So…I’ve carried a Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card for a while now. It has a reasonable list of benefits that more than pay for the annual fee of the card, recently increased to $85 dollars per year. Those benefits include:
- Enjoy up to 7 Free Nights To Start!
- New! Smart Chip Technology and No Foreign Transaction Fees!
- Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Marriott® locations
- Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies & restaurants
- Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on other purchases
- Receive 1 free night stay after account approval and each year upon account anniversary
- Cardmembers achieve Silver Elite status with 15 nights credit toward Elite status
The biggest benefit other than elite stay credit is an annual category 1-5 certificate. That alone covers the annual fee in my book. Do note that the certificate you receive at account opening is for category 1-4 hotels. Then you receive a 1-5 certificate each account anniversary. On the other hand, the annual fee is waived for the first year, a fair enough trade in my opinion. Currently, the card is available and offering 50,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after your first $1,000 dollars in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
As I said earlier, I’ve carried the card for some time. I received an email the other day from Chase, marketing its new Marriott Cardmember homepage. I took a look at it, and noticed that the Premier Card had a new look. Mostly all black with silver lettering and numbers….and an EMV chip. I thought “what the heck?” and decided to send Chase an email. I noted that I’d seen the new marketing materials depicting a card with an EMV chip and asked if I could have my card issued with one. The next day, I received a reply advising that a new card was on its way. It arrived in yesterday’s mail and has a look and feel shockingly similar to my Chase Sapphire Preferred card, right down to the non-raised numbers, though they are on the front of the Marriott card as opposed to the back of the Sapphire card. And of course, it now includes an EMV chip.
Chip and signature, not Chip & PIN, but I guess it’s a start. Just thought I’d put it out there that if you are carrying the Chase Marriott Premier Credit Card, you can request to have a card with an EMV chip sent to you. If this has been available for a while, I did not know it. I’ll see if the card works during my upcoming European adventure, and will let you know if I have any difficulty using it. I’ll be keeping extra cash with me just in case.