New Marriott Credit Card Has Launched With 100,000 Bonus Points

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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

As I told you to expect Chase and Marriott are out with their new consumer credit card today. It’s got a $10 higher annual fee than the old one, but comes with better perks and more points.

To really get things going they’re offering an initial bonus of 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership.

Al Maha Desert Resort

The card comes with an annual free night that seems improved compared to the old card, too. The earlier free night was valid up to category 5, a room that would cost up to 25,000 points. This new card gives you an annual free night after each account anniversary valued for hotels which cost up to 35,000 points. That means it’s good for hotels which are in the first five out of an initial seven categories.

Return on unbonused spend doubles, too — it will be as strong on spending as the legacy Starwood American Express come August.

  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott Rewards (and Starwood) hotels
  • 2 points per dollar everywhere else

The card comes with automatic Silver elite status. Spending $35,000 in purchases on the card in an account year earns Gold status. And beginning next year you receive 15 elite nights towards status as well.

My view is this is a great signup bonus. The Marriott card used to be weak for spending, it’s now improved and above average, but not what I want top of wallet day in and day out. I last valued Marriott points at $0.008 apiece, suggesting 1.6% return for unbonused spend. My guess is points value will trend closer to $0.007 going forward.

W Doha

The annual free night gives the card a long-term place in your wallet — and doubly so if you’re working towards Marriott status. Note that you will be able to earn 15 nights towards status in total from credit cards, not 15 nights per card.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

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  1. @gary
    will they allow upgrading from the existing card?
    if I dont upgrade will my old marriott card get 6 points per dollar spent at marriott?

  2. Does anyone know how long this offer will last? I’d like to apply, but I’d like to wait until the end of June or even July.

    Thanks so much.



  3. Would be nice to use the cert on hotels costing more than 35K points and pay the diff with points. That would make a nice enhacement from the current card.

  4. “…it will be as strong on spending as the legacy Starwood American Express come August.”

    Had to read this twice, as you sounded encouraged. Of course it means it drops to 2/3 of the legacy (Pre-August) spg card earning (1 spg worth 3 mr points) the same way the Amex spg card will only earn 2 points. Sigh.

  5. ummm, in my wallet no, but possible my safe deposit box.

    The 100k signup bonus = 33.3k SPG, which is towards the high end of what we’ve seen for SPG Amex signups. But the free night on renewal is not worth much outside of flyover country (or perhaps for good properties in Asia).

    So good for a signup bonus (isn’t that true for most cards?) but not for everyday spend. And one that you want to close unless you can somehow use that free night at a high-rate property.

  6. So maybe this is too obvious of a question.

    Instead of “can I/should I upgrade to this” – I would prefer to know “Can I keep my current Marriott card and ALSO get this card?”

  7. ““Can I keep my current Marriott card and ALSO get this card?””
    “The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months. If you are an existing Marriott Rewards Premier customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change. You will not receive the new cardmember bonus if you change products”

  8. Samantha, thanks so much for the clarification. Not what I was hoping for, but at least I can stop thinking about it 🙂 Thanks!!

  9. What if you cancel your existing card and then apply for the new one (assuming 5/24 works out)?
    In that case the limitations (i) and (ii) should no longer apply and enable you to get the bonus.
    Will that work?

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