Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ouch! No more Starpoints bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express - Statement credits instead

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Marriott and SPG announcement comes this change to the sign up offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and it is surprising! They have done away, for the time being, with bonus Starpoints for getting the card! We have seen 15,000, 20,000 and 25,000 points being offered on this card in the past (even until tomorrow you can get 25,000 if you had the Chase Marriott Visa card) but it is unheard of for a major loyalty program with a premium card to totally do away with sign up bonus that rewards you with the currency of the loyalty program. Instead of points, you'll get a $100 statement credit if you spend $1,500 on the card in the first three months and a $150 statement credit if you spend $200 or more at Marriott or Starwood Hotels within the first six months of having the card.

This is significantly less value for the sign up bonus, the previous 20,000 Starpoint bonus we valued at well over $400 and now that is almost cut in half (and you still have to pay the annual fee). I'm wondering where this initiative came from? Is Marriott trying to curb how many points are issued? It does seem that Marriott is definitely trying to push cardholders to be loyal by actually staying at their hotels with the statement credit and not utilizing the Starpoints for converting to airlines, which in reality is why a lot of people did get this card. I understand this from a business perspective but from a consumer perspective to not offer any welcome points for a major program on a major credit card seems counter intuitive.

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

Card Type: Credit   
Annual Fee: $120 Supplementary Fee: $0
Annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 22.99% on funds advances; Missed payment applicable rates, 23.99% and/or 26.99%

• New Starwood Preferred Guest®* Credit Card from American Express Cardmembers, earn 50,000 bonus points after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership.*
•  Earn 5 points for every dollar in eligible Card purchases at participating SPG®* and Marriott Rewards®* properties.*
•  Earn 2 points for every $1 in all other Card purchases.*
• Receive an Annual Free Night Award at eligible hotels and resorts worldwide every anniversary*
• No annual fee on Supplementary Cards.
• Redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at over 6,500 of the world's most desired hotels.*
• Automatic Silver Elite status membership.*
• Enjoy an automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in purchases on the Card each year.*
•  American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply.
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