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Until November 1st, 2017, American Express has sweetened the pot on the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit card by adding an additional 10,000 Starpoints after meeting spend for a total of 35,000 bonus points after spending $10,000 in the first six months. This bonus is tiered and that is certainly a lot of spend, but it’s still nice to see the return of the highest total number of signup bonus points on this great card, which is the better value between the two Starwood cards.
Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card
- Earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints after meeting spend at the following thresholds:
- Earn 25,000 Starpoints after spending $6,000 in the first 3 months
- Earn an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending an additional $4,000 in the first 6 months
Key card details
- $95 annual fee is waived the first year
- Earn 2x at SPG and Marriott properties
- Sheraton Club Lounge access when staying at Sheraton properties
- Premium Internet access when staying at SPG properties
- Free unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi access
- Credit for 2 stays and 5 nights towards elite status annually
- Offer expires 11/1/17
It’s a bummer that the required spend for the initial 25,000 bonus points has increased by $1,000. However, Starpoints are difficult to accumulate in large quantities, so the ability to earn an additional 10,000 Starpoints will be attractive to many despite the hefty spend requirements. Remember that the signup bonus is not available to those who have ever had the card before.
This offer is only valid on the business version of the card, so you will need a business in order to apply. That said, keep in mind that not all businesses are multi-national behemoths. Many people might have a business without realizing it — whether you buy and sell things on eBay and Craigslist or you do odd jobs / consulting or you write a blog, you might have a viable business.
This card comes with two key advantages over the personal version of the card: First, it comes with Sheraton Club Lounge access. While some Sheraton club lounges are nicer than others, this benefit can really come in handy. For example, I stayed at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa a couple of years ago. Food is expensive in the Maldives — having access to the club lounge saved us quite a bit of money (and came at a significant value as the upcharge for a club room was substantial).
A second key advantage is that this card qualifies for discounts through the Amex OPEN Savings program. For example, you can earn 5% back on purchases at HP.com by simply using your card to make a purchase. That means that the current Amex Offer for $75 back on $350 at HP (which I received on my SPG Business card) is actually a bit more valuable as you’ll get an additional 5% back.
It’s nice to see the 35K offer return despite the heavy spending required. This offer ends November 1st, so mark your calendar if you’re crafting a plan.