2,500 Bonus Starpoints For Adding An SPG Amex Authorized User

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While not widely advertised, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is offering 2,500 bonus Starpoints if you add an authorized user through this link by September 19, 2016.

Once you log in and enter your card’s security code, you should see the promotion listed on the right side of the page.


Each member is limited to earning 2,500 bonus Starpoints through this promotion once, so you can’t earn the bonus multiple times. Bonus Starpoints should post 8-12 weeks after you add an authorized user to your account.

There’s no requirement that the authorized user actually make a purchase in order for you to earn the bonus Starpoints. You can always add someone as an authorized user who is already a primary user on their own SPG Amex account, as long as they haven’t been added as an authorized user on your account yet.

I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, so to me the 2,500 bonus Starpoints are worth ~$55. That’s because the points are so versatile, and can efficiently be redeemed for free night redemptions, airline mileage transfers, and much more.

That’s a fantastic deal just for adding an authorized user.

Bottom line

If you have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, this is a great way to earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints just for adding a cardmember. Just be sure you add an authorized user through the correct link, and that the promotion shows for you, as it doesn’t seem to be targeted.

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

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  1. @Lucky: This may be common knowledge, but if I add an AU to my SPG card, does that mean him/her cannot earn the sign up bonus since he/she already has the card? Just want to confirm.

  2. Do you know if this is for the American version of the card only or applicable to the Canadian one as well?

  3. Doctor of Credit is suggested that if you add someone as an AU it will count towards Chase’s 5/24.

  4. AFAIK, adding an AU to any cc never prevents that person from getting a subsequent sign up bonus when they later apply for their own card.

  5. I used the above link to add my spouse as AU. This was the response: “Thanks, VAR_FIRSTNAME. We’ve received your application, but we can’t give you a decision right now. Pending final verification of your application, the following additional card will arrive at billing address…” What’s up with that response? Why is it addressing me as “Var Firstname”?

  6. Additional Card Members must be at least 15 years of age. You are able to add yourself, a family member, or a friend as an additional user. A social security number is required for this offer. There is no hard credit pull for adding an additional user. However the account will show up on their credit report, which means that spending on the card can help or hurt their credit score depending on your credit utilization and payments.  An additional user card will also count against the user with banks like Chase, which limit approvals for many of their cards if you have had more than 5 new accounts in the past 24 months. It may be possible to appeal that decision based on it being an authorized user account, but others have been turned down because of that approval guideline. It is possible to have the additional user account removed from the credit report by requesting removal from all 3 credit bureaus.

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