Amex SPG Luxury Card Coming in August with $450 Annual Fee

Yesterday Marriott made an announcement regarding a new unified loyalty program for Marriott, SPG and Ritz. But that wasn’t the only news of the day. American Express and Marriott International also announced the details of the new Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card and the refreshed Starwood Preferred Guest Consumer and Business Credit Cards.

Amex SPG Luxury Card

Designed for premium customers, the brand new Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card will have an annual fee of $450 and feature complimentary Gold Elite Status, no-fee additional Cards, and a statement credit of up to $300 for purchases on the Card at participating hotels worldwide.

More opportunities to earn points

  • For each dollar of eligible purchases charged to your Card, you can earn:
  • 6X points at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels
  • 3X points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
  • 2X points on other eligible purchases

More value and luxury perks to enhance their stay

  • Up to $300 in statement credits each Card renewal year for purchases at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels
  • Annual Night Award (redemption level at or under 50,000 points) every year after your Card account anniversary*
  • Automatic Gold Elite Status and the ability to earn Platinum Elite Status after spending $75,000 on the Card in a calendar year

Coming in 2019: Each calendar year you can receive credit for 15 nights towards the next level of Elite status. Limit one 15 Elite Night Credit per Marriott Loyalty Program member.

More benefits to enhance their travel experience

  • $100 Global Entry or $85 TSA Precheck fee credit
  • Priority Pass Select membership to allow Card Members to enroll and access the 1,000+ airport lounges across the globe within the Priority Pass network
  • Complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi
  • No foreign transaction fees

Guru’s Wrap-Up

The main question about this card will be the signup bonus. That will make the decision easier for most people on whether to apply or not. The Amex SPG Luxury Card gives you perks and benefits that we’re used to seeing on premium cards, but I don’t think anyone would jump on it without a good signup bonus. It comes with a hefty $450 fee that is offset somewhat by $300 in annual statement credits for hotel stays.

Let me know what you think. What bonus would make you apply for the Amex SPG Luxury Card?

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5 thoughts on “Amex SPG Luxury Card Coming in August with $450 Annual Fee

  1. I will certainly spend $300 each year at a Marriott or SPG property on dinner and if I buy TSA Precheck at $85….the card is almost free each year…..Instant Platinum Status w/ $75,000 spending….With a 100,000 point signup bonus….I’d be in for life!

    • I usually don’t consider free TSA Precheck as a huge perk since many people that have been doing this for a while can already get it for free from a few other cards. But yes, it does add some value.

  2. A $200 Travel Incidental or Airline credit would make it a showstopper. The rest of the benefits are pretty ho hum for a $450 annual fee.

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