In the past, Marriott had always offered three versions of Chase credit cards. Having more than one version of card is always a great opportunity to earn extra Marriott points, and with Chase you can earn a sign-up bonus once per card product, so this meant earning three separate bonuses.
Previously there was a total of 130k points and 5 free night certificates offered between the cards, but recently there have been some changes to the sign-up offers across the three Chase products. Now you can earn a total of 150k points and 4 free night certificates between the sign up offers on all cards.
These offers are not mentioned much since they are not affiliate links, but I think they are worth mentioning and worth grabbing for anyone that wants Marriott points and will always write about the best offers even if they don’t pay me.
Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
Bonus: 70,000 Marriott Rewards points + 1 free night at a category 1-4 hotel
Currently the best offer on the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is 70,000 points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months. You’ll also get 1 free night at a category 1-4 hotel upon account approval.
In my opinion this is among the top hotel credit card offers, and depending on what category you redeem the 70k points at it could be worth 1 free night at a category 9 hotel to 9 free nights at a category 1 hotel. Remember that you’ll also get the two free night certificates at a category 1-4 hotel.
Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card
Bonus offer: 50,000 Marriott Rewards points + 1 free night at category 1-4 hotel
The offer on the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card recently increased to 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. On top of that you will receive 1 free night at a category 1-4 hotel after account opening. This new offer is an increase from the previous 30k points, but with that also lost one of the free night certificates (previously 2 free nights). Combine this with the personal card and you have a considerable large bundle of Marriott Rewards points.
Marriott Rewards Credit Card
Bonus offer: 30,000 + 2 free nights at category 1-4 hotel
The non premium version of the Marriott Rewards Credit Card offers a standard 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months. This is the same spending requirement as the 70k point offer, so unless you have already earned that bonus, I don’t really see a reason to go for this card. You’ll also earn 2 free nights at a category 1-4 hotel after account approval.
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card has a public offer of 70,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. The $395 annual fee is not waived the first year. The fee is hefty, but the card does offer some great perks such as:
- $300 annual travel credit for airline incidentals
- 3 Ritz-Carlton Club Level upgrades
- $100 hotel credit for each 2 night or longer stay
- complimentary LOUNGE CLUB™ membership
- Automatic Gold elite status for the first year and each year after when you spend $10,000 or more
- Chip and signature technology and no foreign transaction fees
There are also reports floating around of a targeted 140,000 point bonus and a waived annual fee. If you want to try these methods you can apply over the phone by calling 1-888-846-7004 and use the offer code F53K to get the 70k point offer with the waived annual fee. You may be able to get the 140k point offer by using offer code F5BP, however the annual fee is not waived with this bonus. Let me know if you go this route and they work!
If you received either targeted offer you’re also likely to be able to switch to the other offer by calling in and asking.
The difference between the offers? You pay $395 for 70,000 bonus points with the 140,000 point offer. If you value these additional 70k point at more than $395 and will get you close to a reward stay you want, then the 140k offer may be worth it to you. However, if you don’t value the 70,000 points at more than $395, it’s likely not worth earning the extra 70k points to just to keep in your account and I would lean towards waived annual fee offer.
Note that the terms say current or previous holders of a Marriott Visa are not eligible for this offer, however there are many reports of people receiving the bonus apart from these terms. That said it may be worth waiting 6+ months after getting a Marriott card.
The Bottom Line
The three Marriott are worth looking at if you want to earn some free stays at Marriott properties. Between the three offers you could earn a combined total of 150,000 Marriott Rewards points and 4 free night certificates at a category 1-4 hotel.
On top of these offers you can earn 70k to 140 points from the Ritz-Carlton credit card, which also has some valuable perks that come with it. These card bonuses are nice to stack after you have earned one of them, or are potentially going for both the personal and business version of the card at the same time to double dip.