Marriott Rewards Credit Card Review

Review of: Marriott Rewards® Credit Card

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On November 13, 2010
Last modified:August 1, 2013


With 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 during the first 3 months of account opening and 2 free night stays after account approval, the Marriott Rewards is one of the best hotel rewards cards available.

Owning a travel rewards credit card and more specifically a hotel rewards credit card is necessary for two types of people.  First, there’s the business person who uses their personal credit card for all travel arrangements and spends most of their time on the road.  Then there’s the family traveler or retired traveler, who spends their time visiting the world’s greatest treasures.  If either of these people sound like you, the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card may be exactly what you’re looking for.

The Marriott Rewards Credit Card is perfect for those looking to stay in hotels on a frequent basis.  Cardholders earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 during the first 3 months of account opening. As an added bonus, this card will dispense two more free nights, good for any stay at a category 1-4 hotel, again just for signing up.  Combined, these bonuses allow you to stay six nights free at a category 1 location or five nights free at a category 2 location right after your first purchase is made.

The Marriott Rewards® Credit Card offers a $0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $45.  The purchase APR is quite reasonable when compared with other travel rewards credit cards.

Earning Rewards

The rewards program for the Marriott Rewards Credit Card is straightforward and extremely beneficial for travelers:

  • 3 points for every dollar spent at over 3,600 Marriott locations
  • 1 point for every dollar spent on all other purchases

Achieve Elite Status Faster

One of the often forgotten benefits of a travel card is the ability to earn elevated status faster. With the Marriott Rewards credit card, you can achieve Elite status faster in two ways:

  • 10 Nights Credit toward your next Elite membership level every year upon account anniversary

With 10 nights credit, you qualify for Silver Elite status, which, among other things, gets you a 20% bonus on earning points.

One of the traps of a credit card is its allure and even though the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card is an excellent credit card to own, it’s not for everyone.  This offer is available for a limited time, so to apply (excellent credit required for approval), select any link contained within this post.

You can get more details about this card and apply online at

Published or Updated: August 1, 2013
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. You did a nice job laying out the full benefits of Mariotts credit card. I can see advantages of signing up for one for those who makes frequent travel. Free 4 night stay sounds very tempting as well… How many points equals to 4 night stay?

  2. Shannon says:

    I’ve never seen a category 1 Marriott. Category 3 or 4 is the lowest I’ve ever found on their and that was for a Fairfield property. I’m going to Europe next summer and it’s costing 210,000 points for one week. Since I spend about $5,000 a month on my credit card, that took just shy of 4 years to earn.

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