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UPDATE: This offer has expired.
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express just upped their credit card offer which will give you up to 35,000 points! This is a limited time which ends November 1, 2017. If you yet to have the business version of the Starwood card, you might want to think about getting it. At some points Starwood and Marriott will fully combine and we do not know yet which card will survive. This is also the highest offer we’ve seen and I do not expect any bigger offer to ever come around (for the business or personal version). Keep in mind though, the minimum spend to earn the full number of points is quite high!
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express: Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 35,000 points –> Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $6,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $4,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 6 months. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. Offer ends 11/1/2017. *Terms Apply.
Starwood points have a high value and are very flexible!
I personally put a lot of value on Starwood points, at a minimum 2 cents per point. This means that the 35,000 points would get me at least a $700 value towards Starwood hotels. Not only that, SPG points transfer to Marriott, so if you are looking to increase your Marriott balance instead, 35,000 points equals 105,000 Marriott points (1 SPG point = 3 Marriott point). There is no limit to the number you can transfer back and forth. Or, if you really want you can transfer your Starwood points to 30+ partner airlines (most of them at a 1:1 ratio), and for every 20,000 points transferred over, you get a 5,000 point bonus. So you can also up your airline balance if you so desire (although I prefer Starwood hotels). Remember though, this bonus offer is only valid for those who have never received the sign up bonus in the past (since American Express now limited you to one bonus offer per card in a lifetime). With that being said, if you have the personal version of the card, you are still eligible for this card (the business version) since they are two different products.
2 reasons why I prefer the business version of the Starwood Card:
There are two main differences between the personal and business version of the card, which gives the business version a leg up:
- With the business version of the card you are eligible to American Express OPEN savings. This gives you 5% statement credit when you use your card at many merchants, including: FedEx, Hertz, etc. You can read more about AMEX Open savings here.
- Back in 2015, a new perk was added to just the Starwood business credit card where you’ll receive free club lounge access at all Sheraton hotels. If you stay at Sheraton hotels and do not have top tier status, this can be a HUGE perk, as you’ll get free food and drinks.
My take on the card
I personally have both the personal and business version of this card. I find SPG points extremely valuable since you earn 1 point for every dollar spent on every day purchases (and 2 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels) and the number of points needed to redeem for a free night is much lower than Marriott and Hilton. 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, 2, and 3 hotels. 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. I keep both SPG credit cards, despite paying two annual fees due to taking advantage of numerous Amex Offers which makes me way more money then the cost of the annual fee! You can read more about this here.