjected to 5/24.

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Comments

  1. I’m not sure this is one of the best welcome bonuses we’ve seen on a hotel credit card. It’s 20 Marriott points per dollar. The current Hyatt card offer is also 20 points per dollar but those points are worth about twice as much. With unlimited spend available that doesn’t matter but it’s something to consider if one’s spend is somewhat limited.

  2. @ Nick — I imagine the card will still be around, though chances are that the welcome bonus won’t be as good after tomorrow.

  3. Thanks for your post on the deadline last week. I recently completed my initial spend on the Sapphire Reserve card as well as the extra spend for the sweetener points on the Amex Hilton Business Cars. I applied for this Marriott card yesterday and was instantly approved.

  4. Assuming you can apply for this card or the new Hyatt Visa due to 5/24 and you hold platinum and explorist statuses (as well as both SPG cards), which would you choose?

    It seems the Hyatt bonus is more generous for the spend (Hyatt points are worth at least double what Marriott’s are), but the Marriott card has more secondary perks.

  5. @alpha – if you can make the spend on both apply for the Marriott one first. The current bonus is only available for another day or so and will likely go down after and the Hyatt card is not under 5/24 nor lowering its sign up bonus soon as far as known.

  6. To continue Alpha’s question, if you have both SPG cards and the Amex Platinum (btw what will SPG Gold benefit be converted to in Marriott?) would you still apply for this card? Should I cancel one or both SPG cards at a certain date in the future?

  7. @ Steve — Personally I would, if you’re eligible. You can get a big welcome bonus, and can get an additional anniversary free night certificate, so assuming you think you can use it, I think it could be worth the annual fee. I’d keep the SPG Amex cards, unless you don’t get value out of the anniversary free night certificates.

  8. @ Alpha — This card is subjected to 5/24 while the Hyatt card isn’t, so I’d get this one and then the Hyatt card later on, personally.

  9. I guess I’m gonna wait this one out. Was going to see how the end of the year looks with WN Companion Status and get their credit card if I need help making it over the finish line. I’m just a hair over halfway there, with about 20 more segments booked through August. If I don’t need it, then maybe there will be a bonus. I’m 4/24 ATM.

  10. Not trying to be disrespectful, but I have a strong suspicion that we’ll see the 100k bonus (or some other incentive) back very quickly. Why? Because the card’s not that good, and they’re going to need to offer enhanced points or a first year fee waiver in order to get people to sign-up. To recap, this card is: subject to 5/24 restriction (and takes up a 5/24 slot), has a $95 fee not waived first year, offers seriously lame silver elite status, leaves you 35 nights or $35k in spend away from gold status and it’s free breakfast/guaranteed late check-out, offers no compelling spend bonus outside Marriott properties, and provides no free night certificate until your second $95 bucks is due. I’m not signing-up at 100k points, and struggle to see any good reason for someone to get this card after the sign-up bonus reduces.

  11. My husband has a Marriott account because he travels & already has the Premier card. If I sign up & get the points, how do we combine the accounts for use in the future?

  12. Looks like you only get the free night after the first year is done, is that correct?

    I have to say, I’m still annoyed that my earnings on the SPG Amex are being devalued mid-cycle. If the reduced earnings was to make up for the free night award (as Marriott suggested in an interview), then I should get the free night at the same time my earning rate goes from 3x MR/$ to 2x MR/$.

  13. Lucky, I had the Marriott card for about 3 years and received the welcome bonus on it more than 24 months. I canceled the credit card couple of weeks ago and applied for the new version of the card. To my surprise I was declined and the reason was I already have a version of this card( The one that I canceled before applying) when I talked to couple of people for reconsideration they told me that if you had a version for this card even if it was canceled you will not be eligible for it again which I suspect is wrong information when reading the terms. Any suggestions?

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