Starwood Cards Back Up to 35,000 Bonus Miles
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The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) credit cards from American Express are back up to 35,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases. They’ve change the spending requirements, but the card benefits are staying the same.
As AMEX cards one once per life time, this would be the best time to get the card with an all time high offer.
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The Starwood Preferred Guest personal card requires:
- $3,000 spent in the first three months for 25,000 bonus points
- An additional $2,000 spent within the first six months of an additional 10,000 bonus points.
This would give you a total 40,000 SPG points after the spending.
This card includes the following benefits:
- No foreign transaction fees
- $0 annual fee the first year, then $95
- Having the card gives gives you 5 nights and 2 qualifying stays towards status with Starwood
- Unlimited Boingo wifi access
The Starwood Preferred Guest Business card requires:
- $5,000 spent in the first three months for 25,000 bonus points
- An additional $3,000 spent within the first six months of an additional 10,000 bonus points.
This would give you a total of 43,000 SPG points after the spending.
It offers the same benefits as above, but also includes:
- Club lounge access when staying at Sheraton properties
What Can I Do With SPG Points?
Now, these benefits are not amazing. They used to be worse, but SPG points are pretty difficult to come by, as you can only earn them from two cards and/or from staying at SPG properties.
SPG points also transfer to many airlines at a 1:1 ratio; but for every 20,000 points you transfer, you get a 5,000 bonus.
So, if you got both cards, you’d have 83,000 points. 80,000 would transfer as 100,000 points to a lot of great airlines! (There are 118 airline transfer partners. Notable ones include: Alaska, American, JAL, British Airways, Aeroplan, Miles and More [Lufthansa], and many more).
Or, you could use it for hotels. SPG has some really great properties and I find the solid ones to be fairly priced. Some properties are extraordinarily expensive and you’d get no more than 2 or 3 nights from your new stash of SPG points, but others are lower categories and can help you stretch your points. And stretch ’em you should.
Finally, you can transfer these points to Marriott (or vice-versa) at a 1:3 ratio. So if you were to get both cards (after spending), you’d have 249,000 Marriott points.
The offer expires April 5, 2017. If you’ve never had either of these cards, I’d recommend applying before the offer expiration date.
Feature image courtesy of Starwood.