American Express Confirms Date for SPG Luxury Card Launch
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With the Marriott loyalty program merger just a couple of weeks away, everything’s beginning to fall into place. Now we know when to expect the latest addition to the chain’s credit card portfolio, the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card, as well.
Amex’s new Luxury Card will be available for new sign-ups beginning on August 23, just three days ahead of new restrictions that will limit your ability to collect a new member bonus if you’ve recently had similar products from Chase. While it’s not clear what the Luxury Card’s sign-up offer will be just yet, based on the new restriction date of August 26, you should have a small window of eligibility despite the upcoming limitations, as outlined in this post.
In the meantime, you might also want to take advantage of the elevated bonuses currently available with Amex’s other two co-branded cards. The welcome bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is now 75,000 points after spending $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months. Additionally, from now until October 31, 2018, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering a limited-time bonus of 100,000 points after spending $5,000 on the card within the first 3 months.
As a reminder, the Luxury Card will carry a $450 annual fee, but comes along with the following benefits:
- $300 in statement credits for purchases at participating Marriott hotels each cardmember year
- $100 Global Entry or $85 TSA PreCheck fee credit
- Priority Pass Select membership (including two guests)
- Annual free night award (up to 50,000 points) after card renewal
- Automatic Gold status and the ability to earn Platinum after spending $75k in a calendar year
- Boingo Wi-Fi access
- 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member per year, not once per card)
You’ll also earn 6x points at participating Marriott hotels, 3x points at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines, and 2x points on all other purchases.
We aren’t expecting details on the Luxury Card’s welcome bonus before the product becomes available on August 23, but I’d expect new cardmembers to be incentivized with at least 100,000 points, given the current bonus available with the far-less-expensive Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.