Amex SPG Business & Personal Cards, 35K Points Bonus (Ends 3/30)

DEAD – Sign Up bonus is now back down to 25,000 Bonus Points

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express are each offering 35,000 bonus Starpoints. This is the highest offer ever for either of the cards. The usual public offer is just 25,000 points and rarely it goes up to 30,000 points. The latter is the offer that I signed up for.

Starwood Preferred Guest

These bonuses don’t seem very enticing when you look at the number alone, but SPG points are pretty valuable. You can usually get a value of over 2 cents per point and sometimes even close to 3 cents. There’s a lot of great SPG properties and each credit card will get you more than enough points for a top Category 7 hotel. With both cards (about 80K points after spend) you can book 4 nights at a Category 6 hotel, like this amazing Sheraton Maldives. Read more about 2016 SPG Category Changes Taking Effect March 1st.

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (2.8 cents per point value)

SPG points are also valuable when transferred to most frequent flyer programs. You receive a 25 percent bonus for each 20,000 points that you transfer (United excluded).

Both cards come with a $95 annual fee that is waived for the first year. I’d strongly suggest applying for the cards. But, keep in mind that you can only get a sign up offer once per lifetime for personal and now the business Amex cards as well. Both offers end on 03/30/2016.

Personal Amex SPG 

Get 35,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 03/30/2016.

  • Apply Here (my referral)
  • Earn 2x points on all SPG purchases
  • Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free in-room premium internet
  • Receive credit for 5 nights and 2 stays each year toward SPG Elite status
  • Unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide (Enrollment required)
  • $95 Annual Fee waived the first year

Business Amex SPG

Get 35,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 03/30/2016.

  • Apply Here (my referral)
  • Earn 2x points on all SPG purchases
  • Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases
  • Access to Sheraton Club Lounge
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free in-room premium internet
  • Receive credit for 5 nights and 2 stays each year toward SPG Elite status
  • Unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide (Enrollment required)
  • $95 Annual Fee waived the first year

Earn 5,000 Per Referral, Up To 110,000 Total

If you already have the cards then you can refer friend and family and you’ll earn 5,000 per referral. You can use this American Express “Refer a Friend Page” to send referrals by email. You can either log in with your online account information, or enter the card information. It showed up on my SPG account (in Account Details page) as a banner on right hand side.

Starwood Preferred Guest Referrals

You’ll receive 5,000 Starpoints (“Referral Bonus”) for each new Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card or Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card application you refer that results in an approved account. In each case up to a maximum of 55,000 Starpoints per calendar year for each version of the Card.

You’ll see an earned bonus on your statement within 8 weeks after your friend is approved as long as your account is in good standing. Not that those you refer may not receive the referral e-mail if they previously opted out of receiving e-mail marketing communications from American Express.

Recently Applied For Inferior Bonus? Call To Get Matched!

Looks like there’s some success with calling in to get matched for this SPG offer if you already applied for the lesser 25K or 30K offers. It’s not guaranteed that you will get fully matched, but you can still try to get some extra points.

Call in and be polite. If you’re offered 3K or 5K points instead of 10K, ask for a manager to have a better shot. You’re most likely to get courtesy points if you applied recently, preferably this year, but doesn’t hurt to try even if you’ve had the card for a few months. I applied for both cards back in September, but I’ll give it a shot anyway.

Update: I was able to get an extra 3,000 points (instead of 5,000) as a “one time only courtesy” by using live chat.

HT: doctorofcredit

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16 thoughts on “Amex SPG Business & Personal Cards, 35K Points Bonus (Ends 3/30)

  1. Called in today and asked to get matched for current bonus of 35K. I signed up with 30K back in September. I told them I have been an Amex customer for a long time and I love the SPG card and I’m referring friends and family to sign up. Rep said he can’t do anything but he can talk to supervisor. He came back in a minute and said You’ll love this. You get the extra 5K points 🙂

  2. There are the best miles/points out there by far. Great value directly at spg properties and great transfer versatility. Sadly I just signed up recently for the 25K offer since I needed the points. Any chance of Amex matching this offer? Would be amazing to get an extra 10K

  3. Applied with your link for business card. Thanks Danny!

    Question about personal referral link? Is there an option to get the referral link quickly with Twitter or something?

    • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product. So you wouldn’t be eligible, even if you had the card but never received a bonus.

  4. The transfer rate is great. And even easier to maximize now with 35K bonus. Combined with spend you get 40K and 38K, so almost 80K. Transfer with 25% bonus and get 100K miles

  5. thank you so much for referral link. was looking everywhere to find business referral link for my wife. could only get the personal card referral to work. easy 88K spg points coming

    thanks again danny

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