While I was on blog hiatus and then hosting WDS, a big new offer landed that I haven’t had a chance to write about. Fortunately, there’s still time!
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 30,000 additional points for a total of 80,000.
80,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide for up to two nights. Marriott 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 at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date
- For every $1 spent at 3,800 Marriott locations, you’ll receive 5 points
- No foreign transaction fees
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.