Credit Card Review: Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

The Marriott Bonvoy American Express card replaced the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal card. All cardholders were transferred to the new card but there’s a chance you’re still holding the SPG card as the cards will only be replaced as they expire.

The SPG Amex used to be one of the best cards out there, but there’s no need to relive the past. Those days are gone and the Marriott Bonvoy AMEX is what’s left. The question is now, what benefits does the card provide and it is worthwhile keeping?

NOTE: This card is no longer available to new applicants. If you are looking to sign up for a new card, please check out our reviews of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express and the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa by Chase
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Save 20% To 25% On Award Stays Using This Method

You spend a bunch of time and effort earning points in hotel loyalty programs, whether it’s by actually staying at hotels or by signing up for credit cards with high sign-up bonuses. It makes sense that you’ll want to get your money’s worth when redeeming those points for free hotel nights. You need to do some homework to know what your points are worth so you don’t waste them on an inexpensive room or overpriced redemption.

There’s also an easy way to save up to 25% on hotel point redemptions. It’s simple to use and works at inexpensive and luxury hotels of three different hotel chains.  Continue reading “Save 20% To 25% On Award Stays Using This Method”

Why You Need To Diversify Your Miles and Points Portfolio

As you may have read, we had a blowout trip through the American Southwest in 2017. For us, a fifteen night trip is an amazingly long time to be away from home. We could have stayed at the same hotel chain properties and worked our way towards some low level of status. However, it was much better for us to pick the best hotel for us in each location and use the most sensible form of payment, be it paying cash or using points. The same thing went for the flights, which were booked with a combination of cash and airline miles.

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This was possible because I had a stash of points in several hotel programs as well as had transferrable credit card points. Some of the rooms I paid for because the hotels either weren’t part of any point program or there was a promotion that made paying with cash a much better value than using points.

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Merge Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts Now, Before The Launch Of Bonvoy

I know, yet another article about the merger of Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz Carlton Rewards into the single Marriott Bonvoy program. The official date of the conversion is February 13th. Much of the discussion had been focused on the Marriott and SPG credit cards from Chase and AMEX and whether you should sign up for one card or another before they are no longer available.  However, I received a message from a reader about our post on merging accounts asking a question I didn’t know the answer to: If you haven’t done so by now, is it mandatory to merge your accounts?

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Should You Keep The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Card?

As of February 12, 2019, another of our credit cards will join the ranks of our discontinued cards. On that date, Marriott will be consolidating their credit card portfolio under the Bonvoy name and eliminating overlapping cards issued by both Chase and American Express. One of the cards going away to new applicants is the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business card from Chase. American Express has the rights to issue the Marriott Bonvoy Business card from here on, but since we’re current cardholders we can keep our card and the current benefits if we choose.

The question is, should we?

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