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The Best Marriott Credit Cards of 2022

With over 8,300 hotels worldwide, Marriott Bonvoy is a prominent fixture in the hotel loyalty world. Since Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, the program and its co-branded credit cards have undergone several revamps. With recent changes, you may wonder what the best credit card is for Marriott stays.

The answer depends on what you’re looking for from a credit card as there are options for virtually every type of Marriott guest, with varying annual fees and benefits.

Co-branded Marriott credit cards are great for Marriott stays if you want to enjoy elite status perks and elevated point earnings. Some Marriott cards even offer annual free nights you can redeem at thousands of Marriott properties worldwide. However, co-branded credit cards also have a significant downside: Many carry high annual fees and earn a single currency with limited redemption options.

Some travelers may be better off using a transferable rewards card for Marriott stays. You’ll earn bonus points on Marriott bookings and can use your rewards to book Marriott stays (or transfer them to over a dozen other partners). Plus, some of these non-Marriott branded cards still offer automatic Marriott Bonvoy elite status and other perks that will make your stays more comfortable.

To help you decide which Marriott credit card is best for your needs, Select has broken them down into eight categories.

Best credit cards for Marriott stays

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Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card

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  • Rewards

    Earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy® bonus points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy; 4X Marriott Bonvoy points on up to $15,000 in combined purchases

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The Best Southwest Credit Cards of 2022

With perks that set Southwest Airlines apart from the rest — including the ability to choose your seat during boarding, check two free bags, change or cancel your trip without incurring a fee (although you will have to pay the difference if your new fare is higher) and enjoy flight credits and rewards points that never expire — it’s no wonder the carrier is so popular among travelers.

Southwest Airlines currently offers flights to 121 airports throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as internationally to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, making it a great option for families, couples, solo and business travelers looking to get away.

The carrier is also known for its Southwest Companion Pass, which lets you bring a friend or family member along with you on any domestic or international Southwest flight for just the price of taxes and fees (usually just $5.60 per person for a one-way U.S. flight). Qualifying requires racking up at least 125,000 qualifying Rapid Rewards® points in a calendar year (135,000 points starting in 2023), and once you do, it’ll be valid for the rest of the year you’ve earned it as well as the whole following year. And starting in 2023, those with a co-branded Southwest credit card will automatically get 10,000 Companion Pass Qualifying points at the beginning of every calendar year.

The easiest way to jump-start your journey to redeeming Rapid Rewards® points for a free flight is to sign up for one of the airline’s cobranded credit cards, or — if snagging the Companion Pass is not your main goal — a travel rewards card that lets you accumulate transferable points that can then be moved to the Southwest Rapid Rewards® loyalty program.

Below, Select details the best credit cards for casual and frequent Southwest

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