The already excellent Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card just got a little bit better. The current offer (which is slated to expire September 14) features 30,000 bonus Starpoints® when you sign up and spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months of card membership. Starwood Preferred Guest American Express has also added free in-room, premium internet access at participating SPG hotels, complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide and no foreign transaction fees on international purchases.
The SPG was B+ rated in Traveldealert.com’s The Best Frequent Guest Rewards Credit Cards Face Off article published in July. Now with the new features I’m raising the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express to an A rating second only to the Hyatt Visa Card.
Summary of Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Features
The excellent Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card has the following features:
- $0 introductory annual fee and $95 a year thereafter (recently raised from $65)
- Earn up to 5 Starpoints for purchases at SPG hotels (2 pts from the card and 2 to 3 pts from your stay)
- Earn one point per dollar for all other purchases
- Enjoy a 5 night/2 stay bonus toward SPG Elite status
- Free in-room Premium Internet at participating SPG hotels
- Complimentary unlimited Boingo Wi-FI for up to four devices at more than 1,000,000 hotspots worldwide
- Redeem Starpoints for airline miles on nearly 30 airline frequent flyer programs
- Roadside Assistance Hotline (third party costs are your responsibility)
- Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance when you use your card to reserve and pay for the vehicle rental with the card, and decline the CDW at the counter (check your card agreement for details)
- Global Assist Hotline
- Travel Accident Insurance
- 30,000 Starpoints Bonus when you sign up and spend $3,000 in the first three months of card membership
- No foreign transactions fees on international purchases
The Starwood Preferred Guest program is among the stronger hotel programs in the industry with reward nights starting at just 3,000 points per night (although there are only four US hotels offered at that level). However, you can still land a very good hotel for around 7,000 points and many great hotels for 12,000 to 16,000 points. World class hotels generally run from 25,000 to 35,000 points. So your 30,000 Starpoints bonus is still worth something. Check out my article The Best Frequent Guest Rewards Credit Cards Face Off for a full run down on the major hotel credit card programs.