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I have great news if you like SPG points and lower minimum spending requirements as the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express just released a new sign-up offer that provides the same number of total points as before, but via a lower total spending requirement.
The new offer awards 25,000 SPG points after $3,000 in spending on the card in the first three months instead of the old offer that required a combined total of $5,000 in spending in order to get the full 25,000 point bonus. For what it’s worth, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express sign-up bonus is still structured in that manner.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express: 25,000 SPG points after $3,000 in spending on the card in the first three months
This offer is for new first time cardholders and it also comes with a $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $65 in subsequent years. I have had either the business or personal version of this card pretty much since I got in the miles and points game, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
The card earns 1x on most charges and 2x on eligible SPG charges, but despite the lack of lots of bonus categories I still frequently pull this card out of my wallet for otherwise non-bonus spending (like daycare, doctors appointments, dry cleaning, etc.) and put it to use since I find SPG points to be some of the most valuable type of points out there. You can not only use them for SPG hotel stays starting at just 2,000 points per night, but you can also transfer them to many different airlines at a rate of 20,000 SPG points = 25,000 airline miles.
I personally use my SPG points for hotel stays (like just this past weekend at The Phoenician), but it is good to have the option to transfer them to airlines. You can even use them for both hotel stays and airline miles via the very lucrative Nights + Flights package. Via this package you can spend 70,000 SPG points and in return get 50,000 airline miles and 5 nights at a Category 4 SPG hotel such as the Westin Swan at Walt Disney World.
I’ll write an updated post on ways to maximize SPG points in the near future, but until then just note that the minimum spending requirement to trigger the full 25,000 point SPG Amex sign-up bonus is now lower than it was before! I’ll also leave you with a post on 11 different SPG hotels that actually went down in points price this year!
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