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There’s only 1 week left to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express up to 30,000 point sign-up offer. This offer usually only comes around once a year, so you’ll probably have to wait until next summer if you don’t get it now.
The increased bonus applies to both the personal and business versions of the card. But you have to apply by June 30, 2014.
Worth It or Not?
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Personal)
Link: Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Business)
The sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card is normally 25,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the 1st 6 months. But in the past several years, American Express has increased the bonus by 5,000 points (with the same minimum spending) once per year.
So you’ll get an extra 5,000 points with this sign-up bonus. I’ve written about the Big Travel with Small Money you can get with Starwood points, and many of us already have the card. But if you haven’t gotten a personal or business version of the card yet (they’re different products so you can get both), the extra 5,000 points on the sign-up bonus is a great deal!
But those of us who already have the card (or both cards) can refer a friend and get an extra 5,000 Starwood points when they sign-up!
What Can You Do With an Extra 5,000 Starwood Points?
What I really like about the Starwood Preferred Guest program is that you can get free nights for as few as 2,000 points per night. With 5,000 extra Starwood points, you could get:
- 1 night at a Category 1 hotel (weekdays cost 3,000 points) or 2 nights on a weekend (2,000 points)
- 1 night at a Category 2 hotel (weekdays cost 4,000 points) or almost 2 nights on a weekend (3,000 points)
- Using Cash & Points: 3 nights at a Category 1 hotel, 2 nights at a Category 2 hotel, or 1 night at a Category 3 or Category 4 hotel
There aren’t many Category 1 hotels in North America, but overseas you can get some very good deals. You could use the extra 5,000 Starwood points towards 2 weekend nights at Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Egypt.
Or, you could spend 2 weekend nights at the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa in Indonesia.
There are many more North American choices among Starwood Category 2 and 3 hotels. You could stay at the Category 2 Westin Atlanta Airport for 4,000 Starwood points during the week.
Or you could go on a ski getaway to Calgary, Canada at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites for 3,500 Starwood points plus $55 per night.
You’ve got a lot of options for where to spend your extra 5,000 Starwood points when you apply for the increased bonus! But remember, this offer ends on June 30, 2014, so you only have a week left to decide.
You only have 1 week left to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express up to 30,000 point sign-up offer. The personal and business versions of the card both have the increased bonus. But you need to apply by June 30, 2014.
An extra 5,000 Starwood points can get you more travel than you think! There are some great low category redemptions with Starwood hotels, especially for weekend getaways.
Where would you go with an extra 5,000 Starwood points?