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Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s award program, has rolled out naming for all of its products including everything from elite tiers to credit card titles. Marriott had a strong partnership with Chase while Starwood had a solid deal going with American Express, which is why the two still co-exist (albeit under different names). American Express will continue to handle the Marriott premium and business-level cards while Chase will carry the torch for personal and no-fee Marriott cards.
Also, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card replaced the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card. The biggest changes seem to be with the premium and business versions of the card.
To better understand what exactly the American Express cards offer, let’s look into each one and how they differ from their former Starwood counterparts.
If you had the premium Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card, its name is now the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card.
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is now the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card while the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express is the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card.
The cards come with some type of bonus earning on particular categories (most notably at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties). Plus, if you have any of these cards, you automatically receive 15 free elite nights each year to help you climb to the next level, Bonvoy Platinum Elite. The Bonvoy Platinum Elite level comes with potential room upgrades and club lounge access benefits when available.
Marriott Bonvoy continues to offer a bonus for converting hotel points to airline miles. If you move 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to participating airlines, you receive 25,000 miles (which is a bonus since otherwise points transfer to miles at a 3-to-1 ratio). Marriott’s partnership with United continues and gives a further bonus meaning 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points becomes 27,500 United miles.
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
If you have the business version of the card (formerly the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) and spend a lot, you’re in luck.
Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card cardholders can receive 1 Free Night Award annually after their Card renewal month. Plus, they can earn an additional Free Night Award after spending $60k in purchases on their Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
Spending clocks in at 2x points per dollar spent, but you do earn 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program. They also come with 4x points per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, and shipping services based in the U.S.
The annual fee is $125 (See Rates & Fees).
Plus, receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when booking directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
New Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card cardholders can earn 75,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 in purchases on their new Card within their first 3 months of Card Membership.
Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status is also one of the benefits of this card.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, please click here.
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