Marriott and United Credit Card Offers

Chase United

I posted about a week ago that a new United 60,000 mile credit card offer was going to be coming out at the beginning of October.  According to threads I’ve been reading, it looks like this is going to be pushed back to November.  I’ll keep you posted.

Chase Marriott

There is a new offer for the Chase Marriott Visa.  I’ve never had this card so I can’t speak to how good the offer is.  The way I decide if I want to apply for an offer is: 1) Is this an incredible offer (like the British Airways 100,000 mile offer that we saw earlier this year) 2) Is it a decent offer that I could use soon.  With all the great offers coming out, I’ve being very selective with which ones I apply for.  I’ve found that I’ve accumulated so many miles, that I don’t need any for travel for the next 2 -  4 years.  This Marriott offer seems pretty decent, but I don’t think I’ll be applying for it soon.  I’ve applied for too many Chase cards lately and I want to make sure if another incredible Chase offer comes out, I’ll be able to get it.  Here are the details of the Marriott offer:

  • 50,000 miles after first use (I love when there is no spending requirement)
  • 1 Free Night at a category 1 – 4 hotel upon approval
  • No foreign transaction fees (nice if you’re doing a lot of overseas travel)
  • No annual fee the first year ($85/year after the first year)
  • 1 Free Night at a category 1 – 5 hotel on each anniversary (i.e. you get this after you’ve had the card for 1 year and every other anniversary of having of the card – this could make up for having to pay the annual fee each year)
  • There are other benefits which you can read about on the offer page; these are the big benefits.

And on a side note, I got my Chase Sapphire card and used it for the first time this week.  I’ve read about how some other bloggers really like this card because it makes you seem like a high roller.  The card looks and feels different than any other card that I have.  The credit card number is on the back of the card, keeping the front clean looking.  And it’s heavier than other cards.  I’m not sure what it’s made out of but you can tell the difference.  I told my husband about how other bloggers liked this card for those reasons and we both thought no one would tell the difference with the card.  But I kid you not, the first time I used the card, the waitress at the restaurant said to me, “I’ve never seen a card as heavy as this one.”  Very bizarre.  Obviously, that’s not a reason to keep a card, but it was funny.  Personally, I will probably keep the card because you can transfer points from Chase Freedom to Chase Sapphire and then on to airlines.  We’ll see how I feel when it’s time to pay an annual fee.

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