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The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card American Express is currently offering 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of card membership. This is the standard offer, however, if you are not in a rush for the card, from time to time, American Express sometimes offers an additional 5,000 bonus points for new applicants. There is both a personal and business version of this card, however, the business version has different spend requirements (earn 10,000 points after your first purchase an additional 15,000 points after you spend $5,000 on the card within the first 6 months). And yes, you can get both cards for a total of 50,000 points!).
I personally got this card three years ago (during a 30,000 point offer) and go back and forth between this card and my Chase Sapphire Preferred for most of my every day spend (that is unless I am trying to meet minimum spend on another new credit card!). Every day spend are those categories where there is rarely a bonus regardless on the card you use (bonus categories typically include travel, groceries, gas, etc.). I find SPG points extremely valuable since you get 1 point for every dollar spent and the number of points needed to redeem is much lower than Marriott and Hilton (Marriott you get 1 point per $1 for your everyday spend with the card and Hilton it really depends on the card you have, at best you get 3 points per $ for your everyday spend). Starwood has some great category 4 and 5 properties out there where you only need 10,000 and 12,000 respectively to get a free night. In Asia there are also some gem category 1 and 2 hotels! I personally had a field day redeeming hardly any points in Thailand for free nights! It then jumps to 20,000 points for category 6 hotels (which can still be a great value internationally) and then an unreasonable amount for their category 7 hotels (their highest category). You also receive your 5th night free when redeeming at category 3-7 hotels. A huge benefit of SPG is that you can redeem a combination of cash and points at many hotels for a much better value. Click here to view the redemption options.
Additionally, if you prefer miles you can transfer to many airlines for a 1:1 ratio and get a 5K bonus for every 20K increments transferred over. This can be a great value and makes the Starwood card more valuable on your everyday spend then any other airline card. This will give you much more flexibility and a 25% increase in miles if you decide to redeem your points for flights. In this past there have also been a few bonuses for transferring points to miles, although these have been sparse.
Although Starwood properties are not as common as Marriott and Hilton, they have some of the top properties in the world. The Starwood brand includes: W Hotels, Westin, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Aloft, element, and Four Points by Sheraton.
I also love that this is an American Express card as I’ve been able to take advantage of the various Amex money making promotions! On this card alone the $65 annual fee has actually earned me well over $1,000.
Here is everything you need to know about the Starwood Preferred Guest program:
- Perks of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card
- Understanding Starwoods Cash & Points Redemption
- Getting your 5th Night Free with Starwood Points
- Redeeming your Points for Hotels & Flights
- Redeeming your Points for Upgraded Rooms and Suites
- Transferring your SPG Points to Airline Miles
- Transferring SPG Points Between Accounts
- Getting Starwood Status and the Perks
- How the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card Annual Fee Pays for Itself
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (personal): Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65 (the annual fee will change to $95/year starting August 11, 2015)
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN (business): Earn 10,000 bonus points after your first purchase on the card and another 15,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on the card within the first 6 months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65 (the annual fee will change to $95/year starting August 11, 2015)
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