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There’s an updated offer out today for the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase. It’s not as sexy as the 100,000-point introductory offer they had for the card in 2018, but that offer was too good to last forever. Now, you’ll be able to earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Previously, the card was offering a sign-up bonus of two free night awards (each valued up to 35,000 points), so you could view this 75,000-point offer as being 5,000 points more valuable than the previous bonus. Based on TPG’s valuations, 75,000 Marriott points are worth $675.
Of course, the welcome bonus is just one part of the equation. The Marriott Premier Plus card includes a number of added benefits as well:
- Annual free night award (up to 35,000 points) after card renewal
- Automatic Silver elite status
- Earn Gold status after spending $35,000 (beginning in 2019)
- 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member, not once per card)
- Free in-room premium Wi-Fi (beginning in August)
The card does carry a $95 annual fee, but you should be able to easily get at least that much value from the annual free night.
One other important caveat: In 2018, new restrictions on Marriott and SPG cards went into effect, covering both Chase- and Amex-issued cards. These cover both the ability to open the card at all and the ability to earn a welcome bonus. You can’t get this card if either of the following is true:
- You’re a current card member of either the old Marriott Premier or Marriott Premier Plus
- You’re a previous card member of the Marriott Premier or Marriott Premier Plus who earned a welcome bonus in the last 24 months.
Meanwhile, the restrictions on the welcome bonus are even more stringent. You can’t earn the new bonus if one (or more) of the following is true:
- You’re a current card member (or a previous card member within the last 30 days) of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.
- You’re a current or previous card member of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card and received a welcome bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months.
- You applied and were approved for the SPG Business Amex or SPG Luxury Card within the last 90 days.
Seems complicated, but it basically boils down to this: if you currently have a Marriott or SPG cobranded card, you’re likely excluded from getting the card and/or earning a welcome bonus without taking some action.
Now if you are eligible, you’ll want to compare not just the initial offer and perks but the earning rates on the various card options as well. Here’s a breakdown of earnings with the Marriott Premier Plus Card alongside the other offerings in the combined program:
|Card||Annual Fee||Marriott/SPG Earn||Bonus Category Earn||Everyday Earn|
|Marriott Rewards Premier Plus||$95||6x||N/A||2x|
|SPG Luxury Card||$450||6x||3x*||2x|
|SPG Business Amex||$95||6x||4x**||2x|
* Purchases at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
** Purchases at US restaurants, US gas stations, US wireless phone services and US shipping
While this isn’t as attractive to the 100,000-point offer available when the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card launched, it gives you more flexibility for your redemptions than the previous sign-up bonus of two free award nights.
Given the restrictions on new card approvals and offer eligibility with Marriott and SPG, it makes sense to maximize the welcome bonus when you do choose a new card. This offer may be right for you if you want the flexibility of Marriott points in your account and don’t want to pay the $450 for the Starwood Luxury Card, which is also offering a 75,000-point bonus.
Earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. On top of the welcome bonus you'll earn 6x points at participating Marriott and Starwood properties and 2 points on everything else plus a free reward night (worth up to 35,000 points) every year after your account anniversary.
- Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Get the card that helps you earn more with U.S. News & World Report’s No.1 Hotel Rewards Program, Marriott Rewards.
- Earn 6X points per $1 spent at over 6,700 participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels.
- 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year.
- Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
- 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
- 1 Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.