December 5, 2017
Chase and AMEX Launching New Marriott & SPG Cards in 2018
Marriott has been working for over a year to fully integrate Starwood Preferred Guest with its existing Marriott Rewards program. The company has been announcing incremental changes over time. Marriott announced back in October 2016 that the Marriott and SPG credit cards would earn reciprocal benefits going forward. SPG cardholders earn 2X Starpoints on all Marriott and Starwood spending and Marriott cardholders earn 5X Marriott points on all Marriott and Starwood spending. However, the long term prospects for the credit cards was unknown. We received some exciting news on this front this morning.
Marriott has signed new co-brand credit card agreements with both Chase and American Express. The agreements cover the future of the Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards. The company has no current plans to change those cards’ existing benefits. Marriott will also be launching the following new co-brand credit cards in 2018:
- American Express: “Super-premium” consumer and small business credit cards
- Chase: Mass consumer and premium consumer credit cards
Marriott also announced that it expects to launch a single technology platform for Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton, and SPG in late 2018. This should enable customers to book hotels across all three portfolios from one website. The actual rewards programs aren’t expected to be integrated until 2019 at the earliest.
Nearly everything related to the Marriott and Starwood merger appears to be pro-consumer, which is somewhat surprising to be honest. I’m particularly curious about what a new “super-premium” American Express card will look like. Hilton recently launched its own $450 AMEX Aspire card which comes with some very impressive perks.
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