If you are talking about the Marriott Rewards Visa cards offered by Chase, then no. If you are a Premier card holder, though, you will receive 1 ELITE QUALIFYING NIGHT for every $3,000 spent on the card in addition to the 15 awarded to you annual for just being a cardholder. So spending $25,000 will get you 8 elite qualifying nights. If you aren't already a cardholder, I'd recommend getting this card and not the standard Marriott Rewards Visa Signature from Chase. The higher annual fee is well worth the benefits of the card.
On the other hand, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card by JP Morgan (Chase) does offer an automatic upgrade to Gold level if you spend $10,000 in a year. However, that card has a $400 annual fee. Steep as that may be, it might be worth it if you travel a lot, as it includes membership in the Lounge Club and offers $200 in credit to incidental charges from airlines. Furthermore, you get 3 free annual upgrades to Club Lounge level and $100 credit every time you stay 2 nights or more.
I spend a ton on my Marriott Chase Visa Signature, way in excess of $25,000. On the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you do get a 7% bonus awarded at the end of the year each December. This bonus is readily transferable to Marriott points on a 1:1 basis. I just got mine for 2012.
I did not know about the benefits of the Ritz-Carlton card, and can now easily seeing this becoming one of my next back-ups. Thank you for the Info, Kyle!
Me too! I use it for all purchases I need to make and have even given my family members cards so that they can take advantage of the 0% foreign transaction fee. Last year's spend total was a staggering $48,000!
I have the Chase Sapphire standard. Was thinking of getting the Preferred, but I prefer getting the Elite Qualifying bonuses given by the Marriott Rewards Premier Chase Visa Signature card! The Ritz-Carlton card is tempting too, but if I could afford to get a $400+ annual fee card, it would be the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.
Pretty much what I did as well. Had Marriott one for couple years, and got Sapphire preferred about 6 months ago. Already got the points. Now my girlfriend just got the Sapphire, and I spent $3000 this month, so waiting for the 40,000 reward right now, which I heard is transferrable to my account, since she does not have a Marriott account and relies on mine. I heard it is no problem to transfer, which although the rules say to spouse or partner, I know people who have said they have done it no problem. I hope so!