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Want to win a free stay at a Marriott hotel in some exotic locale? Well, you’re in luck. More than 4,000 Marriott properties in 90 countries are taking part in the 1,000 Nights of Summer Sweepstakes, offering a free night to 1,000 lucky winners.
If you’re a Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card member, you’ll have improved odds of winning because you’ll be entered for a chance to win that free night every time you swipe your card through June 30. Of course, you’ll have to register at the 1,000 Nights of Summer website first. That’s also where Marriott Rewards members who don’t have a Premier card can enroll.
But you’re not a Marriott Rewards member? That’s OK. You can sign up for free at marriott.com/rewards and then register for the sweepstakes by entering your name, mailing address and other information on the 1000 Nights site above.
Keep in mind, if you’re a Premier card member that only purchases through U.S. merchants count as entries. ATM transactions, cash advances and balance transfers do not qualify.
The winners will be randomly picked from the entries on or about July 20, and winners will receive an e-certificate deposited into their Marriott Rewards account a few weeks after the drawing. The prize doesn’t include transportation to or from the hotel and must be used within six months.
Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
If this sweepstakes has you wondering if you should apply for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card (read our review here), here’s what you need to know.
New cardholders can receive 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. You can earn another 7,500 bonus points for adding an authorized user and making a purchase within the first three months of account opening. Keep in mind that top-tier Marriott properties can require as many as 45,000 points per night for an award, which doesn’t include Ritz-Carlton hotels, which can charge as many as 70,000 points per award night. Still, the signup bonus is enough for a free night on its own, even if you don’t win the sweepstakes.
The card also offers five points per $1 spent at Marriott International and Starwood Preferred Guest properties (you can transfer points between programs), which include the Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Sheraton, Westin and several other brands. You earn double points for purchases from airlines, rental car agencies and restaurants, and one point per $1 for all other charges.
Points can be used for hotel stays and other travel rewards. There’s an $85 annual fee for this card. You can compare this card with other rewards credit cards using our expert guide on rewards credit cards.
Aside from taking part in the sweepstakes, the card might be a good choice for anyone who stays frequently at the above hotel brands. The card can also help get you to Elite Status in the Marriott Rewards program faster. Remember, it’s mostly for those with good to excellent credit, so you may want to check two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com before applying.
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