Marriott is sending out targeted offers for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa with the largest sign-up bonus I have ever seen on this card. There are several different offers being sent out, but the one I received this morning was for 80,000 bonus points after making $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.
I got this card a few years ago for 70,000 bonus points which was previously the largest I’ve seen. The spending requirement is a little higher than previous offers which have typically been $1,000 but for 80,000 points it would be worth the increase spending if not for one caveat.
This offer has one major difference, the $85 annual fee is NOT waived the 1st year. Most all the offers I have seen in the past have waived the fee the 1st year including the 50k, 60k, & even the 70k offers. In fact, it looks like Marriott also sent out a different targeted version of this offer today for 70,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in 3 months and the annual fee IS waived the 1st year. Not having the annual fee waived the 1st year is a deal breaker for me. I don’t see the extra 10,000 points as being worth the $85.
If desperately need the extra 10,000 points then go for it. Otherwise I would stick with this publicly available offer of 70,000 points after $1,000 in spending with the annual fee waived the 1st year.