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Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s new award program, is rolling out new language and 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 new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card is replacing the current premium 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.
What to Expect With the New Cards
If you had the premium Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card, its new name will be the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card. You should receive a new card in the mail beginning in March 2019.
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is changing its name to the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card while the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express will become 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.
One notable change for those that already have the SPG American Express Card is beginning Feb. 28, 2019, you can receive 25,000 Bonvoy points for every $25,000 spent on the re-branded Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card (up to 100,000 points in a calendar year). That’s a nice way to add a bit of extra incentive to put more spending on this card over others.
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 Brilliant American Express Card
A new perk of the card includes a $100 credit for staying at least two nights and booking via a particular rate code (surely higher than the lowest rate) at Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis properties. This will be effective beginning March 28, 2019.
Spending clocks in at only 2x points per dollar spent, but you do get 6x points per dollar spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. They also come with 3x points per dollar spent at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines.
The perks are serious including Bonvoy Gold Elite status, $300 in credits at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, an annual anniversary free night certificate, and Priority Pass Select membership. The perks are great if you travel often.
The newest application offer for this card is for 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
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. The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has the option to earn an additional free night if you spend $60,000 in a calendar year. This change goes into effect March 28, 2019, and is valid for Category 1-5 hotels.
This is in addition to the anniversary night awarded to all Marriott-affiliated American Express cardholders after each year of maintaining the card. The free night award can be redeemed at participating hotels with redemption levels at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Note that some hotels have resort fees.
Spending clocks in at 2x points per dollar spent, but you do get 6x points per dollar spent at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. They also come with 4x points per dollar spent at US restaurants, US gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers, and shipping services based in the U.S.
The newest welcome offer for this card is for 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status is also one of the benefits of this card. You also have the ability to earn Gold Elite status if you make $35,000 or more in eligible purchases in a calendar year on your Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card.
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