This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.
If you’re currently a cardholder of the Chase Marriott Visa, you’ve likely heard that the card is being discontinued for all users as of March 15, 2018, but the good news is that Marriott has come up with a great offer for those who are still currently holding the Chase Marriott Visa.
From now until April 18, 2018, existing Marriott Rewards Visa Credit cardholders who do not already have the SPG Amex Card can earn 25,000 Starpoints (the equivalent of 75,000 Marriott Rewards Points) when you sign up for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. To earn these points, you need to spend charge $1,500 in purchases to your Credit Card in the first 3 months of card membership.
In addition, you’ll get the option to balance transfer with no fee at the time of online application at an interest rate of 8.99% for 12 months.
25,000 Starpoints is enough for:
- 5 free nights at a category 2 SPG property, or;
- 2 free nights at a category 4 SPG property, or;
- 1 free night at a category 6 SPG property
75,000 Marriott Rewards Points
- 7 free nights at a category 2 Marriott Rewards property, or;
- 3 free nights at a category 4 Marriott Rewards property, or;
- 2 free nights at a category 6 Marriott Rewards property
Beyond the bonus Starpoints or Marriott Rewards Points, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express comes packed with additional benefits which is why it’s one of the best travel credit cards in Canada. Cardholders can look forward to the following benefits:
- Earn 2 Starpoints for every $1 of eligible purchases at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG properties until July 31, 2018
- Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in all other purchases
- 1 free weekend night stay at select hotels and resorts worldwide when you charge $40,000 in purchases each year
- Upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest membership when you charge $30,000 in purchases each year
- Flight Delay Insurance
- Lost or Stolen Baggage Insurance
- Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance
- Car Rental Theft and Damage Insurance
- Front Of The Line Advance Access
- Purchase Protection and Assurance plans
That is a ridiculous amount of benefits that comes with the card which easily offsets the $120 annual fee. More importantly, this card is perfect for those who are loyal to the Marriott and Starwood brands. Earning those extra points at Marriott and SPG properties can go a long way towards earning free nights and status.
How your Starpoints are linked with Marriott Rewards
In case you weren’t aware, you can link your SPG and Marriott Rewards account. With the merger 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Reward points or 3 Marriott Reward points = 1 Starpoint. By having your accounts linked, you’ll be able to use your points at 30 brands in over 110 countries.
Beyond the points, you also get your status matched at each brand. In other words, if you have Gold Elite status with Marriott, you now also have Gold status with SPG. With more destinations and more experiences available, the merger between Marriott and Starwood couldn’t have been better for consumers.
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