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If you have the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card you might not even know it because you still think of it as the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card — and your card still says SPG on it.
Eventually you’ll get a replacement that looks like:
One of the biggest criticisms of the new program is that the value of points earned via credit card is one third less than Starwood Amex cardmembers are accustomed to. We used to earn one Starpoint per dollar spent, which converts to 3 points in the new Marriott program. The new program lets you earn just 2 Marriott points per dollar spent.
That must be taking its toll on spend because starting this Sunday February 24th existing Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express) cardmembers can earn up to 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points.
- register by April 7, 2019
- earn 25,000 points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the card (up to 100,000 points)
- valid through December 31, 2019
Essentially for each exact $25,000 tranche of spend points-earning will return to 3 Marriott points per dollar (the old 1 Starpoint per dollar) for the rest of 2019.
No doubt they’ll then evaluate the extend to which these extra rewards drive the needle on cardmember behavior. My advice, if you used to use the SPG American Express for $25,000 or more in annual spend, consider taking advantage of this. At spend levels of $25,000, $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000 it’s like the old days through December 31.
In addition of course both the American Express Brilliant (Luxury) and Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card cards are out with 100,000 point initial bonus offers — the two Marriott cards you can still apply for from American Express. The offer lets you earn 100,000 bonus points after you use the new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months runs through April 24, 2019.