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

One of the many changes to come from the move toward a combined Marriott/SPG program has been the introduction of a new Chase Marriott credit card: the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card. It launched in early May, and since then has been offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months.

Now, you have just one week left to sign up and get this bonus, as it’s ending July 12. While TPG’s valuation of these points may change a bit as Starpoints and Marriott points are merged into one currency in August, based on our current valuations, the 100,000 Marriott points from this bonus are worth $900, so this is a offer seriously worth considering.

This card has a $95 annual fee and doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. It includes some solid though not spectacular earning rates: 6x points on spending at Marriott and SPG hotels, and 2x points on everything else. It also gets you complimentary Marriott Silver elite status, with the ability to spend your way to Gold status in 2019 with $35,000 charged to the card in an account year. Also, starting in 2019, you’ll get 15 elite credits in the new Marriott program just for being a cardholder.

Before you hit the “apply” button, note that you won’t be able to earn the 100,000-point bonus if you currently hold the Marriott Rewards Premier card or already have a Premier Plus card, or have earned the bonus on either card in the last 24 months. If you’re a current holder of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, though, you can upgrade to the Premier Plus and may be able to earn an upgrade incentive in the process.

So, July 12 is the date to remember if you’re interested in taking advantage of this elevated sign-up bonus for the new Marriott Premier Plus Card. And if you want to know how you could put those 100,000 points to use, why not peruse the full list of hotel award rates under the new Marriott program?

Featured image of the Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak by Ravi Ghelani / The Points Guy.

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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  • 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
  • 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.
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