New Marriott Premier Rewards Business Card – No Elite Douple Dip

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Marriott has two personal credit cards, a regular and a ‘Premier.’ Until recently they were only offering a regular business card with no corresponding premier business card. Now the Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card has launched and it is quite similar to the personal Premier card.

Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

Highlights:

Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card:

  • 50,000 point sign-up bonus with $1,000 spend
  • Category 1-4 cert with account opening, valid for 6 months
  • Anniversary category 1-5 cert, valid for 6 months
  • $99 annual fee waived first year
  • 5/2/1 points per dollar on Marriott/”airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies, restaurants, office supply stores, and for Internet, cable and phone services purchases”/everything else
  • 15 elite credits per year, good for Silver status, BUT, from the terms, “Only one Marriott Rewards Credit Card account per Rewards member (Rewards member must be the primary cardmember on that account) is eligible for the 15 Nights Elite credit award.”
  • 1 elite credit per $3,000 spend, no limit
  • No foreign transaction fees

The old business card has the same language excluding multiple 15 elite credits per year. I was hoping the new card would allow a double-dip. Too bad.

The old card has a slightly different sign-up bonus with less points but an extra cert, so for those focusing on the sign-up bonus exclusively, that card may be more attractive.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card:

  • 30,000 point sign-up bonus with $1,000 spend
  • 2 category 1-4 certs with account opening, valid for 6 months
  • No anniversary cert
  • $49 annual fee waived first year
  • 3/1 points per dollar on Marriott/everything else
  • 10 elite credits per year
  • 1 elite credit per $3,000 spend, no limit
  • 3% foreign transaction fee

If you want just one Marriott credit card: the personal Premier is probably the better option. There are sign-up offers for 70,000 points plus cert, the annual fee is $85 versus $99 and all you give up is the category bonuses for “restaurants, office supply stores, and for Internet, cable and phone services purchases” for which you probably have a more lucrative card anyway.

If you want two Marriott credit cards: you will get both bonuses and annual certs, just not annual 15 elite credits x 2. Since all the certs are only valid for 6 months, it can make sense to coordinate both cards to have the certs in sync. My wife and I both have the personal cards and our anniversary is almost exactly 6 months apart which makes the certs useless for combined weekend stays.

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  • Nick

    These Cat 1-5 Certs are worth about $75. I have enough of them.

  • PedroNY

    FYI, your description states $3k needed in spend, the website that you link to states $1k in 3 months.

    Cheers,

    PedroNY

  • @PedroNY – thanks, I have made the correction.

  • MileHunter

    About not being able to combined certs with them having only 6 months expiry date. I can confirm that if you call towards the expiry date, certs can be extended for additional 6 months as long as you have some decent usage activity on the Marriott credit card.

  • How do you know you won’t get double elite credit? I wouldn’t trust the word of someone on the phone: not that they would lie, but it would be unlikely that they would really know

  • @Nick – I have found two uses for the certs in my travels that puts the value about $100-120 for me. Each year we go to Iowa City to visit family on Labor Day where the hotels are pricey with a Hawkeyes football game, so we get about $100-150 value out of the certs for comparable 3-star hotels. and perhaps others with US small-town needs may find similar when alternatives like Priceline/Hotwire may not have great deals either.

    The other is that for reasons of which I am unaware, many Middle East hotels are very low category. I was in Qatar for a night in April and the Doha Marriott typically runs $200+, as do many hotels in Doha, yet is only a category 2. This pattern holds throughout the region, so travelers there can do well with the certs. Other regions of the world I have not seen much value, particularly Europe when many of the few Marriott properties are higher than category 5.

  • @Frequent Miler – I have not called anyone. I referred to the official Offer Details for each of their cards which explicitly exclude it.

    RECEIVE 15 CREDITS: Please allow 6 to 8 weeks from account open date and account anniversary date every year for the 15 nights to be credited to your Marriott Rewards® account. To qualify for the anniversary 15 nights Elite status credit, your account must be open and not in default on your account anniversary date. Only one Marriott Rewards Credit Card account per Rewards member (Rewards member must be the primary cardmember on that account) is eligible for the 15 Nights Elite credit award. Chase is not responsible for offer fulfillment or the provision of or failure to provide the stated benefits and services.

    I have not personally tested or seen verified reports one way or another, worth an experiment.

  • @MileHunter – good to know…I suppose $10/year in activity in my case is not decent. 🙂

  • Peter S

    @Frequent Miler I also read from flyertalk double dipping on 15 night credit wouldn’t work, but that was for have 2 personal Marriott card or one personal and one “none-premier” business card. I really wanted to test this out myself with the new premier business card but haven’t have to opportunity yet. Hope some one else can Chime in.

  • @Peter S – they have the exact same terms as for the non-premier business card so if it hasn’t worked in the past I think it unlikely to work with the new card. I may get the card in the fall to test, I want my certs to line up.