By now, you’ve probably seen a dozen or so Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) AMEX 30k Sign-up Bonus posts. In fact, from a casual google image search–well take a look for yourself, I see a gaggle of the normal affiliate bloggers with posts — as one would expect, because it is a good offer. But in addition to that, I see a lot of other folks posting about it. Miles to Memories (note: apparently he also has affiliates, I never noticed before!) posted that it’d increase today (posted yesterday).
Doctor of Credit always has the jump on these things, so not much of a surprise, although the comments are certainly worth reading. More importantly, the Doctor, also highlights the valuable points, such as that this is only 5k more points than usual, you can only get the personal card once in a lifetime, you can only get the business card if you haven’t held it in the last year, etc. Seriously, if you’re going to get the card, take the 5 minutes to read his post, first.
But the thing that jumps out at me more is the fact that this is a rare opportunity that non-affiliate bloggers can highlight the card, and maybe pick up a few extra points.
— Ralph Liberatoscioli (@PointsCentric) August 11, 2015
Pointscentric, for example (quoted in the tweet above) has an excellent point. For those folks that have the card already, and really it’s not just bloggers, it’s anyone with the card, can go here, and put in your account information to see whether it will work. Or if you prefer, you can go login to your American Express account and go to “Rewards” and under there, is “Refer a Friend.”
If you’re curious what cards are eligible, well, here they are:
- Platinum Card® from American Express
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
- Blue Cash Preferred ® from American Express
- Blue Cash Everyday ® from American Express
- Starwood Preferred Guest ® Credit Card from American Express
- Gold Delta SkyMiles ® Credit Card
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles ® Credit Card
You’ll note that only the Starwood Preferred Guest personal credit card is eligible. Now, full disclosure, I only have the SPG Business card (having cancelled the SPG Personal a month or two ago), however, I’d encourage folks to leave a comment if they are looking for someone who does have one, or would like to refer folks. I make no guarantees, but, happy to facilitate.
So, what will you do? Will you apply for the SPG AMEX with the 5k more rewards? Who through?