Marriott Bonvoy credit card changes announced

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Amex and Chase issued press releases today to unveil near term plans for converting their SPG and Marriott Rewards cards to the new all-in-one Marriott Bonvoy program.  Here’s a summary of the changes, organized by the currently existing credit card names (scroll to the bottom for my impressions):

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

  • New Name: Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (as of Feb 13 2019)
  • Last Day to Apply: February 12, 2019  (Amex will no longer accept new applications for this card beginning February 13th)
  • New Retention Bonus Starting Feb 24 2019: For those who opened their accounts before Jan 23 2019 –> Earn up to 100K bonus points. Earn 25K bonus points for each $25K of spend through the end of 2019.  “Eligible Card Members will receive more information about this offer, including the relevant terms and how to register their Card soon.”
  • New card design:

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express

  • New Name: Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (as of Feb 13 2019)
  • New Welcome Bonus: For those who apply Feb 13 through April 24 2019, earn 100K points after $5K spend in 3 months.
  • New Perks: Earn an additional 35K free night award with $60,000 or more spend per year
  • New Annual Fee: $125 starting March 28 2019 (was $95)
    • Card Members who apply before 3/28/19 will receive the first year free, then pay an annual fee of $95 at the following Card anniversary date, and then pay the new annual fee of $125 at their next Card anniversary date and on all Card anniversary dates thereafter.
    • For current Card Members, the fee increase will take effect on the Card Member’s next Card anniversary date on or after 3/28/2019
  • New card design:

  • Current card info:
    Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
    100K Points + Platinum Status + up to $150 statement credit
    100K points after $5K spend in the first 3 months + Complimentary Platinum Status for 2021 membership year (2/1/21 to 1-31-22) + up to $150 in statement credits for eligible purchases on U.S. Advertising in select media in first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
    (Offer Expires 1/13/2021)

    $125 Annual Fee


    Card Type: Amex Credit Card

    Base
    Dine
    Gas
    Phone
    Biz
    Brand

    Earning rate: 6x at Marriott Bonvoy properties ⚬ 4x U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased from U.S. suppliers and on U.S. purchases for shipping ⚬ 2x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

    Big spend bonus: Marriott Gold elite status with $35K annual spend ⚬ Earn an additional free night (good for one night at a redemption level at or under 35K points, subject to resort fees) after you spend $60K on purchases in a calendar year

    Noteworthy perks: 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary for a one-niight redemption level at or under 35K points (subject to resort fees) ⚬ Complimentary premium Internet access at Marriott properties ⚬ Terms Apply (Rates & Fees)

    See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card from American Express

  • New Name: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (as of Feb 13 2019)
  • New Welcome Bonus: For those who apply Feb 13 through April 24 2019, earn 100K points after $5K spend in 3 months.
  • New Perks:  Starting March 28 2019, $100 in property credit per stay when cardholders use their Card and a special rate code to book stays of two or more nights at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis® properties
  • New card design:

  • Current card info:
    Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card
    125K points + Platinum Status
    125K points + Platinum Status: 100K points after $5K spend in the first 3 months + Platinum status for 2021 membership year (2/1/21 to 1-31-22) + 25K points after first anniversary. Terms apply.
    (Offer Expires 1/13/2021)

    $450 Annual Fee

    FM Mini Review: Decent ultra-premium option for Marriott fans, but Hilton fans may prefer the ultra-premium Hilton Aspire card.


    Card Type: Amex Credit Card

    Base
    Travel
    Dine
    Brand

    Earning rate: 3X airfare charged by airline; 3X US restaurants, 6X Marriott; 2X on all other eligible purchases

    Big spend bonus: Platinum Elite status with $75K calendar year spend

    Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 50K Free Night Award each year upon renewal ⚬ $300 Marriott Rewards statement credit per membership year ⚬ Gold Elite status ⚬ 15 elite nights credit ⚬ Priority Pass Select with 2 free guests ⚬ Global Entry fee credit ⚬ Free premium internet at Marriott properties

    See also: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus

  • New Name: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (as of Feb 28 2019)
  • New Welcome Bonus: Starting Feb 28 for a limited time, earn 100K points after $5K spend in 3 months.
  • New Perks: Contactless (the Amex cards already have this feature)
  • New card design:

Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business Plus

  • New Name: Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business (as of Feb 28 2019)
  • Last Day to Apply: February 12, 2019  (Chase will no longer accept new applications for this card beginning February 13th)
  • New Perks: Earn an additional 35K free night award with $60,000 or more spend per year
  • Same Annual Fee: $99 (pointing this out because the Amex business card will increase its fee to $125)
  • New card design:

Chase Ritz Carlton Rewards Visa Infinite

  • New Name: The Ritz-Carlton Card
  • New Perks:  Starting April 2019, $100 in property credit per stay when cardholders use their Card and a special rate code to book stays of two or more nights at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis® properties.
  • New card design:

Chase Marriott Rewards Premier

  • New Name:  Not yet announced
  • New card design:

New No-Fee Marriott consumer card from Chase coming this summer

  • No additional details have been released yet

My first impressions

  • Bonvoy is still a stupid name
  • I’m not excited about the alliteration that will make it hard to remember which card is which.  Which is a higher end card? Bonvoy Brilliant?  Bonvoy Boundless?  I would have guessed that boundless trumps brilliant, but I’d be wrong.  In my opinion, Amex should have stuck with the Luxury Card name for their $450 card.
  • I love the card art on the Bonvoy Amex (AKA old SPG consumer card)!  I predict that this will be the card to have since you won’t be able to get it starting Feb 13 2019.  For $95 per year, it’s worth keeping for the annual 35K free night… and the card art.
  • It’s also interesting that Amex is encouraging spending on the old SPG card by offering 25K bonus points per $25K spend, up to 100K.  If you spend exactly a multiple of $25K, the card effectively has it’s old earning power of 1 SPG point = 3 Marriott.
  • Both the Amex and Chase business cards are gaining the ability to earn a second 35K free night with $60K spend.  For those who spend a lot at gas stations to earn 4X rewards, this should come as good news.
  • I’m bummed that the Ritz and Lux.. er, Brilliant cards didn’t add big spend bonuses like free nights or extra points.  Only those cards offer Platinum status with $75K spend, so it would be nice for Marriott to offer more than just elite status for that high spend.
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