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Marriott Bonvoy™ is launching in February but there will be NO new Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express® credit card in the UK even though the new name for Marriott Rewards® is changing.

After the launch, the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express® Credit Card will stay the same, so the new incredible Starwood American Express card…. is in fact the old one!

Why Apply?

This credit card is still worth a look as it has some major benefits in addition to offering a nice load of Marriott Bonvoy™ points. You see, it also offers one of the few ways to collect Emirates Skywards Air Miles in the UK and American Airlines miles from the UK.

If you transfer 60,000 points in bulk and you will get 25,000 American Airlines, Emirates or Avios which includes a 5,000 bonus. This values the 33,000 point FREE* signup bonus as 13,750 American Airlines, Emirates or Avios points (or you can transfer to the other airlines below).

This makes the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card a great Amex choice for spend in the UK. If you want to apply for this card and drop me an email and I can supply you with a referral to get you 33,000 points if you spend £1,000 in the first 3 months of membership (you get 3,000 more points with my referral than just applying direct).

Key features

33,000 points if you spend £1,000 in the first 3 months. This is a GREAT signup bonus! You must drop me an email for a referral to get the 33,000 points. Order direct and you only get 30,000.
£75 annual fee (can be cancelled at any time and you will get a pro-rata refund of the fees).
Earn 3 points per £1 spent. I value 3 points at $0.04 or £0.03.

The other key features of this card are that you can earn 6 points for every £1 of eligible purchases charged to your card at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. Valid until 31 December 2019.

You automatically get Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status that gives you 10% more points on every eligible hotel purchase, Priority Late Checkout, a dedicated phone line for Elite members and our Ultimate Reservation Guarantee.

You get an upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status once you make £15,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in an anniversary year.

You get a Free Night Award when you spend £25,000 on your Card each anniversary year. The award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 25,000 points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.

Why Collect Marriott Bonvoy Points?

Because they can ALSO be converted into all the airline miles outlined below. In fact, this card is probably the best UK credit card to collect Emirates Skywards Miles. Of note; if you transfer 60,000 points in bulk and you will get 25,000 Avios which includes a 5,000 bonus of Avios. At my Avios valuation of £0.02, 60,000 points gets me £500 of Avios valuing the SPG that I convert to Avios at £0.025 per SPG. This values the 33,000 point FREE* signup bonus as £275 of Avios *£1,000 min spend and your avios valuation may be different from mine.

These are some of the other airline mileage schemes that you can transfer your Points into:
Aegean Airlines
Aeromexico Club Premier
Aeroplan/Air Canada
Air China Companion
Air New Zealand Airpoints
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Alitalia MilleMiglia
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
American Airlines AAdvantage
Amtrak Guest Rewards
Asia Miles
Asiana Airlines
British Airways Executive Club
China Eastern Airlines
Clean the World
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
Emirates Skywards
Etihad Airways
Flying Blue
Gol Smiles
Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Iberia Plus
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank
Jet Airways
Korean Air
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass
LifeMiles® of Avianca
Miles and More
Qatar Airways
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus
The American Red Cross
The United Nations Children’s Fund
United Mileage Plus
Velocity Frequent Flyer
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
topbonus loyalty

Remember, if you are planning to book a First or Business Class flight or a luxury hotel, contact our luxury travel concierge to get a quote before booking. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, deals and special benefits.

Other Cards Worth Having

The FREE Amex Gold Card with 22,000 bonus membership rewards when you apply and spend £2,000 in 3 months. Drop me an email to get the 22,000 rewards. Apply direct and you only get 20,000 rewards.

The BA Premium Plus American Express Card. Spend exactly £10,000 on this card to spark a 2-4-1 voucher plus get 1.5 Avios per £1 spent. If you drop me an email I can supply you with a referral to get an additional 1,000 Avios when you apply. Currently you get 26,000 Avios Bonus when you hit your spend limit for the Premium Plus card including the 1,000 bonus (you get 6,000 for the standard free card).

Reviews within this content are solely the opinion of the author and have not been sponsored, influenced, or reviewed by American Express.