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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
Update: Some readers are reporting seeing different offers instead, including 500 Starpoints when you book a stay through the SPG app or 10,000 bonus points after staying at two more Starwood brands. If you don’t see the 200-points offer, try unsubscribing from e-statements and logging out, then click this link and log in again. The offer should appear. Note that this is an excellent way to extend the life of expiring Starpoints.
What can you get for 200 Starpoints? Well, nothing at all, really, but it’ll help you get closer to a redemption. Clicking through will just take a few seconds, so there’s really no reason not to do it.
SPG’s promos landing page, called the SPG Dashboard, gives you an overview of your Starwood stay statistics. You’ll see the number of nights and stays from the current year, the number of nights or stays you’ll need to reach the next elite level and your lifetime SPG stats, which will help you figure out how many more years of elite status you need to earn Lifetime Gold or Platinum.
You can also view a breakdown of the SPG brands you’ve stayed with and how many regions, countries and states you’ve visited with SPG. For example, I’ve stayed at all SPG brands except for Element and the new Tribute Portfolio, with a whopping 86 nights at W Hotels and 67 each at Sheraton and Westin, all since 2012.
Better yet, you can opt in to email subscriptions and earn 200 bonus Starpoints. According to the terms and conditions, your points should appear within two to four weeks. Of course, you can earn many more Starpoints through Amex’s credit card offers — currently, you can earn 25,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. You can also register to earn bonus Starpoints on stays from October 1 through December 20, 2015.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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