February 4th, 2011

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Though technically this offer is only good for American Express Platinum cardholders, I won’t debate the ethics of possibly getting status when you actually don’t have a Platinum card, but since I know so many of my readers have the Platinum card, it’s worth mentioning:

Simply call 1-888-625-4990 and mention code UI (or if they reject that code, use SN). If they ask for clarification, just tell them you have an American Express Platinum Card and Gold Starwood status is part of the offer. Once you provide them your Starwood number, your account should show Gold status immediately which will give you benefits like 50% points bonus, nicer rooms, and 4 pm late checkout.

Amex may make you fax a statement to show proof of Platinum card ownership, so don’t be surprised if asked.

Tip of the hat to Frugal Travel Guy for this one.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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