Last Day for 30,000 Point Starwood American Express Offer

by on August 22, 2011 · 18 comments

in American Express, Starwood

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Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but just wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day to get the Starwood American Express card with a 30,000 point sign-up bonus. You get 10k points immediately and 20k after spending $4,500 within the first three months. If you already have a personal card, you can get a business card using your Social Security Number and listing yourself as a sole proprietor. Hey, you never know when you might need a business credit card to start that blog or Ebay business you’ve always dreamed about! ;-)

Personal card application (Note: You must be logged out of your American Express account for the 30k bonus to load – or use a new browser).
Business card application

The Starwood card is a credit card, whereas the Platinum, Gold and Premier Rewards Gold are all charge cards which require you to pay off in full every month. While I don’t recommend carrying large balances because the interest you pay over time greatly negates the value of the points earned, this card is a much better option for a charge card for those who may need the flexibility to pay over time. This card is also great if you stay in Starwood hotels a lot, because you earn 2 SPG points per dollar spent at Starwood hotels in addition to the standard 2 points per dollar (3 points for elites). Additionally, you get Gold status after $30,000 in spend each year and the card gives stays/5 nights towards elite status. Since Platinum is at 25 stays/50 nights, this makes it easier to hit that level and get the suite upgrade perk.

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  • PJ

    I would love to buy amex gift cards to hit the $4500 SPEND or $9000 on two cards. My understadning is amex gift card purchase is NOT an eligible item as purchase. anybody knows differently from me ?

    When you are flexible, Starwood points work much better than other Hotel programs

  • Latimer

    Oh bummer – the app page leads me to a “Offer no longer available” page

  • Anonymous

    It should still be good. Use a new browser or clear your cookies.

  • Kara

    Hi Pointsguy, I called Amex to apply for this card today and the phone rep said that the offer expired yesterday, 8/21. But I see the link is still available online. Do you know if I apply online today, Amex might not honor the 30,000 points after I meet the spending requirements?

  • Aznjulietm

    I just applied today 8/22 and was approved for the personal card with the 30,000 SPG points using thepointsguy’s link. I also applied for the business version of the card and then I had to call a number. The CSR said that since I just applied for the personal card, Amex puts a hold on any other applications for 3-4 days and will then look at the application. If I get approved, he said I should still be eligible to get the 30,000 offer since I expressed my concerns regarding today being the last day for the offer.

  • Aznjulietm

    Oh, and I did clear my cookies prior to each cc application.

  • Aznjulietm

    Oh, and I did clear my cookies prior to each cc application.

  • Anonymous

    You will get it. My links will be deactivated when the offer changes. My ad company said that happens at noon on 8/23

  • Avi4

    Thanks TPG. I applied for and was approved for both the Personal and Business SPG AMEX and I used your links both both applications! Very excited about the cards!

    PS Any chance we will get your analysis on the new AMEX Platinum Card for Mercedes Benz?

  • North

    Does anyone have info about signing up additional users on your SPG card and getting a 10K bonus for each additional user? I can’t find this anywhere but I either read it or dreamed it (which is really scary).

  • xina

    I referred my friend an SPG business application. But, he forgot to apply on August 22. However, when he clicked on the apply button, it still shows 30,000 bonus points. Do you think he will get the 30,000 points if he were to apply right now? I was thinking of Citi, expired link but working and still get the miles. Thanks.

  • Trh128

    I signed up for this offer on 8/22 but unfortunately when I called to confirm the terms I was told the applicable bonus was the standard offer. I cleared cookies and saw the 30k offer but I neglected to capture a screenshot (now kicking myself). Are you aware of any promotion code tied to this deal? CSR asked for a code but I informed them that I followed referral link. An investigation has been opened by AMEX but it could take up to 1 month to receive the decision. I also plan to call back and hopefully get a different rep but I was hoping there was something I could do in the meantime. thanks

  • Tl

    Applied before aug 10 but was approved after aug. 22 – I applied on a 30k link. How do I know whether I am still going to get the points? Terms state approvals after aug 22 don’t qualify. I don’t want $4500 to go down the drain.

  • Anonymous

    I’d call Amex- I have no way to verify. They generally have great customer service, so I bet they will work something out for you

  • Renald31

    Applied on 10/18/11 didn’t get approved instantly but got a message “we will review your application ”
    Received an email on 10/25/11 that I was approved. when called to activate the card today was told that only the standard bonus applied to my application . Didn’t save a screenshot ( also kicking myself big time ) .
    It would be very helpful if somebody has a screenshot or an offer number .
    Thanks in advance

  • Bodoyle1

    I applied and was approved on 8/20/11, when I got the card I called to verify the 30000 point offer was approved. Now they are giving me the runaround and refuse to honor the extra 20000. I already hold a gold am ex card and a Blue Amex card. I usually get great Customer service from Amex now I am so frustrated about to cancel all three any advise.

  • Swdke

    I applied on the application expiration date, and received the card. I put $10 on the card, but after it billed, I only received 10 SPG pts. I should have received 10K SPG pts. In fact, when I called to activiate the card, they confimed I was to receive 10K. I called AMEX and they said yes, I am to get 10K, and 20K after I make the spend limit, but that it will take 6-8 weeks for the first 10K to post. I know that often credit card bonuses claim to take 6-8 weeks to post, but after a lot of credit cards, my experience is that they always post immediately, never, not once, 6-8 weeks. I am skeptical I’ll get my 10K pts. Plus, I already have an AMEX SPG card, maybe that is a factor? At any rate, even so, when I call AMEX, the have not told me that I am not to get the pts due to having another card, they tell me I am to get the pts. All in all, I am skeptical I’ll get any bonus pts.

  • Mike

    Does anyone know what the bonus ID was for this promo? My 20K bonus did not post and Amex Customer Service is asking me for the bonus ID.

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