It's safe to say that most of us US Insiders have the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature and/or Ritz Carlton Rewards Visa Signature cards, which earn 5x points at Marriotts, 2x for dining & certain travel points, etc. I do have the MR Premier Visa and do use it at Marriott properties but since I've been diversifying my point holdings, I've also picked up the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I'm sure most of you know this card earns 2x points on dining and travel (including taxis and parking), while also providing primary collision coverage on rental cars, and is regarded as one of the best credit cards out there thanks to the ability to transfer points 1:1 to programs like United MileagePlus, Hyatt Gold Passport, and of course Marriott Rewards. I do also use the Chase Freedom card to scoop up 5x points per $ on certain categories each quarter, but word has it Chase will begin offering a new version of the Freedom card as well.
The new Freedom Card is called the Freedom Unlimited, which will do away with the quarterly rotating category bonuses, and will instead offer 1.5x points for every $1 spent. So paired with a Chase Sapphire Preferred, that's 1.5 Marriott Reward points on non-bonus categories, and 2x MR points on dining & travel. I guess the big question now, though is if Chase would let one hold the Sapphire Preferred, the Freedom, and the Freedom Unlimited card at the same time??
For me, I'm wondering, kharada46, do the transfer points go toward lifetime status?
My guess is transfer points do not count toward lifetime status. Here is a bit of why I think transferred points do not count taken from Rewards Lifetime Status section underneath the Membership Benefits tab:
Lifetime status is based on the total number of nights and points you earn throughout your time as a Marriott Rewards member. Once you reach Lifetime status, it lasts forever. This means you will always be an Elite member with Silver, Gold, or Platinum benefits. You can view your progress toward lifetime status
Notice it mentions "EARN".
That's an excellent question homoviator! IAHFLYR could be right, but that's also a bit of a strange constraint seeing that (it seems anyway) that points earned not only via the credit card, but also from other sources such as ShopMyWayMall count towards lifetime status. While I haven't kept a close eye on how that accrues, I believe all my "bonus" points have counted towards lifetime. Perhaps NathalieF can help us out with this one?
Of course, you could go the other route for now and get a Amx Everyday Preferred card and earn 3x points on groceries, 2x points on gas, 1x points on everything else, plus a 50% bonus when you make at least 30 transactions within a billing cycle. They transfer 1:1 to SPG, which will likely transfer 1:1, 1:2, or (highly doubt it) 1:3 to Marriott Rewards points once the merger is complete.