Benefits of the Starwood American Express

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Update: This offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is expired. The current offer allows you to earn 2 Free Nights at participating SPG® Category 1-5 hotels & resorts worldwide after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months Learn more about the special offer here.

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The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 10,000 Starpoints after the first purchase, and 15,000 additional Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months. Terms and conditions apply.

The nice thing about Starpoints is how versatile they are. They can efficiently be redeemed for hotel stays, and can also be converted to airline miles at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. So for everyday, “unbonused” spend this is generally the best card out there since you’re earning 1.25 miles per dollar when transferring in the right increments.

Starwood also has some unique airline transfer partners that other programs don’t have, like Japan Airlines. For example, Japan Airlines partners with Emirates and charges just 85,000 miles roundtrip between New York and Dubai in business class, which is just 70,000 Starpoints when you factor in the 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred.

You can be approved for both the personal and business versions of the SPG American Express, and Starwood lets you make household transfers for members registered at the same address, which is useful as well for “pooling” points.

In my case, I’m happy paying the annual fee year after year on both the personal and business cards for the two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights I get towards Starwood status for having each card. It’s always nice to start the year with four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights towards Starwood Platinum status.

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Comments

  1. “You can be approved for both the personal and business cards”

    If I apply for both personal and business on the same day, is it 1 credit pull or 2 pulls? -Thx

  2. @ T3pleShot — My guess is that it would be two pulls, though I can’t guarantee it either way as I haven’t gotten them both on the same day. Sorry.

  3. It says “If you are identified as a current American Express® Cardmember, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer. This offer is also not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months.”, does it means an AX cardmember for any AX card or SPG AX card? Thx. I have a Hilton AX card.

  4. I have the same issues as Alex. I can get the offer in a new browser but I’m worried they’ll exclude me.

    Any current Amex cardholder get these points?

  5. Before the offer ran out, got approved for this card and for MB Plat. Two pending Chase applications (guess shouldn’t have applies for Ink + personal cards on same day but we’ll see). All were through your links to thank you for your blog and awesome service (keepng up with “Ask Lucky” must be quite tough).

  6. Err… should be “applied” and “keeping up” — the blog needs an edit button for people like me 😉

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