April 17, 2018
Amex and Chase Announce New Marriott and SPG Credit Cards

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Following Marriott’s takeover of Starwood, we learned that Chase and American Express would be launching new credit cards sometime in 2019. Chase would handle mass consumer and premium consumer credit cards while American Express would handle “super-premium” and small business credit cards. Marriott unveiled the first concrete details of the new cards yesterday.


Starwood Preferred Guest (Personal American Express)


Cardholders who have the existing SPG personal credit card can keep it going forward, but new applications will cease starting August 2018. Amex is adding the following:

  • Annual free night award certificate which can be redeemed for rooms costing up to 35,000 Marriott points
  • Automatic Silver Elite status
  • Gold Elite status after spending $30,000 in 2018 or $35,000 per year starting in 2019
  • 15 night credits towards elite status starting in 2019 (can’t be stacked with other credit cards)
  • Earn 6x points per $1 at Marriott hotels and 2x points per $1 on everything else


Starwood Preferred Guest (Business American Express)


The existing SPG Business card is remaining and getting the following tweaks:

  • Annual free night award certificate which can be redeemed for rooms costing up to 35,000 Marriott points
  • Automatic Silver Elite status
  • Gold Elite status after spending $30,000 in 2018 or $35,000 per year starting in 2019
  • 15 night credits towards elite status starting in 2019 (can’t be stacked with other credit cards)
  • Earn 6x points per $1 at Marriott hotels, 4x points per $1 at US restaurants, US gas stations, US wireless providers, US shipping providers, and 2x points per $1 on everything else
  • The card will no longer offer Sheraton Club Lounge access after August 2018


Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury (American Express)


The SPG Luxury card is set to launch in August 2018. It offers the most perks and comes with a hefty $450 annual fee.

  • Annual free night award certificate which can be redeemed for rooms costing up to 50,000 Marriott points
  • Automatic Gold Elite status
  • Platinum Elite status after spending $75,000 in a calendar year
  • Annual $300 statement credit towards Marriott purchases
  • $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check fee credit
  • Priority Pass Select lounge membership (two free guests per visit)
  • Boingo Wi-Fi
  • 15 night credits towards elite status starting in 2019 (can’t be stacked with other credit cards)
  • Earn 6x points per $1 at Marriott, 3x points per $1 at US restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines, 2x points per $1 on everything else


Marriott Rewards Premier Plus (Chase)


Chase is introducing this new $95 Marriott card on May 3, 2018. The existing Marriott Rewards Premier card will close to new applications on May 3. The new card offers the following:

  • 100,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Annual free night award certificate which can be redeemed for rooms costing up to 35,000 Marriott points
  • Automatic Silver Elite status
  • Gold Elite status after spending $35,000 per year, starting in 2019
  • 15 night credits towards elite status starting in 2019 (can’t be stacked with other credit cards)
  • Free in-room premium Wi-Fi starting August 2018
  • Earn 6x points per $1 at Marriott and 3x points per $1 on everything else

I’ll be writing additional articles covering all these cards in detail once Marriott and the banks actually release them. It’s a pretty compelling lineup overall and the annual free night certificates more than justify the annual fees.


Images Courtesy of Marriott 

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