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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
Here’s one more reason to be thankful for friends and family: Through June 15, 2016, Amex and Starwood are offering 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each referral you make to either the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express. Assuming your friend or family member applies using your referral link, you’ll receive 10,000 bonus points for each approved application, up to a total of 55,000 Starpoints (for each version of the card). TPG values SPG points at 2.5 cents each, so you’ll be earning roughly $250 worth of points for each person you refer.
Your friends will receive the same sign-up bonus available using the links above, including 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 in the first three months with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $5,000 in the first three months with the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.
If you have either SPG Amex card and you’ve opted in to receive marketing emails, you may already have this offer in your inbox. Regardless, you should be able to generate the referral using this link for the personal card and this link for the business card. You can only generate a referral for a card that you have, so if you have the personal SPG Amex but not the business version, you’ll only be able to refer someone to the personal card.
Interestingly, the terms and conditions state that “The value of the Referral Bonus may be taxable income to you; you are responsible for any federal or state taxes resulting from the Referral Bonus.” It’s possible that you won’t be taxed on the points you earn, but this is something to be mindful of nonetheless. Your bonus points should post within two months of when your friend is approved for the card.
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.
- Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
- 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.
- Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
- 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 and Conditions apply.
- See Rates & Fees