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Many Marriott and Starwood credit cardholders have been anxiously awaiting updates on the future of each hotel’s rewards credit card. Even though the Marriott-Starwood merger will finalize in late 2018, your existing Marriott and Starwood credits cards will remain intact.
Here’s the news, new Marriott and Starwood credit cards will be added to the portfolio in 2018.
Even though Marriott plans on launching a single technology platform that merges the Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs into one, Chase will retain the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton relationship. American Express is keeping the Starwood portfolio.
What’s New With American Express and the Starwood Preferred?
American Express will still be the exclusive provider of all co-branded Starwood credit cards. They will be releasing new co-branded credit cards in 2018. You may want to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest card now if you’ve never had the hotel card before it’s too late.
For now, you can still apply for the personal Amex SPG or business SPG and earn up to 5 Starpoints for your hotel stays and the generous air travel transfer benefits. Even though rewards nights start at 3,000 points, you receive a 5,000 point bonus when you transfer at least 20,000 Starpoints at once to one of their 40 air travel partners.
Of course, you can always transfer your Starpoints to Marriott on a 1:3 ratio.
New Marriott Credit Cards Coming Soon!
Neither party has released details yet, but we do know that American Express will be launching two new cards:
- Consumer Premium Card (Think Amex Platinum)
- Enhanced Small Business Card
Since the Marriott-Starwood merger was announced over a year ago, many travelers were afraid the Starwood credit card limited would be nixed altogether. Now, it looks like the Amex credit cards will be better than ever, but we still need to wait for all the details!
In addition to being a huge win for Marriott fans, this is also a big win for American Express who gets to keep the portfolio for the best-rated hotel loyalty program as it has for the past 60 years!
What About the Marriott and Chase Co-Brand Lineup?
Chase will continue to offer the following co-branded Marriott Rewards credit cards:
- Marriott Rewards Premier
- Marriott Rewards Premier Business
- The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
With the personal Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, you can earn up to 5 points on all Marriott Rewards and SPG stays, 2 points on direct airline ticket purchases; car rental agencies and dining, and a free anniversary night stay at any Marriot category 1-5 property.
Like Amex, Chase and Marriott are planning to release new mass consumer and premium consumer credit cards in 2018. While we don’t know exact details yet, it looks like Chase will revamp the current credit cards to potentially including some of the unique benefits that Amex SPG cardholders enjoy to streamline the final merger details in late 2018.
Of course, a premium Marriott Rewards credit card could be in the works so you now have the option of having a premium co-branded travel credit card from Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton in addition to your current flexible travel credit cards from Chase and Amex.
What To Do Until The New Credit Cards Arrive
I’m looking forward to the hearing more about the new premium SPG product, and it’s always a good thing for consumers when there are new products being released. Until, Marriott and Starwood release more details on their upcoming card lineups, continue to use your current Marriott and Starwood cards as usual. And think about applying for the Amex SPG cards before it’s too late.
You can earn bonus rewards points on all Marriott and Starwood stays with either credit card and redeem your points for a reward night with either program too.
We’ll learn more as 2018 unfolds.
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