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Chase Gets Rid of Foreign Transaction Fees on Marriott Premier Visa

by on March 31, 2011 · 4 comments

in Chase, Credit Cards, Marriott

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Earlier this week I wrote about points and mileage earning cards that don’t have foreign transaction fees. I was happy to read today that Chase announced that the Marriott Rewards Premier card ($85 annual fee waived for the first year, annual free stay, 5 points a dollar on Marriott spend, 1 point per dollar on all other) will no longer have 3% foreign transaction fees.

If you aren’t a huge Marriott fan, but still want a foreign transaction free card with a waived annual fee and with good benefits, I’d look into the Chase Sapphire Preferred card currently has a 40,000 point signup bonus after $3,000 spend within 3 months and those points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Southwest, Korean, United and British Airways.. I always feel better earning points in a program that gives me flexibility in redemptions.

Overall though, this is great news and I hope it provokes American Express to drop their foreign transaction fees on the comparable Starwood Amex and Gold Amex cards!

Tip of the hat to Gary at View from the Wing!

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Adam March 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

What good timing for those of us who are taking advantage of the great fares to the UK on Delta over the next few weeks!

Don March 31, 2011 at 11:45 am

Great timing for me, too – I just applied for this card ;-)

chemist661 April 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

We got back from Italy earlier this week & my wife’s AMEX Gold & Starwood were left home. We used her new Cap One Venture card with no FOREX fees. We needed to start spending 1K to get the fat 110K signup points (her 100K points airline points match plus 10K signup).

I had my credit union CC’s (one w/no FOREX, rest w/1% FOREX) plus my Chase Priority Visa as backups.

Burke7788 April 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I am trying to decide on the Marriott Premier card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred for international travel, but when doing the comparision on Chase’s web site it does not state “No Foreign Transation Fees” in benefits for the Marriott card. I am a big Marriott & Ritz Carlton fan, but my overseas travel is picking up, so I don’t want those fees.

Any recommendations?

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