UPDATE: This offer has expired.
The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is finally here and offering a 100,000 point welcome bonus! This is one of the two new Marriott/Starwood credits cards surfacing this year and part of the future of Marriott! This is an extremely generous offer as I value Marriott points around 0.75 cents per point, so worth around $750. And possibly even more depending on how you you redeem your points! This is definitely a card I recommend not only for the welcome offer but for the benefits as well!
Free night annually: One of the best perks of this card is that you’ll earn a free night every year upon renewal. This free night is valid at any hotel that is 35,000 points or less. This is significantly better then the previous Marriott Rewards Premier card as that free night will only be valid at hotels costing 25,000 points or less. You’ll see from the chart below that this will cover 5 out of the 7 hotel categories once the new award chart comes out in August 2018, which is a decent number of Starwood and Marriott properties! Category 8 properties and off-peak/peak awards will not come out till 2019. While this card comes with a $99 annual fee, the free night you receive on an annual basis should essentially cover this cost and most likely a lot more. There are even some properties in New York City that will be at a category 5 level, so I personally believe you can get a $200+ value out of the free night if used the right way! And since there will be many Marriott and Starwood cards offering the free night certificate, you can get a few certificates per year which will make for a nice inexpensive long weekend vacation! I love credit cards that make it worth my while to keep the card year after year, and this free night award definitely carries that benefit.
Points earned on spend: With this card you’ll earn 6x points on every dollar spent at participating Marriott and Starwood hotels, and then 2x points on all other purchases.
Earn status: With this card you’ll receive 15 nights towards status annually. This will automatically give you Silver Elite status. Keep in mind though that if you have other Marriott or Starwood credit cards, starting in 2019 you’ll only be able to earn 15 nights towards status once per account regardless of the number of co-branded credit cards you have. And if you spend $35,000 on this card annually, you’ll automatically earn Marriott Gold Elite status.
Who is Eligible for this Card?
Even though this is a brand new card, there are some restrictions with who is available to receive the offer. Those who are currently a Marriott Rewards Premier cardmember (the previous version of the card) are unfortunately not eligible. And, if you have cancelled that card and have received the new cardmember bonus within the past 24 months you are also not eligible. You are eligible if you’ve never been a Marriott Rewards Premier cardmember or if you no longer have the card and it has been more then 24 months since you’ve earned a bonus offer.
This card also falls within Chase’s “5/24” rule, which means if you’ve been approved for 5 or more credit cards within the past 24 months, Chase will automatically deny you for a new card. Fortunately, not all cards count towards this magical 5, such as Chase and American Express business cards.
As I mentioned before, I highly suggest getting this card if you are eligible. Not only will the 100,000 bonus points give you a nice boost on your account balance, the free night certificate will make the $99 annual fee well worth it. Also, if you are looking to redeem at a SPG hotel within the next few months, you can transfer these 100,000 points to your Starwood account and they’ll be worth 33,333 points (which is way better then any of the current Starwood credit card offers!). The only one thing that I do NOT like about this card is that it does not come with trip insurance like most of the other premier Chase credit cards.