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New Canadian Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card

Aug. 21, 2012
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New Canadian Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card
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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!).

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