Today American Express has launched a limited-time bonus for their Starwood Preferred Guest Card.  The bonus has been increased from 25,000 points to 30,000 points.  You could use 30,000 Starwood points for a 7 free nights at The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta or any other Category 2 hotel and 10 free nights at any Category 1.  Now that’s a great bonus!

American Express launched this same limited-time bonus last summer with almost identical promotional dates.  Guess they know how popular this offer is and how many people wait for it to come.  They also offered this increased bonus in December of 2011.  This is the highest bonus I am aware that has ever been offered for this card. 

In my opinion this a very valuable rewards card.  I carry it in my wallet and use it regularly.  The Starwood points have so much flexibility and the resorts you can stay in worldwide are the cream of the crop.  Take a look at some of the Starwood properties for yourself here.  

Starwood points can’t be compared to Club Carlson points or even Marriott or Hilton points in my opinion.  They are valued at a much higher level because of the Starwood program and how much money they translate too.  My top three reasons for saying this are:

  1. You can transfer these points to your favorite airline.  Whenever you transfer 20,000 points you receive a 5,000 mile bonus.  So 20,000 points equals 25,000 to most all airlines.  
  2. The program has a Cash & Points option which gives you huge savings at high end hotels.  
    For example, when making a booking you can use only 4,000 points and $60 for one (1) night in a $300/$400+ room.  It’s a great way to stretch your points and stay in some really nice accommodations.
  3. 5th night free option – I love this option.  
    Personal example:  I just used a bunch of Starwood points myself this past April.  Our family stayed for five (5) nights in the Turnberry Resort, Scotland for only 54,000 Starwood points.  This is a high end exclusive property on the coast of Scotland that is known worldwide as one of the most premier golf courses and resorts in the world.  The Turnberry Resort has hosted the British Open many times.  See their long history of British Open Championships.  The Turnberry Resort is a perfect example of the Starwood luxury and what sets their program apart from all the others.  My family would have never been able to afford to stay in the family suite we did at the Turnberry if it weren’t for my Starwood Preferred Guest card and the points I accumulated through the bonus and continued spending over time.  Here we are this past April.

I love Priority Club & Club Carlson but if you want luxury then Starwood is where it is.  I am always looking to earn Starwood points and I’m very selective about when and where I redeem them.  It is very difficult to earn Starwood points without having the Starwood Preferred Guest card.  The only other way is really by paying for stays at Starwood properties which is something I never do.


Apply today and for a limited time, you can earn up to 30,000 bonus Starpoints — enough for 7 Free Nights1 at the The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta or any other Category 2 hotel.

  • Limited Time Offer: earn up to 30K bonus Starpoints®:
    10K after your first purchase and 20K after you spend $5K in purchases on the card within the first 6 mo. Offer expires 9/3/2013
  • That’s enough for a weekend getaway to a Category 4 Hotel.
  • Free Hotel Nights: redeem Starpoints at over 1,100 hotels in nearly 100 countries worldwide – with no blackout dates. Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • Free Flights: redeem Starpoints on over 350 airlines with SPG Flights – with no blackout dates
  • No limits on the number of Starpoints you can earn
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65

NOTE:  This is a limited time offer.  This offer expires September 3, 2013 so apply today.  Don’t delay!


SPECIAL NOTE:  If you’ve recently (last 90 days) applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card and only receive 25,000 bonus points, call AMEX or send a secure message online and request an increase in your bonus.


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