You may have seen this offer already, but the official email just came in today. American Express Canada is offering an exclusive Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card to existing Chase Marriott Rewards credit card customers. As you know, the co-branded, grandfathered, Chase Marriott credit card are being terminated on March 15, 2018.
Chase offered a few parting tokens of appreciation, such:
- No annual fees will be charged to existing accounts as of January 1, 2018. This means that even if you were due to pay the annual fee in 2018, you will essentially have the fee waived.
- Receive a free night (awarded after March 15, 2018). This means that even if you did not have the credit card for a full year, you will still receive the free night.
The latest offer is is an exclusive 25,000 sign up bonus for the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card if you apply before April 18, 2018. The email is advertised as follows:
I would have preferred the see the first year fee waived instead, especially since the 25,000 sign up bonus offer was already offered over the summer and fall. So this is not anything we have seen before. The reason is says 75,000 Marriott points is that you can convert your Starpoints at a 1:3 ratio, so 25,000 Starpoints can be converted into 75,000 Marriott points.
What is significant to note is that the 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Marriott Rewards and SPG participating hotels promotion has been extended through to July 31, 2018. Is this a hint that we will not see the full integration of Starpoints and Marriott points before the summer?
At the very least, if you missed out on the 25,000 offer last year, you have another chance now!
What are your thoughts on this offer? Should they have waived the annual fee instead of increasing the sign up bonus? Please share in the comment section below.