Marriott and Starwood United Under Marriott Bonvoy
On February 13, 2019, Marriott is launching their new travel program, Marriott Bonvoy. This program is replacing the Marriott Rewards loyalty program and will also include the Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs as a result of the Marriott-Starwood merger.
Existing members have seen various program changes as the merger has progressed, but the new branding should make things simpler by unifying all the programs under one name. Members have access to over 6,700 hotel properties worldwide. Some new program features that will be rolled out this year include peak and off-peak point rates and a new premium Category 8 level hotels. Points Advance is a new booking option that allows you to book a room even if you don’t have enough points at the time of booking, which is great when trying to reserve hard-to-book rooms.
With this announcement, some of the biggest changes will be to the co-branded credit cards for these brands.
American Express Bonvoy Cards
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (a Credit Cards House advertiser), a favorite rewards card for travelers, will no longer take new applications after 2/12/2019. For existing card members, the card will be rebranded the Marriott Bonvoy card from American Express, and for now will retain most of the same benefits. After 2/12, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature from Chase will take over the mid-range card space in the program.
American Express will offer two cards for new applicants. They will keep the premium card in the program, rebranding the Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card from American Express to the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express. The card will retain the same benefits as its previous incarnation as well as the premium annual fee of $450.
Amex will also continue to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, but under the new branding as the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card from American Express. The card will retain most of the same benefits, plus an opportunity to earn a second free night. The annual fee will increase to $125.
Chase Bonvoy Cards
The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase will be rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card. This card will retain many of the same benefits and will launch on 2/28/19 with a limited time offer signup bonus.
Chase will continue to service current card holders of the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card but will cease to take new applications for this card. The card will be rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Visa Signature. New applicants will have to sign up for the American Express business card.
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