With a credit card, you can carry a balance and accrue interest if necessary. Note this is not advised by me. The points game does not work well, if you are carrying a balance and accruing interest. See #4 Let’s Get Started To Earning Free Travel.
Earn 50,000 BONUS REWARDS POINTS after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. APPLY FOR THE CARD HERE. And for a limited time, there is an 80,000 point bonus offer!
You also receive 1 FREE NIGHT STAY TO START at a Category 1-4 location after account approval.
1. Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at over 3,800 Marriott locations, including Marriott’s luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton and since the merger, Starwood resorts too.
3. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases made with your card
Pay no foreign transaction fees when you use your card on purchases made outside the United States.
After account approval and every year after account anniversary, you get 15 credits toward your next Elite membership level. In addition, you get 1 Elite credit for every $3,000 spent. Depending on your Elite level (silver, gold or platinum), you can enjoy even more advantages, including room upgrades, bonus points/miles and special discounts. You can read about Marriott Elite Status here.