Final Update: As of 11:27 (6.5 hours after application) I received both an email and a change to approval on the status website:
The email had the last 4 of my new number, but not the temporary card for online use:
My O-6 Select friend was not as lucky, when he applied for the SPG Lux today, he had 5 cards open: Delta Platinum, Hilton Aspire, Hilton Ascend, Hilton No Fee, and Blue Preferred. He was sent to pending as well. When he called in he was asked to close one account. This datapoint should be a sign that the 5 card rule is still in effect for most people.
Looks like some people are getting approvals when applying by NOT logging into their AmEx accounts, and applying with a new browser window. People have also noticed a brand new Marriott Number found by logging into Marriott after 18 June 2018. I had no change in my Marriott number and my SPG and Marriott accounts were unlinked (despite being linked in the past). I signed in to my Marriott account and noted I have Platinum Elite status from my Ritz Card. I hope in the future I can use my AmEx platnum to get Platinum status like we had gotten gold in the past.
I called in earlier today they said the application looked good, and they were just waiting for another department for the final approval. As of 1127 they approved me. The delay could be due to my recent SPG Biz closure that drove me under the 5 card limit.
DoC reporting that the SPG Lux card app is up, and the restrictions do start on 26 Aug 2018 meaning you only have 3 days to get the bonus if you already have the Ritz card. The card has a bonus of 100k SPG points for $5k spend which is less than the predicted 125k. Application can be found here. The language on the application is this:
Limited Time Offer
Earn 100,000 Bonus Pointsafter you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.† Offer ends 10/31/2018.
Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.
Effective 8/26, welcome offer not available to applicants who (i) have or have had The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card from JP Morgan in the last 30 days, (ii) have acquired The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, or The Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days, or (iii) received a welcome or upgrade offer for The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, or The Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 24 months.
The Annual Fee is $450¤
I currently hold on to the Blue Cash Preferred, Hilton Aspire, Delta Platinum, and Delta Reserve. I just closed my SPG Business a few weeks ago. I am also at LOL/24 (26 cards in the last 2 years). I applied at 0510 CST on 23 Aug 2018 and got this:
This is nothing new as all my new applications get flagged for manual review. I checked the application status page here and saw this:
I think once these AmEx agents wake up and get to work they will approve the card, hopefully before the 26 Aug deadline. The application did ask for my SPG, Marriott, or Ritz number. I put in my Ritz number instead of my SPG number. I am not sure if this had anything to do with delaying my application. Maybe I should have put my SPG number instead. I also got this email:
I am going to call 1-866-314-0237 when they open at 6 am mountain time, and see what is going on. Best of luck out there, please post your data points below.