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As I reported earlier this morning via Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals, Amex has increased the Starwood Preferred Guest signup offer to 35,000 points through March 30th. This is the highest public offer I can remember ever seeing. You can find up to date information about this offer on my Best Offers page (click here to view to my Best Offers page for full details).
If you already have the SPG personal or business card, you can refer friends and earn 5,000 points for each friend who is approved by March 30, 2016. You can earn up to 55,000 points for referring friends to the personal card and another 55,000 points for referring friends to the business card. If you have both cards, it is possible to earn up to 110,000 points. You cannot refer a friend to a card that you do not have. For example, if you have the personal card, you cannot refer the business card.
Pointing out key terms
Full terms and conditions can be found by clicking the link or image above. I do want to point out a few specifics, though:
- “…in each case up to a maximum of 55,000 Starpoints per calendar year for each version of the Card”. “In each case” means that you can earn up to 55K points with the personal card plus 55K points with the business card.
- “the referred individual(s) must apply to the specific offer online through the e-mailed link provided by American Express and be approved by 3/30/2016”. Sometimes friend referrals provide a way to extend the life of a short-term offer. Not in this case. Your friends must sign up and be approved by 3/30/16.
- “This offer is available online only to Basic Card Members”. Does this mean that there’s such a thing as Premium card members? No, I don’t think so. I believe that the intent with this term is to let you know that only the primary account holder is eligible. Those with only authorized user cards or employee cards cannot refer friends.
- “The individuals you refer may not receive the referral e-mail if they have previously ‘opted out’ of receiving e-mail marketing communications from American Express”. If people you refer do not get the offer via email, make sure they log into their Amex account and opt-in to email marketing.