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Possible to Upgrade to Premier Card?

Possible to Upgrade to Premier Card?

 
Old Feb 12, 12, 10:18 am
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Possible to Upgrade to Premier Card?

I just got off the phone with card services, and they indicated I'd have to apply for the Premier card, rather than simply upgrading my existing signature card. I'd prefer not to open another credit card at this time, and I've read where opening a new one and closing your old results in lost points from your last statement.

Has anyone had success in simply upgrading the existing account, and if so, how did you go about accomplishing that?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 12, 12, 11:43 am
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I contacted Chase through their online message center about the same thing. This was their response about three weeks ago:

I have reviewed the account and can confirm that it does
qualify to be product traded to the Premier status
. I have
included the Premier information for your review. If,
after reviewing the information, you decide to change to
the Premier status, please contact us to make the request.


Below I have included some information about the Chase
Marriott Rewards Premier program. You can also find
information about the benefits this card offers online at
www.chase.com/marriott.

Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature:

? $85 Annual Fee
? 1 point for every $1.00 spent in purchases
? 2 points for every $1.00 spent on airlines,
rental cars and dining purchases
? 5 points for every $1.00 spent at Marriott
Rewards locations
? No Annual Cap
? Receive 15 nights stays towards the next
Elite status level each anniversary
? Receive a category 1-5 Free Night Stay
Certificate each anniversary
? No foreign transaction fees billed on
international purchases made with the card

Your account number or Annual Percentage Rate (APR) will
not change with this upgrade. Within 60 days of the
upgrade being processed you will receive a partial credit
for the unused portion of the $30 annual fee, if
applicable, and the new annual fee of $85 will be billed
to the account. Because enrollment bonuses are one per
Marriott Rewards cardmember and not per account the trade
would not qualify for any enrollment bonuses.


If you agree to the new annual fee you can either respond
directly to this email or call the number on the back of
your card to process your upgrade.

If you have any further questions, please reply using the
Secure Message Center.
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Old Feb 12, 12, 12:13 pm
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Have you had the existing card for less than one year? I believe they cannot convert new card accounts to products with higher annual fees for the first year from account opening.
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Old Feb 12, 12, 1:39 pm
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Is it worth it without the sign-up bonus? I don't see the value.
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Old Feb 12, 12, 1:48 pm
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I converted mine about two years ago with no problems.
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Old Feb 12, 12, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
Have you had the existing card for less than one year? I believe they cannot convert new card accounts to products with higher annual fees for the first year from account opening.
I think I may be about a month shy of my 1 year anniversary.

I see it as worth the upgrade for the additional points on cars, flights, as well as additional points at Marriott. This card is my primary card for work-related travel, so I believe the extra points are well worth it. Given the per diem system, the annual fee is usually covered for me as long as I don't eat like a pig, not to mention the value of a Cat 5 cert.
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Old Feb 13, 12, 7:49 am
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Originally Posted by AllanAtlanta View Post
Is it worth it without the sign-up bonus? I don't see the value.
You get 5 additional night credts per year over the non premier card,
5 points per dollar vs. 3 for spending at Marriott, and
a Cat 1-5 free night certificate annually.

Whether that is worth it or not depends on you and your circumstances.
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Old Feb 13, 12, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by DCA13 View Post
I see it as worth the upgrade for the additional points on cars, flights, as well as additional points at Marriott.
I think the previous poster was trying to say that with an upgrade, you may be missing out on any sign-up bonuses which can be sizeable (i.e. 50K bonus miles, etc.)

Of course in your case, if there are credit rating issues due to getting a new card that may over-ride the sign-up bonuses, then you may be better off trying to get that card upgrade.

Originally Posted by bobtray View Post
Whether that is worth it or not depends on you and your circumstances.
Definitely agree with this statement. It all depends on the OPs specific situation.
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