How Many Points Do the New SPG Amex Cards Earn?

As of August 1, 2018, the SPG Amex credit cards no longer earn SPG points — they earn Marriott Rewards. That shift in earning should cause you to re-evaluate which card you pull out of your wallet for everyday purchases.

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How to Maximize Marriott & Starwood in 2018

As new years celebrations came to a close for 2017 and the world returns to normal, those of us with interest in points and miles turn to what is often the hardest part of rewards travel, implementing our points and…

Marriott Rewards Elite Benefits Chart

Marriott Gold or Platinum Status the Old Fashion Way No Longer Makes Sense

With both Marriott and Starwood, the mid-level elite status is known as Gold Elite, while the high-level elite status is known as Platinum Elite. The Gold status level benefits with both are similar, although as we have recently explained, Marriott Gold Elite status is a somewhat more valuable than Starwood Preferred Guest Gold. The reasoning is that Marriott provides complimentary breakfast and lounge access to Gold Elites and Starwood does not.

Marriott Rewards Elite Benefits Chart

How to Get Instant Gold Status with Both SPG and Marriott from One Credit Card

One of the significant benefits of the Marriott-Starwood merger is the ability to status match between Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. In other words, any elite status you hold with either Marriott or Starwood can now be instantly matched to the other. To reach elite status levels with either of these programs, you typically have to meet some nights or stays requirements per year. However, there are a couple of shortcuts to these stay or night conditions that can instantly grant you Gold Elite status across both programs.

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FAQs About Marriott & SPG Merger

To help its customers understand the relevant aspects of the Marriott-Starwood merger, Marriott has put together an FAQ section on its website. The FAQ is quite extensive (excessive even), so to simplify the process we have sorted through all of them…