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Marriott and Chase have introduced their new Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card. It’s got a $10 higher annual fee than the older ‘Premier’ card (so $95) and it comes with stronger points-earning.
They’re offering an initial bonus of 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. 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.
doug asked, “will they allow upgrading from the existing card?”
Three weeks ago I interviewed Vibhat Nair, Chase’s General Manager for their Marriott relationship, and he explained that,
- existing customers with a Chase Marriott card won’t be eligible to sign up for this product as a new customer and receive the 100,000 point bonus, however
- there would be targeted upgrade incentives offered between 10,000 and 50,000 points (though those amounts may be adjusted).
If you upgrade your card account number will stay the same but the expiration date and security code on the back may change.
If you don’t have the earlier card and want to sign up for this new one, it’s great to get for the initial bonus and keep for the annual free night. But bear in mind that most people that have had 5 or more new credit card accounts in the last 24 months won’t be approved (“5/24”). However if you’ve signed up for fewer than that by all means go for it.