Back in July, American Express announced some changes to the Starwood American Express card. Specifically, the annual fee was going up by $20, and they added a few (mostly useless) benefits. Well, it seems like they’re adding another benefit — starting October 14, Starwood American Express cardholders will earn two stay credits and five qualifying nights annually just for having the card. And if you have both the personal and business credit card, that’s four stays and 10 qualifying nights.
This is definitely a nice benefit for those that are often just short of status with Starwood, though certainly the argument can also be made that this ever so slightly devalues the elite ranks.
Take it for what it’s worth. I’m not a Starwood guy, other than their awesome credit card (which I use to earn airline miles).
(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Traveler)