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Do you like collecting Marriott and Starwood points for free hotel stays or flights? If so, there’s a new offer for the Chase Marriott Premier credit card.
You’ll now earn 75,000 Marriott points after opening the card and completing minimum spending requirements. That’s less than the previous offer for 80,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
But the $85 annual fee is waived the first year. It wasn’t waived before.
Depending on how you value Marriott points, this could be a better deal than the previous offer.
I’ll remind you what to expect with the Chase Marriott card. And help you decide if this fits into your travel goals.
New Chase Marriott Welcome Offer January 2018
With the current Chase Marriott credit card offer, you’ll earn 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. And the $85 annual fee is waived the first year.
The Chase Marriott card also comes with:
- 1 free night in a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel on your card anniversary
- 5X Marriott points per $1 spent at Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood hotels
- 2X Marriott points per $1 at restaurants, on car rentals, and airline tickets purchased directly from the airline
- 1X Marriott point per $1 spent on all other purchases
- NO foreign transaction fees
- 15 nights credit towards elite status (so you get Marriott Silver status)
Is This a Good Deal?
Link: Marriott Award Chart
The previous offer was 80,000 Marriott points, plus 7,500 Marriott points after adding an authorized user and making a purchase within 3 months of opening your account. So this new offer is essentially adding an $85 value and removing 12,500 Marriott points. You’ll have to decide for yourself if a waived $85 annual fee is worth more than 12,500 Marriott points.
Personally, I do NOT think this is a better deal. Because you can reserve award nights at low-category Marriott hotels starting at 7,500 Marriott points per night. And it’s not difficult to find a low-category hotel room that costs more than $85 per night.
Remember, you can also link your Marriott and Starwood accounts and instantly transfer points between your Starwood and Marriott accounts in increments of 1,000 at a 3:1 ratio. So you could convert 12,000 Marriott points into 4,000 Starwood points. And there are plenty of fun ways to use Starwood points!
Note: There is still an offer to earn up to 120,000 bonus points with the Chase Marriott. But you’ll have to spend $12,000 within your first year of account opening to earn the full bonus. If you can do it, that’s definitely the way to go!
Before You Apply, Consider Chase Application Rules
Link: Chase “5/24 Rule”
For folks who previously had the Chase Marriott card, you might be eligible to earn the sign-up bonus again. But 24 months must have passed since the last time you earned the sign-up bonus.
The welcome offer for the Chase Marriott has changed! You’ll now earn 75,000 Marriott points when you open the card and spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of account opening. And the $85 annual fee is waived the first year.
This is a smaller sign-up bonus than the previous offer. But the waived $85 annual fee the first year could make this more enticing to some folks.
Keep in mind, this card is impacted by Chase’s tough application rules.
What do you think? Is this new offer better or worse than the previous offer?