Timing certainly is a funny thing. I spent a few days in Canada last week, and I charged items to both my Marriott Rewards Premier VISA card as well as my Starwood Amex. Charges posted to both accounts, and I took a look at the activity online. At first, neither had international transaction fees. Then after a day or two, the Amex card’s fees popped up. The VISA fees never posted. I considered it lucky, and I didn’t think much of it, but I saw over at The Points Guy today that Chase has announced that the Marriott Rewards Premier VISA no longer has international transaction fees. WOOT!
I love my Marriott Rewards Premier card. In addition to the initial sign-up bonus, I get the following perks:
- A certificate for a free night at a category 5 hotel every year upon the card anniversary
- 15 nights credit toward Elite status every year upon the card anniversay
- Every $3000 I spend, they give me another elite night (and yes, these count toward lifetime status)
- 5 points per $1 spent at Marriott
- 2 points per $1 spent on airline, dining and rental car purchases
- 1 point per $1 spent elsewhere
- If you redeem 7 nights at a category 7 or 8 property, they’ll give you 15,000 points back
Having no annual fee really sweetens the deal. Like I said, timing really couldn’t be any better. Not only was I in Canada last week, but I’m off to China next week. In September, I’ll be visiting Stockholm, Zurich, Budapest, and Prague. I’m glad to not get stuck with international fees out there! This is a great perk to make the card even more compelling. I’m a big fan of Marriott rewards, and I especially love redeeming for their gift cheques!