Days Remaining For SPG Business Amex 35K Sign-Up Bonus

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At the beginning of the month an increased sign-up bonus was introduced on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Specifically, through March 28, 2018, the card is offering a bonus of 35,000 Starpoints after spending $7,000 within three months.

We’ve never seen a bigger sign-up bonus on this card, and while 35,000 points might not usually sound like a lot, Starpoints are the single most valuable points currency, in my opinion. Personally I value them at 2.2 cents each, so to me the bonus is worth $770. Anyway, if you’ve been considering applying for this card, you have just a few days remaining before the offer is pulled, and presumably the bonus goes back to 25,000 Starpoints upon completing minimum spend.

This is such a versatile, valuable sign-up bonus, given how many ways you can use Starpoints:

  • 35,000 Starpoints can potentially get you more than 15 free nights in a hotel (though that’s for a Category 1 including weekends)
  • You can convert 35,000 Starpoints into 105,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • You can convert Starpoints into airline miles at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred; upon completing minimum spend you’ll have enough for 52,000 miles in your choice of nearly three dozen programs


Redeem your points for stays at 6,000+ hotels

This card has other great perks that make it worth holding onto, including:

  • Two Starpoints per dollar spent at all Marriott family properties, and one Starpoint per dollar spent elsewhere
  • Access to Sheraton club lounges when staying at Sheraton properties
  • Two elite qualifying stays and five elite qualifying nights towards status annually; between this and the personal card, I have four elite qualifying stays and 10 elite qualifying nights towards status annually
  • Free premium internet when staying at SPG hotels
  • A Boingo wifi membership, which gets you access to more than a million hotspots around the world for four devices


Sheraton club lounge access with the SPG Business Amex is a fantastic perk

Getting approved for the SPG Business Amex Card

Anecdotally Amex business cards are fairly easy to get approved for, assuming you have excellent credit:

You can typically have at most five American Express credit cards at a time, so that’s the major limit to be aware of. The sign-up bonus on this card also isn’t available to those who currently have this card, or those who have had the card in the past. However, if you only have the personal version of the card (the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express) then you are still eligible for the business version of the card.

Bottom line

We’ve never seen a bigger sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, so if you’ve been considering the card, you’ll want to apply in the next few days. The card offers a big sign-up bonus with the annual fee waived the first year, and has perks that make it worth holding onto, including elite qualifying stays and nights every year, Sheraton club lounge access, a Boingo subscription, and more.

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  1. For your info, a pilot for a Portuguese airline was found completely drunk in Stuttgart airport minutes before flying to Lisbon. He was arrested and his license suspended by German authorities

  2. I got this card during another big spending bonus period this past fall, following a link from OMAAT: 25K Starpoints after 6K spend plus 4K Starpoints after 10K total spend. I passed the spending thresholds in December & January (months 2-3) but still haven’t gotten the bonus Starpoints. I’ve been assured that I will by an online rep & a phone agent but still no dice. They just say to keep waiting. Has this happened to anyone else? Any advice would be appreciated!

  3. The SPG bonus offer is only good once per lifetime, right? Had the card over 24 months ago but Amex is once a lifetime?

  4. Signed up and got approved after a couple of days. Looking forward to the card. Thanks for the post about this card. Your site is great! My go to site for travel-related and card-related info. Keep it up!!

  5. Amex related question that people might know answer to: if I were to get them to let me “product change” from Amex Blue Cash Preferred to Amex Blue Everyday Preferred (without formally having to go through application process), would it still count towards 5/24 for Chase? Thanks!

  6. @Ben F sez: “I got this card during another big spending bonus period this past fall, following a link from OMAAT: 25K Starpoints after 6K spend plus 4K Starpoints after 10K total spend.”

    It is unclear to me how it can possibly make sense to spend $10K in 3 months to get just 29K [even 35K] starpoints, when signing up for, e.g., the Chase Ink Business Preferred would earn 80K Chase UR points after one spends “just” $5K in 3 months.

    What am I missing? No, I am not missing the bogus claim that the “starpoint is the single most valuable points currency ever.” The UR is much more valuable than the starpoint because: (a) URs is worth more than starpoints when used or compared as airline miles; (b) the UR is INSTANTLY transferable to at least one airline of the 3 major alliances, meaning that the currency is effectively transferable all 60+ members of the 3 alliances; by the time starpoints transfer to miles days to weeks later, a hot deal could have gone cold; (c) the UR point can also be transferred to hotel points currencies (Marriott, Hyatt, IHG); and, more important, (d) it is much more economical to acquire UR points than starpoints, and the deal being peddled here should be a deal breaker and not a deal maker: $10K in 3 months to get “just” 29K [or 35K] starpoints vs. $5K in 3 months to get 80K UR points — a much point more valuable points currency — is a no-brain. That so many still fall for the bogus claim about the stratospheric “value” of starpoints is truly mind-boggling.

    G’day!

  7. Hey DCS, why don’t you start your own travel blog instead of perpetually polluting Lucky’s?

    But since the value of starpoints eludes you, while you’re here, why don’t you take another shot at trying to convince us how valuable your Hilton points are? bwa ha ha ha

  8. @Joseph N – Until you say something that comes close to addressing the content of my post, even peripherally, you’ll only elicit laughter (of derision).

    Cheers from Air China First Class lounge in PEK T2, which I got access to, not as a *A Gold, but thanks to Priority Pass (without PP I would have been ‘condemned’ to CA’s Business Class lounge, so this is another data point for just how valuable PP is or can be!).

    G’day!

  9. @Joseph – he likes to crawl out of his dark hole at times to bash SPG given his eternal jealously that his Hilton Zimbabwedollars basically get no coverage (worst properties + worst top tier benefits + most inflationary currency = a terrible overall proposition…what a surprise!). He has years of rants on InsideFlyer about this, and nobody ever listens to him. There is something seriously wrong with him.

    The fact that DCS mentions Marriott/IHG as a possible transfer partner for URs tells you everything you need to know. He also doesn’t seem to get that just because you can transfer to a program in any alliance, doesn’t mean it’s a GOOD option…sure you can transfer URs to BA, but of course BA is terrible for long-haul redemptions due to surcharges. That’s why if you want to redeem in Oneworld for premium cabins, transferring to AA (via SPG of course) is still the best option. Oh, and of course Starpoints also transfer to all three alliances too…

  10. @UA-NYC – why the hell would I be “jealous”when I could simply drink lots of kool-aid like you and stock up on the least rewarding and most overhyped points currency ever? Remember that I am one of few who can actually afford to play the “game” because I get reimbursed for travel expenses, which means that I have unlimited options about which points to ‘invest’ in and which to avoid. Case in point: although Hilton has 3 properties, including a Conrad, in Seoul, SK, where I just arrived, I elected to stay at Park Hyatt Seoul because (a) it’s still Q1 and, yet, I’ve already accumulated almost as many HH points as my past yearly hauls, and (b) it is a nice opportunity to earn significant WoH points since it is my fallback program whenever I need a change of pace.

    Bottom line: I do not accumulate starpoints because I did the easy math and know better. You can continue drinking your kool-aid and pissing away your real currency by investing in starpoints; I don’t give a horse’s arse.

    Now, how about addressing the substance of my post?

    G’day!

  11. You are a tool who for years now comes on and spews dogmatic nonsense about how great HH is and how poor SPG is…you have not and will not ever convince anyone. As previously said, HH has an inflationary currency, is bottom heavy, and has the least desirable top tier loyalty benefits. It is so mediocre that they will soon be giving away top tier status with an (in effect) $0 credit card.

    Just because you go to a couple medical conferences a year on Cornell’s dime doesn’t make you a “business traveler” BTW…those of us doing 10+ nights a month and putting $10K+ on a CC monthly are the true road warriors.

    Your “playing the game” that you think you’ve mastered is a joke…you redeem points for Star Alliance carriers…that doesn’t make you special or different. You likely are staying at non-Hilton properties because frankly that currency is only good for ~50 properties globally that are actually desirable, and deep down inside you also know it’s highly inflationary and don’t want to earn anymore.

  12. DCS
    I’ve been a Hilton Honors member for 10 years and agree that overall, there have been some good earnings and some good strategic redemptions opportunities especially with cash and points. Well, that door has shut closed as points redemptions have climbed. In addition, Silvers have recently gotten pimped with fewer points for stays.

    Last year I got the SPG Amex and started earning and buying miles at a cost of $0.022. I recently converted 120,000 SPG points to a 7 night stay at a Marriott in Maui which was booking out at $500/night AND 120,000 Alaska Miles which are worth $0.019 each minimum. With those miles, you can book a RT Biz flight to Australia from the U.S. via Cathay.

    I also have the CSR, which I love. Very easy to pile up miles which is great. I just don’t think the miles are quite as valuable.

  13. @Tim – you make very rational and astute points. Of course, be prepared to be insulted when he returns as you complimented Starpoints and didn’t fawn all over URs.

    Personally, my bank of URs keeps growing yet my Starpoint balance is never as high as I’d like, given how powerful they are…

  14. UA-NYC — All you do is huff and puff and get personal while completely avoiding to talk about the elephant in the room:

    “$10K in 3 months to get “just” 29K [or 35K] starpoints vs. $5K in 3 months to get 80K UR points — a much more valuable points currency — is a no-brainer. That so many still fall for the bogus claim about the stratospheric “value” of starpoints is truly mind-boggling.”

    That was my thesis and point of the post that you have failed to address and have avoided like the plague because you have no answer.

    I will not hold my breath until you address the point of my post, so I am pulling the plug on this exchange since, as usual, addressing you is a waste of time.

  15. @Tim sez: “I’ve been a Hilton Honors member for 10 years and agree that overall, there have been some good earnings and some good strategic redemptions opportunities especially with cash and points. Well, that door has shut closed as points redemptions have climbed. In addition, Silvers have recently gotten pimped with fewer points for stays.”

    Hilton awards cost exactly the same as Hyatt’s or Marriott’s, while SPG’s — especially at their ‘aspirational’ top tier hotels — are almost an order of magnitude more expensive. Anyone who has ever done the simple math knows this. That you still repeat the bogus canard about how HH “redemptions have climbed” (while they are currently among the most affordable) simply means that you drank too much of the “SPG or HGP is great; and HHonors is shit” kool-aid that’s now been thoroughly exposed as #fakeclaims. HGP is simply woah…WoH! And SPG’s went belly up, with its days numbered.

    You want to keep sinking your hard currency investing in starpoints? It is bonehead but please go right ahead. How ever great you think you are doing with starpoints, the reality is that you could be doing at least 1.5x-2x better with another transferable points currency. Really. The math is trivial!

    “I also have the CSR, which I love. Very easy to pile up miles which is great. I just don’t think the miles are quite as valuable.”

    Make your case in support of that claim. I made mine…just a few comments up-thread. It is the elephant in the room that everyone keeps avoid. We’ll be waiting for your case in support of your claim that URs are not “quite as valuable” with bated breath…

  16. Figures – DCS comes back and as I predicted, insults another poster. Trolling as usual.

    You won’t find a single reputable source on the Internet who claims that URs have a higher intrinsic value than Starpoints. And you aren’t reputable FWIW, so that doesn’t count.

    First, get your facts straight – it’s 35K points for $7K spend, not $10K. Why you have to lie up front and claim “29K points for $10K spend” shows how innately biased you are.

    Second of all, absent any bonuses, that $7K spend will yield 42,000 Starpoints – an equivalent $7K spend on that Chase card will yield 87K URs. So yes, you will earn more URs than Starpoints for the same spend. But of course URs <<< Starpoints so you have to actually look deeper, especially given the transfer bonuses Starpoints give you. And as previously noted, for example URs don't do much for you in Oneworld long haul, relative to what Starpoints can get you via AA.

    URs frankly aren't great for hotel usage outside Hyatt – and of course Starwood has arguably the best aspirational hotels in the business. Here's something you can't comprehend…Starpoints are excellent to use in Starwood hotels! Which of course has the best selection of aspirational properties globally, with the best loyalty benefits.

    Out of curiosity, I checked what properties Hilton has in Spain (an upcoming vacation of mine). A single sad Hilton by the airport in Madrid, none in foodie mecca San Sebastian, and an ordinary inland Hilton on the lovely island of Majorca. No wonder you have to go to other chains for nicer properties.

  17. Another DCS lie:

    “Hilton awards cost exactly the same as Hyatt’s or Marriott’s, while SPG’s — especially at their ‘aspirational’ top tier hotels — are almost an order of magnitude more expensive.

    First, an “order of magnitude” equals 10x, and assuredly no SPG properties are 10x more important than one a level below…you would expect a so-called “scientist” like DCS to maybe understand this definition.

    It is true a very small handful of Starwood properties cost 2x the points of others in the save level – as they are all suite properties (and those outliers will be aligned next year). But this is out of 200 category 6/7 properties globally (the “aspirational” ones). Guess what – SPG category 6/7 points cost ~2x the points of category 4/5 because (drum roll…wait for it…) their ADR (average daily rate) is probably about 2x. These are properties that go for $500-$1,000 per night – they SHOULD cost a lot of points.

    Tiffany & any other site managers – please stop the falsehoods being posted here…regular visitors expect the token racism and homophobic posts (unfortunately)…but you can stop posters who blatantly lie.

  18. “First, get your facts straight – it’s 35K points for $7K spend, not $10K. Why you have to lie up front and claim “29K points for $10K spend” shows how innately biased you are.”

    That is why trying to have an intelligent conversation with you is a useless exercise. Rather than a “lie”, I’d quoted another poster: “I got this card during another big spending bonus period this past fall, following a link from OMAAT: 25K Starpoints after 6K spend plus 4K Starpoints after 10K total spend.”

    I stopped reading after the still unsubstantiated claim that UR <<<< starpoint, and am not pulling the plug just on you now. I am pulling it on the thread. Knock yourself out.

  19. “Tiffany & any other site managers – please stop the falsehoods being posted here…”

    Remember the last time you made that very statement, and had to eat crow? I won’t humiliate you this time by providing links to the easy math.

    Inability to learn from one’s past mistakes is always the clearest sign of______

  20. One would think a Professor of Physics in Radiology might understand simple mathematics better…apparently not though since you didn’t dispute any of my points.

    And again, not a single reputable blogger (VFTW, OMAAT, TPG, you name it) has the value of a UR point > a Starpoint, and they actually, you know, do some analysis on the topic. Much like our current President, just because you rant it repeatedly doesn’t make it true.

  21. LOL — Considering their collective dismal record making various predictions and bogus claims, “reputable blogger” has got to be the oxymoron of the decade!

  22. DCS:
    Trust me, I’ve accumulated over 400k in URs so I don’t need to justify their value. I’m stockpiling for a future redemption and think they are great. I’m planning to use them on ANA via Virgin Club at some point.

    You totally ignored my SPG redemptions. 120,000 SPG points at 0.022 cost (1/2 were from credit card earnings, half I paid for) “cost” about $2,640. I converted them to 7 nights in a $500/night Marriott hotel AND got 120,000 Alaska Miles which are convertible to a RT Biz class ticket on Cathay Pacific from U.S. – Australia with free stopover. While that might retail for $7k, even I would value that at $4k all day long. So basically, for $2,650 I got 7 nights in Maui and a RT biz ticket to Australia from the U.S. thanks to Alaska Mileage Plan. You think I got ripped off? I don’t think so. If I could, I’d buy tons of SPG points for redemptions like this! All day long.

    For more frugal everyday uses of SPG, you can find very inexpensive redemptions at Sheratons that might have a room rate of $125 or only 3,000 – 4,000 points. Granted, these aren’t stellar properties, but that’s $0.03 – $0.04/point. And this isn’t uncommon to find at all. So, Lucky’s value at $0.022 is realistic.

    As for Hilton Honors, I used to use my points at Hiltons or Hamptons that had attractive cash and points redemptions. They would look something like this:
    $130 cash or
    30,000 points or
    $40 cash and 8,000 points.
    Those cash and points redemptions were no brainers and phenomenal points redemptions. Guess what? They are GONE. Yes, you can use cash and points, but not discounted anymore.
    It’s a bummer as I used to love Hilton Honors.

  23. @Tim – $2,640 would be the monetary ‘value’ of REDEEMING 120,000 starpoints, and NOT the COST of getting the 120,000 starpoints. I have little doubt that what you spent in hard currency to accumulate the 120,000 starpoints is a much much bigger number.

    So, I ignored your SPG redemption because, like every claim like it, it completely misstated or abstracted the true cost of accumulating the 120,000 starpoints – a big downside of starpoints

  24. DCS – I think I see your logic. I don’t know if I’m saying this right, but I did manage to buy 70,000 of those starpoints at a hard cost $0.022 directly from Starwood when they were on sale for a total cash cost of $1,540. Obviously, the other 50,000 came through spending (though 35,000 were the signup bonus). Either way, I came out ok with 7 nights in Maui at that price plus I’ll do well once I put those 120,000 Alaska Miles to use which I plan to by 2019 at the latest. Again, I think it depends on your travel plans too. I personally want some strategic redemptions for more exotic locales or long haul J flights (I’m 6’2″ so long haul economy is NOT my friend).

    No doubt that starpoints are harder to earn through spend. With the CSR, it is really easy to rack up points quickly given the 3x bonus on restaurants and travel. On the other hand, SPG does have some sweet partners. I’d DIE if URs could be used on JAL for instance, like they can with SPG. To redeem for the Apex Suites (while they still have them for BOS-NRT) at 60k each way would be very cool. On the other hand, I could upgrade my paid PE ticket to J for 30,000 starpoints or 24,000 day of the flight. That ain’t bad at all.

    The best thing about Hiltons is the shear number of hotels. I’m road tripping down through Connecticut Thursday night and there are literally 6-8 Hilton options, while there is only one Starwood. As a moderate traveler, I’ve averaged 10-12 annual stays per year at Hiltons which makes me a consistently boring Silver. Really hard to reach Gold at 20 stays unless I get the right CC. With the reduced points awarded for Silvers, it’s hurt me in particular. I’ll still stay at Hilton at the right price and amenities, but now I’m more interested in at least getting SPG Gold status, which will earn an additional SPG point per dollar. I’m going to use those points to buy more Marriott nights in Maui or convert to cheap-ass stays at 3,000 point redemptions at Sheratons.

    Again, your mileage may vary, depending on your travel plans, style and needs.

  25. @Tim — Starpoints can do wonders….if you can earn enough of them without first going broke, and therein is the rub: starpoints are so expensive to earn that there are always cheaper and more rewarding alternatives to accumulating them!

    Hilton Honors is the only vibrant loyalty program out there right now. People will always find reasons to complain, but most complaints against Hilton Honors at this juncture ring completely hollow considering the shape the other hotel loyalty programs are in. To earn Hilton status is a no-brainer, and, yet, you make statements like:

    “Really hard to reach Gold at 20 stays unless I get the right CC. With the reduced points awarded for Silvers, it’s hurt me in particular.”

    Who in their right mind would bitch about HH Silvers losing benefits, when just $95/year get you HH Gold — the best 2nd-tier status out there — and for just $450/year one can now be a HH Diamond?

    “I’ll still stay at Hilton at the right price and amenities, but now I’m more interested in at least getting SPG Gold status, which will earn an additional SPG point per dollar”

    I have SPG Gold status through the AMEX Biz Plat and it gets nothing. Your best bet is to spend just $95/year, get the HH Ascend card, which comes with the HH Gold status, and then just stick with Hilton when you do revenue stays. With that strategy, you will earn so many HH points (through bonus points, promos, and the Ascend card @12/$), you’ll be able to easily afford a 5-night (5th night free) redemption at Conrad Koh Samui or Conrad Maldives Rangali! Since it seems to me like you are nickle-and-diming, SPG is not the program for you because it is too expensive any way you look at it.

    G’day and good luck!

  26. It is beyond ironic that DCS has long claimed (hilariously and inaccurately) that the success of Starpoints”took down Starwood” (due to airline transfer ability) , and now he’s claiming that they are so expensive that “people are going broke” getting them.

    Can’t have it both ways – though you will continue to lie out of both sides of your mouth.

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