Q. I can't get the 70K offer link to work. How do I get this offer?
A. There is a 70K offer for $2K spend over 3 months, available only to those already holding elite status with Marriott. You will not be able to reach the application page unless you are already logged into your Marriott account. Landing page; application.
The best general offer available as of 11/21/14 is 50K for $1000 in spend over 3 months. (Landing page; application.)
As of 11/21/14, the unrestricted 70K offers formerly available at the links below are all dead:
[from philemer]If you churn this card be aware that you will probably NOT get the initial free night more than once but you should get the 70K points. This is from personal experience, and results from the fact that the points are awarded by Chase (which allows churning over the long haul), but the free night award comes from Marriott (which restricts it to once per Marriott account).
Q. Are there bonuses for signing up for the Marriott Rewards program itself?
A. Yes. There are two publicly available offers for new members to the Marriott Rewards program itself:
If you think it's possible you will have any paid Marriott stays after you join, you should sign up for one of these offers before applying for the credit card. Make sure you give your new Marriott Rewards number on the credit card application, to tie the offers together.
Programs: AA EXP, Marriott PLAT, Starwood PLT, Hilton Silver
Great find OP! I was thinking about applying to the 50K card with a $75 credit I saw in another thread but I think I'll take 20K extra MR points over $75 anytime. Damn I really need to plan out my next churn.