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Just as some of the fast and furious increased credit card sign-up offers of early summer had faded away, two new ones seem to be taking the spotlight. The first isn’t totally new as there were some ‘creative’ folks who found ways to unearth similar offers on Flyertalk, but having it this publicly available for a limited time is news to me. The second is just new and awesome all the way around.
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Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card: Limited time 70,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three moths + free night in Cat 1-4 hotel
The most common public offer for this card seems to be 50,000 points after meeting the spending requirement, so an extra 20k points on top of that is great! If you aren’t familiar, the Marriott Rewards chart goes from 7,500 – 45,000 points per free night (with point savers available for a lower points price) and like SPG the fifth night is free on point redemptions. If you want to use for Ritz Carlton stays, be ready to spend 30,000 – 70,000 points per night.
To put it another way, a night at the top end Vail Marriott Mountain Resort or Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort will run you 45,000 points per night as a Category 9 hotel whereas a night at the TownePlace Suites Houston Intercontinental Airport will run you 7,500 points per night as a Category 1 hotel. The incremental 20,000 points per night the 70k offer has over the common 50k offer will get you a night at the Category 4 Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village.
The introductory annual fee for this offer is $0 the first year and $85 thereafter. You also get one additional free night at a Category 1-5 location every year after your anniversary date. The card earn 5x at Marriott charges, 2x on airline tickets booked directly with airlines, on rental cars, and restaurants, and 1x elsewhere.
If you care about elite status, it also gives you 15 credits toward your next elite membership level at account opening and each year following. There are no foreign transaction fees and chip + signature technology – in other words, it is a travel related credit card you can actually travel with!
I don’t know how long this offer will be readily available for public consumption, but it seems like a very solid offer if you have Marriott stays in your future.
Chase Ink Plus: 70,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months
We saw an incredibly good limited time 60,000 point offer for this card a couple months ago, but 70,000 points?! Wow. Word is this offer is potentially available in-person at Chase branches, so if you have one around you it may be worth a pop-in to see what they have to offer. I have my fingers crossed so tight they are turning white that this offer will become publicly available on the internet. If you are a fan of the Ink Plus (and recently got the card) and/or just love Ultimate Reward points, then check out a post by Delta Points on this offer for more details!
Stay tuned as I learn more about both of these offers. I’d love to hear if you have had luck pulling the trigger on either of them!
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