For those of us who are infrequent hotel guests (30 or less nights per year) who would like to earn free Marriott/SPG stays using grocery category rewards transferred to Marriott, we currently don't have good options. Hilton does.
If AMEX gets the new contract and copies the Hilton 1:1.5 ratio, I'd get the Everyday Preferred. Or AMEX could copy the Hilton Surpass grocery formula and free night for Marriott's card and I'd get that.
Or Chase could create a 3x grocery card and Marriott could change it's points to a Hyatt like ratio. And add a better grocery bonus category to the personal card.
If not, I'm sticking with Hyatt, Blue Cash Preferred and hotels.com and using Marriott/SPG as last resorts.
I just got the SPG biz card so I could stay at the Denver Airport Westin (check out it's design and pool!)
Long term, the SPG non-bonus category ratio is ok, but will people keep it?