Typically, the Starwood Preferred Guest Card is limited to a measly 25,000 bonus due to the points being among the most valuable in the game. However, from time to time, American Express will bump up the offer to a solid 35,000 points, and this is one of those times! The increased bonus is available for both the consumer and business cards! Note that the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards. The offer is only slated to last until 4/5/17, so you better hurry. If you’ve had the card before, you won’t be eligible for the bonus.
I’ve always maintained that the SPG card earns you the most valuable rewards currency of any other program. Starwood offers a variety of fantastic hotel chains that can be redeemed for only a few thousand points. Hotels that go for $300, $400, or $500+ go for 10,000 or 12,000 points per night. If you book 5 nights, you will get the 5th night free.
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Increased 35,000 Point Sign Up Offer:
Consumer Card: Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months and an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months.
Business Card: Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months and an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make an additional $3,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. $8,000 spend to meet the bonus is a little steep, but Amex gives you at least an additional 3 months to spend the extra $3k.
Starpoints are also redeemable at over 1,000 hotel properties around the world at great rates that will often save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I would definitely value Starpoints at over 2 cents per point when redeeming for hotels. If you don’t have enough points to book as many hotel nights as you’d like, Starwood also has a great Cash & Points award redemption program.
Enjoyed my recent stay at the Sheraton Kauai Resort for only 12,000 points per night!