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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

Good news if you’re interested in booking award travel with Marriott or Ritz-Carlton: The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card are increasing their sign-up bonuses to 80,000 points after $3,000 spent in the first three months. That’s 30,000 Marriott Rewards points more than the standard 50,000-point offer.

This isn’t the first time Chase has bumped on the bonus on the Marriott card — we saw another 80,000-point offer back in July 2015 — but now’s a great opportunity to take advantage if you’ve missed out in the past. And though getting this sign-up bonus entails spending $3,000 in the first three months rather than $2,000 for the standard 50,000-point offer, the extra 30,000 points you’ll earn are worth $210 based on TPG’s latest valuations.


Is It Worth It?

With the Marriott-Starwood merger on the horizon, you may be wondering whether it’s worth signing up for a Marriott card when so much remains to be seen about the future of both hotel loyalty programs. As TPG recently counseled a reader, since Marriott will be acquiring Starwood, it’s more likely that the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (along with its business version) will bite the dust than the Marriott co-branded cards.

While that means there’s probably no great urgency to grab the Marriott Rewards Premier Card before it’s no longer available, the just-announced 80,000-point offer could be reason enough to apply now rather than later — especially if you’d like to book award travel for the coming months.

The sign-up bonus is enough for two nights at the Kauai Marriott Resort.
The sign-up bonus is enough for two nights at the Category 8 Kauai Marriott Resort.

Based on TPG’s valuations, 80,000 Marriott Rewards points are worth about $560. If you add another user and make a purchase in the first three months, you earn an additional 7,500 points, bumping the total value up to about $612.50. (For the standard 50,000-point sign-up bonus, you get 5,000 points for adding an authorized user.) Since Marriott points can be used at Ritz-Carlton properties and vice versa, the sign-up bonus is also good for a night at up to a Tier 5 Ritz-Carlton property, such as the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, where TPG recently stayed.

The Marriott Rewards Premier Card also offers a free stay at a Category 1-5 hotel each account anniversary. You also get 15 credits toward elite status — enough for Marriott Rewards Silver Elite status — so you can enjoy late checkout, a 20% points bonus on stays and more. Finally, as a cardholder you get one elite credit for every $3,000 you spend, so this card can be a huge part of your strategy toward earning Gold or Platinum status, which offer more rewarding perks such as complimentary room upgrades.

Bottom Line

A two-night stay the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is within reach with this sign-up bonus.
A two-night stay the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is within reach with this sign-up bonus.

If you frequently stay at Marriott properties, this increased sign-up bonus makes it a great time to sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Card. The points are enough for a two-night stay at one of the brand’s Category 8 (or Category 9, if you find PointsSavers availability) properties, and the card offers you automatic Silver Elite status along with a nice head start to the much more rewarding Gold status.

Also, keep in mind that Marriott is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can top off your account if you’re stockpiling points from a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Ink Plus Business. And if you’re looking into booking travel, consider Marriott’s lesser-known five-night hotel packages, which include both an award stay and award miles to book a flight with a variety of airlines.

For more information and ideas on how to use those 87,500 points, see these posts below:

9 Marriott Properties That Make Awesome Award Redemptions
The Award Traveler’s Guide to Marriott Rewards
Marriott’s CEO on the Future of Marriott Rewards and SPG
Marriott Details Its New Cash + Points Awards

How would you use the points from this elevated sign-up bonus?

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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