New Details for Marriott Bonvoy Were Announced Today — Here’s What We Can Expect

Hello, Marriott Bonvoy: We’ve Been Expecting You
4 minute read | 1/24/19Jan. 24, 2019

Well, it’s official — another change has come along to the Marriott and SPG branded card portfolios.

Additional details have been released by Chase and American Express about the newly rebranded loyalty program for Marriott International, known as Marriott Bonvoy, which will launch on February 13, 2019.

Going forward, American Express will issue Marriott branded business credit cards and luxury cards, while Chase will issue Marriott consumer cards, along with a new yet-to-be-released Marriott card expected to launch this summer.

“We are looking forward to entering this exciting new chapter and continuing to bring incredible value and service to our Card Members wherever life or business takes them,” said Eva Reda, Executive Vice President, Global Cobrand Partnerships at American Express.

We’ve known changes were coming but didn’t have details until today. While many of the benefits are staying the same, there are some standout changes in the works. Here’s what we can expect to change for each card.

Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express

Shapes within the new card art design are supposed to emulate a cityscape and the color palette is intended to a mirror sunrise and sunset reflecting off buildings

Changes on February 13, 2019

  • The name will change from Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card.
  • At the same time, no new applications will be accepted for this card (applications for Marriott luxury and business cards will still be accepted).
  • If you’ve been waiting to sign up, now’s the time!

Changes on February 24, 2019

  • Existing cardholders will be able to register to earn 25k points for every $25,000 spend on eligible purchases on the card, up to four times, earning a maximum of 100k points, based on the total amount spent on purchases from the registration date through 12/31/19.

Changes coming May 2019

  • A new card design will be rolled out

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card

Changes on February 13, 2019

  • The name will change from Starwood Preferred Guest Card American Express Luxury Card to Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
  • Eligible new cardholders who sign up can earn 100k points after spending $5,000 in the first three months of account opening (through 4/24/19)

Changes on March 28, 2019

  • Cardholders can earn up to $100 in property credits per stay when they use a special, personalized code and their card to book stays for two nights or longer at The Ritz-Carlton or The St. Regis.

Coming March 2019

  • A new card design featuring steel construction will be rolled out

Annual fee: $450

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card from American Express

Changes on February 13, 2019

Changes on March 28, 2019

  • Cardholders can earn an additional free night award after spending $60,000 or more annually on their card (valued up to 35,000 points)
  • The card’s annual fee will increase $30, from $95 to $125

Coming March 2019

  • A new card design will be rolled out

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 (Note: Annual fee will increase to $125 on 3/24/19)

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card

Changes on February 28, 2019

  • The name will change from Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card to Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card
  • A new card design will be rolled out
  • New cardmembers can earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months of account opening

Annual fee: $95

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

Changes on February 13, 2019

  • The name will change from the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card to The Ritz-Carlton Card, which isn’t a big deal since they haven’t been accepting new applications since mid-2018.

Changes coming April 2019

  • $100 hotel credits used on paid stays will include Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis properties, as long as stays are two nights or longer.

Annual fee: $450

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Card

Changes on February 13, 2019

  • New applications for this card will no longer be accepted
  • Existing cardmembers will receive an additional free night award to use at any property, after spending $60,000 each calendar year, with a redemption value of up to 35k points.
  • If you’ve been waiting to sign up, now’s the time!

Annual fee: $99

TL;DR

  • After February 13, 2019, you’ll no longer be able to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex or Marriott Business cards, so if you've been waiting to sign up, now's the time!
  • Marriott is shifting some focus away from everyday spend and adding more spend bonuses and free night awards
  • SPG Business Amex card’s annual fee is increasing from $95 to $125
  • Cards will get a whole new look and be updated with Bonvoy branding

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