As previously posted, the Marriott Rewards June 2009 Newsletter & Account Summary arrived recently. Prominently featured on p12 is a New Offer from the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card: 30,000 bonus points and a Free Night stay at a category 1 - 4 location. See the image below for the highlights, there's alot more about this new offer online, here!
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"With the renewal of my current Visa I got a cert for a cat 1 -5 hotel, but this offer is 1-4. Also where are the 15 nights free? Just wondering?"
Upon ~approval~ you get a free cat 1-4 night (new card). At ~renewal anniversary~, you get a free cat 1-5 night; plus, 15 nights credit towards Elite every year.
Glad that I've had the card so long, aren't you? A great cobranding of hotel and credit cards. I must say that the renewal nights have taken longer than usual to post to my account, but after two calls to Platinum Premier help the problem has been solved.
I fear the changes that may come in the future as we see the full impact of the recently enacted credit card legislation. I know that my COSTCO Business AMEX has already changed their 5% off on a gallon of gas offer to 4% with an annual maximum.
This is their prerogative but it serves as a warning that, like the good old 7 nights, cat 7 for 150,000 points, nothing is guaranteed forever.
I agree completely. The new offer reinforces and deepens the relationship between Marriott and Chase VISA. With the final stage of integration between WaMu and Chase already in motion, Marriott will have that many more locations/markets where the Chase brand is recognized and trusted.
I was very puzzeled by AMEX taking 1st in the Affiliate Card category at the Freddie Awards. There are Insider posts about poor customer service on the Chase side. The WaMu integration may be key to a turnaround. Chase will have a wider local presence in the form of retail banking and will be better able to service customers. The other benefit are the WaMu business customers who may be already familiar with AMEX. I'm confident that Chase VISA may actually overtake AMEX, it's a matter of time