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The Marriott Bonvoy program officially launches

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Since combining in August 2018, the Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs finally have a new name: Marriott Bonvoy.

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After unifying in August 2018, the Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs finally have a new name: Marriott Bonvoy. In addition to the updated name, the following program changes have gone into effect on Feb. 13, 2019:

  • Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments are now known as “Marriott Bonvoy Moments.”
  • The Marriott Bonvoy app has replaced the Marriott app. If you have already downloaded the Marriott app, it will automatically update to the new Marriott Bonvoy app, or you can download the new app here. The SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps are no longer active as of Feb. 13.
  • Two new Elite status tier names have been introduced:
Previous tierUpdated tier
Platinum Premier Elite
(for members who surpass 75 nights)
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite
Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite
(for members who surpass 100 nights and more than $20,000 spend annually)
Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador

Along with the program rebrand, several credit cards have been overhauled – with more changes on the horizon. Read on to see what you should expect.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express changes:

  • Effective Feb. 13, the card name has changed to “Marriott Bonvoy™ from American Express® Card.”
  • The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express no longer accepts applications as of that date.
  • Existing cardholders – who applied for the card prior to Jan. 23 – can register to earn up to 100,000 bonus points.

Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card changes:

  • Effective Feb. 13, the card name has changed to the “Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.”
  • The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card features a new metal design.
  • Starting March 28, cardholders will receive up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis when you book direct using a special rate for a two-night minimum stay.
  • Starting April 25, new cardholders will earn 75,000 bonus points when they spend $3,000 in the first three months.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express changes:

  • The card name will be updated to “Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card” in March.
  • Starting March 28, the annual fee will increase from $95 to $125. If you apply for the card prior to that date, the annual fee will be $0 the first year, $95 the second year and $125 thereafter.
  • Starting March 28 – along with the free night award each year after your account anniversary – cardholders who spend $60,000 or more in a calendar year will receive a second free night award each year on their account anniversary.
  • Starting April 25, new cardholders will earn 75,000 bonus points when they spend $3,000 in the first three months.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business card changes:

  • As of Feb. 13, Chase no longer accepts new applications for the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card; however, existing cardholders will continue to receive their benefits and be serviced by Chase.
  • The card name has been updated to the “Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card.”
  • Card members can receive an additional free night award after $60,000 spend each calendar year, which will be valid at any property with a redemption value of up to 35,000 points

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card changes:

  • The card name is changing to “The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan”
  • Starting in April, the $100 luxury property credit will include The Ritz-Carlton and the St. Regis when you book direct using your card.
  • Note, the Ritz-Carlton card stopped accepting new applications in July 2018.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card changes:

  • Effective Feb. 13, the card name has changed to “Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card.”
  • Starting Feb. 28, new card members will earn 100,000 bonus points when they spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Offer ended May 16, 2019.
  • New card members will now earn will earn 75,000 bonus points when they spend $3,000 in the first three months.

Along with an updated card name and increased sign-up bonus, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card will feature new card art. Plus, the card will be contactless with EMV Chip technology, allowing you to tap and pay quickly and securely at millions of locations.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Rewards rate

  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott hotels
  • 2 points per dollar on general purchases
Sign-up bonus
75,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months

Why use it? 
The upgraded Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card provides a great opportunity for Marriott loyalists to earn a large amount of rewards in a short period of time. Along with a 75,000-point sign-up bonus, cardholders earn one free night at eligible hotels each year.Learn more
Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)
$606
Annual Fee
$95

Cardholders will continue to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Anniversary free night at eligible hotels (up to 35,000 points)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Over 6,900 properties to choose from worldwide
  • Guaranteed Silver Elite status and a path to Gold Elite status
  • New in 2019, 15 Elite Night credits toward the next level of Elite status
  • New in 2019, special merchant offers through the Chase mobile app
  • New in 2019, ability to lock and unlock your card from the Chase mobile app

When can you apply for the Bonvoy Boundless card?

New card members who apply for the Bonvoy Brilliant and Bonvoy Business cards between Feb. 13 and April 24 can receive 100,000 bonus points when they spend $5,000 in the first three months. New card members can begin applying for the Bonvoy Boundless card’s bonus offer between Feb. 28 and May 16.

See related: Earn up to 100,000 bonus points with Marriott Bonvoy cardsWhat’s new with the Marriott Rewards program?

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Published: February 28, 2019

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