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Sharing positive things with a friend is always enjoyable, especially when you get rewarded for it. Which is why I was happy to hear that the personal American Express Starwood and Premier Rewards Gold cards now have “Refer A Friend” promotions where you can get 5,000 extra bonus points when someone you know signs up for one of these cards through your referral link and gets approved. (Note: some Platinum cardholders have reported getting referral bonus offers of up to 7,500 points, so if you have that card, be on the lookout when logged into your account as well).

Simply log into your account through this referral page, and the option should be there on the top left-hand corner, select the card that you wish to refer and click “Continue,” enter your friend’s name and email address and add additional names by clicking the “+” icon for a total of 11 referrals. This could be a targeted promotion so please let me know below if you had access to it in your account.

You can earn up to 55,000 extra points in a calendar year for referrals. Apart from hotel stays, remember that 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. You can also transfer them to 31 different airline partners, including those without other transfer partners like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

The current sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is 25,000 Starpoints, after you use it to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.

The Premier Rewards Gold card currently has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,000 in 3 months if you are targeted through’s Card Match Tool. Otherwise, the public offer is 25,000 Membership Rewards points after you use it to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. This card also awards you with 15,000 bonus points after you spend $30,000 in purchases in one year.

For more information on the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and the Premier Rewards Gold, read these posts below:

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Is Back
Maximizing Starwood Cash & Points Awards
Starwood “Enhances” Cash & Points Awards
Major Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Enhancements
Maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers

Amex Membership Rewards

Amazing Deal Alert 50,000 Point Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Through Cardmatch Tool Targeted
The Ultimate Guide to American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners
Analyzing Amex Membership Rewards Star Alliance Transfer Partners
Top 10 Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners
Top 10 Reasons Why I Like Amex Membership Rewards Cards

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Limited Time Offer- Earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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