Posted by Chuck on August 24, 2017
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Published on August 24th, 2017 | by Chuck


[Expired] Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Starwood Points for Adding Authorized Users on SPG Amex Card [Targeted]

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The Offer

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Amex is now targeting some SPG personal cardholders with the following offer

  • Get 2,500 bonus Starwood points when you add an authorized user on your SPG card and the user spends $1,000 within three months
  • Up to 10,000 bonus SPG points max for adding 4 authorized user cards

The Fine Print

  • Valid until September 30, 2017
  • Additional Cards can be added at different times but must be added by September 30, 2017 through this promotional application page to be eligible for this offer
  • The 3 month period for each Additional Card Member to spend $1,000 starts on the date that the respective Additional Card Member is added
  • Purchases made by other Additional Card Members on your Account will not count toward the $1,000 spend requirement; your purchases as the Basic Card Member will not count toward the $1,000 spend requirement
  • There is no annual fee for Additional Cards; the maximum number of Additional Cards issued on each Account is 99; Additional Card Members must be at least 13 years of age and never have had a defaulted account with American Express
  • The 2,500 bonus Starpoints will be applied to the Basic Card Member’s account within 8–12 weeks after an Additional Card Member has met the purchase requirement
  • Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents. In rare instances, the period for the new Additional Card Members to spend $1,000 may be shorter than 3 months if there is a delay in receiving their Additional Cards. Also, purchases may fall outside of the 3 month period in some cases, such as a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date they made the transaction. (For example, if they buy goods online, the purchase date may be the date the goods are shipped).
  • To be eligible to receive bonus Starpoints, the Basic Card Member’s account must not be cancelled or in default at time of bonus fulfillment.
  • You must notify Additional Card Members that we may obtain, provide, and use information about them and that their use of your Account is subject to certain provisions of the Card Member Agreement

Our Verdict

Many Amex cards have targeted bonus offers for adding an authorized user. Lots of people value SPG points highly, making this one of the better offers available. We’ll add this one to our complete list: American Express Authorized User Bonuses – List Of Offers & Everything You Need To Know.

As far as we know so far, this bonus offer is being sent out on the SPG personal card, not on the business version of the card. Please correct us if you see otherwise.

Thanks to reader T. for sharing the offer and screenshot with us

126 Responses to [Expired] Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Starwood Points for Adding Authorized Users on SPG Amex Card [Targeted]

  1. Eddy Cue says:

    Targeted thankfully. So can we add ourselves?

  2. Mark Stone says:

    Will the authorize user’s SSN be required when the card is received and needs to be registered to activate?

  3. zalmy says:

    Not targeted, but my sister is. Interesting..

  4. Nate says:

    Is Amex AU like chase where no social is required so say your dog can be an au?

  5. Ken says:

    FINALLY got this offer in my account. I usually miss out on all of the points for spend bonuses for the MR cards so this is a good step. SPG personal card. Doesn’t work on my wife’s biz card, says she can’t add an AU online.

  6. mastervk says:

    Thanks Doc . I am also targeted .Added one AU .

  7. K says:

    Added myself and wife.

  8. Phil says:

    Would being an AU count against Chase’s 5/24?

    • Ryan says:

      Most DPs suggest that being an AU technically does show up and count under Chase’ 5/24. However, those same DPs also suggest that you can simply call Chase and ask them to ignore all AU cards and only count primary cardholder accounts against the 5/24 and that usually works.

    • Yes, this is answered in the linked post as well. I’m sure you missed it but always a good idea to read through those to see if your question is answered.

  9. Ken says:

    Can you add someone without their DOB/SS# and get the bonus before Amex cancels the card in 60 days? Amex doesn’t care?

  10. Zack says:

    It says my apllication is pending verification…is that normal

  11. RLE says:

    I just clicked the direct link above and logged in to my account. I am eligible for the offer! However, I just filled out the application for four authorized users and after 2 minutes, I got an error message indicating that “The Card Apply site is temporarily down.” So, FYI, it may take several attempts and/or it may be bogged down with a flux of people adding AUs…

    • RLE says:

      Update: I tried again and my application went through but then I got this:

      “Thanks, we’ve received your application, but we can’t give you a decision right now.
      Pending personal verification of your application, the following Additional Card(s) will arrive at your primary billing address in a plain white envelope displaying the American Express Blue Box logo, addressed to each individual below, and with a return address in Omaha, Nebraska.
      We’ll process your application as soon as possible and send you a decision within 14 days.”

      So, not sure what that means… Has anyone else experienced this?

  12. The Man says:

    Can I remove and readd the AU I have? I was targeted but have no people to add lol

  13. Travel Griz says:

    Wife is targeted. I’m already AU on her SPG card. Wonder if I can add another for me or cancel that one and then readd myself. Hmm

    • steve says:

      Yes, you can do that. At least the system will allow it – no promises on whether they will give the spend bonus. I have a mish-mash of cards for family members all across multiple accounts. Multiple cards in multiple peoples names all as AUs. The most I have done so far is 3 – meaning my wife is the owner of the card and I have 3 AUs under her account.

  14. Credit says:

    The everyday card had 1500 MR points for $150 spend.

    This is 2500 starpoints for $1000 spend.

    The first was better

    • Brad says:

      That’s why I’m not entirely sure I’m going to jump on this. Sure, it’s 3500 starpoints after spending and MSR but that’s a lot of spend for a small return when that AU could get the SPG Personal now for 25,000 starpoints on 3k spend. Much better return.

    • anthonyjh21 says:

      Yeah, I’m targeted but I won’t bother with this offer. I have the Alliant 3% card so the opportunity cost is $30 per AU. Just not worth it to add more AU which also will impact AAOA.

      • Ken says:

        AU cards affect AAoA? It’s not a line of credit or a new account.

        • anthonyjh21 says:

          Same logic behind how adding your 18 year old kid to your 20 year old credit card would help, the same holds true for adding an AU to your 2 year old SPG…you’ll end up with an account on your credit report that’s 2 years old.

          Obviously not all cards will show on the report (like some business ones). I believe DoC has a write up somewhere about which cards do and don’t impact your credit report.

      • barschools says:

        The 3500 SPG points that you would earn from the 1k spend are worth at least $70. $40 more than you would get from 1k spend with Alliant. Also adding AUs to your account doesn’t affect your AAOA, it affects the AAOA of your AUs.

        • anthonyjh21 says:

          So just because it’s worth $70 to you means it MUST be worth $70 to me? Glad it’s worth 2cpp to you but with a stash of SPG points it’s not for me.

          This community often times has this groupthink where assigning travel value to real dollar value and it’s grown old. There’s nothing wrong with assigning a value for your travels, I do it as well. But you’re not depositing $70 in SPG points into your bank account, whereas I am with $30 USD from Alliant.

          I said nothing about the AAOA of your accounts. It was in reference to whomever has the AU card. For many people though they’re doing the AU in their own name so it would impact them personally.

          One other thing to consider is the opportunity cost on your time. It cost me nothing to spend on an alternative card. I’ll definitely require you and whomever the AU is to satisfy all requirements. To reach their own and there’s nothing wrong with doing the deal or saying thanks but no thanks.

        • Alex Buz says:

          Not 3500 SPG; don’t forget the organically added points. 4500 SPG would be the total.

          I do agree with anthony’s response however.

  15. James says:

    Added my wife and 3 family members. Went pending!!! -_-

  16. T says:

    I want to add my parents but they have their credit reports frozen. Shouldn’t matter right?

  17. T says:

    “Thank You!

    The following Additional Card(s) will arrive at your primary billing address in a plain white envelope displaying the American Express Blue Box logo, addressed to each individual below, and with a return address in Omaha, Nebraska.
    If all of your Additional Cards have not been received within 2 weeks, please call 1-800-528-4800 for assistance.”

    Readded self and wife (already AU) + 2 other family members. Let’s see if it works out.

  18. steve says:

    I just tried on 2 SPG Business cards and got the following:

    “We are sorry, you are not able to apply for an Additional Card online.

    Please call the number on the back of your Card if you have additional inquiries.”

  19. gk says:

    perfect opportunity as my $4200 rent payment is due, and can be split. i hope the cards arrive before 9/1

    11,700 SPG points here i come!

  20. Ken says:

    Submitted 4 AU cards and got a site down error.

  21. Superchurn says:

    Eligible! added 2 AU, went smoothly. Not going to add myself or wife because I don’t want to waste 2 5/24 spots

  22. Michael says:

    The 1000 points for the 10004 spend of the AU go to the AU’s account or to the basic account?

  23. Revil says:

    I got the same offer on both of my BCEs and my Delta Gold. $25 statement credit and 2500 points respectively. However, the minimum spend was only $250 on those offers.

  24. MarcoPolo says:

    Additional Card Members must be at least 13 years of age and never have had a defaulted account with American Express.

  25. Mack says:

    How do you know you are targeted? I can open the page and see the bonus offer on the right hand side. But I have not received any email yet. In this case, can I still receive the bonus if I add AU in this page?

    • MarcoPolo says:

      If you are seeing the offer on the sign up page then you should received the bonus.

      • Ben says:

        I see the offer on the sign up page but when I called customer representative they said this offer is not under my account. Very strange. Should I listen to the representative?

  26. barschools says:

    I gather that the $1000 spend must be organic to get the bonus? Visa gift card purchases at Walmart or CVS won’t work?

  27. Tad says:

    So I click the link, log in, it shows me the form to enter AU details, I click OK/Submit/Whatever, and…. nothing. It just spins for a moment and takes me right back to the same screen.

    Does this mean I’m not targeted? Maybe I shouldn’t be trying to add C F Frost as an AU?

  28. MarcoPolo says:

    Looks like they pulled the offer.

  29. DebitNM says:

    I added my adult son and it went through immediately and got the card in mail within 1 week.
    My AMEX SPG card is only about a month old. I added my husband as AU when I signed up. Wish I had known this offer was coming down the pike!

    I called AMEX to ask for the 2500 points, since it was a new acct and he had just been added. The CSR told my he didn’t see this offer in my account. {I got to the offer thru link above and used it to sign my son up.} I told the CSR I must have the offer, my son got approved as AU from the link [didn’t mention where I got it from].

    He said no to giving me points outright. I knew he would – AMEX is hard nosed about that sort of thing; retroactive bonus.

    He then suggested I cancel my husbands account and then go ahead and add him as AU just as I did my son. I asked several times if this was ok to do, wouldn’t it still show he had had the account. He said, it would show he wasn’t an AU anymore. Then I could sign him up for the 2500 bonus.

    You know where this is going….

    I had him cancel husbands account. I applied for him to AU using the link and got the infamous “pending” results. It’s been a week, no letter yet and nothing showing on his credit report.

    This is going to really peeve me, because now he doesn’t have an AMEX spg card, which we actually use.

  30. DebitNM says:

    Got the letter:

    “Thank you for your application for SPG Credit Card. We’re writing to let you know that we were unable to approve this request.

    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) have been approved and your Card has been sent to you.

    If you have not already done so, you can confirm that you have received your Card at”… blah blah blah

    Wasn’t that offer for up to 4 additional AU?

    I am pi$$ed.
    and this gem ” the maximum number of Additional Cards issued on each Account is 99; ”

    I have had an open AMEX card since 1984!!

    You can be sure I will be calling on this one!

  31. Drivesabrowntruck says:

    Added my kids in two main accounts for an additional 4 AU’s. Received the cards Friday, as of today, met the min 1k spend on each. I’ll let you guys know how/when the points post. I never received an email or anything, just linked to this offer and it said in the fine print the offer when I logged in.

  32. gum says:

    Any DP showed how long it will take for the points to post after you meet the spend requirement for the AU SPG?

  33. DebitNM says:

    Points posted within 48 hours of spend being posted [not pending[.

  34. DebitNM says:

    I meant to update –
    I called and was told that the reason why my husband was denied was because at the time I applied online, it was still showing that his earlier AU account wasn’t closed yet!

    So the agent approved it while I was on phone. Next, wait to see if he gets the 2500 points offer or not.

  35. VK says:

    I was downloading last month’s statement for expensing, when I saw something for Sep’ 17. Instead of being a statement it was a notice talking about a change in bonus policy. It basically says as a change of policy bonus starpoints might take upto 12 weeks to post now. Guess this gives time to the RAT team to audit the current bonus misuse. This might also prevent people from closing before the AF date. Hope I am not reading too much

    “We are adding language to clarify that bonus points received from your Card will be
    posted to your SPG®
    account up to 12 weeks after the end of each month. To be
    eligible to earn the bonus points, your account must not be cancelled or delinquent at
    the time of bonus fulfillment”

  36. DebitNM says:

    Final update:
    Husbands new card came today, I chatted with AMEX and they confirmed this new card will get 2500 points.

    I was going to do the $1000 spend to pay my mortgage, like I did with my son’s card.

    Too late, plastiq no longer takes AMEX. Grrrr.

    This was a very frustratin offer.

  37. Shira says:

    Does anyone know if there is a way to get this if you weren’t targeted? Or maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. Any ideas? I have an AU I would love to add, but I didn’t get an email or anything with the offer.
    Thank you!

    • DebitNM says:

      @Shira – click the link at the top of this article that is blue and says Direct Link.
      You will have to log in. If you can continue you should be ok. I wasn’t targeted, used the link above, signed in and added my AU.

  38. Ken says:

    Do the points from these bonuses normally post immediately, when the statement posts, or 6-8 weeks later?

    • DebitNM says:

      @Ken -The bonus points posted quickly once the spend was met, maybe 48 hours. The spend will post when the statement posts.

      • Ken says:

        Thanks! I completed the spend for all 4 cards this weekend and everything posted today or will post tomorrow. I’ll keep an eye on my SPG account.

  39. Ken says:

    Well, I completed the spend and went over by quite a bit over the past weekend on all 4 cards and so far have only received 2,500pts in my SPG account. I hope SPG doesn’t think they were duplicates and discarded them.

    • Drivesabrowntruck says:

      Did you MS the bonus? I’ve received bonuses on 3 of 4 AU cards with Kroger MS, the CVS transaction didn’t post. For reference, all Kroger transactions were on separate days, but bonuses posted to my SPG account exactly 4 days after posting on each AUs card. Went out tonight and bought $1000+ VGC at Kroger on the card that didn’t post, we’ll see in 4 days if it was because of CVS.

      • Ken says:

        No MS, legit spend at Walmart only. Did you have any batches of points post at Starwood on the same day? I’ve only had a single 2,500 post and all spend was completed Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

        FWIW two cards never arrived originally so they had to resend them. Still doesn’t explain why I only received 2,500. Everything is legit so I don’t mind opening up a case, but I don’t want to and I certainly shouldn’t have to.

        • Drivesabrowntruck says:

          No, I did each card’s transaction for $1000 on separate days, the bonuses posted on the three exactly 4 days after each transaction posted, on separate days.

          • Ken says:

            Hmm. At least 2 cards were complete on different days, so I should’ve gotten the points for at least 2. I’m sure once I ask them they’ll say to wait “6-8 weeks” as usual even though it should be instant. Such a pain.

    • t says:

      completed 2 AU card spend on the same day (Wed). Received only +2500 points the following Monday (3 business days later). Completed 2 more AU cards… no bonus posted yet. Will wait to the end of the statement this month before reaching out to the rep for clarification

  40. DebitNM says:

    Ken – where they? Did you provide different SS#s for all 4 cards?

    • Ken says:

      Yes, these are real family members with real SSNs and dates of birth. They refuse to play the CC game but didn’t mind helping me out.

  41. Drivesabrowntruck says:

    Heads up guys, I sent some information to the site. Long story short, wife and I added each of our kids to each of our SPG accounts, for a total of 4 new cards. Spent $1000+ VGC on each of the 3 of the 4 cards at Kroger, $1000+ VGC at CVS. The 3 transactions from Kroger, posted SPG points to my SPG account labeled AX SUPP CARD BONUS, 4 days after posting to the card. The transaction from CVS has yet to post. I have since made another translation, at Kroger for $1000, on the card that didn’t post the bonus from CVS.

    Anyone else have any DP’s on this?

  42. Charles says:

    My wife added AUs to her Amex SPG and Everyday accounts. Approved for both but got a hard credit check on each request. The promo application page never mentioned this could happen. Does she stand a chance to dispute the hard pulls with Amex?

    • anthonyjh21 says:

      You sure about that? I’ve never heard of this before so this would be news to me and I’m guessing everyone else. They will show up on the AU’s credit reports though. Were you/she possibly confused by seeing a new account and thought it was a hard inquiry?

      • Charles says:

        Absolutely and indeed shocking. In her Experian report. Under Inquiries tab, one pull on 9/15 (when AUs were added to SPG), another on 9/22 (AUs added to Everyday), with Amex as Inquirer for both. She had no new Amex credit card applications. (In contrast, I added AUs to my Blue Cash Everyday and Hilton Surpass accounts on 9/21 and as expected saw no Amex hard pulls on my credit reports.)

        • anthonyjh21 says:

          That’s crazy. There’s been a lot of movement with Amex lately so while it’s surprising I’m not completely surprised (if that even makes sense). Hopefully we’ll see more data points as time goes on if this continues to be a new trend and if so I’m sure DoC will keep tabs.

        • M says:

          If these AU offers carry a risk of hard credit pulls, they are absolutely no bargain! We can get 7,500 SPG pts by providing a referral to the same family member or friend.

      • t says:

        got a hard pull for adding my wife as AU as well! +1 DP
        Any luck contacting Experian to remove the pull?

  43. tinytavosa says:

    Hey guys I actually found this deal originally for the site (thank as for the hat tip Chuck) but I have a negative SPG balance on my Amex card that has this offer (my actual SPG account is not negative) because a manger accidentally credited me an additional 25k points when they posted my sign up bonus in March (best mistake they’ve ever made LOL) and he seemed unable to take them back so he said “just keep spending on the card” but no way I was going to spend $25k while getting no new points… anyways I’m figuring if I do get these 10k points they won’t actually help me because it’ll just go towards the 25,000 points I “owe them”.

    Anyone have thoughts? When I spent money last time (April I think?) it didn’t give me any points and I confirmed with a manager that my balance is negative. I don’t think it’ll be an issue to close the account later seeing as it was not a return that caused this – their own manager messed up majorly.

    • Yeah I doubt it will help you, but at least it helps repay the balance of points owed. I’d still do the deal that way if other deals pop up you might be able to get out of negative.

      • tinytavosa says:

        Thanks Will.

        I know it’s somewhat advised not to (cause the negative balance), but I planned to close this SPG and get the business instead anyways… used the Sheraton Club access this last weekend on my GF’s account and it was nice. No reason to have two AF SPG cards from my perspective (unless I’m missing something).

        I hope they won’t look down upon this card/blacklist/make issues given it was their error and I have the date, time, and manager name from the phone call written down.

        Even if I do this 10k, I’d have to have run $15k more through this card to be neutral. In my MS ways of about 1.2% per $1 we’d be looking at near $200 all in given the $4k for this AU activity. That is way too much to consider for me. Do think I can just close when I’m ready?

        • Not sure what will happen if you close with a negative balance, especially if you open a new card they might just withhold the points owed. I’d still do this AU bonus just to be safe but YMMV.

  44. DebitNM says:

    Final Update:
    My husband met his $1k spend on Thursday 9/21 and statement closed 9/22. The 2500 bonus is on the statement which printed last night. Points not in SPG account yet as of this morning, 9/25.

    I am relieved that I don’t have to call AMEX and argue to get the points because of the eariler issues.

    All’s well that ends well.

    Thanks for the heads up on this awesome and timely AU post!

  45. Moose says:

    3 different authorized users spent $1000 each on 9/22. Only one 2500 bonus SPG posted. I called AMEX and the rep said there is no SPG points pending. He submitted a ticket for an investigation. Seeing from the above posts there is definitely an problem with AMEX giving out beyond the first 2500 SPG points.

    • Rigo Leto says:

      Did they ever get back to you with an answer?

      • Moose says:

        No not yet. They said the investigation may take up to 8 weeks. Will call and keep pushing them.

        • NinjaX says:

          did you MS at all? also did the pts post ASAP after spend or after statement cut?

          • Moose says:

            No I don’t do MS. The 1st 2500 points posted 2 days after it showed up on my account. I did not have to wait until the statement closes. My statement will close in 5 days. Hope they’ll give me the missing 7500 points at that time.

      • Ken says:

        Nothing for me either, and I talked to the SPG agent here on FT who had their Amex liason talk to Amex, but I haven’t heard back yet.

    • t says:

      How did you ask for the points? Did you ask him to follow up on the bonus points to each account separately?
      That’s my situation too. 4 AU (with SSN) added at the same time. All 4 cards shipped out and minimum spend reached within days of each other. Only one 2500 SPG bonus posted within a week after spending was reached. I’m not sure how long to wait before opening a ticket because:
      A. 2 out of 4 AU were duplicates (I added myself as AU and my wife who was already AU as AU again) – anyone following the math that’s 6 cards with 4 unique SSN.
      B. 2 out of the 4 AUs I spent $1013.90 at a grocery store… no need to spell it out.

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