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There’s a great new benefit that Chase has introduced for the Marriott card, something I hope we’ll see in the future with other Chase cards. Marriott cardmembers get a head start.
A second piece of the signup bonus comes from adding an authorized user and making a purchase within the first 3 months of cardmembership.
Every year cardholders receive a free night at a Marriott property up to category 5. That has it’s limits, you won’t stay at the bulk of top properties — although many great ones do qualify and about three quarters of Marriott’s hotels are eligible — definitely worth more than the card’s $85 annual fee.
Category 3 JW Marriott Bucharest, Credit: Marriott
You can transfer points to Starwood, though perhaps the best single use of points is ‘travel packages’ where you redeem for 7 nights of hotel and pair that with mileage transfers to an airline.
W Hotel New York Union Square
And now there’s a new feature of this card: Chase Offers for Marriott cardholders. This is like ‘Amex Offers’ where you spend money at a specific merchant and earn a rebate.
Doctor of Credit reports that cardmembers are receiving offers like,
- Whole Foods: $10 back on $25+ purchase
- Lowe’s: $10 back on $50+ purchase
- Staples: 10% back (max $20)
- Nordstrom: 20% back (max $30)
- Neiman Marcus: 10% back (max $30)
- Regal Cinemas: 10% back (max $50)
- Ebags: $20 back on $100+
- Gamefly: $10 statement credit for new subscribers (it’ll be interesting to see if they can actually track who is a new subscriber – that would be a different kind of tracking the typical Amex Offer tracking we’re used to)
- Hulu: $20 statement credit with Live TV subscription
Add an offer to your card and follow the terms like buying in-store or online by the offer deadline to earn the rebate.
Note of course that “5/24” applies to this card meaning it’s only for you if you have had fewer than 5 new card accounts opened in the last 24 months.