IMPORTANT: New (and Confusing) Marriott & Starwood Application Rules Coming Soon – Apply Before They Kick In!

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IMPORTANT:  New (and Confusing) Marriott & Starwood Application Rules Coming Soon – Apply Before They Kick In!

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Beginning August 26, 2018, AMEX and Chase will have tighter application restrictions on their Marriott or Starwood cards.

These new rules will make it MUCH harder for folks to open multiple Marriott and Starwood credit cards.  So if you’ve got your eye on any of these cards, you should apply before August 26, 2018.

The rules are a bit complicated, but I’ll give you a reminder of them, and the credit cards they apply to.

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A Slew of Rules Coming to Marriott and Starwood Cards on August 26, 2018

Each card has its own unique set of restrictions.  Crazy, I know.  I’ve included some extremely helpful graphics so you can see at a glance what you’re eligible for:

If You’re Applying for Starwood Credit Cards

If You’re Applying for Marriott Credit Cards

There are currently 4 cards that earn Marriott points:

And on August 23, 2018, the new AMEX Starwood Luxury card launched.  The welcome offer is 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.  That gives you a 3-day window to grab that one before the new restrictions are instituted.

If you’re interested in any of these cards, I recommend applying ASAP!  But keep in mind the following bank rules.

You can only earn the welcome bonus on an AMEX card once per lifetime.  Plus, you can only open 2 cards every 90 days, with 5 days between applications.

Meanwhile, you can only earn the bonus on a Chase Marriott card if it’s been 24 months since you last earned the bonus on that specific card and the card is closed.

The only card here impacted by Chase’s 5/24 rule is the Chase Marriott Premier Plus card.  The personal cards on this list will count toward your “5/24” status, while the business cards won’t.

Read this post for a better understanding of what the heck is happening on August 26, 2018.

Bottom Line

In ~4 days, it will be harder and more confusing to open multiple cards that earn Marriott points.  So plan your Marriott and Starwood card applications before the new restrictions hit on August 26, 2018.

I highly encourage you to read this post to help your strategy along.  Not applying for certain cards now could mean you’re missing out on hundreds of thousands of Marriott points.  Which can translate to thousands of dollars in Big Travel!

What’s your application strategy before these new rules kick in?

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Thanks for all your insight. If we already have all the cards, and since all SPG and Marriott rewards have merged (hence no longer 1:3 ratio?), which card should we use to maximize our reward benefits at a Starwood Prop? Marriott Prop?

Should we use the Amex card at all former Starwood props, and our Marriott card at all former Marriott props? Or will any of the cards get the equivalent amount of rewards at any Starwood/Marriott Prop?

Hope that question made sense.

Hi Ruchi – great questions. With the personal AMEX Starwood and Chase Marriott cards, the earning rate is now the same at all Marriott and Starwood hotels. Hope this helps!

Thanks for your response! What about the business cards? Is it the same for those also?

I have personal and business for both AMEX SPG and Chase Marriott.

Kindly following up on previous question regarding the use of business cards over personal

Is there a higher incentiove to use the business card instead of the personal card at any of the Starwood/Marriott props?

Checking-in on this thread regarding any major differences in using business card vs personal card for either Amex/Chase at Starwood/Marriott props.

The destruction of the SPG benefits continues!

I think there’s still hope. I’ve had Starwood Platinum status for several years and will continue to try to keep my status with Marriott for the perks.

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