Update – This Offer is no longer available. View the current offer here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card
Marriott and Starwood announced huge changes to their programs yesterday. Nearly all elements of the programs have been modified, including redemptions, elite status, and more. You can see all of these details on their dedicated site. I’m not the biggest fan of the changes, although it could have gone much worse. These changes have already affected the SPG American Express credit cards in Canada.
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is currently one of the best options to use for everyday spend, earning 1 Starpoint per dollar spent and 2 Starpoints for purchases at Marriott and Starwood properties. Starpoints are tremendously flexible and provide a great value during redemptions. Along with the American Express Platinum Card, I use this card for all non-bonused purchases.
Unfortunately, the welcome bonus for the card has dropped significantly, most likely due to yesterdays announcements. Instead of the previous 20,000 Starpoints (60,000 Marriott) offer after completing the minimum spend, you can now only earn a meagre $250 statement credit when signing up for the card. This requires minimum spend but also a transaction at an Starwood or Marriott property. It’s a terrible offer and I would not suggest getting this card with the current offer.
Last Chance: Starwood American Express – 25,000 Points
However, there’s one offer left out there that lets you earn Starpoints as a welcome bonus. It’s intended for those who had the Chase Canada Marriott credit card, but is still publicly accessible. Through this offer, you earn 25,000 Starpoints (75,000 Marriott) by spending $1,500 within the first three months of card membership.
If you don’t already have the card, you should apply now. It’s a no-brainer, since the SPG program effectively ends August 1. The new public $250 statement credit offer is not great, and American Express will not be changing the bonus between now and August. This will be your very last chance to pick up a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card.
Apply here for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and receive up to 25,000 bonus points – conditions apply. Offer ends April 18, 2018.