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Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Now Has EMV Chip-and-Sign

by on October 31, 2012

We’re pleased to report the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card now features an EMV chip, making it even more attractive to frequent international travelers. EMV credit cards are now standard Western Europe, Canada and parts of Africa and Asia, to the point where some merchants don’t accept the traditional American magnetic stripe cards. With its chip-and-signature technology, the Marriott Rewards Premier increases the chance that your card will be accepted overseas.

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  • For a limited time, earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in Category 1-4 locations
  • Receive 1 additional free night stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, thereafter $85
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point elsewhere
  • Receive 15 credits toward your next Elite membership level after account opening and every year after your account anniversary
  • Unlimited Point Accumulation
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees and global Chip and Signature technology
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  • No foreign transaction fee
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  • Has annual fee
  • Needs excellent credit
Annual Fee Signup Bonus APR , Variable* APR Promotions
$0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year, then $85 Earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening. 15.99% (Variable) Purchase: None
Transfer: None

EMV update aside, the Marriott Rewards Premier is a superior rewards card for frequent travelers and Marriott stayers. Premier cardholders get a signup bonus of Earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening. upon spending $1,000 in the first three months, one free night stay upon account approval and a 15-night credit toward Elite status. In addition, you’ll be gifted a free night stay each year upon account anniversary. You can offset the $85 annual fee (waived the first year) with the free night stay, alone, and get to enjoy the above-average signup bonus coupled with outstanding perks. And, perhaps the best perk of all? Absolutely no foreign transaction fees, which will save all you wayfarers, on average, 3%.

All that’s without mention of rewards rates. As far as rewards, you’ll get 5 points per dollar spent at the Marriott; 2 points per dollar spent on airlines, car rentals and restaurants; and the standard point-per-dollar rate elsewhere. The Marriott Rewards Premier was a stellar option already, but, with the introduction of EMV chip technology, the offer is one globetrotters and Marriott frequenters can’t refuse.

Not a Marriott guest? Check out our list of no foreign transaction fee cards and EMV credit cards to see more travel-friendly offers.

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