April 11, 2016

Best Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Offer 80,000 Points

Offer Link
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
Earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
Earn 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott hotels.
Earn 2 points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies and restaurants.
Earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
No Foreign Transaction Fees 
Silver Elite Status every year - enjoy all the benefits that come with this status.
Annual fee $85. Consider paying for the annual fee because you will get an anniversary free night certificate at any Marriott category 1-5 hotels worldwide that costs way more than $85 after paying for the annual fee.

Obviously, to get the best value out of paying for the annual fee is to redeem that free night certificate at any category 5 hotels worldwide like these two Marriott hotels in Bangkok, Thailand. The nightly rate is above $100 before tax.

My Two Cents

My relationship with Marriott's Rewards points is a love & hate thing. Redeeming points for a free night stay is too overpriced for a nice and great location Marriott hotel. The lower category hotels are good but the location is either far away from downtown or main tourist attractions. Most of those hotels can also be found near the airport, which is great when we just need to be by the airport for 1 night before catching an early flight or arriving late night. They usually provide a free shuttle to and from the airport too. That's exactly what I did when I stayed at the Courtyard Buffalo Airport after my Niagara Falls trip, to take advantage of the free shuttle to get to the airport for my very early flight. This property is a category 4 hotel so it requires 20,000 Marriott points.

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