The MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Mastercard Thread *Discontinued*
1. Apparently there's 2 versions of the card. The Platinum one, and the regular one. No where in the application process does it say which on you're applying for. On the MBNA site it shows the image of the platinum card in various places, but in the application process it shows the non-platinum one and the application says nothing about the platinum version. I want the platinum version because of the additional benefits like collision insurance, travel insurance and baggage delay. What's the deal? Did any of you get the regular and then request the platinum one? Does MBNA decide which one to send you based on the info you provided, such as income, and your credit rating?
2. I don't have an SPG account yet. Does MBNA automatically provide me with one when I get my card?
3. Complimentary SPG Gold. I've heard of some people with the card getting complimentary gold with it. Is that something MBNA gives you, or SPG? How and when do you get it? Invitation or requesting it?
4. I know you get 5000 bonus points for your first stay at a Starwood hotel by using the card. If you purchase the ticket via a service like expedia.ca does this still apply, or do you have to book directly through one of the starwood hotel websites?
Here's the RFD link to apply for the credit card:
http://clickserve.cc-dt.com/link/tplcli ... 0000044875
SEPT 3, 2009 UPDATE: MBNA Canada has stopped taking applications for this card, as it is being discontinued. Existing card holders will be able to collect points until February 28, 2010, after which they will be sent a not yet disclosed replacement card that will NOT collect SPG points. The only positive coming from this is that apparently, a new SPG card will be announced in the near future by SPG for Canadians. It won't be through MBNA, and it has yet to be disclosed who will be the issuer.