Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders can earn up to 35,000 bonus points
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Update: This offer is no longer available through our site as of Nov. 1, 2017
American Express has launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer. Along with earning 25,000 points after making $3,000 in purchases in the first three months, new Starwood Preferred Guest Business cardholders will receive 10,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months – for a total of 35,000 points. The offer ends Nov. 1, 2017.
In addition to adding a 10,000-point bonus for business cardholders, American Express has expanded the number of hotels included in its rewards program. Due to the merger of Starwood hotels and Marriott International, Starwood cardholders can now earn two points per dollar on eligible purchases at Marriott hotels as well as two points per dollar at participating Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) hotels.
All other purchases continue to earn one point per dollar.
See a breakdown of the cards’ rewards rates, bonuses and card benefits in the chart below.
|COMPARING STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST CARDS|
Starwood Preferred Guest card
Starwood Preferred Guest Business card
||$95, waived first year||$95, waived first year|
|Estimated value in first year ($15,900 spend)||$989||$1,229|
The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the bank’s website for the most current version of the offer.
Cardholders can redeem Starpoints for hotel stays and free flights, as well as transfer points to more than 30 airline frequent flyer programs. Cardholders will receive a 5,000-point bonus when they transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a participating frequent flyer program.
Earn 5 points per dollar through the SPG loyalty program
Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders who are also members of the SPG loyalty program can earn even more rewards points for each dollar spent at participating Starwood hotels.
In addition to the two Starpoints per dollar that Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders earn on Starwood purchases, they earn two or three Starpoints per dollar as members of the SPG loyalty program. This means that SPG members earn up to five Starpoints for each dollar spent at participating Starwood hotels using their Starwood Preferred Guest credit card.
Comparing hotel rewards cards
If you’re considering a hotel rewards card, you should take a close look at the value of the card’s points, since many hotel loyalty programs offer inflated rewards points. Check out the chart below to see how the Starwood Preferred Guest cards compare to hotel rewards cards with similar sign-up bonuses.
|COMPARING SIMILAR HOTEL REWARDS CARDS|
|Credit card||Sign-up bonus||Estimated value of bonus*||Annual fee|
|Starwood Preferred Guest card||
||$600||$95, waived first year|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Business card||
||$840||$95, waived first year|
|Barclay Choice Privileges Visa Signature||
|Best Western Rewards Mastercard||
|Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature||
*Bonus value is based on our estimated value of each card’s rewards points.
As you can see, though many hotel cards appear to offer a similar sign-up bonus to the Starwood cards, there is a drastic difference in the value of the cards’ points, resulting in very different sign-up bonus values. For instance, Wyndham rewards points don’t go nearly as far as Starpoints. We value Wyndham rewards at approximately .7 cents per point – making the sign-up bonus worth a modest $207.
The Starwood cards’ Starpoints, on the other hand, are worth a generous 2.4 cents per point – one of the highest values among all rewards cards, not just hotel rewards cards. This allows SPG consumer cardholders to earn a sign-up bonus worth $600 and business cardholders to earn a bonus worth $840, all without paying an annual fee during the first year.
If you’re a business owner who is interested in taking advantage of the 35,000-point bonus – note that the offer ends Nov. 1, 2017.
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