Until April 5th, the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express, which grabbed the number one spot in my last travel card rankings, is available with a 35,000 Starpoint signup bonus (for both the personal version and the business version). That’s as high as it’s ever been!
Here are some key notes on the cards…
This Signup Bonus Can Be Worth Close to a Thousand Dollars!
In my latest valuations, I pegged the value of SPG Starpoints at 2.6 cents apiece, meaning the 35,000 points from the signup bonus are worth about $910 in my estimation!
This Signup Bonus is 40% Higher Than Normal
The signup bonus for this card is most commonly 25,000 Starpoints, meaning the current 35,000 point offer is 40% better than the usual offer. If you’re at all interested in this card, now is the time to apply.
Marriott/Starwood Merger Brings Major Benefit
The Marriott/Starwood merger is proceeding. For now, the two loyalty programs remain separate but you can transfer points between them at a 1 SPG = 3 Marriott Rewards points rate. So 35,000 SPG Starpoints can be converted to 105,000 Marriott Rewards points.
This greatly increases the number of hotels for which you can use your Starwood or Marriott points. SPG checks in with around 1,300 properties and Marriott has about 6,000. That means that this merger has more than quadrupled the number of properties at which you can use your SPG Starpoints!
For Max Payoff, Both Members of a Travel Couple Can Get the Card
If you and your significant other, or a travel partner, both get an SPG AMEX you can double the fun. You can make back-to-back reservations at a Starwood, Marriott or Ritz-Carlton property for a long-duration vacation. Patty and I each got an SPG AMEX card prior to our honeymoon and made consecutive reservations at the Sheraton Maui.
Remember That Starpoints Can Be Transferred to Many Airline Frequent Flyer Programs
Starpoints are so valuable in part because they can be transferred to many airline programs at a 1:1 rate. And if you transfer 20,000 Starpoints, you’ll get a bonus 5,000 frequent flyer miles, for a total of 25,000 frequent flyer miles. Here’s a list of frequent flyer programs to which you can do a 1:1 transfer:
Aeromexico Club Premier
Air China Companion
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
American Airlines AAdvantage
British Airways Executive Club
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank
LifeMiles® of Avianca
Miles and More
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Signup Promotion Terms Are A Bit Different For the Personal and Business Versions
Though both the personal version of the card and the business version of the card come with a 35,000 point signup bonus for a limited time, the spending required for that bonus varies between the two cards. Here are the details:
Personal Version of the Card
- 25,000 Starpoints after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months
Business Version of the Card
- 25,000 Starpoints after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make make an additional $3,000 in purchases within the first 6 months
The following terms are common to both the personal and business versions of the card:
- Annual fee is waived the first year (then $95 thereafter)
- No foreign transaction fees
- Earn up to 5 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® hotels – that’s 2 Starpoints for which you may be eligible as a Card Member in addition to the 2 or 3 Starpoints for which you may be eligible as an SPG member.
- New: Earn 2 Starpoints® for every dollar of eligible purchases on the Card at participating Marriott Rewards® hotels
- Earn 1 Starpoint for all other eligible purchases
Note that the business version of the card gets you access to the club lounge at Sheratons during your stay!
Keep AMEX’s Once-In-A-Lifetime Rule in Mind
You can only get the bonus for a given American Express card once. So if you’ve had this card before you won’t get the signup bonus when you get it again. However, the personal and business versions (secure application link) of the card are two different products so if you’ve had one before you can still get the other and get the corresponding signup bonus. Since it is issued by American Express and not Chase though you don’t have to worry about the 5/24 rule.
Both the personal and business versions of the SPG AMEX card are currently offered with an outstanding 35,000 Starpoint signup bonus offer. It ends though April 5th, 2017. If you haven’t had this card before and you’re interested in traveling, now is a great time to jump on this, setting yourself up for a points haul that is worth nearly a thousand dollars in my estimation.
Featured image of Sheraton Maui. Photo ©The Honeymoon Guy
Are you getting an SPG AMEX before this promotion ends? Share your thoughts, or questions, in the comments below!
Get the latest travel tips, a spreadsheet to track your travel cards and an eBook when you sign up for my email list.