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80,000 point Marriott credit card offer plus 7,500 points

by on Thu February 11, 2016 • 17 Comments
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marriottpremier170There’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.

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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:

  • 1 free night stay at a Category 1-5 hotel every year after your account anniversary
  • 5 points for every $1 spent at 4,000 Marriott® locations, including our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®
  • 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies and restaurants
  • 1 point for every $1 spent on purchases anywhere else
  • 15 credits toward your next Elite membership level after account approval and every year after account anniversary
  • Earn 1 Elite credit for every $3,000 spent on purchases

What can you do with the points?

  • Marriott points are actually great if you’re trying to earn Southwest Companion Pass as points transferred in from Marriott qualify for earning Companion Pass status. 70,000 Marriott points convert to 25,000 Southwest points.
  • Or save up for one of the best deals of all: 250,000 Marriott points that convert into 100,000 Southwest points plus 7 free nights at a Category 1 – 5 Marriott via Marriott’s ‘Hotel + Air Package 3‘.
  • They’re also not a bad deal for United flights. 80,000 Marriott points gets you 35,000 United miles thanks to the United / Marriott RewardsPlus partnership, so if you already have a United earning card this is a good way to top off your account.

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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Partner Offer

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Intro Offer

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Annual Fee

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17 thoughts on 80,000 point Marriott credit card offer plus 7,500 points

  1. Hal

    Can you cancel the card and keep points earned. If so, how long do you have to keep the card before canceling .

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  2. Brian

    I see you get a free room category 1-4 on your anniversary that can be used at partner hotels. What categories can it be used on for Ritz Carlton rooms? Is it the same 1-4?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Brian – That would be terrific, but unfortunately no it’s not the same Category 1-4 for Ritz Carlton.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Henry – There’s no cash trade in option. But you could buy some retailer gift cards with the points. For example 10,000 points gets you a $25 gift card at several retailers including Staples and Lowe’s, so the 80,000 could get you about $200 worth. Staples sells gift cards that work like Visa cards.

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  3. Jay

    I received my Marriott Rewards Credit card last week. I already spent over $3000 to pay for the new roof. How long does it take for me to receive the 80,000 points? Do I have to pay all the balance off first?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jay – Points are generated after your monthly billing statement gets sent to you. Sometimes it takes a 2nd statement for the bonus to post, which is why the official line is “6 to 8 weeks” after you meet the spending requirement.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mike – They’re labeling it ‘limited time’ so don’t count on it for long. No real leads but maybe a month from when it was launched? Hard to say whether this will be a one month or three, or even six month deal.

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  4. Eric Forbes

    So If Ihave the Ritz Carlton Rewards card and a Ritz account number…..Can I sign up and get this Marriott points in my ritz account? OR do I need to sign up for a separate Marriott number and account? Confused. Thanx.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Eric – Just use your Ritz number when you apply – the programs have the same earning and redemption. If it doesn’t work, you can call and have them tag your account as Marriott. No change to your point balances or redemption options – just changes which ‘program’ contacts you with emails, etc.

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  5. ed

    I wish that card gave you Marriott Gold status like the Ritz card does. Then, it would be very tempting. Sorry, I’m just spoiled.

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  6. alan bertram

    How do you know if you get a free nights hotel stay on the anniversary date of your card?
    Where is it posted?
    How can I take advantage of the 80,000 point offer if I already have a Marriott VISA card?
    Would I have to reapply for this?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @alan – When you click the link for the offer, you’ll see a landing page that has the details of the free anniversary night listed at the top. It’s for Category 1 – 5 hotels only.

      If you have a Marriott Visa that’s not the Premier version, you’re probably eligible for the offer. But if you already have the Premier version of the card with an $85 annual fee, you won’t be eligible.

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