Correction: There is a 5,000 point bonus for adding an authorized user and having the user make a purchase in the first 3 months. I missed it in the offer details.
I got this offer in the mail recently:
The offer is is for 50,000 points + 5,000 points for adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase in the first 3 months + a $200 Marriott gift card for spending $3000 in the first 3 months. Annual fee of $85 is waived the first year.
Comparing to the other offers we have seen recently:
- 70,000 points + 7,500 points for authorized user + waived annual fee
- 80,000 points + 7,500 points for authorized user + annual fee of $85 not waived
If we compare this offer to the first offer, which I believe is a better offer than the second given the value of Marriott points, we are trading 20,500 (because we earn at least 2,000 points when using the $200 gift card) Marriott points for a $200 Marriott gift card.
Since I value Marriott points between 0.5 to 0.7 cents per point, we are trading $102.5-$143.5 for a $200 Marriott gift card + 2000 Marriott points when you spend the gift card (or none if you sell the gift card off.) Depending on your personal likelihood to pay for Marriott stays, this might actually be worth it!
The link to the application is at marriottrewards.com/giftcardoffer