After the, not so smooth, merger of SPG, Marriott and Ritz Carlton Loyalty programs, things seem to have settled down and moving in a positive direction. As the combined program merges into Marriott Bonvoy, the brands SPG, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards won't exist anymore. So rebranding of the credit cards wasn't unexpected. However, Marriott has pleasantly surprised us with some awesome new benefits for card holders and a new beautifully designed card. Let's see what's happening to your SPG Amex.


Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card is Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card

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Designed by a Manhattan-based muralist Tony "Rubin" Sjöman, the card looks refreshing. Alas, this is the only one to sport that design. 

New Benefits:  

  • 15 Elite Night Credit each calendar year. So you need 15 less nights to move to a higher status. 
  • Starting February 24, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card Members whose accounts were opened before January 23, 2019 will be eligible to earn up to 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points. Once registered, eligible Card Members can earn 25,000 bonus points for every $25,000 in eligible purchases on the Card, for up to 100,000 points through the end of the year. You should get a mail with details and registration process soon.

Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card is Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

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Offered in a sleek stainless-steel Card design, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card is meant to look more premium and stainless steel body will definitely help.

New Benefits:  

  • Up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton® or St. Regis® when you book direct using a special rate for a 2 night minimum stay.
  • 15 Elite Night Credit each calendar year. So you need 15 less nights to move to a higher status. 

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card is Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

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New Benefits:  

  • An additional Free Night Award after $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Award can be used for one night (under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel.
  • 15 Elite Night Credit each calendar year. So you need 15 less nights to move to a higher status. 


Offers for New Members

If you don't have a SPG Amex card, next few weeks might be a good time to do so. From February 13 through April 24, 2019, eligible new Card Members who apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card can earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after they spend $5,000 in purchases on their Card in the first three months of Card Membership.