For the time challenged modern traveler, we’ve compiled a quick reference list of benefits and costs of the SPG AMEX Credit Card here for you. While Starwood Preferred Guest Program is very competitive to begin, combining the Starwood's loyalty program with their SPG AMEX Credit Card turbocharges the perks and benefits quickly under the SPG program. For how Starwood Preferred Guest Program compares to other hotel membership programs, please see our page here.
I. SPG AMEX Credit Card Benefits
Earn 25,000 Starpoints when you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months after opening the account
Earn up to 5 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible spend when you stay at one of the 1,300+ Starwood properties in nearly 100 countries
Earn up to 2 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible spend when you stay at one of the 4,000+ Marriott affiliated hotels in 70+ counties
Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases. This can be used as an everyday life card
No Blackout Dates to redeem your free nights even during holidays, as long as they have a standard room available
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Purchase Protection for accidental damage and theft, on eligible purchases up to 90 days
Transfer your Starpoints for free flights on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates. Starpoint conversion ratio varies from airline to airline and may vary with seasonality, so check with airline before booking
Transfer your Starpoints to over 30 airline Frequent Flyer Program Partners for mostly 1 to 1 conversion of your Starpoints with no blackout dates. Receive a 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a participating Frequent Flyer Program.
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 annually
II. SPG AMEX Credit Card Costs
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 annually (this one is on both Benefits and Cost section)
Transfer your Starpoints for free flights on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates. Starpoint conversion ratio varies from airline to airline and may vary with seasonality, so check with airline before booking (this one is also on both Benefits and Cost section because it depends on airline and time of travel)
15.99% to 19.99% APR on new and balance transfers. $5 or 3% of balance transfer fee apply. Needless to say, if you are NOT good at paying off your ENTIRE Credit Card balance timely, think hard before applying for this card.
25.99% on Cash Advance. $5 or 3% of cash advance fee apply. Same warning as above.
III. What you can do with your earned Starpoints:
The redemption benefits on Starwood website are exhaustive and spans over several pages, but here are the highlights.
Free Night Award - Get Free Nights
Fifth Night Free Award - Redeem 5 Free Nights, and the Fifth Night is Free and they will give you back the Starpoints you used to book the 5th Night (score!)
Cash & Points Award - Combine a little cash with your Starpoints to upgrade your room or get additional room nights.
Room Upgrade Award - Get Room Upgrades (subject to availability)
Nights & Flights Award - Refund of up to 20,000 Starpoints if you redeem 5 Free Nights and 50,000 airline miles TOGETHER (Nights must be redeemed at Category 3 – 4 hotels and on any airline with a 1:1 Starpoints-to-miles exchange rate)
50% off Regular Rack Rate Award – 50% Discount on regular room rate for up to 5 nights (subject to availability)
Indulgences Award – Redeem points for in-hotel indulgences like restaurants, spas and other luxury experiences.
In short, if you do any moderate level of traveling throughout the year for work or for personal reasons, the SPG AMEX card may be a very good option for accumulating points that can be used for free nights at premier hotels or for free flights on SPG’s 150 airline travel partners around the world.