Using a hotel rewards credit card can do more than just provide a way to pay for your travel expenditures. If used properly, it can also save you hundreds to thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime by offering free stays at hotels and by providing discounts on future travel purchases.
The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card promises to do both.
The very first thing you’ll notice about the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is that you can earn up to seven free nights to start with the following two steps. First step, after you make purchases totaling $1,000 in your first 3 months from account opening you will earn you 50,000 bonus points. Those points can be redeemed toward a multiple-night stay at participating Marriott locations. Second step, Chase offers another night stay at any hotel in categories 1 through 4 hotel, upon account approval. Together that is enough for seven free nights at a category 1 location. Plus each year you renew your card membership, you’ll receive an anniversary bonus of one free night’s stay at a category 1 through 5 hotel.
A great rewards program accompanies the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. Here are some highlights:
- Five points earned for every dollar spent at participating Marriott® locations.
- Two points earned for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies & restaurants.
- One point earned for every $1 spent other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees.
This card also allows you to reach elite status (in Silver, Gold and Platinum) where you’ll earn points faster and receive unique perks and rewards. Every $3,000 you spend will give you one elite night credit, which accelerates your progress towards the next elite status level.
Cardholders receive an above-average variable APR on purchases and balance transfers currently at 15.24%. This card carries an annual fee of $85, which is waived during the first year. The fee may be high, but the rewards you receive through free night stays are worth the cost. If you plan to stay at Marriott hotels often enough to accrue the rewards, this card is a good choice.
Other than the rewards program, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card offers other factors that make this a valuable offer.
If you find yourself in need of a rewards credit card that offers a free night stay on a yearly basis, consider the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
Updated May 10, 2013 and originally published October 12, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.