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If you’ve been keeping up on this blog for awhile you are probably well aware by now that I am a huge fan of making free money through the American Express statement credit offers. These promotions typically require you to spend $X amount of money at a participating merchant to get $Y amount back as a statement credit. Since these are “American Express” offers, you can only use an American Express credit card to be eligible for the statement credit. The good thing is that almost ALL American Express credit cards are valid, even if they are partnered with a hotel or airline loyalty program (note that Amex pre-paid and corporate cards are not eligible).
That means that both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (personal card) and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN (business card) are eligible. And typically you are able to receive the statement credit on multiple cards!
While the card carries in annual fee, in just the past 16 months (for some reason my SPG card tracking only goes back to April 2014), I received $465 back in statement credits! That also does not include the $30 I earned recently with the Amex checkout offers. With the Amex statement credit offers alone that means I average about $350 back a year! This allows to me to justify the annual fee and helps me “earn” money on top of it! So not only does the Starwood credit card give me some nice benefits, it also helps me save money on purchases I’d be making anyways.
To check your savings to date, log into your AmericanExpress.com account, go to “Account Home”, at the bottom of the page on your cards information click “Offers For You”, and select “My Savings”. Even through I’ve been participating in these Amex statement credits since 2011, for my SPG card my tracking only dates back to April 2014. I am not sure why mine stopped tracking recently, but it could have been caused by losing my card and getting a new number at that point.
While I love the Starwood American Express credit card for many other reasons, having your annual fee paid for is a great perk! It also helps with a piece of mind knowing you aren’t paying so much to have a card that you aren’t 100% sure whether or not the benefits will outweigh the fee.
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