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|Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express||25K after $3K spend in 3 months.|
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express may not seem like much on the surface. After all, the card offers only 1 point per dollar for spend, or 2 points per dollar at Starwood and Marriott properties. But, SPG points are worth far more than points in most other programs. Here are some examples of great uses of points:
- Book Starwood hotel nights for as little as 2,000 points per night.
- Convert SPG points to Marriott Rewards points at a 1 to 3 ratio. Each SPG point becomes 3 Marriott points!
- Convert SPG points to airline miles at a great ratio. 20,000 SPG points become 25,000 miles!
The card also offers the following perks:
- Get SPG Gold status with $30,000 calendar year spend
- Free premium internet at SPG properties
- Unlimited Boingo Wifi
- No foreign transaction fees
We don’t know if the SPG card will survive the Marriott merger long-term so its a good idea to get the card soon if you’re interested.
Amex offers a nearly identical business card, but with a key additional perk: free Sheraton Club Lounge access. See: Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express
|Card / Notes||Bonus / Annual Fee|
| Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
Earning rate: 2X Starwood and Marriott Properties
Big spend bonus: SPG Gold elite status with $30K annual spend
Noteworthy Perks: Transfer 20,000 points into miles and get a 5000 mile bonus.
Receive free premium internet at SPG properties and unlimited Boingo Wifi.
|25K after $3K spend in 3 months.
Annual fee waived first year, then $95
Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees
Recent better offer: 35K after $5K spend expired 4/5/2017
FM Mini Review: Extremely valuable points, but difficult to earn in large quantities except through signup bonus
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