Posted by William Charles on September 22, 2016
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Published on September 22nd, 2016 | by William Charles

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American Express SPG Card Now Two Free Nights At Any Category 1-5 Property Worldwide

As predicted SPG has changed the sign up bonus on their American Express co-branded cards. Let’s look at both offers:

SPG Personal

Direct link to offer

  • Receive a sign up bonus of two free nights at any category 1-5 SPG property worldwide after you spend $3,000 within the first three months of card membership
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee of $95 is waived the first year
  • Boingo internet access for up to four devices
  • Premium in room internet at all SPG hotels
  • Earn 2x points on all SPG purchases
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases

SPG Business

Direct link to offer

  • Receive a sign up bonus of two free nights at any category 1-5 SPG property worldwide after you spend $5,000 within the first three months of card membership
  • Annual fee of $95 is waived the first year
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Boingo internet access for up to four devices
  • Premium in room internet at all SPG hotels
  • Earn 2x points on all SPG purchases
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Sheraton Club Access

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Should You Sign Up For These New Offers?

You have until October 19th to decide but you need to know a few things. The normal sign up bonus is 25,000 points with the same spend requirements, it frequently went up to 30,000 points and was even at an all time high of 35,000 points earlier this year. The SPG award table is as follows:

  • Category One: 2,000 points (weekends) or 3,000 points (weekdays)
  • Category Two: 3,000 points (weekends) 4,000 points (weekdays)
  • Category Three: 7,000 points
  • Category Four: 10,000 points
  • Category Five: 12,000-16,000
  • Category Six: 20,000-25,000
  • Category Seven: 30,000-35,000

Remember your free nights can only be redeemed at a category five or lower properties. This means at the very best you’re getting 32,000 points in value. Keep in mind that SPG also has a fifth night free benefit that you won’t really be able to use with this free night benefit (but you could have if you stayed at low category properties with the points bonus). You also can’t use this free night bonus to transfer points to airline miles (1:1 rate and extra 5,000 miles when you transfer in increments of 20,000 or more).

Probably the most important thing to remember is that Marriott’s acquisition of SPG has been approved and formalized so the real question is how long will American Express be able to keep offering this card? I suspect we will get a lot of advance notice from American Express and if they are planning on selling the backbook to Chase (Marriott’s co-branded partner) then they will likely want to pad their numbers as much as possible depending on the specifics of this bonus.

Our Verdict

Definitely not worth considering unless you’re going to redeem your free nights at category five properties (otherwise the standard 25,000 point offer is strictly better). I’m sort of surprised but not shocked that they didn’t run with a similar offer but up to category six properties, I imagine that would have sucked a lot of applicants in and not all of them would’ve ended up redeeming at category six properties.

I was hoping to see the return of the 35,000 point offer, but unfortunately not. If you have any questions about American Express, read this post first as it most likely answers them. Feel free to ask any remaining questions in the comments.



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Ivan X

The 25,000 point offer is still at the Starwood site, so I grabbed that while I could, since I hadn’t had the cards before. (If there was a referral link here, I didn’t see it — perhaps you should mention it if so.)

Rman
Rman

Can we get this bonus if we’ve received the 25k offer in the past?

Justin
Justin

After October 19th it’ll go back to 25k?

V
V

“…read this post first…” doesn’t link to presumably this post: https://www.doctorofcredit.com/15-things-everybody-should-know-about-american-express/

saw a live link for the personal card that still points to the old 25k offer. any chance you or one of your readers has a link to the old business card app?

V
V
Bryan
Bryan

I called in for a retention offer on my SPG Biz a couple days ago, and the very enthusiastic rep let me know that these cards won’t be around much longer. I pressed him on that piece of information, and he told me that he has heard as of October of 2017 they will be “changed.” To what, he didn’t seem to know…

Lantean
Lantean

what retention offer did you get?

Bryan
Bryan

Well actually, the rep didn’t transfer me to retention. He flat out said I might as well cancel since the cards won’t be around next October. Thought that was a bit odd…

I haven’t called back yet to ask for a retention offer. Hoping to do so today or tomorrow. Will try to report back when I do.

Stvr
Stvr

What is Amex thinking. Don’t category restrict the bonus! Why is the first intro to the brand now “that hotel is too expensive for you freebie hunter”

Dave C
Dave C

Meh. Starpoints are great but overhyped if you don’t travel for business. With the old 30k business you have to put $10k on it to get the 50k bonus. Which usually isn’t enough for much if you’re using them for one of the obscure programs (which is the whole selling point of Starpoints).

PG
PG

Would this change make people eligible to get the bonus again?

Lantean
Lantean

i doubt it…

Dave
Dave

I like the thought, but doubt it also. This is a terrible change. People signed up for the point offer in order to access to other airline programs. Disappointed.

Paul
Paul

Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.

charlie

yep, not gonna happen i guess.

Mser
Mser

“As predicted SPG changed the signup bonus”. ???

No, your prediction was that SPG would increase the signup bonus to 30/35K

This is hardly increasing the bonus.

Amex is going to lose a huge chunk of business if they can’t dream up a decent replacement. They are floundering after losing Costco and a few cobrand accounts.

mishyq
mishyq

amex business card will not appear as a new account on CR, correct?

so i guess that could be a silver lining to applying for it (before it disappears completely) while working towards sub – 5/24

Dave
Dave

It looks the referral page still has the old 25K point language. Not sure if that’ll work or not..

Pag
Pag

If someone is looking to apply for 25K SPG, you may use my link – [referral removed. Referrals are only ever allowed when we specifically say they are, otherwise every post turns into a referral nightmare]

P.S. Please remove if referrals are not allowed on this page

Lynda B
Lynda B

I just got this card (with the 25K bonus). Glad I squeaked through with the bonus, but am still concerned what Marriott is going to do about the conversion point ratio. I bought a Vistana timeshare in Hawaii and will be getting a boatload of SPG points once I finish paying it off… (you can pay with the SPG card); but how valuable will they be if they get devalued? Hoping Marriott leaves SPG alone for a couple of years…

Gil
Gil

So are we still expecting a point sign up bonus increase on 10/5?

Joseph

Getting two free nights is pretty sweet especially if you have an upcoming planned trip. I agree that there are better options, but this looks like an easier card to get than better cards.

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