Quickie here, but: according to a post by Frequent Miler and others, you are going to be banned from all Marriott, SPG, and Ritz properties. Jk jk. No, instead, on August 26, the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business card is losing its benefit where you get an elite night for every $3,000 spent — though, like the other Marriott and SPG cards, you’ll now get 15 elite nights annually just for having the card (though having multiple Marriott or SPG cards won’t get you more than 15 nights). The card is also being renamed to Marriott Premier Plus Business, but it’s not a new card.
The personal Marriott Rewards Premier card, if you don’t upgrade it to the new Marriott Rewards Plus card, does seem to be keeping the benefit, leaving it as the only card that still lets you earn elite nights by spending (and now you’ll be getting twice as many Marriott points for doing so, as all the cards, old and new, will earn a minimum of two points per dollar spent).
The Ritz card is now going to get free Gold elite status, rather than requiring that you spend $10,000 as it used to, but, in the new program, free Gold is like free mold. You can still spend $75,000 for Platinum, which is almost as good old Marriott Platinum Premier and SPG Platinum, though you’ll still be a mid-tier bitch when it comes to attention and upgrades, behind the new Platinum Premier and new Platinum Premier with Ambassador Service members, even though their benefits aren’t notably better.
I don’t really give two fucks about these cards, but passing it along in case it matters to you before the SPG/Marriott rewards programs go boom. I’ll do a full rundown of all the old and new SPG/Marriott/Ritz cards once the dust has settled in late August.