Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card Review: Credit Cards

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Bottom Line:
Great for Marriott regulars who want to earn 5 for each $1 spent at Marriott; free night upon account approval; 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in first 3 months
Full Review:
4 2014-10-03 13:32:27 Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is strong card for those interested in earning free stays at Marriott hotels, airline miles and various merchandise. Featuring a hotel redemption value of $1.09 for every $100 spent, it's a good choice especially if you stay at Marriott hotels often enough to take advantage of the 5 points per $1 earnings (See our 2014 Travel Rewards Credit Card Analysis for the full details). Users will also enjoy a 50,000 point bonus after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months, an additional free night stay upon account approval and no foreign transaction fees.

Highlights
  • Earn 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in Category 1-4 locations, that's up to 7 Free Nights.
  • Receive 1 additional Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, thereafter $85.
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else.
  • Receive 15 credits guaranteeing Silver Elite Status or better.
  • Unlimited Point Accumulation.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees and global Chip and Signature technology.

Rewards
  • No limit to the number of points you can earn.
  • Earn 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in Category 1-4 locations, that's up to 7 Free Nights.
  • Receive 1 additional free night stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Marriott locations.
  • Earn 2 points for every dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies and restaurants.
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on other purchases.
  • Receive 15 credits toward your next Elite membership level after account opening and every year after your account anniversary.

Redeem Rewards
  • Points can be redeemed for Marriott hotel stays, vacations, airline miles or merchandise
  • Hotel Redemption: It's easy to book free hotel stays with your Marriot Rewards points through the Marriot Rewards website. Members are able to choose from free nights at any Mariott brand hotel or resort, including the Ritz Carlton. The point cost depends upon the "category" or "tier" the hotel falls into, with pricier hotels tending to cost more points. The hotel rewards chart they publish matched up pretty well with our real-life findings.
  • Flight Redemption: Marriot Rewards users have to exchange their Marriot points for airline miles in order to books flights. There is a vast array of Airlines to choose from, including Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United and Virgin. However, the exchange rate for airline miles is rather poor and it takes 6 weeks for the exchanged miles to be posted to your airlines frequent mileage account so that you can use them to book flights.

Fees and APR
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $85.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Purchase APR: 15.99% Variable.
  • Balance Transfer: Purchase APR. Balance transfer fee is $5, or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.


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Card Details:

Purchase APR:15.99% Variable
Features:50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in first 3 months; 5 points for every $1 spent at Marriott locations; 2 points for every $1 spent on qualifying airline, dining, and rental car purchases; 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
Annual Fee :$0 first year; $85/yr thereafter
Credit Needed:Good

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