Million Mile Secrets reader Keith commented with a question about booking rooms for his company. But the answer could apply to most anybody thinking about applying for the Starwood AMEX card!
Daraius, I’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on an application for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express until the bonus goes up to 30,000 Starwood points again.
I occasionally book blocks of rooms for my company and have an event coming up in a couple of months that will require 25 rooms at ~$100 each at a Sheraton in Dallas. The meeting rewards, if I understand it correctly, only offer 1 point per $3 spent.
My question is whether I should continue to wait for the bonus to increase by 5,000 points or go ahead and jump on the 25,000 Starwood point bonus offer?
Booking events and meetings at Starwood hotels can be a great way to earn lots of extra Starwood points! And you’ll earn even more if you pay with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.
But even folks who book personal paid stays or events at Starwood hotels should consider the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card, because you’ll earn an extra 2 points per $1 you spend at Starwood hotels.
Should Keith Sign-Up for the Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX Now, If He Has an Event to Book?
Let’s see if you’ll do better getting the card now with a lower sign-up bonus, or waiting for the 30,000 point offer to come back!
Sign-up bonuses let us have Big Travel with Small Money, so it’s important to know when miles or points will post to your account.
This is especially true if you want to use the miles and points soon!
When Planning to Use Your Miles & Points for Travel to Bora Bora or Anywhere Else, It Helps to Know When You’ll Be Receiving Your Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus!
I’ll tell you when you can expect to see the sign-up bonus in your account.
If you’re looking to travel in style to Europe this summer, you should check out the latest batch of Flying Blue Promo Awards!
With this month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards, you can save 25% to 50% off the regular number of points required for Premium Economy and Business Class award seats between Europe and certain North American cities.
If you don’t have Flying Blue miles, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood, or Citi ThankYou points.
This month, Atlanta, Edmonton, Miami, Minneapolis, and New York are included.
And if you don’t live in 1 of these cities, there are ways to get there cheaply. I’ll explain!
Spend Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in June for Fewer Points With Flying Blue Promo Awards
Million Mile Secrets reader John commented:
How do you find out if a hotel is worth staying at with points? And how do you find such great deals? What time of the year are the rates more expensive? It seems like every hotel is different. I am interested in only Hyatt hotels and Starwood hotels.
Do You Know When Should You Use Points to Stay at Hotels Like the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa?
John can get Big Travel with Small Money by using points to stay at pricey hotels. Most hotels use a fixed award chart so John pays the same amount of points all year.
But other hotels like Starwood use a variable chart. So John will pay a different rate depending on when he books.
John can quickly find award nights at Hyatt and Starwood hotels by using sites like Hotel Hustle and AwardMapper.
And I’ll explain when John might want to save his points and pay with his credit card instead!
1. British Airways Spending Bonus Changes!
According to The Points Guy, Chase is making some changes to the British Airways card.
You currently earn 2.5 British Airways Avios points per dollar spent with British Airways and 1.25 points per dollar spent everywhere else.
But notices have been sent out to some cardholders that starting April 30, 2015, you’ll earn 3X points at British Airways and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
You Won’t Earn as Many Points on Everyday Spending With the Chase British Airways Card
While this notice has only been sent to some folks, this change is likely taking place for all cardholders.
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