AMEX reached out to me to officially confirm that they will continue to offer the Starwood Consumer AMEX card to new customers after Marriott and Starwood merge their programs in August.
Marriott had told bloggers that Chase would take over the consumer credit card portfolio besides for the AMEX Starwood Luxury Consumer card, but that is not the case. It’s not the only misinformation that has come from Marriott reps, but I’ll write more about that in another post.
I did mention how upset people were about the change from 3 Marriott points per dollar spent to just 2 Marriott points per dollar spent, but unfortunately that change does appear to be set in stone. The free annual night was added to compensate for that reduction, but that’s not going to make the card compelling for everyday spending after 8/1.
As of today, the signup offers for the Starwood consumer and business AMEX cards are very uncompetitive. You’ll earn just $100 for spending $1,000 on a new card and another $100 after making a purchase at a SPG or Marriott hotel. You won’t earn any bonus points for signing up.
I am hopeful that the signup bonus points will eventually return, so I would not recommend signing up for the current card offers. The signup bonus for the SPG Luxury card has not yet been announced.
Once again, here is a comparison chart of the 3 Starwood AMEX cards that will be offered as of 8/1:
|Starwood Consumer AMEX||Starwood Business AMEX||Starwood Consumer AMEX Luxury Card|
|Points earned on everyday purchases||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||2 (0.67 Starpoints)|
|Points earned on US airfare||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||3 (1 Starpoint)|
|Points earned on Marriott/Starwood hotels||6 (2 Starpoints)||6 (2 Starpoints)||6 (2 Starpoints)|
|Points earned on US restaurants||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||4 (1.33 Starpoints)||3 (1 Starpoint)|
|Points earned on US gas stations, US wireless service, and US shipping||2 (0.67 Starpoints)||4 (1.33 Starpoints)||2 (0.67 Starpoints)|
|Free elite status level||Silver||Silver||Gold|
|Elite night credits||15||15||15|
|Elite status with annual spending||Gold for $30K (2018)|
Gold for $35K (2019)
|Gold for $30K (2018)|
Gold for $35K (2019)
|Platinum for $75K
|Anniversary free night||Up to 35K Marriott points (11,667 Starpoints)||Up to 35K Marriott points (11,667 Starpoints)||Up to 50K Marriott points (16,667 Starpoints)|
|Annual Marriott/Starwood hotel credit.||None||None||$300|
|Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit||None||None||Full credit every 4 years.|
|Foreign transaction fees||None||None||None|
|Unlimited Boingo WiFi and in-room premium WiFi||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Priority Pass lounge membership||None||None||Yes, with 2 free guests|
Were you able to signup for a Starwood AMEX before the points signup bonus was pulled?