Limited Time: Best-Ever 35,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus With AMEX Starwood Cards Returns!

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The highest-ever 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards is back!

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

That’s an excellent deal!  Because 35,000 Starwood points is enough for an award night at the most luxurious Category 7 Starwood hotels, like The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Rooms there can easily cost $800+ per night!

Starwood American Express

Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith Used Starwood Points to Stay at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Using Starwood Points and Had an Unforgettable Experience!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide if you should consider applying!

Earn a Big Bonus With the Starwood American Express 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

With the personal AMEX Starwood card, you’ll earn 25,000 Starwood points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  And 10,000 more Starwood points for spending another $2,000 on purchases within the first 6 months.

And with the AMEX Starwood small business card, you’ll earn 25,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  And 10,000 more Starwood points for spending another $3,000 on purchases within the first 6 months.

With either offer, you’ll earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting the tiered minimum spending requirements!

Starwood American Express

35,000 Starwood Points Is Enough for a Free Night at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Or Any Other Category 7 Hotel – Starwood’s Highest Category!

You’ll also get:

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards.

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

Is This a Good Deal?

It’s a fantastic deal, because the normal offer for these cards is only 25,000 Starwood points.

I explained why 5,000 extra Starwood points is a big deal.  So 10,000 extra Starwood points is even better!  

In fact, it’s more than enough for 2 weekday nights or 3 weekend nights at Starwood Category 2 hotels, like the Four Points by Sheraton Charlotte.

Starwood American Express

10,000 MORE Starwood Points Is Enough for 2 Free Weekday Nights at Category 2 Starwood Hotels

And when you link your Marriott and Starwood accounts, you can transfer points between your Starwood and Marriott accounts at a 1:3 ratio (and get an instant status match between programs!).  So the 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus is worth 105,000 Marriott points (35,000 points X 3).

That’s enough Marriott points for 2 free nights at a fancy Marriott Category 9 hotel!  Like the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, which costs 45,000 Marriott points per night.

Starwood American Express

The Higher Sign-Up Bonus on the AMEX Starwood Cards Is Enough for 2 Free Nights at Any Category 9 Marriott Hotel! Like the Luxurious JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

Nights here can easily cost ~$550+.  So you can definitely get Big Travel with Small Money with the increased sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards.

Read my post about making the most of your Starwood and Marriott points after the merger.

What Can You Do With Starwood Points?

I’ve written about the best ways to use Starwood points.

They’re valuable because they’re hard to earn, aside from staying at Starwood hotels.  And there are LOTS of great ways to use them, like:

And don’t forget, through March 31, 2017, you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass with hotel points.  Read about Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan’s experience doing that here.

Starwood American Express

You Only Have Until March 31, 2017, to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Point Transfers. And the Bigger Offers From the AMEX Starwood Cards Can Help You Earn Some of the Points You Need!

Plus, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer to partner airlines with a 1:1 ratio, like American Airlines, Delta, and British Airways.

When you include the points you’ll earn from the tiered minimum spending requirement  on the AMEX Starwood personal or small business card, you could transfer the bonus to partner airlines and earn 50,000 airline miles!

Because when you spend $5,000 with either card within the first 3 months of opening your account, you’ll earn at least 5,000 Starwood points.  That’s in addition to the 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus.

Then you can turn your 40,000 Starwood points into 50,000 airline miles (20,000 Starwood points gets you 25,000 airline miles X 2)!  That’s enough for 2 round-trip coach tickets within the US on airlines like Delta and American Airlines!

Should You Sign-Up?

If you haven’t had these cards before, now is an excellent time to apply!  Because I doubt the bonus will go higher.

And because AMEX considers the personal and small business cards different card products, if you’ve had the personal card, you can still earn the bonus on the small business card (or vice versa).

If you recently applied for one of these cards with the lower bonus, it’s worth calling AMEX to see if they’ll match the higher offer.  But there’s no guarantee.

Remember, AMEX only allows folks to have 5 personal credit cards open at one time.  So if you’re denied for this reason, you might try calling and offer to close one of your other cards.

Looking for more ways to use the sign-up bonus?  Check out these posts:

Bottom Line

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points on both the AMEX personal and small business cards when you sign-up and meet the tiered minimum spending requirements.

I’ve only seen the bonus this high once before.  And because of the Starwood – Marriott merger, I’m not sure how much longer these cards will last.  So if you haven’t had either of these cards before, now is a great time to apply!

Do you plan on taking advantage of this limited-time deal?

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47 responses to “Limited Time: Best-Ever 35,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus With AMEX Starwood Cards Returns!

  1. The T&C doesn’t preclude applications who previously had this card before from getting a bonus. What’s your take on this?

  2. Daraius,

    I signed up and got approved, thanks fro the alert! I have been waiting for this SPG biz card since I got the personal one last year. I used your link as a token of appreciation for your blogs.

    One question, I have two small businesses, and I used one (international trading) for this biz card, do you think I would get approved for another biz card under the other business name? Both companies are legit.

  3. This is great! Been waiting on this deal, but is there a way to refer friends to this? Have a few who have been waiting for this. Thanks

  4. The 35K offer is usually available w/o the extra spend each autumn.

  5. If you get both cards and none of your spend is at 2x (really? none of it?), you get a total 80k Starpoints…35k bonus plus 5k spend, times two cards. That can be converted to 240k Marriott points, which can in turn be used for a hotel+miles package from Marriott. It wouldn’t take much extra spend to reach for the higher-level categories, either.

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  7. I just got the personal card approved on Jan 25 and don’t even have the first billing cycle generated. You think I can call or leave a secure message and get the extra 10k? That’s huge! Who knew? I could have waited

  8. this is once per life time sign up right ?

  9. I applied and got instantly approved. Interesting that Amex considers all assets when granting approval.

  10. I have my card approved on end of Jan as well. Just contact the customer service for a match but was declined. For other card member’s information.

    • Louise,
      I called the Customer Service too yesterday and she took the details of the promotion from me and gave me a authorization number, saying their marketing team will look into the request and let me know in the next few days (?) about their decision to approve of that offer or not. I thought they would let me know immediately, but that wasn’t the case.

      Anyone had success with getting the offer after already being approved a few days or month earlier?

  11. Do you think there is enough time to sign up for the card today, meet the minimum spend immediately and transfer to Marriott for the southwest companion pass package before march 31?

    • Yes, but it will be very, very tight!

    • The points from the bonus spend post to your account as soon as you reach the spending requirements. The actual points from the spending itself ($5000 – $8000) won’t post, however, until the statement closes, so you would have the 35K points as soon as you could hit the spend requirement, but that extra 5-8K wouldn’t hit until later. Take that into consideration.

  12. Hello,
    Do you have any advice for people who have just signed up for the Starwoods Card under the 25K bonus on how to get Amex to switch them over to this new bonus?

  13. I am new to credit card points and miles. My wife and I recently just completed the Chase Sapphire and Hyatt cards, but are saving them until this summer to use it. So as a newbie, my question is, do you have to have a Marriot card or account to transfer these points? I am interested in my wife and I doubling up and turning it into 240k marriot points.

    • Million Mile Secrets

      Welcome to Million Mile Secrets. You don’t have to have a Marriott card, but you do have to have a Marriott hotel account (which is free to sign up for on the Marriott website).

  14. Question for you – I’m an authorized user on a personal Amex SPG card. Since I’m not the primary, do I still qualify for the bonus if I open my own personal card? Thanks!

  15. Any advice on the best way to approach Amex to get access to the second tier bonus. They have been pretty rigid about additional bonuses once you have already applied/received card.

  16. Can you transfer Starwood points to miles? I thought I have done this previously. I opened this card Feb 2015 and closed Feb 2016. It’s been a year. Do you think I can get approved?

  17. Hi, I’m extremely interested in getting this offer, but have I have question I hope you can answer. If I meet the spending requirements, get the points, then transfer them to my Marriott rewards could I then cancel the SPG card and still keep the rewards?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Ruben! If you meet the spending and the points and transfer them to Marriott, you won’t lose anything by closing the card.

      However, I’d suggest keeping the card open for at least 8 to 10 months to see if you like it. The 1st year fee is waived and you can evaluate the other perks such as the elite status credit, additional points for using the card etc. If you stay at Marriott hotels, it could make more sense to use the SPG card to earn Marriott points too!

      • Thank you for your answer! I’ll definitely apply for it using your link. I’m trying to avoid having to pay another yearly fee. I got the Marriott Visa last year for that awesome 80k points bonus, but it has a $95 yearly fee as well.

  18. Since I have both the Marriott and the SPG Business, do I have to do anything to link my program accounts or a way to see if they are?

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  20. When you click on the AmEx site to apply, it returns a 404 error. Anyone else having that problem? I’ve cleared my cache and restarted.

  21. I’m trying to decide between the SPG current card offer of 35,000 Starwood Points and a targeted offer I received from Citi Platinum Select Master Card American Airlines for 60,000 miles. Unfortunately I can only meet the spending requirements on one card at a time and need to decide by March 31. In your opinion which is a better offer / value?

    • If you’re after AA miles, the AA card is better because you get 60K AA miles. If you convert 40K SPG points (35K + 5K spending), you will get 50 AA miles.

      On the other hand, this may be the last time (though perhaps we’ll get one more chance) the SPG card is around ahead of the merger with Marriott. And you could get targeted for the AA card again. That said, do whatever you’re more comfortable with!

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    • Are you following him on Facebook? If so, go to his page and hover over “Following” and click “Unfollow this page”.

  23. I just applied for the Small Business card for our farm. We have another business also. Can we apply for another small business under the other business name? Can we use the same email, home address and names on the card or do they have to be different?

  24. Will I receive the second tier bonus of 10k points if I spend $5k within the first 3 months?

  25. Does it pay to get the Starwood Card, and pay my estimated taxes with it, in order to meet the $3000 in 3 months?

  26. Could I apply, earn points, then close account before paying the annual fee?

  27. I have a Delta America Express Card and received 60k points with it. If I apply for the personal SPG card, will I qualify for the 35k points?