It has been officially a month (February 28, 2010) since the MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest card has abruptly gone from my life. I would like to say a few words, if I may.
The MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest credit card and I met in.. oh, about 2006. When we first met, it was love at first sight. It had such class, such glamour. It was so shiny and well groomed, every time I pulled it out, the cashier would compliment how my SPG card looked so classy.
Although somewhat short lived, I had a really great couple of years with my MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest. It gave me many great experiences.
I remember staying in the Sheraton for $50 a night in Toronto and in Seattle, when it would normally cost $149 a night. I remember staying in Portland at the Westin for $50 a night, too.
The MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest credit card was also there for me when I went to Hawaii. It allowed me to stay in the Sheraton Princess for $50 a night and the Sheraton in Oahu for $100 a night. It really helped me keep our trip to Hawaii “budget”. We spent 10 blissful days in Hawaii for a really cheap price. We couldn't have done it without the MBNA SPG card.
It was also there for me when I wanted to pay with points for a flight from Australia to Asia last year. I couldn't have done it without the MBNA SPG credit card. What could have been a $1100 return flight turned into a $250 return flight. Thanks for just letting me just pay the flight taxes. You were great that way. Always looking out for me. Always helping me save money.
May you rest in peace MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest. I know that you were replaced with the MBNA Travel Rewards Elite card, which seems pretty good so far, but I think that it just won't be the same without you.
I also know that you say your spirit has moved on to the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. I know you say that it has the same features that you already have, but better. But tell me, MBNA Starwood Preferred Guest, how can it compare to you when it costs $120 a year? I promised you that I will think about it… I don't have an American Express card yet, but I still don't like the idea of paying so much per year. I'll think about it. I will miss you. Thanks for the great times.