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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

Enjoy 1 complimentary night stay at a category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date. You can earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points. Earn 5 points per $1 at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels, 2 points per $1 on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, and 1 point per $1 on other purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Plus, earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 hotel every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points and get Free Night Stays faster
  • Earn 5 points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels
  • 2 points per $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants. Plus 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards Elite Status. Receive 15 Elite Credits guaranteeing Silver Elite Status or better.
  • All for an $85 Annual Fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49 - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$85
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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