MrMosby wrote:I'd look at the Ritz Carlton as well, higher annual fee - but also 70K points and you get Airline Incidentals, Status at Marriott, it's even more metal than the Marriott card, Concierge, Lounge PASS, etc.
That would be a great card for someone who travels allot AND stays in their hotels or partner hotels frequently. I am lucky to get on a plan once a year and only stay in hotels three or four times per year. I wouldn't be able to recoup the annual fee. For anyone that does travel allot and stays in hotels allot the card seems like a great deal. Kind of like a bit of the Amex Plat and a program card for the Ritz Carlton rolled into one but for less than Amex's $450 fee.
I ended up applying for the Marriott card since I stay in at least three hotels per year and there is always a Marriott (or a partner brand) in each of the cities I travel too. I didn't realize it until last night but I've already been staying in one of their hotels at least once a year already. Sometimes two or three times. So, recouping the annual fee won't be a problem and the 70,000 bonus points made it a no brainer. I was approved with a credit limit of $20k.