Update: This offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
Note: This is an update to a previous post to remind everyone that this is your last chance ever to get this card.
There are a lot of things changing, so I won’t repeat it all here, but rather I wanted to focus on one card specifically, which will soon no longer be open to new cardmembers.
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express has long been one of the more popular consumer cards out there. What we learned is that as of February 13, 2019, this card will no longer be open to new applications, though American Express will continue servicing accounts for existing cardmembers.
This means that if you’re interested in this card and don’t yet have it, you have just one day left to apply, before it’s too late.
The SPG Personal Amex has a $95 annual fee that’s waived for the first year (Rates & Fees), and offers a welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within three months. That’s a solid bonus, and I think it’s a sure bet that we won’t see a better bonus before the card is no longer open to new applicants in less than a week.
Why should you get this card, beyond the welcome bonus?
On the most basic level, the card offers an anniversary free night award on your account anniversary every year, valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points per night.
To me that alone more than justifies the annual fee, as I’ve been able to redeem that at properties that cost $200+ per night.
On top of that, the card offers:
- Silver Elite status for as long as you have the card
- Gold Elite status when you spend $35,000 on the card in a calendar year
- Premium internet access when staying at participating SPG and Marriott hotels
In terms of eligibility for the SPG Personal Amex, be aware of the following:
Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.
Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, The Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card from JP Morgan in the last 30 days.
If you don’t yet have the SPG Personal Amex I’d highly recommend picking it up. If nothing else, you get an anniversary free night award that should more than justify the card’s $95 annual fee.
Anyone plan on picking up this card before it’s no longer available to new applicants?
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees).