For those of you that have the "regular" Marriott credit card, I strongly encourage you to get the Premier card. The annual fee is a little higher, but you more than make up for it in bonus points and one free night a year (category 1-5).
I second that...the free night and bonus points well make up for the fee.
In general I agree but after my recent experiences with not getting points posted as Marriott and not being able to use my Marriott anniversary night, I have started using my Amex Delta Skymiles Reserve Card wherever it is taken. When it's not I use either the Amex card or my Sapphire card. But I am a lot less enthusiastic than I used to be about the MR Premier card -- it's just not delivering -- or the people on the other end who are supposed to report correctly are not doing so.
Sorry you've had these problems recently.
So far (been with MR 2 years & am gold) I've gotten great benefits & have had all my points posted correctly. Just got my first 1-5 free night certificate -- so I'll see what happens when I try to book a room using it. Am sorry that it expires after 6 months, rather than a year, as I'm pretty well booked through March 2013. But I'm sure I'll find a way to fit it in.
I agree. It is a better deal. I have had it for a long time.
Love the card and the extra benefits... So they have been a little late processing bonus... Still better than getting my arrival gift points to post on a regular basis... Two thumbs up on the card...
I upgraded to the Premier card and along with the extra points you get the most significant benefit was not having any foreign transaction fees. An example of this benefit, $3000 purchases, charges and the foreign transactions fees are 3 to 4% which would have added another $90 to$120 to my charges. There are other good benefits, but this one was important to me as we have done foreign travel a couple times each year for the last several years. Remember, not to take any cash advances (these are loans instantly).
I too love my Premier card, for all reasons mentioned by everyone. Could not have earned near the wonderful Marriott benefits that I've enjoyed without it. I have been fortunate to have all of my points and nights earned post very fast. Have never had an issue using my free night certs, but then I always book fairly well in advance.
Planning in advance seems to help.
Normally I plan everything months in advance, but they changed the time of my flight from Portland (two hours drive) from about noon to 7am.
I have had that happen before too. It throws everything out of wack.
Yep. I've decided to get up at 2:30am and on the road by 3:15am because I just won't use points to stay in Maine. But fortunately, with all the legs of my flight, it may make me sleep better before I get to Hawaii. And I just found out my USCellular service includes Hawaii as normal roaming fees. I rarely get or make calls, but still it's good to know!
Have a great trip to Hawaii!
I know it's a short trip, but any side excursions planned like going to the Arizona Memorial?
If you have to go through all that, at least you are going to a wonderful place to relax and enjoy.
prof -- you and I may be the only two Insiders who have US Cellular, but I can say from experience that I had great service on Oahu -- all corners and sides. Have a great trip!
Super ideas, everyone! BTW, I love US Cellular -- they have some of the best customer service of any company I've dealt with.
I leave home in just under 11 hours, so I better go to sleep now...
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