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This is just a friendly reminder that the limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest cards from American Express ends on Tuesday, September 3, so if you are interested in applying but haven’t done so yet, you don’t have much time until this offer goes away. The normal bonus on these cards is just 25,000 points for the same minimum spending requirement of $5,000 in 6 months, so this is a 20% bonus.
Starpoints can be very valuable thanks to great redemption options including transferring to airline partners (with bonuses), high-value redemption options like Cash & Points awards, elite status credit and more. These cards are widely considered to be among the best travel credit cards on the market, and last year, I actually applied for and got both the business and personal cards the same day for a total haul of 60,000 points.
For the past couple of years, this historically high offer on these cards has come around just once a year so we might not see it get this high again until next summer, if at all.
While a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points might seem small in terms of plain numbers, I think Starwood points are among the most valuable points currencies out there and value them at 2.5 cents apiece (a value I regularly exceed with my redemptions), so each sign-up bonus is worth at least $750 in my estimation.
And details on both offers:
- 30,000 points – 10,000 after your first purchase, and an additional 20,000 when you spend $5,000 within 6 months.
- Receive up to 5 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible spend charged directly with Starwood hotels & resorts – that’s 2 Starpoints per dollar spent on the Card in addition to the Starpoints you get as a Starwood Preferred Guest member.
- Get 1 Starpoint for every dollar of eligible purchases.
- $65 annual fee, waived for the first year.
- Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this card within the last 12 months.
- Full review here.
Amex specifies that the welcome bonus is not available to applicants who have had this product in the last 12 months, so if you’ve had the personal card within the last 12 months (not just applied for it, but actually had it open), you can’t apply for the personal version now, and same with the business version, though if you have one or the other version, you can apply for the one you don’t have now.
If you’re thinking about doing a round of credit card applications while these offers are out there, I have compiled a list of what I consider to be the top credit card offers with no first year’s annual fee, as well as a post on the top deals for a round of applications for maximizing miles and points.
For more information on the cards and the Starwood Preferred Guest program, check out these posts:
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There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.