The first card as a formal churner was the SPG Amex personal. I used the sign up bonus to go to Bahamas and met the min spend by going to New Orleans. This was way back in 2011 when the annual fee was only $65 and I had no idea what I was doing.
Today the fee has increased to $95, something TPOL had predicted would happen as a result of the no foreign transaction fee addition. As I had written, there are no benefits that justify a fee increase which is why I’m debating if I should cancel this card.
The only reason I kept it before is because it provided two stay credits towards earning platinum. Now that SPG has broken my heart by joining Marriott, the status of the SPG program is up in the air.
Furthermore, I always end up with more than the 25 stays required to hit platinum rendering this feature useless.
What to do, what to do? Step 1: Call and ask for a statement credit. While this process gets old, it’s all a part of the game.