I have written about the Chase Marriott Rewards Premiere Card before, but I wanted to re-visit this gem of a card due to an increased sign-up bonus! The last time I wrote about this card the offer was 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in three months. Let’s take a look at the current offer:
- Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Plus, earn 7,500 bonus points if you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Receive one free night stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
- Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Marriott locations, 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else.
- Receive 15 Elite Credits guaranteeing silver elite status or better. Plus, earn 1 elite credit for every $3,000 spent on purchases.
- $85 annual fee NOT waived the first year.
The 100,000 bonus points is the highest I have ever seen offered by the Chase Marriott card! Let me show you a few things you could do with those points:
As you can see there are lots of options at your fingertips with 100,000 Marriott points! Because of the numerous great options, don’t let the $85 annual fee worry you! Depending on how you redeem your points, you could get anywhere from $600-$1,000+ value out of these points, so the $85 fee pays for itself.
This is one of the few cards I don’t cancel before the annual fee comes due. The reason for that is two fold. First, I’ve had this card longer then any other and don’t want to hurt my credit score by canceling it. One of the key factors in your credit score is average credit history. Any time you cancel a card you have held a long time (or pay off a loan that you’ve held for years), your average credit history goes down, followed by your credit score. The second reason I never cancel this card is because although I pay an $85 annual fee, I’m also given a free night at any Marriott Category 1-5 hotel. This more then makes up for the annual fee as I value this perk at about $150 (varies slightly depending on how you use it).
This isn’t quite as good as the deal Starwood recently offered on the SPG American Express Card, however they are no longer running that deal, so this is probably the best hotel card currently available. If the $5,000 in spending scares you, check out this previous post for tips on how to reach spending minimums. Always make sure you are staying within your budget when meeting spending minimums! Mrs. RevDan and I have had multiple free stays at Marriott resorts all over the world and highly recommend this card if you’re in need of some free hotel stays!