Introducing the AMEX Starwood Luxury Card! 100,000 Bonus Points and a Wad of Valuable Benefits

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Introducing the AMEX Starwood Luxury Card! 100,000 Bonus Points and a Wad of Valuable Benefits

Joseph HostetlerIntroducing the AMEX Starwood Luxury Card! 100,000 Bonus Points and a Wad of Valuable BenefitsMillion Mile Secrets Team

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A new credit card emergeth from the dust cloud of the Marriott-Starwood merger.  And if you don’t apply for it within the next 3 days, you may be out of luck.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card comes with a welcome bonus that can save you hundreds and hundreds on hotel stays.  As well as ongoing benefits like an annual $300 statement credit at participating Marriott hotels, an annual free night on your card anniversary (worth up to 50,000 points), Priority Pass airport lounge membership, and much more!

Here’s a quick rundown of the card.  We’ll have a full review soon, but in the meantime you can check out the complete scoop over at The Points Guy.

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Let’s have a look at the new AMEX Starwood Luxury card!

The New AMEX Starwood Luxury Card

The new AMEX Starwood Luxury Card comes with 100,000 bonus Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.  This is a limited-time offer, ending October 31, 2018.

But most of us in the miles & points hobby will have to apply MUCH sooner than October 31 to get this bonus.  That’s because Chase and AMEX are establishing new rules in just 3 days, on August 26, 2018.  These new rules will make it MUCH harder for folks to open multiple Marriott and Starwood credit cards.

Check out my reminder post about these rules here.  If you have other Marriott cards, you’ll probably want to apply for this card within the next 3 days.

In addition to the welcome bonus, you’ll get valuable benefits like:

  • 6 Marriott points per $1 at Marriott hotels
  • 3 Marriott points per $1 at US restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2 Marriott points per $1 on everything else
  • Up to $300 annual statement credit to use at participating SPG and Marriott hotels (including room charge!)
  • Annual free night (worth up to 50,000 points) after you renew your card
  • Priority Pass Select membership (you can bring up to 2 guests)
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Credit (a value of up to $100)
  • Terms & limitations apply

The card comes with a $450 annual fee.  That’s high, but you’ll get way more value from this card as long as you spend at least $300 at Marriott hotels a year.  The $300 Marriott statement credit can effectively bring the net annual fee cost down to $150 ($450 annual fee – $300 credit).

Plus you’ll get lots of additional money-saving perks that can more than offset the annual fee.

Stay tuned for our full analysis of the card.  But until then, you can read The Points Guy’s detailed review to decide if it’s the right card for you!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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for the $300 statement credit, I am kind of confuse when I could get it.

In the benefit term, it said: “During each year of your Card Membership (“reward year”), you are eligible to receive up to $300 total in statement credits on your Card Account for eligible purchases made directly at participating SPG® or Marriott Rewards® hotels on your Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card during that reward year. Your first reward year begins on your account opening date. Each subsequent reward year begins on the anniversary of your account opening date”.

From what I get: First reward year begins on your account opening date, Each reward year can get up to 300.

Does it mean that I can get up to 300 credit after the card is approved and opened? I think so.

If this is the case, it will be even better.


Said I was not eligible for the bonus give the cards I have and the bonuses I’ve gotten in the past. 🙁

What Cards did/do you have out of Curiosity that may of been suspect ?

I have AMEX Hilton bus card and I applied for amex starwood cards 2 years ago and I have Chase Marriott Bus. I tried applying for 3 amex cards today and was told that I was not eligible for the bonus on any of them despite never had those cards in the past. AMEX is really tough to get cards now.

Has there been any comparisons between this Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card. Which is better if you could only get one? Pros vs cons?

Whoa! – Tricky limitation on Platinum Status!

Here is the term I found, “You cannot receive enrollment in Platinum Elite status through this reward program if you are already enrolled at Platinum Elite status or any higher status”.

With the 33% devaluation in my earning ability and the elimination of the 25 Stays qualification, I was planning on obtaining Platinum Elite Status every year by spending $75,000 with the AMEX SPG Luxury card. I have Platinum Elite Status now thru 2019 (earned on SPG Stays).

But according to this term, I cannot qualify for the $75,000 spend Platinum Elite Status until my current status expires in January/February 2020?? And to make matters worse, if I qualify for the $75,000 spend status in 2020, then I need to let it expire in January/February 2021 in order to earn it again? So there will always be a gap in my status, and I will need to spend $75,000 quickly starting every February in order to get Platinum Status back? Oh and worse again… the terms provide that the $75,000 Platinum Elite Status may take 3-4 months to activate after hitting the $75,000 spend mark! Surely this is a mistake?

Good find. I’m in a similar spot with my Platinum status. We’re going to dig into this and reach out to AMEX for clarification.

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