Eighty thousand points isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A hundred thousand points.
That’s what the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, issued by Chase, is offering for a limited time after you spend $5,000 on the card in the first three months. And if you add an authorized user and swipe the card in that same period, you’ll score an additional 7,500 points.
As our review of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card notes, the card is ideal for fans of the hotel chain. Cardholders earn five points for every dollar spent at any of the more than 5,700 Marriott and Starwood properties worldwide, and points can easily be transferred between brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Sheraton and Westin.
As an added incentive to keep swiping the card, double points are awarded for purchases on airfare, rental cars and restaurants, and cardholders earn one point per dollar on everything else. The card also carries no foreign transaction fees, so it’s perfect for long stays abroad.
Other Noteworthy Perks
Cardholders also receive other perks. They earn 15 credits toward their next Elite membership level and one Elite credit for every $3,000 spent. Points won’t expire so long as they swipe the card at least once every two years, and each cardholder anniversary they receive a free night stay.
The card also features travel security features like trip delay reimbursement, trip cancellation insurance, purchase protection and lost luggage reimbursement.
Before You Apply
If the 100,000-point bonus has put the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card on your radar, you’ll want to make sure you’ll actually use it. The card carries an $85 annual fee, and its variable APR is 16.49% to 23.49%, based on your creditworthiness. Some may find that rate a little too high, especially if they tend to carry a balance from month to month or have difficulty paying their bills off.
Before you apply, we advise checking your credit to make sure you’re likely to qualify. You can do that on Credit.com, where you’ll get two of your credit scores for free, with useful updates every two weeks. Checking your credit scores won’t hurt them one bit and is a great way to keep tabs on your finances.
There are a lot of new hotels opening up all around the world this year, including those by the ever-popular Marriott chain. So, before you plan your next vacation, make sure you check out some of the new properties Marriott has planned. One of these might help you cross a location off your bucket list and save you some money at the same time if you’re a Marriott Rewards member. (Note: Marriott purchased Starwood hotels late last year. If this is your preferred hotel, you may want to check out these five new Starwood hotels you can visit for free.)
AC Hotel Portland
Portland has become one of the “it” cities to visit in the United States over the last several years, so it’s no wonder that Marriott’s AC brand of hotels — which can be found all across Europe — is opening a new location in Portland. During your stay make sure you visit the hotel restaurant, AC Kitchen. This tapas style restaurant will bring some of the hotel’s Spanish influence to the city.
This category seven property will cost 30,000-35,000 points for a free night.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Any trip to Singapore should include luxury and style. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you stay at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach. Located right in the heart of all the major tourist attractions, this hotel features 634 rooms, including 47 suites. There are five different restaurants to choose from, including one from executive chef Akira Back of Iron Chef America. Because Singapore is very much a vertical city, sky gardens are very popular, and the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach has two on property.
This hotel is a category eight property, requiring 35,000-40,000 points for a free night.
Barcelona, Spain, is a city filled with art, rich culture, and amazing food. It’s there that Marriott will be opening their latest Edition hotel. This 100-room property will be located in the Ciutat Vella district. If you are looking for the next big party, this might be the perfect place to stay. You will be able to enjoy three restaurants, a rooftop and lobby lounge, plus a nightclub.
This hotel will open later in 2017 and there is no official announcement on the Marriott Rewards category or the price.
AC Hotel Denver Downtown
The mile-high city is one of the hottest places to be right now. Listed as the number two place to live in the U.S., people are coming here to visit from all over the world. If you are thinking about an upcoming trip to Denver, then you might want to look into the AC Hotel Denver Downtown. Located in the heart of the Denver theater district, this hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the Denver nightlife. The hotel even offers Denver’s highest open-air, rooftop bar.
The AC Hotel Denver Downtown will open in August 2017. At this time it’s unknown what Marriott Rewards category this hotel will be.
Moxy NYC Times Square South
Located in New York City’s Time Square, this hip hotel will be geared toward Millennials who are looking to relax and have a good time. This will be the flagship property for the Moxy brand, and will include numerous pop-up shops, restaurants and a sprawling rooftop fitness center.
Moxy Times Square South will open in summer 2017. Its Marriott Rewards category is still unknown.
Earning Marriott Rewards
If you want to score some free nights at any of these properties, one of the easiest ways to earn Marriott points is with the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card. When you sign up you will receive 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. If you want to add an authorized user to your account, you will earn an additional 7,500 points once they make a purchase in the first three months.
When you use this card at Marriott properties, you will receive five times the points. In addition, you will earn two times the points at restaurants, car rental companies, and on airfare that you purchase through the airlines. All other purchase will earn one point per dollar. There is an annual fee of $85, but you will receive a free night at any category one through five property on your anniversary. The card comes with a variable 16.49% to 23.49% APR based on creditworthiness.
All cardholders will automatically receive silver elite status as well as 15 credits toward gold status. Plus, for every $3,000 in purchases you make with the card, you will receive an additional elite status credit.
Earn Even More Rewards as a Business Owner
Marriott also offers small business owners an additional way to boost their Marriott Reward balance. When you sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business credit card, you will receive an additional 80,000 Marriott Reward points. You’ll also be able to earn the same amount of points on purchases with this business credit card as you can with the personal version. The only difference is that you can also earn 2x points at office supply stores and on internet, cable, and phone services.
The Marriott Rewards Business credit card has an annual fee of $99, but you will also receive a free night at any category one through five property on your anniversary. You will also receive the same elite status benefits as you would with the personal card. However, if you spend $50,000 on your business card in a calendar year you will automatically receive gold status.
Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.
Marriott International has officially completed the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the hotel chain announced in a press release on Friday. This makes Marriott the largest hotel company in the world.
If you are a member of the Marriott Rewards program — which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards — or Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program, here’s what you need to know about this change.
Merging the Rewards Programs
Starting Friday, you can visit members.marriott.com to link your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts, according to the acquisition press release. With this merge, account status will be matched between both plans and members can transfer and/or redeem points across programs. The points are transferrable at a three-to-one ratio (three Marriott Rewards points are equal to one SPG point). These points are redeemable for travel and merchandise through the loyalty shopping mall. Member benefits will include discounted rates, access to exclusive “money-can’t-buy events and experiences,” free in-room Wi-Fi and more.
According to the website, the programs will “continue to operate as separate entities for some time,” and it’s expected to remain that way until at least 2018.
What About Credit Cards?
“Everything is additive, there will be no change to the credit card programs at this time,” Thom Kozik, vice president of loyalty for Marriott International, said in an email.
For now, Marriott Rewards will remain paired with Chase for its credit card, and the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card will stay with American Express. An email from a Marriott spokesperson said that “current card holders should continue to use their cards as usual” and that “no new cards will be issued.”
Choosing a Hotel Rewards Credit Card
If you’re considering getting a new credit card tied to your hotel loyalty program (you can see some of the best hotel rewards credit cards here), it’s important to keep in mind that this type of plastic generally requires a good credit score in order for you to qualify. Before you apply, it’s a good idea to take a look at where your credit currently stands so you can determine your chances of getting the card. (You can see a free snapshot of your credit report, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.)
If you find that your scores aren’t in great shape, you can do something about it — pay down your current debts, repair any errors on your credit reports and limit credit inquiries until your scores have time to rebound.
At publishing time, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for this card. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment.
Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for creditcards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with creditcard issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.