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Over the weekend the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business credit cards increased their sign-up bonus from a total of 25,000 to a total of 30,000 SPG points. This typically happens just once a year at some point in the summer, and due to the very high value of SPG points it is worth paying attention to even though it is “just” a 5k increase.
For the first day or two you had to be referred by a current SPG Amex cardholder to get the increased bonus, but now the bonus is open to anyone via the links below (for those curious, those are not my affiliate links, just the best offer out there).
Both award 10,000 Starpoints after their first purchase on the Card in addition to 20,000 Starpoints after they make $5,000 in purchases within their first 6 months of Card Membership.
Note that the terms state: “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 months” for the business card and “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product” for the personal card.
All that said, if you are feeling a bit generous, I would try and get referred by someone as they will get an extra 5,000 SPG points for referring you (up to a max of 55,000 points per calendar year). You will still get the exact same 30k offer, but you will add a little extra “free” travel to someone else’s account. Obviously if you have a spouse, partner, family member, or friend that can refer you then I would use their referral to keep the points “in the family”. However, even helping out an internet stranger must count for something in your travel karma bank account. You can find offers from people ready and willing to refer in the comments section of this post, and anyone is welcome to leave that info in the comments section of this post as well.
I’m also more than happy to refer anyone if you like (email me mommypoints at mommypoints.com), but would really love to see the travel karma spread around some between Mommy Points readers! You do have to be willing to share your name and email address in order to get a referral.
Referrals and approvals need to occur by June 30, 2014 to be eligible for this limited time offer, so I wouldn’t wait too long if you are interested. Also note that you can only refer for the exact card type that you have. This means if you have the personal card, you can’t refer someone for the business card so keep that in mind when locating or offering out a referral. If you want to send out a referral to a friend or family member, here are the links you can use below.
Now may be the perfect time to get that friend or family member of yours into the miles and points game. They get what is likely the best offer of the year for these cards, and you get a little something extra for your efforts. Just be sure to stick around and help them learn how to redeem their SPG points, too!