Revised American Express points transfer rate for SPG, Marriott

Revised American Express points transfer rate for SPG, Marriott

With the imminent merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, American Express is revising the conversion rate for transferring American Express Membership Rewards credit card points into the new combined hotel loyalty scheme.

The revamped rates kick in from August, and will see 3 AMEX Membership Rewards points equate to 2 Marriott Points.

There will no longer be the option to convert American Express Membership Rewards into SPG Starpoints, as the SPG scheme will be absorbed into Marriott’s new uber-loyalty program.

However, as Australian Business Traveller has previously reported, your existing balance of Starpoints will be tripled (so that one Starpoint will become 3 Marriott Points) and the new scheme's airline frequent flyer conversion rates from Marriott Points will sit at 3:1.

Direct conversions from AMEX Membership Rewards to airline frequent flyer programs or transfers to other hotel partners such as Hilton Honors are not impacted by this change.

This applies to many popular cards like the American Express Explorer credit card, the AMEX Platinum Charge Card, the AMEX Platinum Business Card and others, which are all attached to Membership Rewards.

It also covers cardholders enrolled in the Ascent PremiumAscentBusiness AscentSpiritGateway and David Jones tiers of Membership Rewards.

American Express has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that it has begun notifying cardholders of the change, and will update its Membership Rewards website on the day the new rate takes effect.

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  • robbo135


    3 Jul, 2018 01:20 pm

    Wow that is a 125% devaluation !

    Admittedly the old 2 Amex = 1 Starpoint was generous, but this is a toughy to swallow.
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  • Bob Burgess

    Bob Burgess

    3 Jul, 2018 01:59 pm

    That's quite a cut, if you have a lot of AMEX MR points and want to transfer them across to SPG or Marriott I would do that this month, before the August changes take effect.
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  • James Zhang


    3 Jul, 2018 07:45 pm

    such a huge devaulue. goodbye spg!
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  • T L


    3 Jul, 2018 08:19 pm

    so how many marriott points would you earn per dollar for the explorer credit card?
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  • Satoshi Takayama

    Michael Kao

    3 Jul, 2018 09:10 pm

    1.33 per dollar on explorer. On the surface doesn't look too bad, but when you consider that you are earning 1.5 KF/AM per dollar it's terrible.
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  • phileas.fogg


    5 Jul, 2018 04:28 pm

    So what to do now? Transfer MR points into SPG ASAP?
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  • Ben Wu


    4 Jul, 2018 02:54 pm

    Very disappointed. It was 2 amex reward points to 1 spg and equivalent to 3 Marriott points. Now we need 3 amex points to get 2 Marriott points. Massive cut down on values. So what other hotel programs we should be looking into? It would be good if amex can transfer points to intercontinental hotel group and Hyatt. We need more options.
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  • morco


    4 Jul, 2018 03:25 pm

    Hmm. So should/could we convert AMEX to SPG now? Enough time?
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  • yolandlim


    4 Jul, 2018 06:11 pm

    Does Amex Centurion member loosing out also ?
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  • Charles Furrows


    4 Jul, 2018 09:09 pm

    Just to reiterate, currently:

    3 Amex points = 1.5 SPG = 4.5 Marriott

    But the new rate will be:

    3 Amex points = 2 Marriott points.

    Massive, massive devaluation!
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  • Hassan9033


    5 Jul, 2018 12:06 am

    "There will no longer be the option to convert American Express Membership Rewards into SPG Starpoints, as the SPG scheme will be absorbed into Marriott’s new uber-loyalty program."
    - Does this mean that no amex MR = SPG, only option is 3 AMEX MR = 2 Marriot rewards points ?
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  • thatsthat


    18 Jul, 2018 12:14 pm

    Has anyone received official word from Amex on this yet or do you think they will drop it on us the day after...
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  • C_Perth


    4 Feb, 2019 03:41 pm

    So I just did a transfer today from Australian AMEX Ascent Rewards points to Marriott points.

    Background - I've been SPG for many years and I used to convert my Ascent into SPG every year or two, using earn on my Platinum Reserve credit card.

    I was a bit worried as I have already combined my SPG and Marriot accounts (just last week) - where I got a once off three times conversion for the SPG points I had, on conversion over to Marriot, but I saw this “offer” will end on 13th Feb 2019 (with Marriott Bonvoy coming then).


    So, over the weekend I tried to convert Ascent Rewards points at 3 Ascent to 2 SPG points to my old SPG number and this failed.

    I added my Marriot number and after it went to Approved status, a transfer also failed.

    So I tried my wifes' SPG account (same Surname so within the rules for Ascent to SPG program) - it also failed. (hoping to get the three times points when she soon merges her SPG to Marriot – and then 50,000 points limit P/A according to Marriot Rewards…)

    Uh-oh, I was worried I might miss out the one time tripling of SPG points into Marriott points, once they were converted over from Ascent!

    So today I called the 1300 number that popped up in a message when the transactions failed. (1300 363 276)

    Interestingly on the phone they said:

    1. You need to transfer a minimum of 1000 points (Ascent Australia website says 600).

    2. You will get 2 Marriot points for 1 Ascent points, (this is equivalent to currently converting 3 Ascent to 2 SPG, then the one time tripling of SPG to Marriot upon account merge) - but helpdesk said “hang-on let me check that... I’ll call you back in thirty mins”

    3. Upon callback - “we will convert 1 Ascent into 3 Marriot points”.

    Wow, Sign me up….

    Just waiting to see the points arrive in three working days in my Marriott account.

    So if this is the case, that’s great, but for AMEX Ascent, but the 15th April date is looming - AMEX still say: 3 Membership Rewards to 2 Starpoints in their changes page plus there is still no Marriot mention.

    All very interesting. I know it’s maybe special, but I you have Ascent Rewards and you want to convert to Marriott points, there a few days before Bonvoy and account merge deadline cutoff…. but if this is the case... great! (Except AMEX Ascent rewards earn changes)....

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  • C_Perth


    8 Feb, 2019 04:09 pm

    Ahh too good to be true.... apparently that was wrong info... trying to fix this up with AMEX but they haven't offered anything satisfactory.
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