Anyone know if we'll ever be able to get Marriott Rewards Credit Card in Australia? It's really annoying that it shows up in my account EVERY time I log in yet isn't available to me as I don't live in the US. Would be great to have this card as I do a lot of Marriott spend.
I don't know about Australia, but the Marriott Credit Card can cause frustration here in the UK as well. I have a UK Marriott Card, and the difference in the rewards here in comparison to the US is abysmal. We are very much the poor relations! Ain't that right brightlybob?
Can anyone spare a point, anyone?
Aye, Tommo781 we Brits are the poor relations to the USA and Canadian cards. As I mentioned in another post we may be getting an improved offering later, though I suspect it will still lag behind our North American cousins.
The issuance of a loyalty credit card does I think have more to do with the maturity of the credit market than the supposed hotel/airline issuers. The American market is highly mature, customers are not averse to carrying several cards and banks see hotel/airline linked cards as a way of tempting customers to hold and use theirs, as opposed to the hotels/airlines believing it is a necessary part of their program to offer a linked credit card. The development of competitive loyalty credit cards is therefore far more in the hands of the banks, than the airlines/hotels.
I've no doubt Marriott would be happy to see it's branded credit cards pop up all over the world, but Its not an activity Marriott itself will undertake. Until a local bank in each jurisdiction thinks there's enough traction in a Marriott card to justify the costs of registration, development, the points and benefits, none will appear.
I have to say that with only 6 Marriotts across Australia, I doubt any Australian bank is going to detect a significant demand for a Marriott credit card. Unless Marriott considerably increases it's hotel coverage down under I don't see any change to that picture.
So, no. No Marriott credit card for Australia. Not this year. Not this decade.