If you want to stay in the Marriott basket, the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless (stupid name) gives you most of the benefits of the AMEX version. Glaring exceptions are no $300 Marriott credit, no automatic Gold status, and a reduced reward certificate value, however, there is only a $95 AF. I will point out that with the $300 Marriott credit, the effective AF on the AMEX version is only $50 more.
If you're looking to avoid the Marriott branded cards, you have a few more options. The following options come to mind:
Thanks for the input Zoom. I didn’t take into account the $300 Marriott Credit. That one may make the most sense. I am over 5/24, so Chase is out. Would be great if AMEX had a better MR earning card for hotels.
FWIW, Platinum gives 5x for prepaid hotels booked via the Amex Travel website.
@DB2019 wrote: I will be switching over to personal card use for business expenses with my employer. I travel around 30 weeks a year and typically stay in Marriott properties (just switched from Hilton). I’ve looked at the 2 AMEX Marriott cards ... but ... don’t think I can make the AF on the personal work outside of the SUB.
I know you said you're over 5/24 for Chase but once you qualify, I'd really consider that Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa from Chase. I got it recently more for the SUB and not sure I will keep it longterm but I wouldn't hesitate if I was a frequent Marriott guest. For one thing, you get a free night annually so it pays the $95 AF right off the bat! Plus you get automatic upgrade to Silver Elite status and 6x points on Marriott stays and purchases. The Points Guy values Marriott points at 8/10 cent per point, so that is effective reward rate of 4.8%!
If you're looking for flexibility (which I was too), I'd suggest the previously-mentioned Chase Sapphire Reserve as soon as you qualify to apply. A great card.
Doesn't venture one gives you 10x miles on hotels.com? Seems like the best option for hotels only.
Altitude Reserve also gives you 3 points per dollar spent on hotels if. Points are worth a flat 1.5 cent too.
Not sure why this card doesn’t get much love here.