Downgrade from Lux/Brilliant to SPG/Bonvoy? Yes, it will be an option.

In response to my posts detailing the Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, several readers asked if it would be possible to downgrade from the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex (originally SPG Lux) to the Bonvoy Amex (originally SPG).  There are two key reasons this question is important:

  1. The SPG card (soon to be Bonvoy Amex) will no longer be available to new applicants after February 12, 2019, so the downgrade path may be the only way to get this card in the future.
  2. The Bonvoy Brilliant ($450 per year) is much more expensive than the Bonvoy Amex ($95 per year).  Many have said that they would like to downgrade after one year with the SPG Lux / Bonvoy Brilliant so that they don’t have to pay another big annual fee.

As stated in the title of this post, the answer is Yes: It will be possible to product change from Bonvoy Brilliant to Bonvoy Amex even after February 12th when the latter is no longer available to new applicants.

Specifically, this information comes from Heather Norton, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Amex consumer division.  She emailed me the following:  “Yes, Card Members can continue transfer from the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card to the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card even after the latter is no longer available to new applicants.”

See also:

About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

More articles by Greg The Frequent Miler »

Regarding comments: Comments posted at the bottom of Frequent Miler pages and posts are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

16
Leave a Reply

avatar
11 Comment threads
5 Thread replies
9 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
9 Comment authors
Greg The Frequent MilerMarkJeffDomquasimodo Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of
Blue
Guest
Blue

Awesome news! Thanks for checking this out.

Marc Elliott Levy
Guest
Marc Elliott Levy

So then it comes down to sign up bonus, unless for some reason I cannotvget sognup bonus on more than one card? I remember there were restrictions announced back in August but how do those play out with the new Bonvoy cards? Which signup bonuses can I earn if I don’t have any of the Marriott/SPG/Bonvoy cards? I am mostly focused on the $95 card options.

trackback

[…] one might possibly be able to product change down to this card from a Luxury card. Good news: The Frequent Miler confirms via an Amex spokesperson that it will indeed be possible to downgrade a Luxury card, soon to be the […]

Mary Jane
Guest
Mary Jane

Greg, do you know if all the previous Ritz benefits will be offered on the new Ritz card (e.g. yearly anniversary 50,000 point hotel? This may be a better option when Marriott hotels change to peak/off peak rates.

trackback

[…] 1/24/2019, 7:15 pm Central time – Frequent Miler spoke to the Amex Director of Public Affairs and Communications about downgrades. He learned that downgrades from the Amex SPG Luxury card (Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant) to the […]

Kevin
Guest
Kevin

When should you downgrade from Lux/Brilliant to SPG Amex? Just after your anniv date on the Lux to get the anniv night from the Lux but avoid the Lux fee? Thanks!

quasimodo
Guest
quasimodo

how confusing…Bonvoy Brilliant (As u noted elsewhere), Boundless, whatever……why can’t we just do like Stone – Copper – Bronze – Silver – Gold – Platinum – Titanium! How about Amethyst no-fee version? And no, I do not want to eat any food with Titanium dioxide in it, thank you. Nor do I want to eat food cooked on titanium ware or Copper for that matter.

Dom
Guest
Dom

If I already have the SPG card can I still downgrade the SPG Luxury card after I receive my 50k free night cert? In other words, can I hold two of the same SPG cards?

Jeff
Guest
Jeff

Thank you so much for covering this, Greg.

Getting the Amex SPG was on my bucket list, but I’m currently under 5/24. My focus is on Chase at the moment. I want to get all three Amex SPG/Marriott cards. I value the anniversary night benefit each card provides. I was worried I would not have an option to get the third card after the deadline. I’m a little disappointed that I won’t get a third welcome bonus, though. I’ll get plenty of value out of an additional anniversary night each year.

trackback

[…] Brilliant (for the bonus, maybe to spend $75k to get my 10th lifetime Marriott Platinum year, downgrade to the legacy Amex Marriott […]

Mark
Guest
Mark

Hi Greg The Frequent Miler,

I upgrade my AMEX SPG to SPG Luxury last year October and received the upgrade bonus of 100,000 Marriott points. And I also payed for the partial annual fee for the SPG Luxury because my card anniversary in on March. That mean my new annual fee is going to hit soon. My question is is it ok for me to downgrade back to Marriott Bonvoy Amex (aka the old SPG Amex) to avoid the $450 annual fee? I already used the card perks like $300 in statement credits, Priority pass and Global Entry. If I downgrade the card would it affect the Priority pass? or should I wait another year to downgrade the card?

Thank you

Mark