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There are a couple of new offers out there for the Starwood SPG personal and business Amex cards. The “normal” bonus for both of these cards is 25,000 SPG points, though I wrote back in August that there were temporarily offers for 30,000 points on both the personal and business cards.
Now American Express is offering a 35,000 point offer for both the personal and business credit cards. The offers are available publicly, and if you’d like to support Points With a Crew, you can find the 35,000 point offer for the personal and business cards here (thank you for your support if you do apply through my links). The description on the links I’ve seen said that this offer expires on March 30th, though it is possible that the card will be available after that.
You do have to spend $3,000 in the first 3 months on the personal card and $5,000 in the first 3 month for the business card. The annual fee is $95 on both cards and is waived the first year. Here’s the details on the personal card
and the business card
Amex churning rules
American Express has long had language on their personal credit cards that limits you from getting a signup bonus if you’ve ever gotten a signup bonus for that card beforehand. It used to be that you could churn the business cards, but within the past few weeks that has changed so that even most (all?) new American Express business card applications have language stating that you’re only eligible for the signup bonus if you’ve never had the card
Both of these cards have that language, so if you’ve ever gotten this card before, you won’t be eligible for this offer.
The upshot of this Amex policy is that if you’re going to get this card, now is the time to get it! Since you can only get the bonus once, you want to try and get it when it is at its maximum
What can 35,000 SPG points get you?
First of all, 35,000 SPG points can be used at hotels. After meeting the signup bonus, you’ll actually have around 40,000 points. The Starwood award chart starts with Category 1 hotels at 3,000 points / night (and only 2,000 on weekends), so this could be up to 20 nights at hotels.
Starwood points also have the added ability of transferring to many different airline partners at a 1:1 ratio. And the bonus is that if you transfer in increments of 20,000 SPG points, you get a 5,000 point bonus. So 40,000 SPG points could be transfer to 50,000 airline miles.
Both of these cards give you free Boingo wi-fi at hotspots, which I have found to be fairly useful especially when traveling overseas where your phone plan might not work.
Remember too that the SPG Business Amex card gets you access to Sheraton lounges worldwide
Remember too that Marriott has entered into agreements to buy Starwood and even though the CEO of Marriott has already promised to “take care” of SPG elites, I think that it does make sense to hedge your bets here. If/when the merger is complete, I think it’s likely that these SPG Amex cards are going to go away, so it makes sense to get the signup bonuses on these cards now before they disappear!
Again, if you are going to apply for either of these cards, I do appreciate if you apply through my links.
Good luck out there and happy churning!