A month ago, I wrote about the transformation of the SPG AMEX from a card that offers an excellent return on everyday spending to a card that offers valuable perks but less valuable points for spending.
The value of Starpoints/Marriott points won’t go down, but the card will offer fewer points per dollar spent.
Currently you earn an effective 3 Marriott points (1 Starpoint) per dollar spent on the card, but effective for purchases made on or after 8/1 that will drop to just 2 Marriott points (0.67 Starpoints) per dollar. If you enjoy the versatility of Starpoints for transferring points to dozens of airlines, this change will kill that. Instead of a minimum of 1.25 airline miles per dollar spent, you’ll earn just 0.84 airline miles per dollar spent.
There will be a 6 month period with amazing incredible hotel bargains, which will mean in the short term the value of Starpoints/Marriott points should actually go up. Alas, next February those bargains will vanish.
Additionally, new airlines will be added for point transfers, like El Al, JetBlue, Qantas, and Southwest. That could make the value of points go up as well. But it won’t go up enough enough to make up for the 33% loss in earning power on the SPG AMEX in August.
Personally, I’ve shifted all of my everyday spending from my Freedom Unlimited/Quadfecta strategy to my Starwood card. I’ll switch back on 8/1, but until that point I think it’s worth racking up the Starpoints while the getting is good.
After 8/1 I may use my Starwood card at Marriott/Starwood hotels for 6 Marriott points per dollar and at gas stations for 4 Marriott points per dollar, but other than that I’ll just enjoy the annual free night and other benefits it comes with while the card gets downgraded from the front of my wallet to the back of my sock drawer. The annual free night will be worth more than the annual fee, but the card will no longer hold a compelling value for everyday spend as it has for more than the past decade.
Have you shifted spending towards the SPG AMEX since last month’s announcement about the changes coming in August?
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