Can You Earn Elite Status With the AMEX Starwood Personal Card?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Jeremy, comments:

I know the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express grants elite status with $30,000 in spending, but does the personal card also have that feature?

The card is really handy except for the fact that you can earn the sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood business card every 12 months where the sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood personal card is once per lifetime.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express personal and small business versions currently come with a sign-up bonus of 30,000 Starwood points when you complete the minimum spending.

This deal is only available through September 14, 2015.

You can also earn Starwood Gold elite status  for spending on the AMEX Starwood small business card.  But is the same true for the AMEX Starwood personal card?

Can You Earn Elite Status With The AMEX Starwood Personal Card

With the AMEX Starwood Cards You Can Earn Points to Stay at Hotels Like the St. Regis Florence. And for a Limited Time These Cards Come With an Increased Sign-Up Bonus! But Do Both Cards Offer Elite Status?

Yes, you can earn Starwood Gold status for spending $30,000 on either card.  But there’s an easier way!  I’ll explain!

Increased Sign-Up Bonus With AMEX Starwood Cards!

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Link:   My Review of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   How to Fill Out an American Express Business Card Application

Link:   How to Use Starwood Points

Currently, you can earn 30,000 Starwood points with the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards when you complete the minimum spending.

That’s 5,000 points more than the usual offer, but you have to sign-up by September 14, 2015!  This deal usually only comes around once each year.

Other perks include:

As Jeremy points out, you can only earn the sign-up bonus on the AMEX personal cards once per lifetime.  And because this is the highest sign-up bonus I’ve ever seen for the AMEX Starwood personal card, it’s an excellent time to get this card!

But you can get the sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood business card again, as long as you haven’t had the card within the last 12 months.

What’s Starwood Gold Elite Status?

Starwood Gold elite status members get perks at Starwood hotels like:

  • 3 Starwood points per $1 spent on your stay at Starwood hotels (50% points bonus)
  • 4:00 pm check-out when it’s available
  • Upgrade to enhanced rooms (higher floor, better view, etc.)
  • Complimentary in-room premium internet when you book through a Starwood website or via their mobile app
  • Welcome gift (choose 125 points for Aloft, Element, and Four Points hotels or 250 points at other Starwood hotels, or complimentary drink)
Can You Earn Elite Status With The AMEX Starwood Personal Card

As a Starwood Gold Member, You Can Sleep-in and Earn Bonus Points for Your Stay

Can You Go for Gold With the Starwood Personal Card?

Yes.

Thanks to our readers for pointing out that Jeremy CAN earn Starwood Gold status for spending on the AMEX Starwood personal or AMEX Starwood small business cards.  He’ll earn Starwood Gold status when he spends $30,000+ on either card within a calendar year.

However, $30,000 is a LOT of spending!  I don’t think the benefits you get with Starwood Gold status are worth it!

Instead, I’d rather put the spending towards earning other great sign-up bonuses for Big Travel!

Can You Earn Elite Status With The AMEX Starwood Personal Card

It’s NOT Worth Spending $30,000 to Earn Perks Like Late Check Out and Bonus Points

There Are Better Ways to Earn Starwood Elite Status!

Starwood Gold status is still a nice perk if Jeremy stays at Starwood hotels frequently, but there are easier ways for him to earn this status.

He’ll get Starwood Gold status just by signing-up for the AMEX Platinum card and enrolling.  However, this card comes with a hefty $450 annual fee and there have been higher targeted sign-up bonuses for this card.

So I wouldn’t sign-up just to earn Starwood Gold status.  But the AMEX Platinum card also comes with other great perks like lounge access and a $200 airline credit each year.

He can also earn Starwood Gold status for completing 10 stays or 25 nights each calendar year.  And with the AMEX Starwood personal or small business card he’ll get 2 stay credits or 5 night credits towards elite status.

So, I’d rather sign-up for both AMEX Starwood cards, to get a total of 4 stay credits or 10 night credits.  Then he’d only need to complete 6 stays or 15 nights to earn Starwood Gold!

Bottom Line

Through September 14, 2015, you can earn an increased sign-up bonus of 30,000 Starwood points with the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest personal and small business cards.

And when you spend $30,000 on the either card, you’ll earn Starwood Gold status.  But that’s a LOT of spending!

Instead, you could sign-up for BOTH the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards.  Then you’d only need to complete 6 stays or 15 nights to earn Starwood Gold status!

Just be certain you can meet the minimum spending requirements on both cards.

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17 responses to “Can You Earn Elite Status With the AMEX Starwood Personal Card?

  1. Can I earn the 5000 point referral bonus for referring someone who is not eligible to receive the sign up bonus again? In other words suppose someone had the Starwood personal card, cancelled it and applied for it again. Even though they get approved, they themselves are not eligible for the sign up bonus. Would I still get the 5000 point referral bonus?

  2. I think you might be wrong about this one, I’ve earned gold by spending $30k on the personal card. They don’t publicise it much, but look at the current terms and conditions: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/personal-card-application/terms/starwood-preferred-credit-card/25330-10-0/?print#offerBenefitTermsDisclosures

    SPG – 30K Gold Status 
    If during any calendar year, Eligible Purchases on your Card account are $30,000 or more, you (the Basic Card Member) will be enrolled for at least twelve months in the Gold Preferred level of the Starwood Preferred Guest®loyalty program (unless you are already enrolled in an equivalent or higher level). Starwood associates excluded. Please allow 12-16 weeks after your Eligible Purchases equal or exceed such amount for the applicable year for enrollment to become effective. Eligible Purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents. Additional terms and restrictions apply.

  3. Has this rule changed recently? Right now we only have an SPG personal card but we have gotten gold Status for the past 3 or 4 years from spending. If it’s changed it makes for a good excuse to reapply for the business card which I’ve cancelled (actually I think we have already had it twice!!)

  4. Has this rule changed recently? Right now we only have an SPG personal card but we have gotten gold Status for the past 3 or 4 years from spending. If it’s changed it makes for a good excuse to reapply for the business card which I’ve cancelled (actually I think we have already had it twice!!).

  5. Has this rule changed recently? Right now we only have an SPG personal card but we have gotten gold Status for the past 3 or 4 years from spending. If it’s changed it makes for a good excuse to reapply for the business card which I’ve cancelled.

  6. Please correct : the following comment : Can You Go for Gold With the Starwood Personal Card?

    No.
    Yes . you can earn starwood Gold after spending 30.000 dollars within a calendar year with your Starwood Personal Card.
    I checked in my benefit pages and Chat with SPG customer service and the answer is YES.

  7. I think you’re mistaken – I have the SPG Personal Card and I just received the email below. It’s the personal card.

    Thank you for being a Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card Member. You’re close to spending $30,000 this year on eligible purchases on your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.1

    After you reach this milestone, you’ll receive Gold status and receive amazing benefits, including:

    • 3 Starpoints per eligible U.S. dollar spent at Starwood hotels and resorts, a 50% bonus over Preferred level.2
    • Upgrades to enhanced rooms at check-in, when available.3
    • 4 p.m. late checkout, when available.4

    Starting August 11, you’ll also receive enticing new benefits with your Card that support your travels and keep you connected wherever you go. In addition to your current Card benefits, you’ll enjoy:

    • No foreign transaction fees on international purchases.5
    • Free, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1 million Boingo hotspots worldwide. Enrollment required.6
    • Complimentary in-room, premium Internet access while staying with SPG® participating hotels. Booking requirements apply.7

    We appreciate your Card Membership and look forward to bringing you even more reasons to love travel.

  8. You CAN get SPG with $30K annual spending on both the personal AND business cards.

    I’m not sure where your misinformation came from, but please edit your post.

  9. You CAN get SPG with $30K annual spending on both the personal AND business cards.

  10. Hi, you are usually very reliable but are completely factually wrong on this one – you still earn gold on $30k spend with the personal card. I know this because (1) I did it again this year and (2) logging on to Amex just now and checking out my card benefits it says so in black and white.

  11. Thanks for the replies and thanks to you Daraius for featuring this!

  12. As pointed out numerous times already, this info is incorrect. I’ve earned SPG Gold every year since 2010 by spending more than $30k on my personal card.

    Darius, you posted this last year and then updated your post later to say that it was incorrect. Now you’re at it again… trying to drive more comments or something? 😉

  13. Hi, do you know if they credit the point right after the $3000.00 spending requirement is met, or if it is credited at 3 months? I want to get this card to use the points at the end of October, but it won’t do me any good if I don’t have the points before then. Thanks!

  14. @Rebecca

    It is usually credited to your account within a few days of hitting the spending requirement.

  15. I have few referrals available for Amex SPG Personal Card. Please email me at mayuriajit@gmail.com, if interested.