Originally posted on 5/3:
Chase launched the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card today with a limited time introductory 100,000 point signup bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Click Here to get more details on this card and compare to other hotel cards!
- This card offers a free night upon every card anniversary at Starwood and Marriott hotels that cost up to 35K points per night. There are tons of great hotels to choose from, view sample hotels here.
- You’ll earn 2 points per dollar on everyday purchases and 6 points per dollar at Marriott and Starwood hotels.
- There are no foreign transaction fees.
- The card comes with Silver elite status and if you spend $35K/year you’ll earn Gold status. Starting in 2019 you’ll also get 15 night credits towards earning elite status.
- Cardholders will get free Premium WiFi at Marriott and Starwood hotels.
- There is a $95 annual fee.
- The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
If you have the old Marriott Premier card you can check here for a targeted offer to upgrade that card to the Premier Plus card. You would need to close that card to apply for the Premier Plus card as a new card.
This card is generally subject to 5/24 rules, though some readers have reported that they were approved despite being over 5/24.
Now is a great time to rack up Marriott and Starpoints points:
Currently you can transfer points back and forth between Starwood and Marriott with 1 Starpoints equaling 3 Marriott points.
In August, the Marriott and Starwood programs will begin their merger process with the launch of a unified award chart and the tripling of all existing Starwood points to become Marriott points. That August chart will have lots of incredible bargains. In February the programs will get a new name and the award chart won’t offer as many bargains.
|Current Starwood Chart||Current Marriott Chart||August 2018 Combined Chart||February 2019 Combined Chart|
|Category 1||6,000 (Weekends)|
|Category 2||9,000 (Weekends)|
|Category 3||21,000||15,000||17,500||15,000 off-peak
|Category 4||30,000||20,000||25,000||20,000 off-peak
|Category 5||36,000 off-peak|
|Category 6||60,000 off-peak|
|Category 7||90,000 off-peak|
|Category 8||-||40,000||-||70,000 off-peak
|Ritz Tier 1||-||30,000||-||-|
|Ritz Tier 2||-||40,000||-||-|
|Ritz Tier 3||-||50,000||-||-|
|Ritz Tier 4||-||60,000||-||-|
|Ritz Tier 5||-||70,000||-||-|
The August chart has 7 categories, which should map nicely with Starwood’s current 7 categories. SPG category 7 hotels like the S. Regis Maldives, S. Regis Bora Bora, S. Regis Bal Harbour, the S. Regis Princeville, Kauai, the Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai, or the Gritti Palace Venice currently cost 30K-120K Starpoints, which is equal to 90K-360K Marriott points. Starting in August you’ll be able to reserve these hotels in the highest category for just 20K Starpoints per night or 60K points in the new program! With a 5 night stay those hotels will drop to just 16K Starpoints per night or 48K points in the new program!
Starting in August you’ll be able to transfer to more airlines than ever. 60K Marriott points will convert into 25K airline miles.
You can also lock in some unbelievable bargains now with Marriott’s Miles+Nights Travel Packages.
Need more Starpoints/Marriott points? Buy them for 35% off on sale now for the last time ever!
There are lots of other great uses of Marriott points and Starpoints, where do you use your points?