Recently we wrote about the 100,000 sign up bonus on the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Card. This card comes with a $95 annual fee, an annual free night (up to 35,000 point hotel), and it earns 6x back for all of your Marriott purchases. While the point offer itself it pretty good, if you would prefer, there is an alternative offer.
If you apply by clicking here, you can see the alternative offer. The alternative offer gives you two nights at a Marriott hotel (up to a 35,000 point per nice room), $200 in statement credit, and the annual fee is waived in the first year. In order to receive this offer, you must spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening the account.
Other than the sign up bonus, the card acts in exactly the same way as the regular one. I’m not too sure about this offer. Personally, I think 100,000 points is just a better sign up bonus than having two nights. Having the points in one lump sum just means you’re in a much better position to use them as you wish. With the two free nights, you are forced to use the nights within one year. That may not sound like such a big deal for a hotel credit card, but I just prefer the option to do so.
If you did the math though, technically this is a better offer than the 100,000 point offer. If you use the two free nights at hotels that cost 35,000 points per night, you would be looking at a 70,000 point value. If we convert the $200 into Marriott points, it would be worth 25,000 points (if we used 0.8 cents per point, TPG). Finally, the $95 is not waived the first year on the normal 100,000 point offer.
The best part about this offer is that it actually requires $2,000 less in spend to hit than the 100,000 point offer. If you have a good idea for a redemption, then this is the offer to take! The important thing to remember is those free nights expire after 1 year, so make sure to use them wisely. If you don’t have any travel in mind, or you don’t think you’ll using the free nights within 1 year, then the 100,000 point offer might be a better proposition.
What do you think of this alternative sign up bonus? Is this the smarter play vs the 100,000 point sign up bonus? Let us know below!