Marriott Rewards Credit Card

by James Andrew Scott on February 28, 2012

in Chase, Marriott, Marriott Rewards, Visa Signature

Earn 30,000 Bonus Points with the Marriott Rewards Credit Card

The Marriott Rewards® Credit Card offers 30,000 bonus points after you spend just $1,000 within the first three months.  Plus you will also receive 2 free night e-certificates upon account approval.  All together this is enough for 4 free nights.

At most Marriott hotels (includes Ritz-Carlton®, Renaissance®, Courtyard®, Fairfield®, Springhill Suites®) you will earn 3 points  for every dollar spent on your hotel bill.  You’ll also earn 1 point for every dollar spent on everything else.

You will receive 10 Nights Credit toward Elite membership level 6-8 weeks after account opening, and every year thereafter on your account anniversary.  This is enough for Silver Elite Status, which brings a special reservation line, exclusive guest services check-in line, late check-out, special elite discounts, and more.  You will also earn 1 Elite Night Credit for every $3,000 spent.  The low annual fee ($45) is waived the first year.

Best Features of the Marriott Rewards Credit Card:  

  • 30,000 points with $1,000 in spending in the first 3 months.
  • 2 free night e-certificates (category 1-4 hotels) after account approval (allow 6-8 weeks).
  • Earn 3 points per dollar spent at Marriott and 1 point per dollar spent on everything else.
  • You will achieve Silver Elite status.  The card provides 10 nights credit toward Elite status after account opening and every year thereafter.
  • Redeem 4 nights with your points and get the 5th night free.
  • Book PointSavers Rewards to receive up to a 33% savings on point redemptions.

Least Attractive Features:

  • Foreign transaction fee of 3%.

Marriott Rewards Visa

Earning Points:

  • 3 points for each dollar spent on your Marriott hotel stay or hotel bill.
  • 1 point per dollar on everything else.
  • No limit to the number of points you can earn.

Using Points:

  • Can be used for  hotel stays, as follows:

Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card points table

  • Redeem 4 nights with your points and get the 5th night free.
  • Upgraded rooms from 5,000 points.
  • PointSavers Rewards typically have lesser availability but offer up to a 33% savings on regular point redemptions.
  • Can also be redeemed for rental cars or gift cards.
  • Can convert to points to miles in most frequent flyer programs, but on a rather unfavorable basis (e.g. 10,000 Delta miles for 30,000 points).  This essentially trades the points for about 0.33 cents each, which is on the low end.

 Fees:

  • Annual: Waived for first year, $45 thereafter.
  • Foreign transaction fee:     3%

Perks:

  • Earn 10 nights credit toward Elite status 6-8 weeks after account opening and every year on your card sign-up anniversary date.   This is enough for Silver Elite Status.
  • Earn 1 additional Elite status credit with every $3,000 in purchases.  Elite credits are for status and are not free nights.
  • Visa Signature Cardholder benefits, including 24/7 access to a concierge (800-953-7392), 90 days purchase protection due to theft or vandalism (up to $500/claim), the Visa Signature Hotel Collection benefits, Year-End Summary Statements, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, and more.
  • Zero fraud liability (excludes ATM and Pin transactions).
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