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The sign-up bonus on the Starwood American Express Card is ordinarily 10,000 Starpoints after the first purchase in addition to 15,000 Starpoints after making $5,000 in purchases within their first six months of card membership.
In the past 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.
On Friday they brought back the 30,000 point sign-up bonus offer, though only for those being referred by existing members. It’s worth noting that this 30,000 Starpoint sign-up bonus is now also publicly available without a referral, and will be valid through June 30, 2014.
I’m not sure whether this is in addition to the standard increased sign-up bonus around Labor Day, or whether it replaces it.
Here are the links if you’d like to apply directly for the Starwood American Express:
Here are the links if you’d like to refer someone to the Starwood American Express:
Keep in mind they’re also still offering 5,000 Starpoints as a referral bonus, so:
- If you’d like to help me out (more than you’re already doing by gracing me with your readership and company), you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which card you’d like (personal or business), and I’ll get back to you ASAP with a link through which you can apply
- If you’d like to refer someone, feel free to post your email address below (at your own risk) and people can email you for a referral
There’s no reason to leave those 5,000 Starpoints on the table, in my opinion, regardless of who’s doing the referring.
Either way, figured it was worth noting that the increased sign-up bonus is now publicly available, so there’s no need to be referred if you don’t want to be.