Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card 80,000 Bonus Points Review

Marriott_Premier_CardDepending on just how old you are, you might remember a time when credit cards didn't exist.  The world revolved around a cash and carry system, one that didn't provide rewards or security on purchases.  Once the cash exchanged hands, that was that.  These days however, consumers expect to be rewarded for buying things and one of the cards they can do that with is the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.

The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is a hotel rewards credit card, in that every point you earn will be put towards free stays at Marriott locations.  Immediately after spending $3,000 in the first three months, 80,000 bonus points are yours, good enough for multiple free night stays.  You'll also receive an additional free night stay at any category 1-5 Marriott hotel each year you renew your credit card.  7,500 bonus points are awarded when you include an authorized user on the card and they make a purchase in the first 90 days of account opening.  Add em all up, and that's a virtual mountain of free nights.

Rewards points are earned using your Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card for every purchase made.  Depending on what you buy, Chase can provide up to 5 points per dollar spent.  The current breakdown of rewards points is as follows:

  • 5 points for every dollar spent at Marriott locations
  • 2 points for every dollar spent on airline, restaurant and car rental purchases
  • 1 point for every dollar spent on everything else

With rewards cards, the APR is usually pretty high, however the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card offers a reasonable 16.24% variable APR.  This card does not include an introductory rate for purchases or balance transfers, and it does have a $85 annual fee.  A free night each year should make up for that cost but sometimes paying an up-front cost is not ideal.

Earlier this year, we wrote about the standard version of the Marriott Rewards Credit Card and the four free night stay at select Marriott locations.  That credit card included a low purchase APR, good rewards program and low annual fee of $45, which was waived during the first year.  An excellent card for travelers to say the least, however for anyone in need of something even better, albeit for a slightly increased fee, consider the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.

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After spending a ton of money to go to the private University of Miami, Michael now enjoys spending time at home, writing personal finance articles for the world to read. His journey out of debt continues 500 words at a time.


  1. Vince Thorne says:

    Will work great if you are a marriott frequenter. you may otherwise miss out on some good deals by confining your hotel search to marriott. In the process you might lose more than you are gaining by this card.

  2. Philip Taylor says:

    @JT – Totally agree on the annual fee thing. It has to be a pretty special card for me to even consider an annual fee. My habits change all the time. I’d hate to be stuck with a card that I don’t use that I’m paying $89 a year for. Stupid tax.

  3. I’m glad to see that credit card companies, despite having part of their revenue sources cut off as part of the reform act, still find that annual fees aren’t attractive to customers. I won’t pay an annual fee for any credit card, to be honest, as I simply don’t see it to be worth it in most cases.

  4. Jon | Free Money Wisdom says:

    I loved this card while I had it! Thanks for the resource. If anyone is reading this comment, I highly recommend you get this card if you are planning on traveling in the near future. It’s relatively easy to get and the bonus rewards are great.