The Marriott Bonvoy program officially launches

5 money management tips for Generation X

The editorial content below is based solely on the objective assessment of our writers and is not driven by advertising dollars. However, we do receive compensation when you click on links to products from our partners. Learn more about our advertising policy

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Some of the offers mentioned below may no longer be available. Please review our list of best credit cards to find our current offers, or use our CardMatch tool to find cards matched to your needs.

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 The SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps are no longer active as of Feb. 13.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 tier Updated 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.”
  • Cardholders who sign up between Feb. 13 and April 24 will earn 100,000 bonus points when they spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership.
  • 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.

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

  • If you sign up for the card between Feb. 13 and April 24, you can earn a 100,000-point bonus after spending $5,000 in the first three months.
  • 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. 

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.

More changes to come 

Chase and Marriott have also announced the launch of an enhanced Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card. Beginning Feb. 28, 2019, the upgraded Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card will feature a limited-time bonus offer: New cardholders will earn 100,000 bonus points when they spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership. Chase has not yet announced when the limited-time bonus offer is scheduled to end.

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card changes 

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

See the card changes at a glance:

  Current offer Upcoming offer (Feb. 28, 2019)
Sign-up bonus 75,000 points when you spend $3,000 in first 3 months 100,000 points when you spend $5,000 in first 3 months

While the sign-up bonus will increase by 25,000 points, keep in mind that you’ll have to spend $2,000 more in the first three months to receive the bonus. However, with the elevated bonus, you will also earn a higher yearly rewards value.

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 $5,000 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)
Annual Fee

Cardholders will continue to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Anniversary free night at eligible hotels (up to 35,000 points)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Over 6,700 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 can apply for the card now, but may want to wait until the higher sign-up bonus launches on Feb. 28. If you are an existing Marriott Rewards Premier Plus cardholder, you can expect to receive the upgraded card later in 2019.

See relatedWhat's new with the Marriott Rewards program? 

Join the discussion
We encourage an active and insightful conversation among our users. Please help us keep our community civil and respectful. For your safety, do not disclose confidential or personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers. Anything you post may be disclosed, published, transmitted or reused.

If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below.

The editorial content on is not sponsored by any bank or credit card issuer. The journalists in the editorial department are separate from the company's business operations. The comments posted below are not provided, reviewed or approved by any company mentioned in our editorial content. Additionally, any companies mentioned in the content do not assume responsibility to ensure that all posts and/or questions are answered.

Weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, advice, articles and tips delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.

Updated: 02-18-2019