How to Get 2 Round-Trips (or 4 One-Ways) to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and in US With Starwood Card Bonus [OFFER EXPIRED]

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Update: This offer for the Starwood AMEX cards is no longer available but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Visit beautiful beaches, take a partner on a romantic getaway, or go hiking in the mountains to spot wildlife.

You can use your Starwood points to get 2 round-trip off-peak coach flights (or 4 one-ways) to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, on American Airlines when you book award flights.

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Costa Rica Has Gorgeous Beaches, Mountains, and Fun Activities Like River Rafting! Get There With American Airlines Miles – Bring a Friend Because the Current AMEX Starwood Card Bonus Enough for 2 Round-Trip Flights!

I’ll show you how to get there with 50,000 American Airlines miles.  And how you’ll have enough with the current 35,000 point offers on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal and small business cards!

Earn 35,000 Starwood Points With the AMEX Starwood Cards

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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

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

Link:   How to Use Starwood Points

Apply before March 30, 2016, to earn the increased bonus on both cards.  You’ll get:

Note:   American Express only allows folks to get the sign-up bonus ONCE per person, per lifetime on ALL their cards.

Get 2 Round-Trip Flights or 4 One-Ways on American Airlines With 35,000 Starwood Points

Link:   Book American Airlines Award Flights Like a Pro

Starwood points transfer to ~30 airline partners, including American Airlines.

When you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to an airline with a 1:1 ratio with Starwood (like American Airlines), you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles.  So your 20,000 Starwood points become 25,000 American Airlines miles!

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Coach Flights Within the US, and Off-Peak Flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America Will Cost 12,500 American Airlines Miles Each Way. Get a Round-Trip Flight When You Transfer 40,000 Starwood Points to American Airlines!

You’ll have at least 38,000 OR 40,000 Starwood points after completing the minimum spending requirements, depending on which version of the card you get.

When you transfer 40,000 Starwood points, you’ll end up with 50,000 American Airlines miles (with the 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer).  That’s enough for a 2 round-trip coach award tickets:

  • To the Caribbean
  • To Mexico
  • To Central America
  • Within the US

Off-peak dates to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America are September 7, through November 14.  And April 27, through May 20.  If you travel during those windows, you can get a round-trip coach award ticket for 25,000 American Airlines miles (or 12,500 American Airlines miles each way).

Other times of the year, flights cost 15,000 American Airlines miles each way.

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Visit Mexico for Just 12,500 American Airlines Miles 1-Way During the Off-Peak Season

For example, I found lots of great flights from Chicago to Managua, Nicaragua.  The seats I found will cost 12,500 American Airlines miles each way now that American Airlines has  updated its award chart.  Flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, are decreasing in price!

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Go Surfing in Nicaragua! And Get a Great Deal on Round-Flights!

You can start your travels from any point in the continental US for NO additional miles!  And, you can also travel to the Caribbean or Mexico for the same number of miles.

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Prefer the Caribbean, or Mexico? The Off-Peak Dates and Award Prices Are the Same. Visit Other Destinations Like Aruba, Cancun, & Cozumel!

For example, I found award seats from Seattle to Aruba for the same off-peak price.

How To Get 2 Round Trips Or 4 One Ways To The Caribbean Mexico Central America And In US With Starwood Card Bonus

Fly American Airlines to Flagstaff, Arizona, to Explore the Nearby Red Hills of Sedona. Or Drive to the Grand Canyon to See 1 of Our Most Treasured National Parks!

You can also fly to any airport served by American Airlines within the mainland US, like Flagstaff, Arizona.  From there, you can visit Sedona.  Or even drive to Grand Canyon National Park, which is only an hour away, for a family vacation!

American Airlines also has service near lots of other National Parks, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Park!

Need More American Airlines Miles?

Link:   Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Card – 50,000 Mile Offer

Link:   Citi AAdvantage Executive Card – 50,000 Mile Offer

Link:   CitiBusiness AAdvantage Select Card – 50,000 Mile Offer

When you get both AMEX personal and small business cards, and complete the minimum spending requirements, you’ll have at least 78,000 Starwood points.

When you build your balance to 80,000 Starwood points through everyday spending, you can transfer them to American Airlines and receive 100,000 American Airlines miles!

And, you can have both versions of the card, because they’re considered different card products.

If you want more American Airlines miles, you can earn 50,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card or CitiBusiness AAdvantage Select card after making $3,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  The $95 on each card is waived the 1st year.

You can also earn 50,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card after spending $5,000 within the 1st 3 months of account opening.

The $450 annual fee is NOT waived the 1st year, but comes with Admirals Club membership with guest privileges, priority boarding, and 1 free checked bag for you and up to 4 companions traveling on the same domestic itinerary.

These perks can offset the annual fee, especially if you fly often on American Airlines!

Bottom Line

35,000 Starwood points is the highest sign-up bonus ever for the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest personal or small business cards.

You’ll end up with at least 38,000 OR 40,000 Starwood points, depending on which card you get, after completing the minimum spending requirements.

Every time you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to American Airlines, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles.  So 40,000 Starwood points is worth 50,000 American Airlines miles!

That’s enough for a 2 round-trip coach award flights (or 4 one-way flights) to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America, during off-peak periods when you book after March 22, 2016!

Off-peak dates are September 7, through November 14.  And April 27, through May 20.

50,000 American Airlines miles is also enough for 2 round-trip award flights anywhere in the mainland US!

You can apply for both AMEX Starwood cards, or open an American Airlines credit card, like the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, to boost your American Airlines balance.

Where in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America, would you visit?

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9 responses to “How to Get 2 Round-Trips (or 4 One-Ways) to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and in US With Starwood Card Bonus [OFFER EXPIRED]

  1. A shame that the AA business card is limited to first time card holders.
    When did that start?

  2. The AA website says no award travel from ORD to Cody (airport closest to Yellow stone)

  3. @Lee – I haven’t seen it before, either. It may be a special condition for this particular offer.

    @Raj – That’s because American Airlines doesn’t fly there. But they do serve Jackson, Wyoming, and you should be able to find an award seat. Good luck!

  4. If I am using the SPG points for this purpose, wouldn’t it be better if I applied for the AA card(s) instead?

  5. Thank you Daraius and Emily ! I just applied for the SPG Amex (through your link, of course) and was instantly approved – I am new to the points and miles hobby – how long does it normally take for the bonus Starpoints to post after I reach the spending requirement?

  6. Hello just received my new AMEX, do you recommend points on hotel or flights or is it just preference based on individual need?

  7. Thanks Darius. I assumed that if the airport code populates in their website, they fly to the location.

  8. I followed the link for the Citi AA Business card (50k miles). I got an error message. The only offer I can find is for 30k miles. Any suggestions?

  9. @Steve – Either would work. This is just another way to accomplish the same goal.

    @Debbie – Thank you so much! You should receive your bonus at the end of the billing cycle following when you meet the minimum spending requirements.

    @Boonie – Personal preference! That’s my flexible points programs are among the most valuable.

    @Raj – You’d think! Another “quirk!” 🙂

    @Matthew – Hmmm, the link is working for me. Perhaps try another browser?

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