Don’t Use My 30,000 Point AMEX Starwood Referal Link & Earn 5,000 More SPG Points! [Expired]

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Don’t Use My 30,000 Point AMEX Starwood Referal Link & Earn 5,000 More SPG Points! [Expired]

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Link:  American Express Starwood Refer a Friend 5,000 Point Business & Personal Referral

Link:  American Express Starwood 30,000 Point Personal Credit Card

Link:  American Express Starwood 30,000 Point Business Credit Card

What a week!

Some folks didn’t like Friday’s interview, some folks didn’t like Monday’s trip report, and some folks had a big fuss about yesterday’s post as well (I got home at midnight, but will get to your comments during the day).

So lets give you the more traditional “big” news from yesterday.

AMEX Starwood bonus has increased!!  Best card EVER!  Apply NOW!!

Blah.  Blah. Blah.

To be fair, I would get the AMEX Starwood card for the increased sign-up bonus of 30,000 points at least once (or maybe more than once…), but you should consider the opportunity cost of meeting the $5,000 minimum spending over 6 months.

I just don’t think the card is the best thing since sliced bread – for most people – as is being made out.

But I’d certainly get it for the increased 30,000 point sign-up bonus which comes around only once a year!

How to get 5,000 extra SPG points by NOT using my referral link

You can send a referral to friends and family for the 30,000 Starwood points offer using American Express’ Refer a Friend link for both personal and business cards and earn an extra 5,000 points per referral!

But send yourself a test referral link for the 30,000 point offer and click through to make sure that it really is for 30,000 points.

American Express may be updating the referral link to the new 30,000 point offer, so I’d try again in a few days if it doesn’t work now.

Unfortunately, if you have a personal Starwood card, you can’t refer yourself for the business version or vice versa.

1.   You already have an American Express Starwood card, but know someone (partner, family, friends) who wants to sign-up

If you already have an American Express Starwood business or personal card, you may be able to refer yourself or your friends and family for the 30,000 point offer and get 5,000 extra Starwood points for every referral you make.

So if you have the personal card, you could refer a friend and earn the 30,000 point sign-up bonus AND a 5,000 points referal.  That’s 35,000 points instead of 30,000 Starwood points.

I’d send a test referral email to yourself and click through to see that you are able to send a referral to the 30,000 point offer and not the 25,000 point offer.

2.   You don’t have an American Express Starwood card, but know someone who does

If you don’t have an American Express Starwood personal or business card, but know someone who does, you can have them refer you.

You won’t get the 5,000 referral, but you once you get the card, you could refer others (partner, family, friends etc.) to the Starwood card and get 5,000 points or more.

Or if your partner has a Starwood card, have him or her refer you so that you get an extra 5,000 points for the family.

3.  You and your partner don’t have the American Express Starwood card, but each want one.

In this scenario you and your partner or friend both want either the personal or business or both versions of the American Express Starwood card.

Have one person apply for the card using the regular links to the 30,000 point offer.  Call the reconsideration line to get approved for the card as soon as possible (on the same day) and ask American Express to expedite the card to you so that you can access your account online as soon as possible and send referrals.

Assuming you get your card before September 3, 2012, you can refer your partner or friend for the 30,000 point offer and get 5,000 extra points for yourself.

The worst case scenario if you don’t get your card by September 3, 2012 is that you refer your friend or partner for the regular 25,000 version, but the both of you will still be no worse off once you factor in the 5,000 referral bonus because you’ll have 30,000 points (25,000 + 5,000) in total.

Link:  American Express Starwood Refer a Friend 5,000 Point Business & Personal Referral

Link:  American Express Starwood 30,000 Point Personal Credit Card

Link: American Express Starwood 30,000 Point Business Credit Card

Bottom Line:  I don’t get as many credit card referrals, but you may earn more Starwood points regardless of whether you choose option #1, option #2, or option #3 above!

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It seems the refer a friend link is no longer working on Amex website..?

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@KG – They’ve discontinued that option now, but it could return.

Questions:

1) Can I get both bonuses if I apply for both the personal card and Business card if I get approved?

2) How soon after cancelling an SPG card can I get the bonus again? I cancelled my personal SPG card 1.5 years ago.

3) Are these cards churnable or is their a lifetime limit?

Thanks!

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Million Mile Secrets

@Nick – You should get both bonuses as long as you didn’t have the cards in the last 12 months. I believe the terms say that you should wait 12 months from when you cancelled the card to get the bonus again, but take screenshots if you do apply. I believe you may be able to get them again 12 months after cancelling. Good luck and please let us know how it works for you.

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