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As part of the total revamp to the Marriott-Starwood loyalty program, co-brand credit cards have changed too.
- Chase gets to issue the main personal card the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card
- American Express gets to issue the small business card and the premium personal card
- Everyone keeps their current card, whether it’s a Chase Visa or an American Express
The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card launched today. For that card, and for existing cards, we have an interesting three day window.
Presidential Suite, Sheraton San Diego Marina
New Starwood Luxury Card Launches August 23
Back in April Courtney Kelso, American Express’s Senior Vice President of Charge, Co-Brand and Loyalty, Global Commercial Services, told me that the new Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card would offer “$2000 in annual value.” I think they deliver that and I’m definitely going to request this card.
The initial offer on the card is 100,000 points after $5,000 in spend within 3 months of account opening.
The card has a $450 annual fee offset by a $300 annual statement credit for purchases at Marriott properties. This includes charging your room rate to the card, it’s not an ‘incidentals’ credit. The card also comes with an annual free night at renewal good for hotels that would cost up to 50,000 points (category 6).
Earning is be 6 points per dollar at Marriott and Starwood properties, 3 points on US dining and on air travel, and 2 points on all other spend.
You get automatic Gold status and $75,000 spend in a calendar year earns Platinum status which is a big improvement. You also get 15 elite night credits each year starting in 2019, useful if you’re trying to qualify for status based on stay activity. (These elite nights do not stack with elite nights from other cards, the most elite nights you can earn from Marriott/Starwood cards is 15.)
The Luxury Card also will come with Priority Pass Select with unlimited visits and up to 2 guests is included, along with unlimited Boingo internet, premium in-room wifi on your Marriott stays, and no foreign exchange fees, and a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck every four years.
Upgrading an Existing Starwood Amex to the Luxury Card
Existing cardmembers who upgrade to the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card will have the spend they’ve already done during the same year count towards the $75,000 threshold for Platinum Status. Since I’ve already spent that on my Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express I’ll compare my upgrade offer to the initial bonus offer in deciding whether to apply anew or upgrade.
American Express we will have a variety of upgrade offers available ranging from 15,000 to 100,000 points after meeting spend requirements. While at some point I’d expect this to show up when logging into your American Express account for now you can call or online chat to find out what you’re eligible for.
Westin Stonebriar Chairman’s Suite Has 8 Rooms
Recent Changes to Existing Starwood American Express Cards
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 75,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. It has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Earning in the new program is 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards hotels and 2 points on all other eligible purchases.
You’ll receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night at a participating hotel (at a redemption level at or under 35,000 points).
When the Marriott programs all combine into one officially, with new branding and a new name, Chase will have exclusivity over the standard consumer credit card and this American Express-issued one will no longer be available. So it’s essentially your last chance to get this card.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 100,000 points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership. This is a limited-time offer that ends October 31, 2018. It has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Earning is 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at over 6,500 participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels across 110 countries worldwide; 4 points at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, and on U.S. purchases for shipping; 2 points for all other eligible purchases.
A big new benefit is that the card comes with a Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary.
Three Day Window
While the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is still offered (this year) you have a chance to get it. The card product itself will be going away for new applications once the programs all combine under new unified branding next year.
I wrote about new rules coming late in the month for who can get initial bonus offers when being approved for these card products. These rules go into effect August 26th and will make it a bit tougher to get new cardmember bonuses for Marriott family cards from both Chase and American Express.
You can get the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express under current eligibility rules until then. There is still a three day window to use current eligibility rules to apply for these cards.
Al Wadi Desert Resort
Here are the eligibility rules going into effect at the start of the week for each of the American Express Marriott family credit cards:
- To be eligible for a new Luxury Card initial bonus you cannot be a current Ritz-Carlton cardmember (or have had that card in the last 30 days), have signed up for a new Chase-issued Marriott card in the last 90 days, or received an initial bonus or upgrade offer for a Chase-issued Marriott card in the past 24 months. This includes Chase Marriott business cards which surprises me..
- To be eligible for a new Starwood Amex card initial bonus (the personal card that will be available only until the programs rebrand next year), you cannot have (or have had in the last 30 days) a Chase-issued Marriott.
- To be eligible for a Starwood business card initial bonus, you cannot have a Chase-issued Marriott business card (or have had one in the last 30 days), have signed up for one in the last 90 days, or have received a new cardmember bonus for one in the last 24 months.