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Amazing Sign Up Bonus On the Credit Card I Use the Most

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Just emailed this offer to a couple of friends. Through April 5, there’s a 35,000 point sign up bonus on the American Express SPG Personal and Business credit cards. 35K points is the biggest bonus I’ve seen, and I think I’ve only seen it offered one or two other times in the decade I’ve had the card.

In fact, this credit card is one of the ones I’ve had the longest and use the most often. If I had to choose only a couple of credit cards to keep, this would be in my top two. If you were thinking about getting this card, now is the time to do so! (Note: I do not receive affiliate credit if you use my links, I’m just a huge fan of the card!)

Why do I love the Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX so much?

Easy Redemptions that Offer Great Value! Starwood has no blackout dates and great availability for award nights. And with redemptions at Category 1 hotels starting at only 2,000 points it’s not uncommon to get a 5+ cents per point value. This summer I redeemed a mere 3,000 points for a $284 room at the Four Points Niagara Falls, making my points worth about 9 cents each.

Four Points Fallsview King Bed Niagara Falls Hotels

Fallsview Room at the Four Points Niagara Falls

Starwood points can be used for free nights at their 11 brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, Aloft, Element Hotels, Four Points by Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels. They also have a wide range of airline partners you can transfer to.

Al Maha Resort Infinity Pool view

The all suites, all inclusive Al Maha property is part of the Luxury Collection.

Another big benefit for me is the nights towards elite status — 2 stays/5 nights.

In the last two years the annual fee has increased to $95, but they’ve added other benefits as well including:

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Premium internet access at SPG hotels.  Now that basic internet is free, getting premium access is a must.
  • Boingo hotspots internet access. Great for the few airports that don’t offer free wifi.

35K Sign Up Bonus Requirements

The spend requirements are actually quite reasonable as far as these bonuses go.

  • Earn 25,000 bonus points after you make $3,000 in purchases on the card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn an extra 10,000 bonus points when you spend an additional $2,000 on the card within the first 6 months.

If you were in the market for a new travel credit card, consider applying for either the SPG personal AMEX or the SPG Business AMEX before the beginning of April.

 

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