[EXPIRED] Increased Amex SPG sign-up bonuses: 35K on both business and personal!

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The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

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American Express has increased the signup bonuses on both the SPG personal and SPG business cards to 35k bonus points for completing the total required spend. We have only seen a 35k signup bonus once before on these cards. While the required spend was lower on the previous offer, these sign up bonuses are still excellent. Starpoints have historically been highly valuable due to their versatility, and the merger with Marriott has made them even more valuable with the ability to transfer them to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio.  The sign-up bonus on each card involves reaching 2 spending tiers, with some of the bonus earned after the first tier and the remainder after the second tier.

If you recently signed up under a different offer, you may be able to get American Express to extend the courtesy of the difference in points. Doctor of credit has more detail on how to go about this.

Unfortunately, both offers  clearly state that the welcome bonus is not available to those who have or have had these cards in the past. However, if you have never had one of these cards, now is probably the time to sign up.

The Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express (personal version)

 

The Offer

  • Receive 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months
  • Receive 10,000 bonus Starpoints after spending an additional $2,000 within the first 6 months
  • $95 annual fee is waived the first year
  • Application link here.

Key Card benefits

  • 2x points at Starwood or Marriott/Ritz properties
  • Earn 1x on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Boingo access for up to 4 devices
  • Premium in-room Internet at all Starwood properties
  • Credit for 5 nights and 2 stays toward SPG status

Quick Analysis

While the card only earns 1x on every day purchases, remember that Starpoints transfer in very favorable rations:

  • Most airlines transfer 1:1 with a bonus 5k miles when transferring 20k, meaning that 20k Starpoints = 25k airline miles in most (not all) programs
  • 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott points

This means that after completing the spending requirements on the personal card, you will have 40,000 Starpoints — enough for either 50k airline miles or 120k Marriott points in addition to their value within the SPG program.

 

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card

 

The Offer

  • Receive 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $5,000 within the first 3 months
  • Receive 10,000 bonus Starpoints after spending an additional $3,000 within the first 6 months
  • $95 annual fee is waived the first year
  • Application link here.

Key Card Benefits

  • Sheraton Club Lounge access at all Sheratons with a club lounge worldwide
  • 2x points at Starwood or Marriott/Ritz properties
  • Earn 1x on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Boingo access for up to 4 devices
  • Premium in-room Internet at all Starwood properties
  • Credit for 5 nights and 2 stays toward SPG status

Quick Analysis

This card has a slightly higher total spend requirement to reach the bonus, but offers the additional benefit of club lounge access at all Sheratons with a club lounge.  This benefit will vary in value depending on how you use it, but it saved me a bundle on a stay at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.  Food and drinks can be incredibly expensive in the Maldives and the club lounge there served plenty of both. While not quite a full buffet, selection was varied and the evening food was substantial enough to suffice as a dinner several times during our stay.

The other key benefits of the two cards are identical.

Both sign up bonuses are substantial offers and while spending requirements are high, the tiered bonuses give a generous amount of time for completing the spend. Both offers are available until April 5, 2017.  Now that the merger with Marriott is complete, the long-term future of these cards is uncertain; however, it’s great to see an increased bonus offer for the time being.

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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15 Comments on "[EXPIRED] Increased Amex SPG sign-up bonuses: 35K on both business and personal!"

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Justin
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Hey Nick, so club lounge access gives you free access to the lounge? Alcoholic beverages included?

Nick
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Lazy of me not to read the T&C myself, but question: if we’ve had one version in the past, can we apply for and get the bonus on the other version?

Brett
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How long until the 25k/35k post to your account after meeting the spend? Essentially, good way to top off Marriott accounts by 3/31 for flights/nights and CP?

encin
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I am wondering the same thing – any chance the points would post in time to get the CP ?

Suzzanne
Guest

I received an email on the personal Card even though I’ve had one in the past. Does this mean they’ll let me get another bonus on personal card?

Anita
Guest

I have both personal and business SPG cards..just over a year each.
Could I open another business card for a side business that to date doesn’t have a EIN…?

Jan W
Guest

While I’m reducing apps in order to get two CSRs, I have a little wiggle room for now. Would you recommend that I get the personal and business for one person (me) or get the personal for both my husband and me? I can do one or the other, but not both. Thanks!

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