Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 20,000 additional points for a total of 70,000.
70,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide for up to two nights. Marriott also partners with Ritz Carlton, where awards can also be booked.
In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card also features:
- An additional 1 free night stay after account approval in Category 1-4 locations
- An additional 1 free night stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date
- No annual fee for the first year, then $85 for year II and beyond
Note, however, that this probably isn’t the best card for everyday use. That’s still the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which offers 40,000 points for initial signup and then double points for all dining + travel spend.
The best strategy for most of us is to get the updated Marriott card for the limited-time signup bonus, meet the minimum spend, and then revert to using other cards on an ongoing basis.