It has finally happened.
After much waiting and anticipation, the combined Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest program has a new name: Marriott Bonvoy.
And that means we can (almost) officially retire the Starwood brand.
The American Express SPG Cards are still using their branding, but a changeover is just around the corner.
Is there anything you have to do?
If you haven’t combined your SPG and Marriott accounts yet, this should definitely be on your to-do list in order to pool your points together. Also, if you use the Starwood or Ritz-Carlton apps on your phone, they are being deactivated. You will have to download the Marriott app. But otherwise, that’s it for now.
As far as we can tell, for now, nothing is changing regarding the hotel program you know and love. It’s just a different name and a fresh new look. All your points, login info, program number, and status are the same.
Changes later this year
There will be some changes coming later this year, mostly centered around hotel redemptions. A new chart involving peak and off-peak point pricing is coming, and will look like this:
Category 8 will take effect on March 5. Only 68 out of Marriott’s 6,700 properties will have it.
As for the peak and off-peak pricing, no word yet on when this will roll out, and no details on what constitutes peak and off-peak. So be sure to stay tuned, we’ll let you know what to expect when this news is released.
In the meantime, here’s our guide to getting the most out of Marriott Bonvoy.
Coming soon: The new Marriott Bonvoy Amex credit card
Do you already have the
If you don’t already have the SPG card and are interested in collecting Marriott Bonvoy points, this card is a great place to start.
Start by earning 50,000 points as a welcome bonus when you spend $1,500 in the first 3 months. That’s enough points for a 2-night stay at a category 4 hotel.
Then, earn points on all of your everyday spending:
- 5 points per $1 spent at Marriott properties, and
- 2 points per $1 spent on everything else.
While earning points is great, what really makes this card stand out are the hotel perks.
First, get a free night stay at up to a category 5 hotel every year on your card anniversary. This alone is worth up to $290 every year just for having the card.
Plus, get automatic Silver Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program. Being Silver Elite has many benefits, but the big one is getting an additional 10% bonus in Marriott Bonvoy points on your hotel stays. And, if you spend $30,000 on your card per year, you’ll get upgraded to Gold Elite status.
Plus, with 8 types of purchase and travel protection included, you can travel easy, and with peace of mind.
All for an annual fee of $120.
If you’re always looking for good hotel deals, this is a card you should consider adding to your wallet.