Last Chance to Get Best-Ever Signup Bonus for SPG AMEX Cards

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!

Earn some SPG Starpoints with the AMEX card and redeem them for free stays at Starwood properties such as the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, shown here.  Photo ©The Honeymoon Guy

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.

Secure application for personal version of SPG AMEX

Secure application for business version of SPG AMEX

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:

Aegean Airlines
Aeromexico Club Premier
Aeroplan/Air Canada
Air Berlin
Air China Companion
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Alitalia MileMiglia
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
American Airlines AAdvantage
Asia Miles
Asiana Airlines
British Airways Executive Club
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
Emirates Skywards
Etihad Airways
Flying Blue
Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank
Jet Airways
Korean Air
LifeMiles® of Avianca
Miles and More
Qatar Airways
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Virgin Australia

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!

When Patty and I stayed at the Sheraton Salzburg we dined and drank at the club lounge for free, thanks to my business SPG AMEX card.  Photo ©The Honeymoon Guy

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.

>>>Secure application for *personal* version of SPG AMEX<<<

>>>Secure application for *business* version of SPG AMEX<<<

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!

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4 thoughts on “Last Chance to Get Best-Ever Signup Bonus for SPG AMEX Cards

  1. Can we buy gift cards to make minimum spending and is there a limit? If not are there other hints as to how to make minimum?

    1. Hi Sage,

      Yes, buying gift cards is a great way to “time shift” your purchases to meet minimum spending requirements. Specifically you can buy gift cards to stores at which you spend money regularly – grocery store, Amazon, etc. Also, look into whether you can prepay your utility or insurance bills with a credit card. If that’s not enough you may be able to actually pay a friend or significant other through an electronic payment service (PayPal, Venmo, etc.) and then have that person pay you back via cash or check. That type of electronic payment will involve a fee but it may be small enough that it’s still worthwhile to proceed.

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