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AmEx Will Launch Premium SPG Card, Update Current Card Offers

June 14, 2018
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AmEx Will Launch Premium SPG Card, Update Current Offers
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Today, Marriott International announced changes to its much-loved Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program. At the same time, American Express says it plans to launch a premium $450-annual-fee SPG card and make changes to its two existing SPG cards in August.

With these updates and launch, SPG cards will begin carrying many more goodies — such as automatic elite status and more points earned per dollar spent. For many, these benefits make these cards worth keeping.

“We are really, really proud of this portfolio, and think that these enhancements and the new card … only make it even better,” says Courtney Kelso, the American Express senior vice president of charge, co-brand and loyalty for global commercial services.

Launch of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Credit Card

Here’s what you need to know about AmEx’s new premium SPG card, the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Credit Card:

Expected launch: August 2018

Welcome bonus: To be announced

Annual fee: $450 annual fee

Ongoing rewards:

  • 6 points for every dollar spent SPG and Marriott International hotels
  • 3 points for every dollar spent at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Terms Apply

Foreign transaction fees: None

Other benefits:

  • Up to $300 in statement credit for purchases at participating SPG and Marriott hotels (including purchases made through Marriott online and in-hotel purchases, such as dining, golf and spa — as long as they’re coded as Marriott purchases). 
  • Annual free night at renewal (up to a 50,000-point night)
  • Automatic Gold Elite status, opportunity to get Platinum Elite status with $75,000 spend in cardmember year
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, renews every four years
  • Priority Pass Select — complimentary visits for cardholder and up to 2 guests
  • Boingo Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary additional cards for authorized users.
  • Beginning in early 2019, card members can receive credit for 15 nights toward the next level of elite status, and annually every calendar year thereafter. Each Marriott loyalty program member can only qualify for this benefit once per year (even if they have multiple credit cards that offer this benefit).
  • Terms Apply

Changes to existing SPG cards

Aside from launching a new premium card, AmEx will also make changes to its existing SPG cards in August — in part, in response to the major changes Marriott International made to the SPG loyalty program. The cards that will be updated include:

Here’s what will change:

Card nameCurrent benefits (Terms Apply)Updated benefits (to take effect in August 2018) (Terms Apply)
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express2 points
for every dollar of eligible purchases on the card at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards® hotels.

1 point
for all other purchases

Receive credit for 5 nights and 2 stays each year toward SPG elite status.

No foreign transaction fees

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95
6 points
for every dollar of eligible purchases on the card at participating Marriott International hotels

2 points
for every dollar of eligible purchases on the card on other eligible purchases

Annual Free Night (up to 35,000 points) after card renewal

Automatic Silver Elite Status; and the ability to earn Gold Elite Status after spending $30,000 on their Card in a calendar year. (Beginning January 1, 2019, cardholder will earn Gold Elite Status after spending $35,000 on their card in a calendar year.)

15 Elite Night Credit. (Beginning in early 2019, cardholders can receive credit for 15 nights towards the next level of elite status, and annually every calendar year thereafter. Each member can only earn one 15 Elite Night Credit.)

No foreign transaction fees

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American ExpressSame rewards and benefits as current consumer card

No foreign transaction fees

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95
The same rewards and benefits as the updated consumer card

4 points per dollar spent on everyday business purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. shipping purchases

No foreign transaction fees

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95

The verdict

From a rewards and benefits perspective, the new premium card and these updated offers are quite valuable. If you know you can use the generous offers these cards, these are worth getting.

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