Patcell87 wrote:Whenever looking into a Marriott stay it is almost alway a better deal to book through Chase and get the 20% off point redemption than to transfer to my Marriott account.
I didn't even consider the annual free night... That makes the Marriott card almost a no brainer...
Chase can charge inflated prices on travel when you book through UR. Consider booking through Marriott.com, paying 'cash' with the CSP instead of Marriott or UR points, and save those URs for Hyatt transfers.
Before you get the Marriott card, make sure you actually can use the free night by verifying a possible trip includes a Cat 1-4 location. In my research, Marriott is a bit guilty of 'category inflation'.