Marriott Announces Changes To Credit Cards On February 13th, 2019

Marriott will be making a number of changes to the co-branded credit cards they offer with Chase & American Express. These changes will go into effect after February 12th, this coincides with the loyalty program changing name to ‘Marriott Bonvoy‘.

American Express

Full announcement here

  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express becomes Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. This card will also stop being issued, existing cardholders that signed up before January 23rd, 2019 will be eligible to earn 25,000 bonus points for every $25,000 in eligible spend up to 100,000 points maximum until December 31st, 2019.
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card will become Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card. Starting March 28th, 2019 they will be offering a $100 property credit at  The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis with a two night minimum stay that is booked directly.
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express will become Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card. Annual fee will be increasing from $95 to $125 (If your application is received before 3/28/2019, the introductory annual fee will be $0 for the first year of Card Membership, then $95)

Bonvoy Brilliant & Bonvoy Business will offer sign up bonuses of 100,000 points after $5,000 in spend from February 13th until April 24th, 2019.

Chase

Full announcement here

  • Chase will launch a new no annual fee consumer card sometime this summer.
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card will become Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase. 
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card will become Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card from Chase. This card is no longer issued.
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card will become Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase. This card will no longer being issued starting February 12th, 2019.
  • Marriott Rewards® Signature Credit Card will become Marriott Bonvoy™ Credit Card from Chase. This card is no longer issued.
  • Marriott Rewards® Business Credit Card will become Marriott Bonvoy Business™ Credit Card from Chase. This card is no longer issued.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card will become The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan. This card is no longer issued. Starting March 28th, 2019 they will be offering a $100 property credit at  The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis with a two night minimum stay that is booked directly.  Chase is stating this benefit will begin in April?

Our Thoughts

I’m guessing somebody at Marriott likes alliteration (Marriott Bonvoy Boundless, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant). Aside from the card names being cringe these changes aren’t surprising. When American Express & Chase signed new deals with Marriott we knew that Chase would stop issuing business cards/luxury and American Express would stop issuing low/no annual fee consumer cards. I’m surprised it has taken this long to go into effect, but I guess it makes sense with the rebranding.

The extra 25,000 points per $25,000 in spend just means that card earns at 3x points again if you spend exactly in intervals of $25,000 (what it used to earn at before a devaluation).

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az
az

Marriott Bonvoy Business now earns 100K, and 0 AF for the first year, then 95 if apply before 3/28.

Tim
Tim

Does the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card maintain the $300 Marriott credit or is this replaced by the $100 property credit at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis with a two night minimum stay?

VL
VL

William Charles , sorry for the late comment.

You stated in the post
“Annual fee will be increasing from $95 to $125 (If your application is received before 3/28/2019, the introductory annual fee will be $0 for the first year of Card Membership, then $95)”, which makes it sound like for people who applied before 3/28/19 (which includes people who currently already have a card) the fee will always stay $95.

Based on the info from Marriott site
“*The fee increase will take effect on your next renewal date on or after 3/28/2019. If your Card application was received before 3/28/2019, the fee increase will take effect on your renewal date on or before 3/28/2021. ”

It looks like everybody who applied before that date AND/OR have card now will keep AF at $95 for another year at least. Only AF after 3/28/21 will go up to $125.

So nothing changes for another year, and we will be able to keep the card for free night cert at $95 price at least one more time. Then.. we will see.

Would be great if you could clarify it in the post. Confused me.

Thanks!

Tanmoy
Tanmoy

I m unable to generate referral or the unique link from the spg personal amex card..is it the same for everyone?

Poorchurner
Poorchurner

Anyone have experience with the SPG card annual night appearing? Does it really take up to 12 weeks?

Tanmoy
Tanmoy

Same question…currently in 8th week of anniversary from Dec 2.

Poorchurner
Poorchurner

Wow that’s terrible. Was hoping it would be like my Hyatt annual night. It posts a couple weeks before AF appears.

Tanmoy
Tanmoy

Finally got it…once the date of anuual fee was over

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

Mine took 45 days

Komp TPC
Komp TPC

While the new name could have used some more thought, I have no problem with the card design. It’s not like the purple squares was anything big.

Me and the wife have 3 SPG Cards and the Marriott Business Card. Probably will figure out what works best and slim down to 1 card with all the changes incoming.

Gmoney
Gmoney

I think the new design of the Marriott bonvoy amex card is pretty cool. Not crazy about the rebrand but whatever it’s just a name. The Spg Amex credit card (and actually most other credit cards) are pretty monotone designs so it’s nice to mix up the credit credit art. Disgusted by the AF increase on the Amex Spg biz though. Am definitely cancelling that when my renewal date comes up.

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

I don’t see the extra 25,000 points for $25,000 spend on the personal SPG card when I click the link.

garaged
garaged

Edit: NVM, wrong answer, my bad.

Frank

“I will run this company into the ground!”

-Head of Marketing at Marriott

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Think I could convince amex to cancel my card and give me a partial refund of the annual fee for this new garbage?