In general I agree but after my recent experiences with not getting points posted as Marriott and not being able to use my Marriott anniversary night, I have started using my Amex Delta Skymiles Reserve Card wherever it is taken. When it's not I use either the Amex card or my Sapphire card. But I am a lot less enthusiastic than I used to be about the MR Premier card -- it's just not delivering -- or the people on the other end who are supposed to report correctly are not doing so.
Sorry you've had these problems recently.
So far (been with MR 2 years & am gold) I've gotten great benefits & have had all my points posted correctly. Just got my first 1-5 free night certificate -- so I'll see what happens when I try to book a room using it. Am sorry that it expires after 6 months, rather than a year, as I'm pretty well booked through March 2013. But I'm sure I'll find a way to fit it in.
I upgraded to the Premier card and along with the extra points you get the most significant benefit was not having any foreign transaction fees. An example of this benefit, $3000 purchases, charges and the foreign transactions fees are 3 to 4% which would have added another $90 to$120 to my charges. There are other good benefits, but this one was important to me as we have done foreign travel a couple times each year for the last several years. Remember, not to take any cash advances (these are loans instantly).
I too love my Premier card, for all reasons mentioned by everyone. Could not have earned near the wonderful Marriott benefits that I've enjoyed without it. I have been fortunate to have all of my points and nights earned post very fast. Have never had an issue using my free night certs, but then I always book fairly well in advance.
Yep. I've decided to get up at 2:30am and on the road by 3:15am because I just won't use points to stay in Maine. But fortunately, with all the legs of my flight, it may make me sleep better before I get to Hawaii. And I just found out my USCellular service includes Hawaii as normal roaming fees. I rarely get or make calls, but still it's good to know!