Review of the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

Jun 25, 2018 | Updated Jul 18, 2018

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The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card, issued by Chase, offers a slew of rewards and benefits for anyone who stays at Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood hotels.

Cardholders will earn 6X Marriott Rewards bonus points per dollar at these properties, plus additional points for your hotel member status: at least 12X base points with Marriott, and at least 2X Starpoints at Starwood hotels.

This comes to a cash back equivalent of at least 18% at Marriott and 12% at Starwood.

Not only that, you’ll get 75,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. That bonus could be worth $750–$1,500, depending on how you redeem it, giving you a return on your spending of 25–50%.

There are a number of hotel perks to take advantage of. You have automatic Marriott Silver Elite status, which comes with a 20% point bonus, priority late check-out, and more. Upgrade to Gold Elite status by spending $35,000 on purchases in a given year. After your first account anniversary you’ll be awarded with a free night stay every year,

Starting in August you’ll get complimentary premium in-room WiFi, and starting in 2019 you’ll get 15 Elite Night credits towards a higher member status. And there are a number of lesser perks, like invitations to Marriott Premier Experience Events and a personal concierge.

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus costs $95 per year, and there are no foreign transaction fees to pay. This card actually seems very affordable, because you can offset that fee with just the annual free night stay. Or you could spend as little as $266 to earn $95 in rewards, if you get a high redemption value.

If you spend much time in Marriott or Starwood properties every year, this card could probably help you save money and have a better time while you’re at it. Keep reading to see what you might be missing.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

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  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Interest Rate: 17.49% to 24.49% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • 6X points per dollar spent at Marriott, SPG, and Ritz-Carlton locations worldwide
  • 2X points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a property with a redemption level up to 35,000 points
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • Earn Gold Elite Status by spending $35,000 with the card per year
  • Get 15 Elite Night Credits every calendar year (starting in 2019)
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

The information for Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card has been collected independently by Credit Card Insider. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

We give the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card 5 out of 5 Stars because it provides a great return at participating Marriott properties, and there are several valuable benefits too.

Why we like this card

  • Big signup bonus of 75,000 points
  • 6X points at Marriott and SPG locations, plus standard membership points
  • Free night award every year after account anniversary, valued at up to 35,000 points
  • Automatic Silver Elite status with Marriott
  • Path to Gold Elite status by spending $35,000 in an account year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Shopping and travel protections

Why this card could be better

  • You need to wait until after your first account anniversary before you’ll get one free night per year
  • Some of the benefits aren’t active yet, like in-room premium WiFi (available in August) and 15 Annual Elite Night Credits (available in 2019)
  • If you have the older Marriott Rewards Premier card you won’t be eligible for the normal signup bonus, but you can upgrade your card and get a different (smaller) bonus offer
  • Annual fee of $95, but this seems reasonable
  • No intro APR, but this is typical for hotel cards

If you want a card for spending at Marriott and Starwood hotels, this is a very good option for a relatively low fee. But there are other cards designed for hotel spending, along with a more expensive card for Marriott hotels. Check out some alternatives to the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card below.

Insider Advice: Using This Card as Part of Your Credit Card Strategy

  • For booking with Marriott, SPG, and Ritz-Carlton: You’ll earn 6X points with the card when booking at these hotel brands, plus additional points for your Marriott or SPG member status.
  • Consider using it for other purchases: Other, non-category purchases will get 2X points per dollar, valued at about 2–4% cash back. This is quite a good deal, but, depending on the type of purchase, you might be able to do better with a different travel or rewards credit card.
  • Get the signup bonus: Be sure to make at least $3,000 in purchases with the card in the first 3 months to get 75,000 bonus points, valued at $750–$1,500. Check out some creative ways to hit minimum spend requirements if you’re having trouble.
  • Redeem your Free Night Credit: After your anniversary with the card you’ll get a Free Night Credit every year, good for a stay at a property with a redemption level up to 35,000 points.
  • Use your Silver Status: Cardholders get automatic Silver Elite status with Marriott, which comes with a 20% bonus on base points, free standard in-room WiFi, priority late check-out, and other perks.
  • Take a fast track to Gold Status: Spend $35,000 in an account year with the card to earn Gold Elite status, which comes with a 25% bonus on base points, lounge access with free breakfasts, and complimentary room upgrades when available.
  • Enjoy a fast WiFi connection: Starting in August, you’ll get complimentary in-room premium WiFi so you can stay connected without slowing down.
  • Get ready for Elite Night Credits: Starting in 2019, cardholders will get 15 Elite Night Credits per year, which will count towards upgrading your Marriott member status.
  • Call for help from your personal assistant: You’ll have access to the Visa Signature Concierge service with this card, which you can call for non-emergency assistance like making reservations.
  • Contact customer support without hassle: When you call the number on the back of your card you’ll be directly connected to a customer support representative, without needing to navigate through a phone menu.
  • Check your shopping and travel protections: The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus comes with quite a few protection benefits. These can help out if your trip is delayed, for example, or if you lose your luggage.
  • Travel abroad without paying extra: There are no foreign transaction fees with this card, so you can use it as your go-to payment option when traveling outside the U.S.

Upgrading from the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

If you have the older Marriott Rewards Premier Card (which is no longer open to new applicants), you aren’t eligible for the 75,000-point new cardmember bonus.

Instead, you can can request an upgrade to the new Rewards Premier Plus. You’ll probably get a bonus offer, like 20,000 points after your first purchase. But there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a bonus offer, or that it will be of a certain amount.

Take note that this will be counted as a product change, not a new account opening. Your credit card account number will not change, but the expiration date and CVV may change. So if you have any automatic payments set up you should check the details after upgrading.

Upgrade requests may take up to four business days to be approved. If you’re approved you should receive your new card within seven to 12 business days.

The Rewards

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus offers an excellent return on your spending at Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton, with a cash back equivalent of 18–36% or more. Purchases from Starwood Preferred Guest properties will earn slightly less, with a cash back equivalent of 12–24% or more. Other purchases get a good return as well, at 2–4% cash back equivalent.

Earning

Spending Rewards
  • 18X Marriott Rewards points or more per dollar at Marriott properties
    • 6X bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 12X base points per dollar or more for being a Marriott member
  • 8X points or more per dollar at Starwood Preferred Guest properties
    • 6X Marriott Rewards bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 2X Starpoints per dollar or more for being an SPG member
  • 2X Marriott Rewards bonus points on all other purchases
Signup Bonus Offer
  • 75,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points for spending $3,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
    • value: $750–$1,500 (assuming 1–2 cents per point)
    • return on spend: 25–50%

So you’ll have several point earning opportunities. This card earns 6X Marriott Rewards bonus points at three different hotel brands, and any properties that participate in their rewards programs. You’ll also earn a certain number of base points at these hotels, depending on your member status.

You’ll get 6X points at all of the brands included in the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs (Ritz-Carlton is included within the Marriott portfolio). To check out all the brands, see:

The following table shows how many points you’ll earn with each rewards program. We used average point valuations to estimate the cash back equivalents. Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards effectively use the same point system, and we valued those points at 1–2 cents each. Every Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) point is worth three Marriott points, so we valued them at 3–6 cents each for these calculations.

Rewards Program Base Points Total Points Earned Approx. Cash Back Equivalent
Marriott Rewards 12X or more 18X or more 18–36% or more
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards 12X or more 18X or more 18%–36% or more
Starwood Preferred Guest 2X or 3X 8X or 9X (mix of Marriott and SPG points) 12–24% or 15–30%

Take note that you’ll only earn points at these high rates when making purchases directly from the hotel. If you use a travel agency or discount travel site, for example, you’ll get the normal purchase rate of 2X points.

The number of base points you earn will depend on your member status with that particular hotel brand. Cardholders get automatic Silver Status with Marriott, which is shared with Ritz-Carlton. A normal member would get 10X base points but Silver members get a 20% bonus, for 12X base points in total.

For SPG, you’ll get the basic Preferred Guest member rate of 2X Starpoints unless you have upgraded status with them. The Marriott card does not provide any special status with Starwood. But if you have Gold Elite Marriott status, you can link your Marriott status to SPG to get SPG Gold Preferred Guest status. This would give you 3X Starpoints per dollar spent at eligible properties.

In addition to offering great rates at certain hotels, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus has a fairly large signup bonus, of 75,000 points for spending $3,000. If you get 2 cents per point that would be $1,500, which would give you a 50% return on your spending! That’s in addition to the points you’d normally earn on those purchases.

August 2018, Marriott and SPG are merging their rewards programs. Any accumulated Starwood points will be multiplied by three to match up with Marriott points. This won’t result in any significant changes, although some hotels and redemption options may be valued slightly differently.

Redeeming

There are quite a few ways to redeem Marriott Rewards points. The value of your points will depend on when, where, and how you redeem them.

Typically, PointSavers stays and regular award stays are the most valuable redemption methods. Or, if you book four award nights in a standard room you’ll get a fifth night free, which will also provide a great overall return on your spending.

We’ll list the basic types of redemptions, and then we’ll go over two good redemption examples: a free night stay, and a fifth night free.

  • Free award nights: Redeem for free nights in standard rooms. The number of points required depends on the hotel’s category or tier (see the tables below).
  • PointSavers award nights: Get up to a 5,000 point discount at Marriott hotels, or up to a 10,000 point discount at Ritz-Carlton hotels (not always available).
  • Cash + Points: If you don’t have enough points you can pay in part with cash, starting at 3,000 points and $45.
  • Instant Redemption: Use points to pay for purchases at hotels, like dinner, cocktails, spa treatments, and more (not recommended — very low redemption value).
  • Room Upgrades: Certain properties offer room upgrade rewards for 5,000 points each. Some upgrades may require two or more room upgrade rewards.
  • Transfer to a partner loyalty program: Transfer to SPG Starpoints at a 3:1 rate, or to a variety of airline partners like United and Southwest.
  • Airline services: Redeem for a Priority Pass Select membership to get airport lounge access, or to pay for the application fee for TSA Pre✓®.
  • Flights or Car Rentals: Use your points for flights at a variety of airlines or to rent a car.
  • Vacation packages and cruises: Redeem for travel packages of seven nights or more, or choose from a wide variety of popular cruise lines.
  • Shopping: Points can be redeemed for specific purchases, or to buy gift cards for Marriott and other merchants.
  • Share or Donate: You can share your points with any other Marriott Rewards member, or donate them to a charity.

Remember that redemption offers come and go, and sometimes there are special offers at certain properties. You may be able to find an excellent deal for your upcoming trip if you take some time to explore the options. Be sure to check the value you’re getting per point.

Free night stays are probably the simplest and most valuable redemption method. Oftentimes, the best deals will be found at the least and most expensive properties, rather than mid-range properties, but this isn’t always true.

Within the Marriott brand, most hotels are broken down into categories while Ritz-Carlton properties are broken down into tiers. The redemption requirements and PointSavers discounts are slightly different for category and tier hotels.

Hotel Category Reward Points Required PointSavers Requirement
1 7,500 6,000
2 10,000 7,500
3 15,000 10,000
4 20,000 15,000
5 25,000 20,000
6 30,000 25,000
7 35,000 30,000
8 40,000 35,000
9 45,000 40,000
Hotel Tier Reward Points Required PointSavers Requirement
1 30,000 20,000
2 40,000 30,000
3 50,000 40,000
4 60,000 50,000
5 70,000 60,000

Take note that these redemption tables will be updated in August with new classifications, including new peak and off-peak point requirements.

Next, we’ll show you:

  • How to redeem your points for free night stays, and for your fifth night free
  • How to figure out the value per point
  • How to figure out the total return on spend

Free Night Stay Example

Say you want to spend a night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Bremerton, a Category 3 hotel in Washington. A standard room here would normally cost $199 for non-members.

Or you could get this room for 15,000 points (only 10,000 if you get a PointSavers deal). To earn 15,000 points, you could spend $834 at Marriott properties, earning at the 18X rate.

Here, you would spend $834 to get a room valued at $199. Your points are worth about 1.32 cents each in this example, for a return on spend of nearly 24%.

For a PointSavers offer, 10,000 points would require $556 in spending. In this case your points are worth 1.99 cents each, for a return on spend of almost 36%, an awesome deal!

Example: Regular Free Night Award Stay

Total spend: $834

Point value: $199 ÷ 15,000 points = about 1.32 cents each

Return on Spend: $199 is about 24% of $834

Example: PointSavers Free Night Award Stay

Total spend: $556

Point value: $199 ÷ 10,000 points = 1.99 cents each

Return on Spend: $199 is about 36% of $556

Fifth Night Free

If you redeem points for five consecutive nights you’ll get your fifth night free, at participating hotels. You’ll need to book five nights to get this deal, but you actually only need to have enough points for four nights.

Lets imagine a trip to the Courtyard Long Island Islip/Courthouse Complex, a Category 4 hotel on Long Island. If you were to pay cash for a five-day stay, you’d end up paying different rates for different nights. For a stay in a standard room from July 16th to July 21st, for example, you could end up paying a total of $972.25 after taxes.

You’d only need 80,000 points to get this same room for five nights (a night at a Category 4 hotel requires 20,000 points). To earn 80,000 points you could spend $4,445, when earning at the 18X rate.

Here, you get a value of about 1.22 cents per point. And your return on spend is about 22%.

Depending on the hotel category (or tier) you redeem at, you may be able to get a much better deal than this. And if you can include some PointSavers nights that would increase the return on spend as well.

Example: Fifth Night Free Award Stay

Total spend: $4,445

Point value: $972.25 ÷ 80,000 points = about 1.22 cents each

Return on Spend: $972.25 is about 22% of $4,445

How to Offset the Annual Fee

This card has an annual fee of $95, so you should be sure to get at least that much value from it every year. If you travel often you can get much more than that, of course.

There are two basic ways to offset the annual fee:

  • Card benefits
  • Rewards points from spending

After considering all the value-adding perks and rewards that you’ll get, the $95 fee actually starts to seem pretty cheap for anyone who travels several times per year.

Card Benefits

Some of the card benefits are pretty straightforward. For the annual free night stay, for example, we show below how you can get about $280 in value from it each year, perhaps more. That would offset the annual fee for almost three years with just a single use!

It’s a bit harder to put a monetary value on some of the other benefits, however. How much would you value complimentary Silver Elite status with Marriott? Or 15 free Elite Night credits? What about the complimentary premium WiFi?

Depending on your lifestyle and travel habits, you might value these perks more or less. If you can’t go a day without checking Credit Card Insider you might be willing to pay handsomely for premium WiFi, but otherwise you might not care much about that.

So you could offset the annual fee with just the card benefits, but you could also do it with the reward points you earn.

Reward Points

To offset the annual fee using reward points, you simply need to earn enough points to provide $95 in value.

In the examples above, we saw a different point value for each redemption method. The greater the point value, the less spending you’ll need to offset the fee.

Here are the three examples again, this time showing how much you’ll need to spend at each point value to equal $95.

Redemption Method Point Value Required Spend for $95
Free Night Award Stay 1.32 $400
PointSavers Free Night Award Stay 1.99 $266
Fifth Night Free Award Stay 1.22 $433

Based on our example stays, we’ve found that you can offset the annual fee for as little as $266 in spending. But your mileage will vary depending on your particular redemptions, and you may find an even better deal.

You’ll also get a signup bonus of 75,000 points with this card, valued at about $750–$1,500 depending on your redemption method. This would offset the annual fee for 7–15 years!

The Benefits

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card comes with benefits from three different sources:

  • Marriott
  • Chase
  • Visa Signature

Annual Free Night Stay

You’ll get one Free Night Award every year, beginning after your first account anniversary.

It may take up to eight weeks for this credit to appear in your online account, as an e-certificate. The Free Night Award will expire 12 months after being issued. You can’t combine this award with cash or points.

This free night hotel stay can be redeemed at any property with a redemption level up to 35,000 points. That means you can get a free night in up to a Category 7 or Tier 1 hotel.

The value you get from this award credit will depend on how you use it. If you use it for a cheap room you might only get $80 out of it, while a more luxurious or boutique hotel could provide $250 or more in value.

For example, the TownePlace Suites Dallas Bedford is a Category 1 hotel in Texas. A night stay could cost as little as $78, depending on when you book it. So if you redeem your Free Night Award here you wouldn’t be saving very much money.

Now consider the Courtyard Asheville, a Category 7 hotel in North Carolina. A room here might cost as much as $279 per night on weekends, or more. But you could get that room using your Free Night Award, which would be an excellent way to maximize its value.

So you could save $279 with this credit, or even more at other hotels. Be sure to think carefully about how and when you use the credit. If you’re staying at a cheaper hotel it would probably be better to just pay with your Marriott card to earn points, and save your credit for a more expensive stay. But remember that Free Night Awards are only good for one year.

Automatic Silver Elite Status

As a cardholder you’ll get complimentary Silver Elite status with Marriott. Normally you’d need to spend 10 qualifying nights at Marriott properties for this status level.

Silver status comes with a number of benefits, some of which are available with the basic free membership. But others are more valuable and don’t come at the basic level.

  • 20% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Base Points: For a total of 12X Base Points at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton properties.
  • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee: If the hotel is unable to honor your reservation, they’ll pay for you to stay nearby.
  • Dedicated Elite Reservation Line: Call 1-800-228-2100 any time to make a reservation.
  • Dedicated Elite Guest Services Line: Call 1-800-321-7396 between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST for account questions.
  • Standard In-room WiFi
  • Priority Late Check-out
  • 10% Discount at the Marriott Gift Shop
  • Exclusive Elite Offers

Path to Gold Elite Status

Cardholders get a fast track to Marriott Gold Elite status by spending $35,000 in an account year. Usually it would take 50 qualifying night stays to reach this level.

In addition to all the Silver benefits, Gold Elite members also get:

  • 25% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Base Points: Instead of 20% bonus. Provides a total of 12.5X Base Points at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton properties.
  • Guaranteed Executive Lounge Access/Breakfast: Includes a free daily continental breakfast, light snacks, and beverages. You and one guest can enter for free.
  • Complimentary Room Upgrade: Based on availability at check-in.
  • Complimentary Enhanced In-room WiFi
  • Guaranteed 4 p.m. Late Check-out
  • Guaranteed Room Type

15 Elite Night Credits Per Year

Beginning in 2019, you’ll receive 15 Elite Night Credits every year. Elite Night Credits count towards your Elite status with Marriott.

Status Required Qualifying Nights Bonus on Base Points
Silver Elite 10 (Automatic with the Marriott card) 20%
Gold Elite 50 25%
Diamond Elite 75 50%

Visa Signature Concierge Service

Call 1-800-953-7392 at any time to reach your personal assistant, who can help with non-emergency tasks.

The concierge can provide four main types of assistance, but you don’t need to limit yourself to these topics:

  • Travel: For help coordinating trips, booking flights and hotels, and finding the best deals.
  • Sports and Entertainment: Your concierge can look for good prices on season tickets and may be able to find tickets to sold-out shows.
  • Fine Wine and Food: Get assistance finding and making reservations at a variety of restaurants, from family-style to five-star.
  • Shopping: Help finding special gifts, sending flowers, or searching for the best prices.

Your concierge service will probably be most helpful when you’re traveling somewhere new. If you’re bored, looking for a place to eat, or in a hurry to find a hotel, you can call the concierge for help.

Many travel cards with annual fees come with a concierge service, like the Sapphire Preferred. It might be provided by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express, but it’s generally the same level of service no matter who offers it.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Card by American Express, a popular hotel card, does not provide a concierge.

Still other cards may or may not provide a concierge, depending on the level of card service you get. The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Card comes as a Visa Signature with the concierge service, but only if your credit limit is $5,000 or more. Otherwise it will be a Visa Platinum, with fewer benefits.

Complimentary Premium In-room Wifi

Starting in August, this card will provide free premium in-room internet at Marriott hotels. Currently, cardholders get free standard in-room internet access through their automatic Silver Elite status.

Premier Experience Events

Cardholders will occasionally get invitations to exclusive events through the Premier Experience Events program. There are a variety of events, like high-class dining and cooking lessons, rounds of golf, and meetings with exciting people.

A few examples of recent Premier Experience Events:

  • Epic Hockey Weekend in Toronto: An exclusive tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame, dinner with a hockey legend, VIP seats to a game, and a stay at the Delta Hotel Toronto. Price: $1,400.
  • Charleston Wine + Food Festival: Passes to taste the culinary creations of chefs from around the country, a VIP multi-course dinner and wine pairing, and a stay at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel. Price: $1,300.
  • Walk the Red Carpet Weekend in L.A.: Celebrity treatment and VIP access to an L.A. music show, with live music and cocktails.

Dedicated Customer Service Line

Call 1-800-338-5960 for direct access to “dedicated customer support professionals.” If you’re outside the U.S. call 1-302-594-8200.

Shopping Protections

  • Purchase Protection: Your purchases are covered against damage and theft for 120 days, up to $500 per claim and $50,000 per account.
  • Extended Warranty Protection: U.S. manufacturer’s warranties of three years or less can be doubled, up to one additional year.

Travel Protections

  • Travel and Emergency Assistance: Call for help with emergencies, including legal and medical referrals.
  • Trip Delay Reimbursement: If a trip is delayed by over 12 hours, get reimbursement for expenses like meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket.
  • Lost Luggage Reimbursement: If your checked or carry-on bags are lost or damaged, provides reimbursement up to $3,000 per passenger.
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Provides coverage for rental cars against theft and collision, as long as the car rental company’s own insurance is declined.

Other Benefits

  • Zero Liability Fraud Protection: You won’t be held liable for unauthorized transactions. Contact customer support immediately if you suspect fraud.
  • Emergency Card Replacement and Cash Advance: If you’re in a jam you can get a new card delivered within one to three business days, or an emergency cash advance within hours.
  • Account Alerts: Get personalized alerts to track your balance, payments both due and received, and available credit.

The Terms & Fees

Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
17.49% to 24.49% Variable 17.49% to 24.49% Variable 26.49% Variable
Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Balance Transfer Fee Cash Advance Fee
$95  0% 5%, $5 minimum 5%, $10 minimum
Penalty APR Late Fee Returned Payment Fee
See Terms Up to $37 Up to $37

The rewards and benefits of this card might seem complicated, but the terms and fees are pretty simple.

The major points of interest are the $95 annual fee, and no foreign transaction fees. That means you can bring this card with you when traveling outside the U.S. without worrying about extra charges, which can be as much as 3% on other cards.

As discussed above, you can offset the annual fee simply by using the annual free night credit. Or, if you redeem your points for 2 cents each, you can earn $95 in value by spending as little as $266 at Marriott properties.

What is the Credit Limit of the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus?

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus comes with a minimum credit limit of $5,000. The credit line you get will be determined by your creditworthiness when approved.

You can also request a credit limit increase from Chase. If you want a higher limit, we recommend doing this about every six or 12 months. Chase may also increase your credit line occasionally if you show responsible credit behavior.

Customer Support

Phone Support

Chase Customer Support

1-800-338-5960

1-302-594-8200 (international calls)

Marriott Elite Reservation Services 1-800-228-2100
Marriott Elite Guest Services 1-800-321-7396

You’ll have two different customer support teams for this card: one at Chase, and one at Marriott. (You actually have another team through Visa, but that’s mostly limited to using certain card benefits).

Contact Chase if you have an issue with your card account, like unauthorized transactions.

Contact Marriott Elite Guest Services if you have a problem with your Marriott Rewards account, or any Marriott-specific questions.

Contact Marriott Elite Reservation Services if you need to quickly make a reservation or can’t do it online.

Overall, Chase tends to come in a bit below average when it comes to customer support. In J.D. Power’s Credit Card Satisfaction Survey 2017 they came in 5th out of 11 major issuers. That’s where they placed the year before too.

However, Marriott Rewards Premier Plus cardholders get a dedicated customer service line with Chase, and can probably expect to get better-than-average support. And as a Silver Elite member with Marriott you’ll probably be treated pretty well by them, too.

Web Support

Chase Twitter Support @ChaseSupport

You can contact Chase customer support online by logging in to your account and sending them a secure message. They’ll usually get back to you pretty quickly, sometimes in just an hour or two.

Or, if you have more general questions, you can send them a message on Twitter, @ChaseSupport. Be sure not to send any personal or account information via Twitter, or any other social network.

The Bottom Line

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus is a very rewarding card offer from Chase, giving you a chance to earn Marriott Rewards points and enjoy enhanced member status.

The 6X Marriott Rewards points you get are in addition to any base points for being a member. So the higher you can raise your status, the more value you’ll get from this card. If you like staying at Marriott or Starwood properties, those 75,000 bonus points should take you pretty far.

Read up on all the benefits, and take advantage of them whenever possible to get discounts, room upgrades, and insurance for your purchases and trips. For some travelers, perks like the free annual night stay and Silver Elite status might make this card worth the cost all on their own.

Look for the best redemption options, and consider paying with your card if you can’t get a good deal with points. It would only take about $266 in spending to offset the $95 annual fee of this card, if you get about 2 cents per point. But most redemption values won’t be quite that high.

This is an excellent card for booking with Marriott and Starwood, but if you don’t ever stay in these hotels the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus won’t do you any good. Or perhaps you want something even better, with more valuable benefits. Take a look at some other credit cards for hotel spending below.

How to Apply for the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus

You can apply for the Marriott card by hitting the Apply Now button below. You’ll be taken to Chase’s webpage to provide your information.

Usually you’ll get an instant decision, either yes or no. In some cases Chase may request more information to process the application.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be 18 to apply
  • Personal identifying information, including SSN, email address, and phone number
  • Total annual income, and source of income
  • Monthly mortgage/rent payment
  • Marriott Rewards number (if you already have one)
Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

For People with
Excellent Credit

  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Interest Rate: 17.49% to 24.49% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • 6X points per dollar spent at Marriott, SPG, and Ritz-Carlton locations worldwide
  • 2X points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a property with a redemption level up to 35,000 points
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • Earn Gold Elite Status by spending $35,000 with the card per year
  • Get 15 Elite Night Credits every calendar year (starting in 2019)
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

The information for Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card has been collected independently by Credit Card Insider. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Alternatives to the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card

 

The Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card (Review) is one of the best no annual fee cards for general hotel spending, thanks to a new partnership between Capital One and Hotels.com. Rather than being limited to Marriott or another brand, this card provides great rewards at any hotel you can find through Hotels.com (including Marriott).

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 10X miles per dollar spent at Hotels.com/venture
  • 1.25X miles per dollar spent on all other purchases
Signup Bonus Offer
  • 20,000 bonus miles for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months after account opening
    • value: $200
    • return on spend: 20% cash back

The VentureOne’s reward program is pretty simple compared to the Premier Rewards Plus. Capital One miles are always worth 1 cent each when redeemed for travel expenses, so you can easily see the return on spend for any given purchase.

You’ll be earning the equivalent of 10% cash back at Hotels.com/venture, an outstanding rate for a no-fee general-use travel card. Other purchases will provide the equivalent of 1.25% cash back.

There aren’t a million redemption options to consider, which might be nice if you don’t care to spend time looking for the best deals. If you just want to get a nice discount at hotels without much hassle, the VentureOne will do the trick.

Benefits

The VentureOne card comes as a basic Visa Platinum if your credit limit is below $5,000 when approved. If your limit is equal to or greater than $5,000, you’ll get an upgraded Visa Signature.

The Marriott card always comes as a Visa Signature with a minimum $5,000 credit line, if you’re approved. If you get a Visa Signature version of the VentureOne, you’ll get a set of shopping and travel benefits similar to those of the Marriott card. But if you get a Visa Platinum, you’ll only get the following four protections:

  • Extended Warranty: Eligible items purchased with your card can have their manufacturer’s warranty doubled up to an additional year, for warranties of three years or less.
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Decline the rental company’s own insurance to get coverage against collision damage and theft, for eligible rented vehicles.
  • Travel and Emergency Assistance Services: Access to a variety of services like medical and legal referrals, emergency transportation or ticket replacement, and pre-trip assistance.
  • Travel Accident Insurance: Provides up to $100,000 in coverage for accidental loss of life, limb, sight, speech, or hearing while traveling by common carrier.

The Capital One card doesn’t come with any of the hotel-specific perks of the Marriott card, like annual free nights or complimentary internet access.

Terms & Fees

The VentureOne card has no annual fee, and no foreign transaction fees. Cardholders get a 12-month 0% intro rate for purchases, a feature you won’t have with the Marriott card.

If you know you’ll be spending a lot of money with Marriott, it probably makes sense to use its co-branded card. But if you won’t travel much, or will stay at a variety of hotel brands outside Marriott, you’d be better off with a general hotel card like the VentureOne.

Read more in our Review of the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Card

 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (Review) is one of the more popular general-use travel cards. It’s good for all kinds of travel spending, not just hotels but also airlines, car rentals, parking garages, and more. You’ll need to pay $95 for this card after the first year.

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on:
    • travel
    • dining at restaurants
  • 1X Chase Ultimate Rewards point per dollar on all other purchases
Signup Bonus Offers
  • 50,000 bonus points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months after account opening,
    • value: $500–$1,000, depending on redemption method (assuming 1–2 cents per point)
    • return on spend: 12.5–25%
  • 5,000 bonus points if you make a purchase and add an authorized user to your account within the first 3 months
    • value: $50–$100, depending on redemption method (assuming 1–2 cents per point)
Redemption Bonus
  • 25% point bonus when redeeming through Chase Ultimate Rewards

You’ll earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Sapphire Preferred, which are usually worth 1 cent each. But they can be redeemed for travel expenses through the Ultimate Rewards portal for 1.25 cents each. You can also transfer them to a variety of airline and hotel partners (including Marriott), where they might be worth as much as 2 cents each or more.

If you redeem for 1.25 cents per point, you’ll be getting a cash back equivalent of 2.5% on travel and dining. If you get 2 cents per point, your cash back equivalent would be 4% on those purchases.

That’s not very much compared to what the Marriott card can offer, but it’s pretty good for a general travel card. The Marriott card is much more rewarding but it’s limited to Marriott and SPG brands.

Benefits

The Sapphire Preferred comes as a Visa Signature, so it has a set of shopping and travel protections that are similar to those of the Marriott card. There might be some slight differences between the cards.

In addition, Chase also provides the following for the Sapphire Preferred:

  • Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection: Benefits at over 900 properties around the world, like daily breakfast for two, complimentary WiFi, and room upgrades when available.
  • Shop Through Chase: Get additional points at participating merchants, like Ulta Beauty, Groupon, The Apple Store, and The Home Depot.
  • Chase Preferred Experiences: Invitations to exclusive events in big cities and select locations around the world.
  • Invite Friends for 10,000 Points: You’ll get 10,000 bonus points for every friend you refer who’s approved, up to 50,000 bonus points per year.

You won’t get the Marriott-specific perks, but some of these benefits can perform the same functions. The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection will give you some perks that resemble member status, and the Preferred Experiences are similar to Marriott’s Premier Experience Events.

Terms & Fees

The Sapphire Preferred has a $95 annual fee, which is waived for the first year. There are no foreign transaction fees.

So it’s got a set of terms that are mostly like the Marriott card, but in this case you don’t have to pay the annual fee for the first year.

To offset this annual fee, you could spend $4,750 at the 2X rate and then transfer the points to get a value of 2 cents per point. That would give you $95 in value.

Or, if you redeem through Ultimate Rewards for 1.25 cents each, you’d need to spend $7,600 with the card.

You probably wouldn’t need both the Marriott card and the Sapphire Preferred. Examine your travel habits, do the math, and see which card would be more rewarding over an average year. But if you if you do a lot of traveling, spending plenty of money with Marriott and other brands, having both cards might be a good idea. You can also consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card (Review), which is more expensive and more rewarding.

Read more in our Review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

 

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (Review) is also designed for spending at Marriott and SPG, but you’ll end up earning slightly fewer points at Marriott. There are different hotel perks as well. This card has a $95 annual fee, like the Marriott card, but in this case it’s waived for the first year.

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 4X Starpoints or more per dollar at Starwood Preferred Guest properties
    • 2X Starpoints per dollar from the card
    • 2X Starpoints per dollar or more for being an SPG member
  • 12X points or more per dollar at Marriott properties
    • 2X Starpoints per dollar from the card
    • 10X Marriott Rewards points per dollar or more for being a Marriott member
  • 1X Starpoint on all other purchases
Signup Bonus Offers
  • $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of card membership
    • return on spend: 10%
  • $100 statement credit after your first purchase at a participating SPG or Marriott Rewards property within your first 6 months of card membership

You’ll have a similar rewards program to what you get with the Marriott card. But since this card doesn’t provide Silver Elite status with Marriott, you’ll only get 10X points at Marriott from your basic member status. So, overall, the SPG card is slightly less rewarding than the Marriott card.

The cash back equivalents are almost the same as the Marriott card:

Rewards Program Base Points Total Points Earned Approx. Cash Back Equivalent
Marriott Rewards 10X or more 16X or more 16–32% or more
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards 10X or more 16X or more 16–32% or more
Starwood Preferred Guest 2X or 3X 8X or 9X (mix of Marriott and SPG points) 12–24% or 15–30%

You can transfer Starpoints to Marriott Rewards points, or vice versa, at a 1:3 rate. That means all of the redemption options above apply to the SPG credit card. Starwood also provides a set of SPG-specific redemption options, which will be similar to Marriott but may be worth exploring to find the differences.

At only $200 in total, the signup bonus offers of the SPG card are paltry compared to the potential $2,000 you can get from the Marriott card.

Benefits

The SPG card comes with some SPG-specific benefits, as you’d expect. You won’t get an elite member status or any free nights with this card, unfortunately.

  • Automatic SPG Status: The basic (free) member status, so not very valuable. Includes no blackout dates on Free Night Award redemptions.
  • Free In-room Premium Internet: Available at participating SPG and Marriott hotels. Limited to one room per stay, regardless of how many rooms are booked.
  • Complimentary Boingo WiFi: Get free WiFi at over one million hotspots around the world on up to four devices.
  • Fast track to SPG Gold and Platinum Statuses: Get credit for 2 stays and 5 nights every year towards a higher member status. Gold requires 10 stays or 20 nights, and Platinum requires 25 stays or 45 nights. Or spend $30,000 in a given year to earn automatic Gold status.
  • Bonus points when transferring: Get 5,000 bonus Starpoints whenever you transfer 20,000 or more points to a partner frequent flyer program.

These perks can be very useful, but they aren’t as valuable as what you’ll get from the Marriott card.

Terms & Fees

The Starwood Preferred Guest credit card has a $95 annual fee, waived the first year. There are no foreign transaction fees.

So it’s pretty much like the Marriott card here, but $95 cheaper overall. If you’re booking at Starwood locations and getting a 12% return, it would take $792 in spending to offset that annual fee. When booking at Marriott properties and getting a 16% return, it would only take $594 in spending. But you could potentially offset the fee for even less if you find a good redemption deal.

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus seems like the obviously superior card, with better spending rewards, a much bigger signup bonus, and more valuable benefits. But it’s possible that you may prefer the SPG card if you really love one of its benefits, like the fast track to elite status or bonus points for transferring.

Read more in our Review of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

 

If you want a premium hotel card for Marriott stays, check out the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. It has a $450 annual fee, but there are many cost-saving benefits that actually make this card very affordable for anyone who will travel several times per year.

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 15X Marriott Rewards points or more per dollar at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott properties
    • 5X bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 10X base points per dollar or more for being a Marriott member
  • 7X points or more per dollar at SPG properties
    • 5X Marriott Rewards bonus points per dollar from the card
    • 2X Starpoints per dollar or more for being an SPG member
  • 2X Marriott Rewards bonus points per dollar:
    • on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline
    • at car rental agencies
    • at restaurants
  • 1X Marriott Rewards bonus point per dollar on all other purchases
Signup Bonus Offers
  • Two complimentary nights at any participating Tier 1–4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening
  • 10,000 bonus points if you make a purchase and add an authorized user to your account within the first 3 months
    • value: $100–$200, depending on redemption method (assuming 1–2 cents per point)

The rewards program is pretty similar to the Marriott card, but the Ritz-Carlton card only provides 5X points instead of 6X. That’s a bit strange for a card with a higher annual fee, but there are other features that balance this out.

During your first year with the Ritz-Carlton card you’ll get automatic Marriott Gold Elite status. This ends up providing 12.5X points at Marriott properties, after a 25% bonus. You’ll need to spend $10,000 with the card annually to maintain this status after the first year.

That would give you 17.5X points per dollar with Marriott, for a cash back equivalent of 17.5–35%, depending on redemption method. At Starwood properties you’d get a 7–14% cash back equivalent.

The Ritz-Carlton card offers has some travel-related, non-hotel bonus categories, unlike the Marriott or SPG cards. Use it at airlines, car rental agencies, and restaurants, where you’ll get a 2–4% cash back equivalent. The Ritz-Carlton card is quite good for that kind of spending, because it has also has a few benefits that can make flights more affordable and comfortable.

In addition to all that, you’ll get a signup bonus of two complimentary nights at a Tier 1–4 Ritz-Carlton hotel. These night credits could be valued very highly, especially at Tier 4 properties. A night in The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, a Tier 4 hotel in Maui, could cost $616 or even much more, depending on when you book.

If you redeem for two of those nights you’d get a $1,232 value. To earn those night credits you’d need to spend $4,000, which means in this example you’d get a return on spend of about 31%.

Benefits

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards card has some excellent benefits for anyone who will travel several times per year. You’ll get both airline and hotel perks, among others:

  • $300 Annual Airline Travel Credit: Good for incidental airline purchases (not tickets), like baggage fees, seat upgrades, and in-flight food.
  • $100 Discount on Qualifying Itineraries: Reservations of two to five travelers may be eligible for a $100 discount.
  • $100 Hotel Credit: Get a $100 credit for eligible stays of two nights or more at Ritz-Carlton hotels.
  • Complimentary Priority Pass Select Membership: Get free access to over 900 airport lounges around the world (normally costs $399 per year).
  • Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Gold Elite Status for One Year: Complimentary Gold Elite status for the first year. Spend $10,000 per year to maintain Gold status.
  • Fast Track to Platinum Elite Status: Spend $75,000 with the card in a given account year to get Platinum Elite status.
  • Upgrade to Ritz-Carlton Club Level: Get an upgrade to access the Club Level lounge, on up to three qualifying stays of seven nights or less per year.
  • Global Entry Application Fee Credit: A credit for the $100 application fee for Global Entry, available once every five years.
  • Special Car Rental Privileges: Special discounts and upgrades when available, at Avis, National, and Silvercar.

We’ve only included the most valuable benefits here, but you can clearly see how the Ritz-Carlton card can make traveling much less expensive. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel card this set of perks will be pretty enticing, especially if you already stay with Marriott/Ritz-Carlton often.

Terms & Fees

You’ll need to pay $450 per year for the Ritz-Carlton card. There are no foreign transaction fees.

This fee is pretty high, but consider all the travel credits you can get. Each year you’ll get $300 in air travel credits. There’s also a $100 airline credit and a $100 hotel credit that you can use over and over, as many times as you want. The Priority Pass Select membership would normally cost $399, but that’s included too.

Even if you only used each of the $100 credits once per year, you’d still get $899 in value from those four benefits alone. That’s enough to offset the annual fee for about two years, and we didn’t even consider the other perks, the spending rewards, or the signup bonus.

Altogether, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card could be incredibly rewarding for anyone who will be able to make good use of its benefits. Consider this card if you’re already spending time in Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or SPG hotels and you want to enhance your experience in a pretty significant way.

Read more in our Review of the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

For People with
Excellent Credit

  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Interest Rate: 17.49% to 24.49% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points for spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • 6X points per dollar spent at Marriott, SPG, and Ritz-Carlton locations worldwide
  • 2X points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a property with a redemption level up to 35,000 points
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • Earn Gold Elite Status by spending $35,000 with the card per year
  • Get 15 Elite Night Credits every calendar year (starting in 2019)
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

The information for Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card has been collected independently by Credit Card Insider. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Do you have the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card to get great deals at Marriott properties? What are your favorite ways to use it? Let us know by leaving your own review!

To find other valuable, rewarding credit cards for a variety of hotels beyond just Marriott, check out our picks for the Best Hotel Credit Cards.
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