Posted by William Charles on March 3, 2016
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Published on March 3rd, 2016 | by William Charles

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American Express Starwoods Preferred Guest (SPG) 35,000 Point Offer [Personal & Business] – Highest Ever

The Offer

Direct link to business offer | Direct link to personal offer

  • Receive a sign up bonus of 35,000 points when you spend $3,000 or more within the first three months on the American Express SPG personal card. Annual fee of $95 is waived first year.
  • Receive a sign up bonus of 35,000 points when you spend $5,000 or more within the first three months on the American Express SPG business card. Annual fee of $95 is waived first year.

spg card 35k offer

The Fine Print

  • Valid until March 30th, 2016
  • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product (shows on both personal & business offers)

Card Benefits

August 11th, 2015 new benefits were added to both the personal & business cards and the annual fee was increased to $95 on both cards. Below is a list of all the benefits each card currently offers.

Personal

  • 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

Business

Same benefits listed as the personal card above, but also comes with free Sheraton club access .

Our Verdict

This is the best bonus ever on the SPG card. The standard bonus is usually 25,000 points and normally goes up to 30,000 once per year. If you’ve never had either card, then I’d definitely sign up for this card – although it could go higher if American Express wants to up their number of cardholders before any Marriott/SPG merger. I’d also recommend reading these things you should know about American Express credit cards.

One of them is about American Express matching sign up bonuses, if you applied for one of these cards recently with a lower sign up bonus then American Express won’t usually match you, but they will sometimes give you courtesy points. Share your experiences in the comments below.

Update: The referral links also include the new 35,000 point sign up bonus. Please don’t share them here, we will set up another post and you can share them there instead.

Hat tip to reader Sasha



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62 Comments on "American Express Starwoods Preferred Guest (SPG) 35,000 Point Offer [Personal & Business] – Highest Ever"

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Fahad Shareef
Fahad Shareef

Can I apply for a Amex SPG Business card if I already have the personal card?

MH
MH

Yes, that’s what I’m going to be doing. As long as you’ve never had the biz version according to the wording.

Chao
Chao

Link does not work, showing error message

Dan
Dan

DoC, screenshot says $5k spend. Also the link isn’t working at the moment

MH
MH

Copy this pages address and then paste it incognito/private browsing, both show up for me.

Prashanth
Prashanth

What is the points worth?

RR
RR

i opened this card in january. how is Amex w.r.t. matching offers?

Nancy
Nancy

Thanks so much for posting!! Just applied and was approved – been wanting to get this card since it might go away with the merger. 35K is the best I’ve ever seen. It’s also great they provide the credit card number upon approval.

Ang
Ang

Are there any refer a friend promos going on? Assuming no since you didn’t mention it. Thanks.

DJ
DJ

Referral link for business SPG card for 35k points: link removed.
Would greatly appreciate if my referral can be used

Mod edit: Read the post and don’t just mindlessly share your referral link where ever you want.

Vince
Vince

The 4 credit cards limit is still there or not?
I have 4 credit cards now.
Thanks.

DJ
DJ

Sorry, just noticed your update about referral links to be in a separate post. Please remove the above comment and link

Jason
Jason

Any chances for asking the 5000 points if already applied last year

Aaron
Aaron

I just tried to get a match to the 35k offer over live chat (after being approved for the 25k offer about 60 days ago). The rep didn’t give me anything. Said something to the effect of the points are determined by the marketing department and that they are only involved with customer service. Anyone have better luck over the phone?

Olanky
Olanky

Anyone tried to refer your friends?
My wife opened my referral link and only found 25k point offer, even though I am sure the offer should be 35k according to my “refer-a-friend” page.

juanbeny
juanbeny

same

Credit
Credit

I just closed a platinum card prematurely. Should I apply for this card. It’s so obvious I am just bonus surfing. If I was Amex I wouldn’t approve me, so what would Amex do?

Vic
Vic

What exactly do you mean by prematurely?

Mark O
Mark O

I am guess like after the points posted to get most of the AF back

Mark O
Mark O

*guessing

Vic
Vic

Just got off the phone with a 5,000 courtesy points. Required supervisor approval but it went through.

naomi
naomi

does the business version comes with the 2 night stay credit? I have the personal card and I’m two nights stay from going gold… thanks in advance

Jiusi
Jiusi

It does! 2 stays & 5 nights credit

Mark O
Mark O

Yes – same credits as personal card

Jake P
Jake P

Thanks for posting about this, Doc. Holy crap it makes me hate all of BA (except Charlie at Running with Miles) for only posting better links when they get paid. Seriously, kinda ridiculous

HML
HML

Just chatted with AMEX – I got the card end of January and my 25,000 bonus points were awarded already, but they said they would review and I should contact them again in 7-10 days for an answer.

JSB
JSB

Just called and received 3,000 courtesy points immediately. Rep said they would send an inquiry to the marketing department and I should hear something back in 2-4 weeks about getting additional points. Just approved for the card in late January and working on spend requirement.

Jake
Jake

Hello everyone!

Just called the AMex Starwood Biz line and talked to some really nice guy named Erik. Told him I was hoping to get the difference on my SPG Biz card I opened up last week. He said if you have an RSVP code he would be able to give the difference in 72 hours but was still able to open up a case for the difference that would take about 2 weeks. He also looked into my account and saw that I just opened up the Personal SPG last month also and offered to open up a case on that account too. Erik called me back about 10 min later and had the best news ever that both cases were escalated to his supervisor and approved. I should see 10K on both accounts by next week.

Jeff
Jeff

Does the 4 card limit for Amex cards include co-branded cards such as the Wells Fargo Propel? Thanks.

PG
PG

No

Trevor Thorpe

Here’s my data point for getting matched, which was a failure, but also a funny interaction: http://www.thorpetravelsite.com/travel-blog/2016/3/a-frustrating-and-funny-chat-with-an-amex-rep

Benjinito
Benjinito

Don’t chat, call. My online rep told me that online reps don’t have access to courtesy points.

Jose
Jose

I can not understand why you were not matched. Did you ask to speak to a supervisor?

Mentioned that other customer have been matched. I think that you got a rep, who will

not budge from SOP. Call again. Do not chat. Call the Amex number on the card.

Chuck
Chuck

Getting into the weeds. Wondering if I had the Business card before with one business entity. Anyone know if I have a chance at getting the Business Card again under a different Business Entity and EIN? or is the never again in lifetime regardless of business applied under? Thank you for any input you all can provide from your experiences.

Gregory
Gregory

Called in trying to get matched to 35 k offer, I got the spg card 25 k offer 3 weeks ago. Cust. Rep said they are not zble to match offers. They can only do up to 3 k courtesy points. I asked for supervisor and I was immidietly given 10 k difference and 5 k courtesy points. Yes i got total of 15 k spg points. So happy. Amex has best customer service. I praise their customer service. Ask for the supervisor

Fahad Shareef
Fahad Shareef

I got my card in September 2015 . Is it still worth calling and asking them to match

George
George

If I apply for the card in a few days do you think I’ll be able to refer my wife by the end of the month to get the 35K signup bonus as well? Or does the refer a friend program take longer to set up? Also, think you could be approved for both personal and business this month? Thanks!

Matt
Matt

Looking for answer to personal and business as well. Any help appreciated.

jags4186
jags4186

I was at the 4 CC limit so I chatted and cancelled 2 CCs.

Whenever I apply I get instadenied and receive this message when I go to check application status:

application cancelled:

The reason for our decision is that you have reached the maximum number and type of Cards that we will approve within the period of a few months. Please know that your prior application(s) has been approved and your Card has been sent to you. If you have not already done so, you can confirm you have received your Card at americanexpress.com/confirmcard or by calling the phone number on the back of your Card. You may then use your Card immediately and start enjoying the benefits of Card Membership.

How long does it take for Amex to realize you no longer haver 4 CCs?

Jose
Jose

Received my SPG card today. Signed up for 25,000 points offer. Call Amex
and requested an additional 10,000 points and a rep said he would send
my request to the marketing dept. Requested to speak to a Supervisor and
the request was approved right away and points posted today as well.

Always ask to speak to a Supervisor as initial rep is not authorized to grant
your request.

Any ideas on how to fund using credit card?

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