Posted by William Charles on January 23, 2019
Credit Cards

Published on January 23rd, 2019 | by William Charles

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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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Howard
Howard

Card designs almost as cringe-inducing as the names.

Slanky
Slanky

agree, but the old SPG cards were already bottom of the barrel

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

But if you spend 25,000 and get the extra point it’s like an SPG point per dollar.

MIL215
MIL215

Man I actually really like the old SPG cards. They were something different. I liked the color a lot. Maybe that was just due to the good points ecosystem haha.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

No new benefits with the biz card AF increase? Terrible names & ugly looking cards. You do you Marriott, really knocking it out of the park lately.

JF
JF

For spending a mere $60,000 in a calendar year they give you a free night (worth up to 35k).

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Yes, that privilege is certainly worth another $30/yr

PT
PT

Yeah, useless…

GB San Diego
GB San Diego

DoC, will the new Amx cards be considered a new card (if I previously had the Starwood, would I be able to get the Amx Bonvoy signup bonus rewards)?

Nick
Nick

Why is the current Starwood amex going up to $125/yr? Any reason to keep this? The free night isn’t that valuable since capped at 35k – am I forgetting some other benefit?

P
P

And you also have to pay resort/destination fees plus taxes on those when redeeming the free night certificate for a stay. You could end up paying as high $175 ($125 annual fee plus up to $50 resort/destination fee and taxes) for a hotel one-night stay.

Yoni
Yoni

Nick Yeah we did have 2 SPG biz cards for me an DW @ $95 the free night was basically a wash. In March I think that the 35k Category 5 properties will change to 30k/40k off-peak/on-peak and Cat 4 Peak increases to 30K a night – Just booked 3 nights @ Cat 6 for mid March ($600 a night Luxury Collection Hotel) but if our stay was in April supposedly it would save us 30k Points under new pts system.

But yeah I do wonder how the Anniversary night will be valued under Bonvoy if it will still cover a Peak time Category 5 property.

So – I guess we will see

Tworth
Tworth

Is getting rid of a credit card because “Bonvoy” is a stupid name an acceptable reason? I’ve had my SPG personal and business cards for almost a year and have been debating whether to re-up. The “Bonvoy” name may be enough for me to lose them.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Add in the data breach & cluster that the merger is/was, and yeah- can’t wait to cancel mine.

karma
karma

“Bonvoy” name is slang for FanBoy !

Davy
Davy

Millennial?

sdsearch
sdsearch

You have a mistake above. You show both the Chase Premier and Chase Premier Plus cards as being renamed the same (Boundless). But according to the “full announcement here” link, the Chase Premier (non-Plus) card is being renamed to “Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card from Chase”, and only the Premier Plus is getting the Boundless name.

Evan
Evan

So they’re increasing the annual fee on the Starwood/Bonvoy business card without any real commensurate increase in benefits (unless one plans on putting $60K of spend on it). Nice…

Gio
Gio

So new product means we can get the sign up bonuses again from Amex right ??

Hari
Hari

Possibly not. When the new Amex gold came, folks were not able to get. I believe this would be treated the same.

sdsearch
sdsearch

These are not really new products, they’re renames. When Amex renamed the Amex HH Surpass to the Amex HH Ascend, it was not eligible for sign up bonuses because the signup offer excluded previous owners of the Surpass card. So I presume these renamed cards will have terms that mention that if you had the previous name of the card you’re ineligible for the bonus.

In any case, all of these cards have a lockout on bonuses if you have other Marriott Bonvoy cards or have had them recently. In a situation unique to Marriott Bonvoy, Chase and Amex rule out you getting a bonus based on history of getting the other bank’s Marriott Bonvey cards.

Hari
Hari

Glad I got the Ritz Carlton credit card last year. Its a keeper with unlimited AU each have their own Priority Pass and $100 visa air travel discount. I get back easily a minimum of 2x annual fee worth each year. Possibly a lot more.

Ryan B
Ryan B

I thought the same thing until I got the CNB Crystal Infinite…I think that will be replacing the Ritz for me

Marriott Marty
Marriott Marty

Actually there is a max of 6 authorized users

Sooch
Sooch

Thank goodness they didn’t give my Ritz card a stupid name. Gonna hang on to that one.

Austin
Austin

If you haven’t had the regular SPG card, it would make sense to apply and grab the bonus before it goes away correct?

millionairenextdoor
millionairenextdoor

Would be interested in some insight on this as well. I’ve never held an SPG card, personal or business.

JF
JF

Unless it would prevent you from getting another more lucrative bonus, absolutely. AmEx bonuses are once per lifetime so grabbing a card about to be discontinued has no downside on future bonuses.

75k Marriott points is worth about $600, so as long as it doesn’t put you over 5/24 or something and prevent you from getting another card with a bigger bonus, go for it.

tolikfox
tolikfox

i have the amex spg business card. also wondering if i should pick up the personal before it goes away as i would rather keep the personal than the biz since the AF will stay at $95.

fishy
fishy

I can’t find more information regarding:

>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.

on https://credit-cards.marriott.com/en-us/amex-us. Does it apply to old users who has had the card for years?

Kien
Kien

Does the 25,000 in spend bonus start today, meaning purchases prior to today do not count towards the 25,000 or is it an annual spend started on Jan 1st?

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

I read somewhere that you have to sign up for the deal and they would be sending the info soon. Hopefully sooner than later and all January counts.

Ian
Ian

Where is this stated in the terms and conditions? I was not able to find a reference to the extra 25,000 points.

Gareth
Gareth

I’d really be abandoning Marriott overall if my company isn’t using it for business travel… But since it’s mostly business travel for me, I’d rather put it on Chase Sapphire Reserve and then expense it, and care almost zero on whether it makes sense to put it on a Marriott card.

Therefore, no matter what, I will pass these cards altogether.

Charlie
Charlie

I currently have the regular AMEX SPG card. I’m thinking about cancelling it since I don’t use it and it could open up the possibility of applying for the AMEX Marriott Bonvoy for a signup bonus at some point in the future. Any reason not to?

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Well, that sweet card design for one…

JF
JF

Typically these are not considered new cards. When the Hilton cards were refreshed, the same questions were asked about the Ascend and AmEx said it isn’t a new product.

Emporio
Emporio

When the Marriott Bonvoy American Express arrives in the mail replacing my Starwood AMEX it’s going bonvoyage to through the shredder. The card design is paint by numbers atrocious. I’ll just use my current Starwood AMEX for as long as AMEX allows me to.

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