- Every traveler I know who has the Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX Card loves it! I’m one of them.
- The main reasons why are that it only has a $65 annual fee (much cheaper than most airline credit cards), you can transfer reward points to over 31 different airline frequent flyer programs WITHOUT any fees, surcharges, or penalties and you get a 25 percent bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this card, I suggest you do. It’s one of the best cards for frequent travelers and now is definitely the time to consider signing up since you can easily earn 25,000 Starpoints if you really plan to use this card.
Highlights of the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Card (as of September 12, 2013):
- You’ll earn 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase on the card and an additional 15,000 Starpoints after you spend $5,000 within the first six months.
- Points can be redeemed on over 350 partner airlines and points can also be transferred to about 30 different airline frequent flyer programs (with no blackout dates!!) There’s a 5,000-point bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a participating frequent flyer program.
- You can earn free nights at Starwood hotels like the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, Aloft, ElementSM Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton.
- The card also entitles cardholders to other benefits (many of which come with most credit cards), like roadside assistance, car rental loss and damage insurance and travel accident insurance. But what I like best about this card is that there are no blackout dates and points can be transferred to 30 different airline frequent flyer programs! So you aren’t stuck to one brand and you can travel when you want to travel.
- You can redeem points to get gift cards from companies like Amazon.com (14,000 Starpoints will get you $150 Amazon gift card) or Starbucks (9,500 points will get you a $100 Starbucks gift card).
But, I always say this: if you’re one of those people who doesn’t pay off their credit card bills every month, then this isn’t the card for you. In fact, you shouldn’t get any airline credit card if you don’t pay your bills on time because of the high APR fees.
Good to know: I don’t use this card outside of the U.S. since it has 2.7% in foreign transaction fees. Instead I use my American Express Platinum card (gets me into 650 airline lounges) or my Capitol One Visa.
I just attended the US Open and with the SPG Amex card, you can get exclusive access to sporting events like that, Broadway shows and all kinds of other events.
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