Posted by William Charles on October 30, 2018
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Published on October 30th, 2018 | by William Charles

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[Expired] American Express SPG Luxury 0-100,000 Point Upgrade Offer [Last Days]

Deal has expired, view more American Express deals here.

Update 10/30/18: Deal is due to expire today. A few additional things to note:

Apparently the offer is variable, reports of 50,000 and 15,000 offers as well. And reports of 0 point upgrade offers, yay!

The Offer

Direct link to offer (shows when you go to the Luxury card regular application page)

  • Some existing SPG personal cardholders are seeing an offer of 100,000 points after $5,000 in spend on the SPG Luxury card.

Card Details

  • $450 annual fee
  • $300 in statement credits each year of card membership for eligible purchases at SPG & Marriott properties
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 6x points per $1 spent at participating SPG & Marriott Rewards hotels
    • 3x points per $1 spent at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
    • 2x points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Free night award every year after your card account anniversary (can be used at any property that costs under 50,000 points per night)
  • Complimentary gold elite status
  • Platinum elite status after you spend $75,000 or more on the card in a calendar year
  • Starting in 2019: 15 nights towards elite status (you’re restricted to getting this benefit once per Marriott Loyalty program number)
  • Unlimited complimentary priority pass lounge access for you and up to two accompanying guests
  • Statement credit for Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) every four years
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi access
  • Free in-room premium internet access at SPG & Marriott participating hotels
  • Read full review here

Our Verdict

Big question is does existing spend that was put on the regular SPG card count towards the $75,000 spend required for platinum elite status. Normally I’d think not, but it’s based on a calendar year rather than card member year so it’s possible it does. I know a lot of people have put that type of spend on their SPG card already (was a popular option when it earned 1 SPG/3 Marriott points). Update: VFTW asked this question back in April and was told that spend on the consumer card would count when upgraded. If you have questions about American Express upgrade offers, read this first.

Hat tip to @TravelonPM



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AnameOfaguy
AnameOfaguy

Hmmm still in first year. What are the odds similar upgrade offers in the future will bypass the Ritz Carlton restriction?

Pat S
Pat S

Another question would be can you sign up for the SPG Luxury and then upgrade the regular version

Slip6
Slip6

I’m curious about this as well.

Jay
Jay

Yes you can, as long as you add the Lux to a different online account than the one your SPG Personal is on.

However, I’m not sure if that will affect any existing upgrade offers if you were targeted for one.

Abey
Abey

Good one!

James
James

My understanding is that you are not eligible for the $300 credit until your first full year/$450 renewal.

erika
erika

Don’t you pay the full annual fee when you upgrade?

Jay
Jay

No, it’s prorated.

CSP
CSP

Is it just me or is the “direct link” not a link?

Travel on Points and Miles

It’s not the link, you’ll have to login to your amex account and see what offer do you have. The screenshot above is the one I sent to DOC and it’s the one i received.

Aaron
Aaron

Not showing for me… BUT, I bit the bullet and applied (and was approved) for the card today anyway, so that might be it. I stay in Marriotts all the time for work, and use my personal card for reimbursable expenses, so I’ll actually end up making a profit on this card each year (on top of the 100,000 Marriott point bonus).

Elias
Elias

How do u plan on making a profit??

Aaron
Aaron

Let’s say I stay at a Marriott on business travel, and the cost is $300 (have multiple stays that fit this criteria lined up in the next 60 days). My company reimburses me for the $300, so my cost is $0. On top of that, the card reimburses me $300, so I end up “making” $300 off of that stay.

Then, add on the 100,000 point signup bonus, which I will easily get at least $700-$800 in value out of. And the annual certificate, which I will easily get at least $200 in value out of.

Negourmand
Negourmand

You don’t end up making money from the credit though. You’re not accounting for the upfront $300 you paid (in the form of $450 AF.) Essentially what you’re doing is having your employer pay $300 of you AF. Which I’m planning to do as well:)

DH7
DH7

He’s considering the 100k points and free night

Elias
Elias

He said: “so I’ll actually end up making a profit on this card each year (on top of the 100,000 Marriott point bonus).”

So he is considering the $300 as a profit maker when it is not.

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

I hope you are right but I don’t like the wording on how you get the $300 credit. I’m guessing you can’t pay at time of booking and have to pay at hotel.

a q
a q

is there a lifetime restriction if I already got the spg personal and business cards 3 years back?

saianel
saianel

sad… I get nothing

“Upgrade your Card today to unlock even more earning power when you travel. You’ll be rewarded every Card anniversary year with up to $300 in statement credits on eligible purchases at participating hotels and a Free Night Award with a redemption level at or under 50,000 points (select hotels have resort fees). To top it off, you can earn even more points for your travels.”

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Damn, I hit over the 75k spend as of May, if it’s true the spend would upgrade me to plat, that would be a tipping point for me upgrading.

Just checked by logging in, no offer for points to upgrade, guess I’ll wait to be targeted.

Patrick
Patrick

Log in normally and select the SPG… you might see a banner at the top of the page. That’s where my offer was.

tony
tony

15000 after $1k spending, nah….

Dave P
Dave P

Same here, 15,000 point upgrade offer with $1k of spend. Considering that’s the equivalent of only 5,000 old Starpoints, and it will forever exclude me from getting another signup bonus on that card thanks to the lifetime rule, that’s a hard pass. I’ve been a cardmember for about 10 years too, for reference. My spend on the card fluctuates depending on what’s going on with other quarterly bonuses and whatnot, but has averaged probably about $500/month for the last couple years.

Erick
Erick

I got the exact same offer. I’ve had the card for 4 years, and put an average amount of spend on it.

Gary Leff

“Big question is does existing spend that was put on the regular SPG card count towards the $75,000 spend required for platinum elite status. ”

I asked this question back in April (https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/04/16/new-100000-point-offer-coming-details-new-marriott-credit-cards-chase-american-express/) here is what I was given in writing by American Express:

“When a SPG Consumer Card Member upgrades to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Credit Card, any spend in the same year on the existing $95 SPG Consumer Card will apply towards the $75,000 threshold toward Platinum Status offered on the Luxury Card.”

robertw
robertw

Of course, this says the consumer card with no mention of the business. I would have to assume consumer card only.

Jay
Jay

Both my SO and I got an upgrade offer of exactly…0 points. Both of our SPG cards were well past the first year of ownership. And this was before we applied for the Lux.

I’m jealous 😉

NinjaX
NinjaX

can you tell us where do you see this offer? via app or website? if it was via email, would you happen to have the email address or subject line? thank u for the help.

Santiago
Santiago

Hey Doc where is the upgrade offer link?

H
H

I asked the Amex rep about the upgrade last month, and she suggested me get the free night certificate from the $95 card first, and then do the upgrade if I want. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait for one more year to get the first free night certificate. However, this of course depends on when your anniversary date is.

Jeff
Jeff

15k upgrade offer on my account. Not worth it at all.

S Nack
S Nack

Yes! I am among the lucky few with 0.00 points upgrade offer! Nice!

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