Upcoming changes to the Marriott Rewards Business and Ritz-Carlton Rewards cards released

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Chase and Marriott have announced several upcoming changes to the Marriott Rewards Premier Business card and the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card. The changes, which go into effect on Aug. 26, 2018, include increased rewards rates and additional bonus spending categories, as well as the removal of some benefits.

Marriott Rewards Premier Business card changes at a glance:

New card name: The Marriott Rewards Premier Business card will be referred to as the Marriott Premier Plus Business card. Existing cardholders will begin seeing the updated name on their billing statements as of Aug. 26, 2018.

Increased rewards rate: The card will offer 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott properties; 4 points per dollar at gas stations and restaurants, and for shipping, internet, cable and phone services purchases; and 2 points per dollar on general purchases.

Free night certificate: Instead of redeeming your annual free night at a category 1-5 hotel, the certificate can be used on properties costing up to 35,000 points per night.

Earn Gold status faster: The new offer will let cardholders reach Gold status after $35,000 spend. Currently, Gold status requires $50,000 spend.

Elite status credit: The card will no longer offer 1 credit toward elite status for every $3,000 spent. 

If you currently have a Marriott Rewards Premier Business card, you will continue to use your current card until it expires or needs to be replaced.

Comparing Marriott Rewards Premier Business card offers

Thanks to the increased rewards rate and additional spend categories, the updated Marriott Premier Plus Business card will offer a higher rewards value in the first year than the current offer. See how the two offers compare side-by-side in the table below.

  Current offer Upcoming offer
Rewards rate
  • 5 points per dollar at participating Marriott properties
  • 2 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airline, car rentals, restaurants, office supplies, internet, cable and phone services
  • 1 point per dollar on general purchases
  • 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott properties, including SPG and Ritz-Carlton
  • 4 points per dollar at gas stations and restaurants, and for shipping, internet, cable and phone services purchases
  • 2 points per dollar on general purchases
Sign-up bonus 80,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months 80,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
Annual fee $99 $99
Other benefits
  • Annual free night stay at category 1-5 hotel
  • Automatic Silver status
  • Earn Gold status after $50,000 spend
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual free night certificate at properties costing up to 35,000 points per night
  • Automatic Silver status
  • Earn Gold status after $35,000 spend
  • Free in-room internet
  • No foreign transaction fees

Ritz-Carlton Rewards card changes

Similarly, beginning Aug. 26, 2018, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card will increase its rewards rate and add bonus spending categories. However, the card will also discontinue some travel benefits, such as trip cancellation coverage. 

Here are the Ritz-Carlton updates at a glance:

New card art: The updated Ritz-Carlton Rewards card will feature a new design.

Increased rewards rate: Cardholders will earn 6 points per dollar at participating Ritz-Carlton, Marriott and SPG hotels; 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airline, car rentals and restaurants; and 2 points per dollar on general purchases

Free night certificate: Cardholders will receive a free night certificate that can be used on properties costing up to 50,000 points per night.

Automatic Gold status: Instead of requiring $10,000 spend annually (after the first year) to receive Gold status, cardholders will receive Gold status automatically.

Annual bonus removed: Cardholders will no longer receive a 10 percent bonus on points earned.

Removal of some coverage: The card will no longer offer price protection, return protection, trip cancellation or trip interruption coverage.

Comparing Ritz-Carlton card offers

See how the offers stack up side-by-side:

  Current offer Upcoming offer
Rewards rate
  • 5 points per dollar at participating Ritz-Carlton, Marriott and SPG hotels
  • 2 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airline, car rentals and restaurants
  • 1 point per dollar on general purchases
  • 6 points per dollar at participating Ritz-Carlton, Marriott and SPG hotels
  • 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airline, car rentals and restaurants
  • 2 points per dollar on general purchases
Sign-up bonus
  • 2 complimentary nights at any participating tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • 10,000 points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
  • 2 complimentary nights at any participating tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • 10,000 points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
Annual fee $450 $450
Other benefits
  • 10% bonus on points earned
  • Purchase and return protection
  • Trip cancellation protection
  • $300 annual travel credit
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $100 Global Entry application credit
  • Free night certificate
  • Automatic Gold status
  • Free in-room internet
  • $300 annual travel credit
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $100 Global Entry application credit

More changes to come

Beginning in 2019, cardholders will earn 15 night credits toward Elite status each calendar year – which cannot be stacked among multiple cards.

Additionally, Marriott plans to introduce a new award chart for free nights. Standard redemption rates for hotel categories 1 through 7 will go live in August 2018, while peak, off-peak and category 8 redemption rates will launch in 2019.

Upcoming free night award chart

Free night award chart

To preview a sampling of hotel redemption rates, click here. A full list of hotels and redemption categories will be unveiled at a future date.

See related: Marriott is launching a new loyalty program in August, Upgraded World of Hyatt card debuts with 60,000-point bonus 


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Updated: 09-22-2018