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Chase recently launched a Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card for Canadian residents and while it’s not the most earth-shattering deal (especially compared to their US offers) it does have a bunch of benefits that might make a lot of sense for Canadians. It does not have foreign transaction fees, which is a relatively unique feature in the Canadian card market and while the $120 annual fee is a little steep, you get a free night at up to a category 5 hotel every year, which could easily outweigh the annual fee. In addition, the card gives 15 elite credit nights per year and 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott
Here are the key perks of this card:
- 30,000 Bonus Points after your first purchase
- 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-4 location after account approval
- Together, that’s enough for up to 5 Free Nights at a Category 1 Hotel (or 4 free nights at a Category 2 hotel)
- No Foreign Currency Transaction Charges on international purchases in addition to the exchange rate
- 5 points per $1 spent at over 3,500 participating Marriott locations
- 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies & restaurants
- 1 point per $1 spent on purchases elsewhere
- Achieve the next Elite membership level faster with 15 Nights Credit every year
- Receive one anniversary bonus free night stay at a Category 1-5 hotel every year just for having the card
- No charge for additional cards
- Plus, the Annual Fee is waived for the first year, then $120 thereafter
So while this card is not a life-changing product, I did want to share it because I always feel bad for our fellow Canadian mile and point hounds since their credit card bonuses are much less lucrative overall than in the US (though I am kind of jealous of the constant RBC Avion transfer bonuses!).