Four Reasons to Get the New Just Released Marriott Credit Card

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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

Chase and Marriott are out with their new consumer credit card. In the new Marriott program Chase will be the exclusive issuer of the broad based consumer credit card, and they’ve made several changes to their new product compared to the old one in order to make it more rewarding.

  1. Big signup bonus. 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. That’s a great bonus to launch the card, and no I do not know how long this offer will last.

    The Phoenician

  2. Annual free night and it’s better than the one that came with 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.

    Le Meridien Chiang Rai

  3. Best way to earn Marriott points. The old Marriott card only earned one point per dollar. This one earns two points per dollar. That’s the same earn that American Express will offer on the legacy Starwood card and on the new Luxury card. It’s also double the rate that Chase’s Ultimate Rewards cards transfer to Marriott at. I don’t think 2 Marriott points is the best you’ll do on unbonused spend by any means, but there’s not going to be a better way of earning Marriott points for spend and this Visa will play a role.

    Le Meridien Barcelona on Las Ramblas

  4. Help towards elite status. The card comes with automatic Silver status. Starting next year you’ll receive 15 elite nights every year as a cardholder, helpful if you’re trying to earn Platinum or even 75 night status. Spending $35,000 in purchases on the card in an account year earns Gold status.

    Westin Maui

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

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  1. I know you said that if you have the old card, you can’t get the sign-up bonus, but if you have had the old card for 24+ months and cancel/downgrade, can I get the full sign-up bonus?

    I would obviously prefer this option over “upgrading.”

  2. The bonus will last. The card has a 5K min spend. When they offer a card like this with a min spend like that, certainly many people cant even make that min spend. A number of years ago cards like this would be offered for a min spend of nothing to maybe 2K at the high point. 100K Marriott points gets you a few free nights. And these days if the companies offer meager to no bonus, then nobody bothers to sign up. With Chase not to mention 5/24

  3. Unless I’m missing it with the new card you don’t get credit for one night for every 3k in spend. That helped a lot to get me to lifetime platinum. I know that will be going away after August so it may not matter much

  4. I have the old card and was planning to cancel when the fee was next due. I don’t use it (I use the Chase Sapphire Reserve almost exclusively) and was keeping it around for the free night. But I found that there are pretty much no Category 5 hotels anywhere I’d want to stay.

    Sounds like the new card would have, effectively, a higher category. What is not clear is how the new card maps into the existing categories. Gary’s blog indicates that this now maps into the the “first 5 of the original 7” categories, but I don’t know how this maps into the current scheme. In other words, short of looking up the point values for each place I might want to stay, is there a way to simply look at a category chart (like I can do with the current card) and tell where the free night might apply?


  5. I’d be happy to get this card. No problem making the spend requirement. But both my husband and I have the Marriott Premier card! Can I cancel our cards this week and enroll under the new offer next week?

  6. I’d like to get this for the 15 EQNs but, 5/24. Ironically, perhaps, I’ll be down to 4/24 in August – when Amex comes out with their version. I guess I’ll compare the two then.

  7. I called Chase & was offered the new card as an upgrade to my MR Chase card…BUT w/o the 100K sign-up bonus! I was told that I had to cancel my current card, wait a min of 30-days, apply for the new card, and I would then be approved w/the 100K bonus.

  8. If I do what Wayne did, will it come under the 5/24 rule? I still have several months to go before I will be able to get a new Chase card.

  9. I’m with you on 1, 2, and 4. As for 3, I’m not even sure I’d use the card in a Marriott and two points on daily spend would be hard to stomach.

  10. Spending on SPG and Marriott cards will unfortunately come to a complete end for me after spending literally 6 figures on the SPG cards for the past few years. 2 Marriott points per dollar is just completely uncompetitive from my perspective. The SPG cards go from 1.25 airline points per dollar, to .825 airline points per dollar, which now makes virtually every other airline credit card superior, not to mention every other everyday card as well. As a result I will go from having hundreds of thousands of SPG/marriott points at all times, to having none. Which means I will likely end up completely disengaged from the program now. While they got a bunch of things right with their decisions in merging the programs, that one tiny tweak of the earn rate has knocked me off of the hamster wheel. It’s a shame they botched that seemingly small thing so badly.

  11. @Wayne,

    I called about this yesterday and, in addition to the waiting period, I was also told that it has to be 2 years since signing up for the old Marriott card. For me, I’d have to wait until March, 2019

    Short of that, there’s a site that one can visit (resolves not to where one can find out how many points they will get for a simple changeover. For me it was 20K. May be worth not waiting for the free night 10 months earlier.


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