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Marriott is rebranding their loyalty program and is relaunching the program under the new name “Marriott Bonvoy” on February 13, 2019. Along with the rebrand, they’ll be launching new credit cards (that means new welcome offers!) and tweaking the existing cards.
The whole thing is a bit messy because both Chase and American Express issue credit cards for Marriott’s brands (including Ritz-Carlton and Starwood). But one of the key things to note is that on February 13, 2019, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express will no longer be available. So this truly is the last opportunity to snag this card and you’ll have to apply no later than February 12, 2019, if you’re interested.
Here’s what you need to know.
Changes to the Existing Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton Credit Cards
If you’ve been thinking about applying for a Marriott card, here’s what you need to know.
Changes to Chase Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Cards
On February 28, 2019, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card will become the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card. Existing cardholders should receive their new cards later this year.
The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card will change its name to Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business, and they’ll only be accepting applications for that particular card through February 12, 2019. After that date, it won’t be available for applications. But existing cardholders will get the added benefit of an additional free night award after $60,000 spent on purchases each calendar year (valid up to 35,000 points).
The information for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
And the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card (that’s no longer available to new applicants) will be rebranded as The Ritz-Carlton card. And the card’s $100 hotel credit per stay (on stays of 2+ nights) will then be useable at St. Regis hotels starting sometime in April 2019.
Lastly, Chase will be issuing a new no-annual-fee Marriott personal card later this summer. We don’t know the details of that card just yet but will let you know when we do.
Changes to American Express Starwood Cards
On February 13, 2019, the existing AMEX Starwood cards will be rebranded as Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Cards.
The Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card will become the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express will become the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. And The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express will become the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card.
The new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® and Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® cards will launch with a limited-time 100,000 Marriott point offer with a minimum spending requirement of $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. These offers will end April 24, 2019. So you’ll only have about 2 months to get in on those deals.
Effective March 28, 2019, the AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Business card will also get an additional free night award (valued at up to 35,000 points) with $60,000+ on purchases in annual spend. But the card’s annual fee will increase from $95 to $125 starting with new accounts and renewals from March 28, 2019, onward.
Also effective March 28, 2019, the current Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card will match the $100 property credit (eligible rates for stays of 2 nights or more) at Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis properties that the Ritz-Carlton card offers.
The information for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
And to reiterate, on February 13, 2018, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express will no longer be available (at all). Existing cardholders will get new cards displaying the new AMEX Marriott Bonvoy brand and design, but if you want that card you’ll have to apply for it no later than February 12, 2019.
On the plus side, any existing Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express cardholders whose accounts were opened by today, January 23, 2019, will be eligible to earn up to 100,000 Marriott points through a spending offer. After registering, you’ll be able to earn 25,000 bonus points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the card, up to 100,000 points through the end of 2019. That works out to 3 Marriott points per $1 spent on the card, which is essentially what the AMEX Starwood card earned before the merger.
Each of these rebranded cards will have a new fancy design. Maybe Marriott’s thinking a shiny new card will entice people to apply? Regardless, I’m with you if you’re wondering why in the world they’re going to this much trouble with the rebrand!
And the name Bonvoy…wow…really Marriott?
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