01-04-2013 08:20 AM
I am very interested in the American Express Starwood card but have a quick question.
The offer right now for signing up (and the first purchase) is 10,000 points … that doesn’t seem like a lot. Have they ever offered more? I would rather wait for a better sign-up offer if they make them periodically.
Anticipating that someone might mention the great signup bonus of 40,000 points from Chase Sapphire Preferred, you should know I already have it (and love it).
01-04-2013 08:44 AM
There has been a 30k points bonus in the past, but not on first purchase. All of the SPG bonuses have been split between a first purchase and a spend. Last time the 30k was around was in August - 10k first purchase and 20k after $5k in 6 months.
01-04-2013 08:56 AM
Have you noticed if this is an annual offer - that is, do they make this special offer once a year, every year?
If so, I can wait until August for the additional 20,000 points ....
01-04-2013 09:26 AM
It has been offered in the 4th quarter the prior two years, but one never knows. SPG offers are never after a first spend, but always in two parts, as the prior poster has mentioned.
Sometimes, the tail end promo has a lower spending than $5k in 6 months. I've seen it as low as $1,500 in 3 months for a 20K bonus. If you don't need it immediately, I'd wait until August. If nothing else, the current offer will always be available.
01-04-2013 10:34 AM
01-04-2013 10:38 AM
Currently you can get 25K points. I'm guessing you're seeing the 10K offer on Amex's site. It sucks that they always advertise a crappy offer directly on their site. Go to SPG.com and you will see the offer for 10K/ 15K, with the 15K after you meet min spend requirement. Of course you may want to wait for the extra 5K which should come around later in the year.
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