May 24, 2018
Review: Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

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Marriott is partnering with Chase and American Express to issue a combined four credit cards. That’s a lot of cards for one hotel chain, even if Marriott is the world’s largest since its takeover of Starwood. The existing Marriott Rewards Premier from Chase is being retired and replaced with the new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus. Here’s what the new card comes with-


Sign-Up Bonus


The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus comes with 100,000 bonus Marriott points after spending $5,000 in the first three months of account opening.


The bonus is not available if you currently have the retiring Marriott Rewards Premier or if you received a new card member bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier or Premier Plus card within the last 24 months.



Earning Points


Cardholders earn 6x points per $1 spent at Marriott and Starwood properties and 2x points per $1 on everything else.


Redeeming Points


There’s three great ways to redeem Marriott points. First, you can redeem points for free stays at Marriott and Starwood properties. If you book four consecutive nights with points, you’ll get a fifth night free.


The second option is to transfer points to one of Marriott’s 45 airline transfer partners and then book a free flight. Points transfer to most partners at a 3:1 ratio. You’ll get 15,000 bonus airline miles for every 60,000 points you transfer.  This is a great way to book Business and First Class award flights.


The third option is to redeem points through Marriott Rewards Moments. This lets you book experiences like concerts, red carpet events, private cooking instructions, sports games, etc with points.


Courtesy of Marriott/Starwood


Perks


Free Night Award Certificate

Cardholders receive one free award night certificate every year. These can be redeemed for a one night stay at properties with a redemption value of up to 35,000 points.


Silver Elite Status

You’ll earn automatic Silver Elite status. This comes with perks like 10% bonus points, late check-out (subject to availability), and a dedicated reservation line.


Gold Elite Status

Cardholders who spend $35,000+ on the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus receive Gold Elite status. This comes with perks like 25% bonus points, complimentary internet, welcome gifts, and upgrades to ‘enhanced rooms’.


Elite Night Credits

Members will receive an annual 15 elite night credits towards elite status starting in 2019.


Fees


The Marriott Rewards Plus Visa has a $95 annual fee and charges no foreign transaction fees.


Courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman


Should You Get It?


The card offers a very compelling 100,000 point sign-up bonus that’s worth far more than the annual fee. Earning 6x points per $1 at Marriott and Starwood properties is also a good return on spending, but 2x points per $1 on everything else isn’t worthwhile. I’d only use this card for Marriott & Starwood purchases.


The annual free night certificate is another great perk which should be worth more than the $95 annual fee. That perk alone could justify holding onto this card long-term. Members trying to earn elite status will appreciate the annual 15 night credits as well.


Overall this is a solid option for Marriot loyalists.


Featured Image Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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