Last Day Ever to Apply for the SPG Amex

Feb 11, 2019

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The Starwood Preferred Guest Amex card is only available for one more day before it closes to new applicants forever. Apply by Feb. 12, or you’re out of luck. If you do apply by that date, you can earn a welcome bonus of 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. You’ll also enjoy perks like 6x points at Marriott properties, a 35,000-point free night award each account anniversary year and complimentary Silver elite status.

The end of applications for the SPG Amex is part of the overhaul of Marriott- and Starwood-branded cards from Chase and Amex. In addition to the SPG Amex shuttering applications, all cards from both issuers will switch over to Marriott Bonvoy branding. (Bonvoy’s the name of the new combined loyalty program, and it will start rolling out on Feb. 13, just a day after SPG Amex applications are closed.)

Even though you won’t be able to apply for the SPG Amex after the 12th, the card will see some changes down the line, including switching to the name of “Marriott Bonvoy Amex” and a limited-edition card design (seen below).

Feb. 12 is also your last day to apply for the Marriott Premier Plus Business Card — Chase gets to keep its lower-fee personal credit card in market, while Amex will be the issuer to maintain a non-premium business card.

Marriott’s restrictions on earning welcome bonuses from its cobranded cards are confusing, to say the least, but we can confirm that if you sign up for the SPG Amex you’ll be eligible for the more premium Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card down the line. So you could earn 75,000 points (worth $675 based on TPG’s valuations) with the lower-fee SPG Amex now, and possibly acquire the premium card — soon to be known as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex — at a later date.

The SPG Amex is a great option if you’re looking to earn Marriott points and enjoy a free night each account anniversary year without paying a premium annual fee. You’ll earn 75,000 points if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, and you’ll receive a limited-edition card design later this year. Just remember that if you don’t apply by tomorrow, Feb. 12, you’ll be locked out applying for this card and earning a welcome bonus forever.

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WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
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