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This post is a reminder that the coming days are your last chance ever to sign up for a couple of the cards from the Marriott portfolio, while the limited-time welcome offer for a Southwest Companion Pass with a single credit card is set to end on Monday. Read on for a summary of key dates and info.
Last chance ever on two Marriott cards
Both the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business card and Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express are set to stop taking new applications after February 12, 2019. As of last night (2/8/19), Chase had already pulled the Marriott business card and its landing page from the main Chase site. Doctor of Credit published a working link last night that we have also included on our Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business card page. Furthermore, reports still indicate that this card is not subject to the Chase 5/24 rule, which means that might be possible to be approved even if you have opened 5 or more new credit cards in the past 24 months.
Here is the current offer information for both of these cards:
Greg has previously compared the various cards under the soon-to-be-launched Marriott Bonvoy program. See these posts for full details on the full range of Marriott cards, including new names, earning structure details, etc:
A brief summary: The Chase Marriott business card (soon to be called the Bonvoy Premier Business), which will no longer be available for new applicants after 2/12/19, is set to have a lower annual fee than the Amex business card offering in the long run (though see the “Which Marriott Bonvoy card is best” post linked above for more detail on how the annual fee increase on the Amex card is being phased in). The current Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card (consumer version) will be the coolest-looking of the new Bonvoy cards and this represents the last chance for those who have never had this card to earn a welcome bonus on it since it will no longer be available for new applicants after 2/12/19.
As noted within those posts, you’ll also want to make sure you are eligible for a welcome bonus before applying for a new Marriott/SPG card as the rules have become pretty complicated. See the chart below for a quick-reference guide, but you’ll also want to read Navigating Marriott’s Byzantine Credit Card Rules for more.
Whether you are eligible for a new bonus or just value an extra annual free night more than the annual fee, this is a last chance to grab either of these two cards. We’ll continue to monitor our links to make sure they are still working in the coming days, but keep in mind that we don’t know exactly when the links will be shut down.
Chase Southwest Companion Pass offer ends 2/11/19
All three of the Chase Southwest credit cards are currently offering a welcome bonus of 30,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points and a Southwest Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 after making $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.
TPG has previously reported that Monday, February 11, 2019 will be the last day to apply for this offer. While the traditional 2-card approach (which requires a Southwest Business credit card and a Southwest personal credit card) yields a Companion Pass that can be valid for nearly 2 years, the current offer has the advantages of requiring only 1 card and less spend. This offer isn’t right for everyone and this has been the subject of disagreement (See: FM vs DoC: Southwest Companion Pass with 1 Card. A great deal or quite weak?), but I maintain that this offer makes sense for some. If you’re on the fence, you’ll need to choose a side quickly.
If you have any of these cards on your mind, time is running out. You’ll want to make a move or decide to stay put within the next day or two.