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There’s a fresh 80,000 point offer for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card available, bringing back a deal from last summer.
You can earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The annual fee of $85 is not waived.
Even better, you can also earn 7,500 points when you add an authorized user in the first 3 months of holding the card and that user makes a purchase during that period.
What’s the catch?
The catch is the first year annual fee is NOT waived for this new 80k point deal, while it was waived for a 70k point deal that’s targeted to some Marriott Rewards members (you can check here to see if you’re targeted). It also offers 7,500 points if you add an authorized user in the first 3 months of holding the card and that user makes a purchase during that period.
So are 10,000 extra Marriott points worth the $85 upfront annual fee?
We value Marriott points at about half a cent each, so in that context you might be better off with 70,000 points and no annual fee the first year. The 70k deal also included a free night at a Category 1-4 hotel upfront, though those are rarely hotels in major cities or vacation destinations.
So if you’re not interested in a Category 1-4 hotel there are circumstances when you can get closer to 1 cent per point in value from hotel nights, in which case the extra 10,000 points are worth more than the fee.
The Marriott Premier is the flagship card to earn Marriott Rewards points and currently offers:
What can you do with the points?
Of course you can also use them for free nights at Marriott hotels and all of its affiliate brands like Courtyard, Renaissance, and Ritz Carlton.
There are 9 categories of point prices, plus 4 tiers for Ritz Carlton hotels and you can see a list of the point prices and hotels in each category here.
They range from 7,500 points for a Category 1 hotel like the Fairfield Inn at Houston Hobby Airport to 45,000 points for a high end Category 9 like the JW Marriott Essex House in New York, but you can generally expect to spend 30,000 – 40,000 points a night for a night in a big city or vacation area.
Are there alternatives?
The Business version of the Marriott credit card is offering a 70,000 point bonus after you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months of holding the card with a $0 introductory annual fee, but $99 after that.
(The information related to the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card has been collected by MileCards.com and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.)
The Ritz Carlton Rewards card no longer offers points as an introductory offer, and instead offers 2 free nights at most Ritz Carlton hotels.
You can also earn Marriott points by getting a Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and then transfer the points to your Marriott account.
Overall though if you’re in the hunt for Marriott points, it’s worth thinking hard about this deal.
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