The premier card is worth every dollar you pay annually. You really do get the 15 nights credited, a free night, and 5 points per Marriott spending, 2 for airline spending, 1 for everything else. I use it like a debit card and pay it off every month, so I have gotten thousands of points. They also have a new thing where for every $3000 you spend on it, you get a credited night toward elite status.
Go for it!
Thanks for the reply. I already have the regular card and am thinking about switching to the Premier card and was looking for anyone else who had done that. Specifically, do you get the 10 free elite nights from the regular card plus the 15 when opening the Premier card (and closing the regular account)?
First of all, from a Pats' fan, congratulations on a great and well-deserved victory!
I don't recall that I got the 10+15, but I know since I get 15 nights a year. But that really isn't the biggest benefit for me -- it's the 5 points for every dollar of Marriott spending and 2 points for airlines.
I wouldn't go back in a minute.
I suppose you are considered a new Chase card member when you switch so my guess would be that you're going to get 15 elite qualifying nights when you upgrade. I have the Premier card and have racked many points at Marriott and now with the accelerator (every $3K spent on anything equals an elite night) it is even more lucrative for me. I find their customer service to be good as well. When my Marriott Rewards number was stolen and used persons unknown I had a new card from them in less than three days!
There is a toll-free number you can call on the back of your current card to ask. With the new credit card laws going in place in the US you might find that the ability to upgrade is now harder than before. A friend with a high FICO score was rejected recently, not for this cars, but another.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal compared elite credit cards on three metrics. Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX was seen as the best, but "may not be widely accepted overseas," quite a "but."
Good luck and good upgrading--the card works well for me.
You will not receive the nights from both cards, but you will receive the 15 nights from the Premier card as they will give you whatever is the maximum. Also you will receive more points for each dollar you spend with the Premier card. You will receive just one e-certificate as well.