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UPDATE: This offer was only valid through June 30th, 2014. For current offers, please see theBest Credit Card tab.
The Starwood American Express is one of the most versatile credit cards out there, given that the points can efficiently be redeemed for both hotel stays and airline travel. That’s thanks to the number of airline transfer partners that Starwood has.
Historically the sign-up bonus on the Starwood American Express Card is 10,000 Starpoints after their first purchase on the card in addition to 15,000 Starpoints after they make $5,000 in purchases within their first six months of card membership.
In past years they’ve increase the sign-up bonus on the card once a year — typically around Labor Day — by 5,000 Starpoints. So instead of offering a total of 25,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months, they offer a total of 30,000 Starpoints.
It appears that American Express is bringing back the 30,000 Starpoint sign-up offer early this year for both the Personal and Business Cards, but only through June 30 for people referred by existing card members. So if you’d like to take advantage of this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Your first and last name
- Whether you’d like a referral for the personal or business card
If you’d like to refer someone else, here are the links:
Here’s the email I received from American Express:
As a Card Member, you know the value of your Starpoints® and the rich rewards you can get from the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. Now you can help spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues and earn 5,000 bonus Starpoints for each approved referral.1 The more friends you refer, the more Starpoints you can earn — up to 55,000 Starpoints per calendar year.
Your friends must apply for the Card through the REFER NOW buttons in the email and be approved in order for you to earn your Referral Bonus.
And for a limited time, each friend can earn up to 30,000 bonus Starpoints: 10,000 Starpoints after their first purchase on the Card in addition to 20,000 Starpoints after they make $5,000 in purchases within their first 6 months of Card Membership.2,3 Referrals need to occur by June 30, 2014 and your friend must be approved by June 30, 2014 to be eligible for this limited time offer.4
So if you’d like to receive a referral for the 30,000 Starpoint sign-up offer, please send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send out a referral to you ASAP. Alternatively, if you’d like to refer someone or be referred, at your own risk feel free to post your email below.
To be eligible for this offer, you must apply by June 30, 2014.
Whether you’re looking to apply for the Starwood American Express or looking to refer others, this is as good as the offer gets on this card.