I have made it very clear I am not a Marriott fan. I am not pleased that my favorite SPG hotels are being slurped up soon by Marriott CORP. At the same time that move has caused me to check out Hyatt for the first time ever and I am enjoying that experience. But folks, when Chase is willing to offer me, after spending $3000 and adding an AU or authorized user and they make a purchase, over 90,000 points I would be foolish to say no<-LINK.
After all, I need to start thinking about next year’s Utah Ski trip and with this many points, for just the $85 fee for the card, I will be able to pay for a week of lodging for only a few dollars a day. That kind of travel match just works for me. I will be applying for this card later today!
EDIT: I was approved today but only after applying and then calling the Chase reconsideration line & moving some credit lines around: (888) 245-0625
The other card I would go for, if I did not already hold it already, is the current 60,000 point Chase INK Plus card<-LINK. I think everyone on the planet agrees Ultimate Rewards points, with their many outstanding transfer partners or the ability to book with 1.25 cents each in value, makes the current bonus offer after spending $5000 a great value.
Both of these cards are also smart to consider NOW because it seems soon Chase is putting an end to those of us who go for many cards a year (a.k.a. churners). For cards like the Chase Sapphire there already is in place the “5/24 rule”. That is, if you have got more than 5 cards, FROM ANY BANK, in the past 24 months then Chase is simply going to tell you no to that card as well as others issued directly from Chase. Word on the street is in March the same happens to business cards like INK and next up after that will be co-branded cards like the Marriott card (and others).
I hold a bunch of Chase cards. I LOVE my IHG card and have held it for years. If you have been looking at ANY Chase business or co-branded cards, NOW would be a good time to consider going for them if you are the type of person who is not willing to wait 2 years between credit card applications! – René