As promised earlier this year, Marriott has released a new premier credit card from Chase. The new card currently comes with a 100,000-point bonus, which is rare in the miles and points world and tends to only happen upon launch (much like the launch of Chase Sapphire Reserve, which came with a 100,000-point bonus which we’ve never seen again).

But the offer ENDS TODAY, July 12, as I have confirmed with Chase.

Update: Apparently the Marriott card’s offer was removed before the end of July 12. I apologize for the misinformation as the offer has been decreased to 75,000 points unbenownst to me. However, 75,000 is still a decent offer.

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New Marriott Credit Card Details

  • 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months
  • $95 annual fee
  • 6 points per dollar on purchases at Marriott Rewards and SPG Hotels
  • 2 points per dollar on everything else
  • A free night stay after your one-year anniversary yearly at a Marriott Rewards property with a redemption level of 35,000 points or below
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status with Marriott
  • Beginning in 2019, you’ll earn 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Marriott Rewards points don’t expire as long as you make a purchase on your card at least once every 24 months
  • Premium internet access for your Marriott and SPG hotel stays

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My Review:

I think this is a good card for a variety of reasons.

  • Low annual fee that can be offset with a free night each year
  • The option to use points not only for free hotel stays, but also airline miles (see below) and experiences (see below)
  • High bonus point-offer!

One note: I don’t advise delving into hotel credit cards until you have the Southwest credit cards you want (if you want to earn the Southwest Companion Pass) and a Chase Sapphire card due to the Chase rule that does not allow you to be approved for any of their cards if you’ve been approved for five or more cards in the last 24 months.. See my post comparing Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve. You can also check out my suggested Travel Credit Card plan.

What Would 100,000 Points Get You?

Marriott Rewards points can be used in a variety of different ways including:

Free Hotel Nights

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Stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island using your 100,000 Marriott Rewards points!

For 100,000 points you could get:

  • 13 nights in a Category 1 property (7,500 points per night)
  • 10 nights in a Category 2 property (10,000 points per night)
  • 6 nights in a Category 3 property (15,000 points per night)
  • 5 nights in a Category 4 property (20,000 points per night)
  • 4 nights in a Category 5 property (25,000 points per night)
  • 3 nights in a Category 6 property (30,000 points per night)
  • 2 nights in a Category 7 property (35,000 points per night)
  • 2 nights in a Category 8 property (40,000 points per night)
  • 2 nights in a Category 9 property (45,000 points per night)

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Turn Them Into Airline Miles With a Bonus!

This is one of my favorite uses of Marriott and SPG points, whose programs will merge in August with Starpoints tripling to match the value of Marriott Rewards, is to transfer SPG and Marriott points into airline miles.

SPG has long allowed you to transfer points to airline miles mostly at a 1:1 ratio and they would throw in a bonus 5,000 miles for every 20,000 points you transferred.

Aer Lingus Chase Ultimate Rewards

Use your points to get more airline miles!

According to a spokesperson at AMEX, the transfer ratio will now be 3 points to 1 mile (which since SPG points are tripling is the same as it was before), but now for every 60,000 points you transfer to an airline, you’ll get a bonus 15,000 miles for a total of 25,000 miles. See complete details on the Marriott Rewards website.

We used this perk to get more British Airways and Aer Lingus Avios to fly between countries in Europe in 2017.

Purchase an Experience

School of Rock with SPG Moments

Use your 100,000 points to see a Broadway show!

Another of my favorite ways to use Starpoint and Marriott Rewards points is to purchase one of their “moments,” which are experiences like attending a Broadway show, filming of a TV show, a baseball game, concert, NBA game and much more!

Using Starpoints, we attended a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and sat in the SPG Suite complete with food and drink, and sat in the second row to see “School of Rock” on Broadway.

Here are some SPG Moments options right now, which include seeing “Waitress” on Broadway with backstage passes, attending a Cubs game or seeing Sarah McLachlan in concert at Red Rocks.

I assume the cost of these events will triple in points once the programs merge in August. Marriott also has its own Moments program and actually the site now lists both SPG and Marriott Moments.

There are currently options for 2 tickets in the SPG Suite at Wrigley Field for 20,000-25,000 points, so you could easily take 4 people by using 50,000 or your 100,000 points!

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