With all the changes coming to the SPG program, one that caught my attention was the change to the Amex SPG cards, both business and personal:
Beginning with your first renewal on or after August 1, 2018, you will receive a Free Night Award that you can redeem for a one-night stay at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards properties with a redemption level at or under 35,000 points (additional mandatory resort fees may apply) every year of Card Membership.
I’m not sure what 35k will get when the hotels are reclassified. However, at the current level of 11.6k points, it seems more than enough to justify the annual fee, though I’ll still go through the Keep Vs. Cancel calculus when the pesky fee is due.
So far the SPG/Marriott announcement is not Festivus worthy. And that’s a good thing.