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Time is running out to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card

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As we covered back in January, the new Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card is launching on 26th February.

Unfortunately this is not a brand new product.  It is a rebranding of the existing Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card, with a few tweeks.

American Express has already written to cardholders to tell them what is happening.  From 26th February:

The name of the card will be changed to the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card

The earning rate will be slashed by 33%, from 3 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1 to 2 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1

The earning rate at Marriott Bonvoy hotels will remain 6 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1

Instead of giving all cardholders Silver Elite status, you will receive 15 elite night credits per year.  This will trigger Silver Elite status anyway, but also means that you are 15 nights closer to Gold Elite, Platinum Elite or Titanium Elite status.  This is a genuine improvement.

The annual fee remains at £75

Marriott Bonvoy American Express card

Business Traveller also published the following details after receiving them in a briefing from Marriott:

The sign-up bonus is cut from 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to 20,000 points

The qualifying spend required to hit the bonus increases from £1,000 in 90 days to £3,000 in 90 days

If you had been thinking of applying for this card, attracted partly by the sign-up bonus, you should apply in the next three days.  However, it is VERY tricky to qualify for the bonus.

You need to have had NO personal American Express cards, of any sort (except supplementary cards or Lloyds / MBNA cards) in the past 24 months.  There are not many readers who can manage that.

My full article outlining how the sign-up bonus rules now work is here.

Our full review of the Starwood Amex, albeit based on the existing benefits package, is here.  You can apply here.

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