Chase Gets Rid of Foreign Transaction Fees on Marriott Premier Visa

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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!

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

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  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 4,000 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else
  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards points towards free nights
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees and enjoy wider acceptance when you travel with your embedded chip card and you make purchases at chip-enabled card readers
  • $0 Introductory annual fee, then $85
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Credit Rating
N/A 16.24% Variable $0 Introductory annual fee, then $85 See Terms Excellent Credit

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