The former SPG Amex card is no longer available to new applicants.
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Marriott Rewards program rebranding
The Marriott Rewards program is rebranding to become Bonvoy and giving some of its cobranded credit cards a facelift in the process. Specific cards will be phased out in the process — namely, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.
As of February 12, 2019, Marriott is no longer accepting applications for the card and has renamed it Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. Those who applied and were approved before the cutoff date are able to keep their accounts open and continue taking advantage of the card’s great rewards and perks.
Here’s a quick rundown of what this card offers those who beat the deadline.
If you spend $3,000 using your Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card within the first 3 months your account is open, you’ll earn 75,000 bonus points — enough for at least one standard-night stay at SPG or Marriott Rewards properties.
This reward bonus leads to another perk for existing cardholders.
Great point transfer options
The Marriott Rewards® program includes nearly 40 transfer partners and counting. This allows for flexibility in how you redeem your points, whether on hotels or airlines.
What’s more, for every 60,000 points you transfer to miles on a participating airline partner, Marriott throws in a bonus 5,000 miles to your new mileage total. This generous perk is one reason that Marriott Rewards cobranded cards are so well regarded.
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The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card waived its annual fee for the first year before reverting to $95 the second year. In contrast, its closest comparable card — the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ card from Chase — starts with a $95 annual fee out the gate.
If you’re someone who likes to take advantage of multiple cards, you know that Chase’s 5/24 rule prevents you from opening new accounts if you’ve opened more than five in the past 24 months. As an Amex card, the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card sidestepped this rule.
The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card carried intrinsic perks of select American Express cards, including Boingo Wi-Fi access and ShopRunner two-day shipping.
While not the most pressing reason to jump at an offer, new cardholders got a limited-edition design on the rechristened SPG Amex. The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card features an abstract skyline design, replacing the old design’s purple coat.
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Given the generous welcome offer, flexible redemption options and waived annual fee for your first year, the former Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express was a deal too good to last.