Marriott Changes Sign Up Bonus… For the Better

Marriott has decreased their sign up bonus, but we think it’s actually better. The new sign up bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card is 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The old sign up bonus was 80,000 points plus an additional 7,500 if you added an authorized user.

Why is this better? Chase is now waiving the $85 annual fee for the first year. This means you can take advantage of a sign up bonus worth about $600 (about 0.8 cents per point) essentially for free.

Should You Get This Card?

This card is only worth having for two reasons. First, the sign up bonus is a great way to top up your Marriott or Starwood points without paying an annual fee in the first year. Second, you get a free night in a Category 1-5 hotel each year starting on your first anniversary. This is worth roughly twice the cost of your annual fee.

Here’s the bottom line: Get it for the bonus, keep it for the annual free night, but don’t pull it out of your wallet unless you’re staying at a Marriott. The amount you earn on purchases will probably average you about 1% in value… not good enough.

You can read our full review of the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card HERE.

Best Ways to Use Marriott Points at Disney

This is a ranking of how we would use extra Marriott points. We’ve listed the hotel and number of Marriott points per night. A few of these are Starwood hotels. You can transfer Marriott points at a 3:1 rate to Starwood.

  1. Dolphin (30,000 Marriott)**
  2. Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance (40,000 Marriott)
  3. Sheraton Park Anaheim (30,000 Marriott)**
  4. Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort (9,000-12,000 Marriott)**
  5. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (35,000 Marriott)
  6. Orlando World Center Marriott (35,000 Marriott)
** Starwood Hotels

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