Calling all Marriott Rewards fans!
Chase has just upped the ante on the offer for its Marriott Rewards Premier Business credit card, offering a hefty 100k Marriott Rewards signup bonus when you make $5,000 of purchases in three months. You can find the link to this awesome signup bonus here.
The sign up bonus on this card is higher than any Marriott card bonus we have seen in the industry, ever. Which just goes to show how ruthless these banks/co-brand loyalty partners are willing to be to gain you as a customer. And, because you’re a savvy travel hacker, this is all the better for you! Here is what you get with the card:
- 100k bonus points (Huge, as the highest offer historically for this card has been 80k points)
- 5x/dollar spent at Marriott hotel properies
- 2x/dollar on air travel booked directly with airlines, restaurants, office supply stores, Internet, able and phone service purchases
- 1x/dollar on all other purchases
Here’s my analysis on this card and if you should get it or not:
- First and foremost, Marriott points historically have not been worth a whole lot when it comes to redeeming them. While 100k seems like a lot, it’s difficult to gaugue how far they can get you and at what hotel properties.
- That being said, the best uses you can get for 100k points (which overall is a very large bonus) are redeeming for hotel nights, and redeeeming for their air+hotel packges. When redeeming for hotel nights, important to keep in mind that Marriott does not have signature luxury properties like SPG does, save for the JW Marriott brand. So, for the leisure west coast traveller, this is a good one to get for the “middle of the road” stays that are necessities. No, it wont get you the SLS in Vegas, but it WILL get you the Courtyard Marriott you need to attend your sisters graduation in Wisconsin for multiple nights at super cheap rates. So you 100k points can go a long way, if you know how to stretch them.
- The game has changed, and all signs point to you being able to book Starwood properties with Marriott points in due time after the acquisition is complete. This is pretty awesome for Marriott loyalists who already have Marriott points stockpiled because that group will soon have the most extensive network of hotels in the world to choose from
- If you work for a legitimate business or have a legitimate business that allows you to spend on hotels and be reimbursed, this is a great card to own
- Building status with Marriott is smart if you already have United status due to the crossover rewards program benefits. That being said, there are better crossover rewards programs out there in my opinion, like the Delta/SPG Crossover Rewards program
- No, you do NOT need to own a ‘real’ business to get a business card. You can claim a sole proprietorship with low income and still likely get approved.
- Chase has not yet put its co-brand business cards under the infamous 5/24 rule yet (check out my earlier post on 5/24) but it is due to very soon, according to most industry speculators.
So, should you get this card? It depends! Do you enjoy staying in Marriott properties? Do you already have status with them? Do you have a need for a new hotel loyalty card but not sure where to turn yet? Then look no further. And, no one is limiting you to just one hotel card. I recommend applying for both the SPG Personal and SPG Business crds from AMEX, too, because it’s unclear if those cards are here to stay with the impending Marriott acquisition.
Happy travel hacking!