For anyone wanting the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card:
There is a 70,000 point sign-up bonus offer on the Marriott website once you create and sign into your account! (don't use the 50k offer on the Chase website)
I applied yesterday and was instantly approved for mine with the 50,000 point bonus offer through Chase with my highest CL yet on 30k income. I was instantly upset seeing a 70,000 point offer on the Marriott website now and today called Chase to see if I could get that instead. It was my fault for not looking around (but the 70k offer only seems to be available on the Marriott website as I didn't see it elsewhere) and Chase still took care of me. They've sent the request to marketing and said it should get approved. Chase has been the best to me with little things like this (also all 3 people I talked to were American) and that is one reason why I will continue to use their CSP daily.
Card has an $85 annual fee.
My reasons for signing up:
1) Free hotel each year which cancels out the annual fee and then some (already a no brainer, although this is only good for the first 6 months every year so with my December application I can use this free hotel December through May but that shouldn't be an issue)
2) 70,000 point sign-up bonus means if you stay in the category 1 Marriott hotels that could be up to 10 free nights the first year without expiration (4-5 free nights for category 3 or so)
3) Card is metal
If you like staying in these hotels I don't see a single reason NOT to sign up for this card. It will probably save me over $500 this year alone. I hope this helps someone who's thinking about applying.
Chase is overnighting my card as well