Last day to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 35k point Sign-Up Bonus!

Update: This offer is expired! 

Once or twice a year American Express (Amex) offers an enhanced sign-up bonus of 30,000 points, and Amex has been doing this for as long as I can remember. Earlier this month, Amex dropped the best offer I’ve seen in the last seven years! Both the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) personal and business cards are offering 35,000, and the offer expires today!

This is a big increase from the usual offer of 25,000 points for the SPG cards. I’d definitely jump on this offer due to the upcoming Marriott – Starwood merger which may or may not actually happen. If the merger does take place, it is likely that sometime this year or in 2017, the SPG program will disappear and be merged into the Marriott program. At that time the SPG Amex cards will likely be discontinued. I imagine Amex is anticipating this and that is why they are offering such a high offer. They want to pull in as many cardholders as possible so they can provide them alternative cards in the future.

Just a heads up that both the personal and business cards are now once per lifetime. The rule used to be that you could earn a bonus every 12 months with the business cards but that was changed recently to once per lifetime. If you’re new to the SPG cards you should read our review on why the SPG cards are the best travel credit cards and also why SPG is the best hotel loyalty program. The SPG program is my go to loyalty program. The best value is not only for hotel redemptions (like our massive room in Paris) but also for airline transfers. The SPG card makes a great transfer partner with Alaska where you can transfer points to Emirates to fly First Class for 90k-100k miles one-way!

Thrifty Tip: Recently applied for the SPG card at the lower 25k offer? Call in you may be matched to the higher offer! Reader @jonathanghopper messaged me to let me know he was matched via a phone call! You may have to speak to a manager to be matched.

 

Bottom Line

If you don’t have the personal and business SPG cards now is the time to make your move. Even if you only sell items on eBay or Craigslist, you should be able to apply for a Amex business card. Many times Amex gives instant approval for business cards and you aren’t even required to call in! These two cards may not be around much longer so get them while you can!

 


Starwood Preferred Guest by American Express – (Card Review) – TOP STARTER CARDSPG Card thrifty traveler

  • 35k bonus after $3,000 spend in 3 months (Limited time offer until 3/30/16)
  • No annual fee the first year, then $95
  • If you transfer over 20k miles to an airline program you get a 5k bonus(25% points bonus)
  • Spending over $30k per year will get you SPG Gold Status
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access
  • Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide
  • Provides 5 nights towards status per year
  • This is my everyday spending card when I’m not working towards a spending bonus

Starwood Preferred Guest Business by American Express – (Card ReviewSPG Card Thrifty traveler

  • 35k bonus after $5,000 spend in 3 months (Limited time offer until 3/30/16)
  • No annual fee the first year, then $95
  • If you transfer over 20k miles to an airline program you get a 5k bonus(25% points bonus)
  • Spending over $30k per year will get you SPG Gold Status
  • New: No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • New: Receive free in-room, premium internet access
  • New: Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide
  • New: Free access to the Sheraton Lounges
  • Provides 5 nights towards status per year

 

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