Remember Your SPG Lux Bonus Will Conflict With The Chase Business Marriott Card Bonus

Update: Reader Ryan pointed out that I forgot that I had gotten the bonus on the SPG Lux card no less than 5 months ago. I have updated the post accordingly.

Dang

Confirmed datapoint here. I currently hold the SPG Lux (Bonus received Sept 2018), Ritz, Marriott Premier. I had never gotten the bonus on the Marriott Premier, but did get the two free Ritz Nights one year ago. I got this message when I tried to apply for the Business version of the Marriott Premier Plus:

You are not eligible for the new cardmember bonus because you currently have or had a Starwood Preferred Guest card, as described in the eligibility criteria. We have not performed a credit check yet. Would you like to continue your application to get this card without a new cardmember bonus?

I canceled the application right then and there because I don’t know if it would be worth the $99 annual fee if not for the 75k bonus. The $99 would be perfect for the 35k nights, but now that I have 4 of the 50K night certs, I may just go ahead and upgrade my existing Marriott Premier to the Plus of a bonus ever comes around.

This goes (somewhat) with Greg’s chart (Note the “and must no longer have card”)

According to Greg’s chart from Frequent Miler, I could not be elligible to get the bonus due to my SPG Lux card bonus. I should have taken time to read the eligibility clause as follows:

Eligibility for the new cardmember bonus: The bonus is not available to you if you:

  • are a current cardmember of this business credit card;
  • were a previous cardmember of this business credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the last 24 months;
  • are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express;
  • are a current or previous cardmember of either The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card, and received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months; or
  • applied and were approved for The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card within the last 90 days.

Now it might be worth getting the SPG card without any bonus to get a second SPG Luxury card in one year. Thoughts?

-Derp

5 thoughts on “Remember Your SPG Lux Bonus Will Conflict With The Chase Business Marriott Card Bonus

  1. Ryan says:

    Greg’s chart looks right. You were ineligible because you got the SPG Lux bonus in the past 2 years.

  2. Robert says:

    I was curious about getting an SPG card today and then getting the re-branded Bonvoy Brilliant (SPG Luxury) card before the 100,000 point expiration in April. I would prefer to get the SPG Lux today, then get the Bonvoy Brilliant before the larger bonus expires in April. I know I can double up the SPG bonus by getting the lower tier card, but I would prefer to get the Lux, then the Brilliant. Can I double up on the higher tier card, or do I have to get the lower SPG Amex card now, then upgrade it to the lux next year?

    • uiucderp2011 says:

      well an O-6 in Hawaii tried to get the SPG normal but was denied the bonus because of the Ritz, so the whole system is kind of messed up. I’m going to cancel the blue and get the SPG normal even without the bonus offer since I had it before. My understanding is the Bonvoy brilliant will not count as a new product, therefore no bonus in the future if you had the LUX.

  3. YoniPDX says:

    FWIW it might be worth applying for a new Marriot/SPG rewards account and using the new account # on the application as possible work around – esp if one only has Chase or AMEX. Don’t have any DP – but then again it maybe SSN checked (even tho no HP took place).

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