American Express Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 Points is Back!!

For a limited time, American Express is offering their Starwood Preferred Guest credit card, with a sign up bonus of up to 30,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months. You initially get 10,000 points after your first purchase, and the remaining 20,000 after you spend $5,000 within 6 months. This is a piece of cake, and I urge you to get this card, if you do not have it, or its time for you to apply for some cards. The Starwood Preferred Guest program is awesome, because you can transfer these points to countless airline programs.  Just look at the chart below.

Frequent Flyer Program Exchange Ratio (Starpoints : Miles)
Aeromexico 1:1
Aeroplan/Air Canada 1:1
Air Berlin 1:1
Air China Companion 1:1
Air New Zealand & Air Points 65:1
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 1:1
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1:1
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club 1:1
American Airlines AAdvantage 1:1
Asia Miles 1:1
Asiana Airlines 1:1
British Airways Executive Club 1:1
China Eastern Airlines 1:1
China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club 1:1
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 1:1
Emirates Skywards 1:1
Etihad Airways 1:1
Flying Blue 1:1
Gol Smiles 2:1
Hawaiian Airlines 1:1
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank 1:1
LAN Airlines LANPASS Kms 1:1.5
Miles and More 1:1
Qatar Airways 1:1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan 1:1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1:1
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus 1:1
US Airways Dividend Miles 1:1
United Mileage Plus 2:1
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1:1

You also get a bonus of 5,000 miles, if you are transferring 20,000 miles, so that means you will get 10,000 additional miles if you transfer 40,000, and so on.

Of course, then there is also the Starwood Preferred Guest, which you can leave the miles,and redeem them for stays at most SPG Properties worldwide.  I used some when I was in Hong Kong, and stayed at the Sheraton Hong Kong Towers, overlooking the Hong Kong skyline.  Well worth it!! On top of the bonus points, they are also waving the annual fee for the first year.  There is also a business version of the card, and yes, you can apply for both and be approved for both, meaning you could possibly get 60,000 points total!! Just be aware both have a $5,000 spend requirement, and plan accordingly so you know if you can meet the spend or not.

This expires on 9/3/2103 so apply soon!!!  American Express routinely brings this deal every now and then, but if you couple this with the latest Citibank AAdvantage offers, you could really rack up some miles. Below are some examples:

Citibank 50,000 miles offer + 30,000 American Express SPG Preferred card = 93,000 AAdvantage miles (after spends + bonus’)

Bank of America Alaska Airlines VISA card + 30,000 American Express SPG Preferred card = 65,000 Alaska miles (after spends + bonus’)

 

 

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