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I just received a letter from Marriott offering me 80,000 Points after I spend 3,000 in the first 3 months. Also, 5 points per 1$ spent at Marriott locations. 2 points per 1$ spent on airline tickets and 1 point $1 spent on all other purchases. It seems like a good deal. What am I missing?

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There's an $85 annual fee (not waived the first year for this offer) but there are some other rewards that make the card appealing. You get one free night in a category 1-5 hotel each year after your 1 yr anniversary, no foreign transaction fee, 15 points towards status.
http://thepointsguy.com/2015/07/m...int-bonus/
http://millionmilesecrets.com/201...iott-card/
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I have this. If you travel regularly, the free night is more than worth the $85 annual fee. It also gives you 15 nights free toward status every year or at least my card does (got it nearly 2 years ago).
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Just keep in mind that most major metropolitan area Marriott properties are all above a Category 5. In other words, don't expect to use your free night certificate for a hotel in NY, Boston, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, etc.... (airport based hotels don't count) Still a great perk, but important to validate first

Note - this is for domestic only. Marriott does have properties in major international cities that fall in Category 5 - I've stayed in Beijing, Shanghai and Rome for free.


Go to their website and verify what properties are available to help determine if this is a deal for you or not.



http://www.marriott.com/rewards/p...rtyList.mi
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Quote from megakimcheelove View Post :
Just keep in mind that most major metropolitan area Marriott properties are all above a Category 5. In other words, don't expect to use your free night certificate for a hotel in NY, Boston, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, etc.... (airport based hotels don't count) Still a great perk, but important to validate first

Note - this is for domestic only. Marriott does have properties in major international cities that fall in Category 5 - I've stayed in Beijing, Shanghai and Rome for free.


Go to their website and verify what properties are available to help determine if this is a deal for you or not.



http://www.marriott.com/rewards/p...rtyList.mi

It's difficult to value the free night but I'd say it's $120 - $150. That said I don't use points for nights at low cat hotels. I recently used my free night @ a hotel in Syracuse, cat5, $150/night regular, so even the $85/yr I pay for the CC more than paid for itself not even including the other benefits.
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Question, I have been considering getting the Marriott card because work almost exclusively puts us up there. The problem is we have to pay for it with the work CC. Does having the card provide any specific additional benefits when staying at properties I didn't pay for?
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Question, I have been considering getting the Marriott card because work almost exclusively puts us up there. The problem is we have to pay for it with the work CC. Does having the card provide any specific additional benefits when staying at properties I didn't pay for?

Huh?

I am in the same boat. I got the CC primarily to ramp up bonuses from work spending but about a year ago we switched to a system that requires us to spend on company CC's. That sucks.

I still have the Marriott card and have considered getting rid of it however:
- Free night annually, more than worth the $85. This only really has value if you would stay there anyway outside of work (why use a free night for work stuff????)
- 5x points @ Marriott for personal purchases (again if you stay there anyway)
- 15 nights credit toward elite status; as I recall the levels are 25/50/75 (S/G/P). This may be handy if you are getting close to a rewards level or if your work usage puts you within 15 nights of a higher level. Of course if you have higher status, that's an even greater points multiplier, better rewards, etc
- Bonus points. the 80k pts is worth about $340 retail (R2C) but probably more like $450-$500 if you use them for higher tier rewards nights.

I also have the IHG card - it has similar benefits except the 15 nights credit. You are also automatically Platinum, but they just introduced an even higher rewards tier so the card basically gives you Gold-equivalent status now.
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Quote from IPABeerLover View Post :
Question, I have been considering getting the Marriott card because work almost exclusively puts us up there. The problem is we have to pay for it with the work CC. Does having the card provide any specific additional benefits when staying at properties I didn't pay for?

No - owning Marriott branded card does not get you any additional perks (e.g. upgrades, welcome present, etc) just for flashing it when you check in. You also don't need it to participate in their semi-regular MegaBonus challenges (where you get free points or nights for completing stays during a calendar quarter)


As Dr. J points out, there are still benefits to the card, but if you do not plan to use the free night for personal travel (and a reminder that you will not find a Category 1-5 hotel within most major metropolitan cities), then the annual fee will not be worth it (since the free night expires at the end of the year))
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