In my review of the UK Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express credit card I explain why I choose this card as my preferred Amex. In a nutshell, the UK Starwood Amex Card offers a Free bonus of 11,000 SPG points and the US Starwood Amex Card offers a huge 25,000 bonus Starpoints. Drop me an email for a referral link to each card.
My 3 Credit Cards
My Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card which is my Amex choice for spend in the UK. If you want to apply for this card and drop me an email and I can supply you with a referral to get you 11,000 Starpoints if you spend £1,000 in the first 3 months of membership (I receive 5,000 Starpoints for each referral).
Of note; if you transfer 20,000 SPG in bulk and you will get 25,000 Avios which includes a 5,000 bonus of Avios. At my Avios valuation of £0.02, 20,000 SPG gets me £500 of Avios valuing the SPG that I convert to Avios at £0.025 per SPG. This values the 11,000 SPG FREE* signup bonus as £275 of Avios (or equates it to 33,000 Marriott Rewards) *£2,000 min spend.
My FREE Amex Gold Card for 22,000 bonus membership rewards when you apply and spend £2,000 in 3 months.
A BA Premium Plus American Express Card which I also in the UK. I spend exactly £10,000 on this card to spark a 2-4-1 voucher plus I get 1.5 Avios per £1 spent. If you drop me an email I can supply you with a referral to get an additional 1,000 Avios when you apply (which is currently 26,000 for the Premium Plus card including the 1,000 bonus and 6,000 for the standard free card).
Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card Overview
£75 annual fee.
Earn 1 SPG point per £1 spent. I value 1 SPG at $0.04 or £0.03 (see details below).
APR is high and varies month by month so you should pay this card off every month.You can apply directly on Amex and you get 10,000 point bonus when you hit £1,000 spend. My referral link will get you 11,000 Starpoints if you spend £2,000 in the first 3 months of membership (I receive 5,000 Starpoints for each referral).
Starwood Preferred Guest is the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft, Luxury Collection but crucially, you can also convert SPG or Starpoints to Marriott Reqards at a rate of 1 SPG to 3 Marriott rewards making this card an excellent way to collect Marriott Rewards too.
What is the sign-up bonus? 10,000 SPG points, when you spend £1,000 within 3 months or 11,000 (or 33,000 Marriott Rewards) on a £2,000 spend via my referral link.
Spend £15,000 per year on the card and you will receive Gold status in Starwood Preferred Guest.
Spend £25,000 per year and you receive a voucher for a free weekend night. However, this can only be used at Category 1-4 properties.
The card also includes travel inconvenience insurance covering flight cancellations and delayed baggage when flights are purchased on your card.
Why I Choose The SPG or Starwood Preferred Guest Card?
Why Do I Choose The SPG or Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card? I love the JW Marriott in Venice. This Venice hotel is a Marriott category 9 property which means I can stay here for a week on the Marriott Reward Plus Hotel & Air Package for 320,000 Marriott rewards or 106,666 SPG points (as you can transfer them over at a rate of 1SPG=3 Marriott) PLUS I get 55,000 Air Miles (in my case I collect Avios which I value at around £0.02 per point making 55,000 worth £1100 to me). With the Marriott Reward Plus Hotel & Air Package, 106,666 spg points will get me a stay worth 1446€ ($3005)+ £1100 ($1549) of Avios. This values my 106,666 SPG points at $4,554/£3,232 = $0.042/£0.03.
Alternatively, if I book 5 nights, I can book 4 nights and get the 5th free which costs 180,000 Marriott points (60K SPG) in mid-August. I could book this for cash and it would cost me 1,807€ (356.4€ per night). This values my Marriott points at 1,807/180,000 = 0.0116€ or $0.0142 and my SPG points at $0.0426.
If you want to book the Reward Plus Hotel & Air Package you can collect other airline miles. Participating Airlines also include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic.
You can also collect airline miles on different valuation on the reward schemes of Aeroflot, airberlin, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air SKYPASS, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Multiplus, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways Voyager, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, SouthWest, JetBlue Airways and Virgin America. See the Marriott Reward Plus Hotel & Air Package chart for more details.
What Is A SPG Starpoint (& Marriott Point) Worth?
As I outlined above, one of my preferred hotels is the JW Marriott Venice and at this property, my Marriott Rewards are valued around $0.013 and my SPG are valued at around $0.04.
Now, lets compare this to The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, which is a SPG redemption of 35,000. This is a great hotel and for the nights in July that I selected the rate at this hotel was 1,178€ per night. This would value SPG at $0.04 once again.
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