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Since the announcement of Marriott/SPG merger and Chase Marriott card pulling out of Canada,  Canadian SPG Amex cards (Personal and Business) have gone through several uncertainties. The cards survived with American Express confirming their continued partnership with Marriott/SPG brand, but not without losing its sheen as the best travel card in Canada.

The first set of positive news since the free night benefit was added, the Canadian SPG American Express cards (Personal and Business) will also include 15 elite night credits in 2019. This is surprising but welcome news to all members and should help SPG Amex regain a lot of consumer confidence in Canada. Here is the excerpt from the recent email communication;

COMING IN EARLY 2019: Each calendar year, with your Starwood Preferred Guest®* Credit Card from American Express®, you will receive 15 Elite Night Credits towards the next level of Elite status in the SPG®* Program1.

For example, a Silver Elite status member with the new 15 Elite Night Credits will only need to stay an additional 10 nights a year to earn Gold Elite status or stay an additional 35 nights a year to earn Platinum Elite status.​​​

Terms and Conditions associated with the 15 elite night credits read as follows;

To be eligible to receive the 15 Elite Night Credits with this Card, you must be the Basic Cardmember, your Card Account must be in good standing at the time of the 15 Elite Night Credit deposit, and you must have an active Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program account. To receive the 15 Elite Night Credit deposit, your Card Account must be linked to an SPG or Marriott Loyalty Program account in your name. You will receive a maximum of 15 Elite Night Credits per calendar year even if you have more than one Starwood Preferred Guest Consumer or Small Business credit card account or have more than one SPG or Marriott Loyalty Program account. American Express is not responsible for fulfillment of this benefit. It will take approximately 8 weeks from Card Account approval date for the credits to be applied to your loyalty account.

With the new benefit coming in early 2019, here is a snapshot of cards currently;

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SPG American Express Card (Apply Now):

  • Welcome Bonus: 50,000 Marriott points (min. spend $1500 in three months)
  • Annual Fee: $120
  • Key Benefits: Annual Free Night Award, Automatic Marriott Silver Status, Upgrade to Gold Status with $30,000 in purchases on the card each year
  • Earning Rate: 5 Points/$ at SPG and Marriott properties, 2 points/$ on all other card purchases

Detailed list of benefits and perks are listed here

SPG Business American Express Card (Apply Now):

  • Welcome Bonus: 50,000 Marriott points (min. spend $1500 in three months)
  • Annual Fee: $150
  • Key Benefits: Annual Free Night Award, Automatic Marriott Silver Status, Upgrade to Gold Status with $30,000 in purchases on the card each year
  • Earning Rate: 5 Points/$ at SPG and Marriott properties, 3 points/$ on Gas, Dining and Travel, 2 points/$ on all other card purchases

Detailed list of benefits and perks are listed here