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Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 Point Offer is Back

Starwood Preferred Guest

One of my favorite, if not my number one favorite point earning credit card is the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. The card is the only one that earns Starpoints – probably the most valuable point currency out there today. American Express just increased the sign up offer to 30,000 points after hitting $5,000 spend in 6 months.

That spend amount may seem on the hight side but it only comes out to $834 a month which isn’t too bad.

Offer Details

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest

  • 10,000 bonus Starpoints after your first purchase on the Card†
  • 20,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 6 months†
  • An introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $65†

Why I love Starpoints

Starpoints are my favorite point currency for two reasons – the flexibility in using your points and the amazing value that you can get out of your points.

I outlined in an earlier post how to get free hotel nights using Starpoints – check it out!

SPG allows you to transfer out points to most airline frequent flier mile programs, allowing you to use your points for free flights. Even better is that when you transfer 20,000 points or more you’ll get a free 5,000 point bonus!

Point Values
When used correctly it’s not uncommon to get $0.03+ in value out of each Starpoint, especially when using cash+points options to book hotel rooms. I was even able to get $0.045 cents in value out of my Starpoints on a recent booking in Europe which makes the 30,000 point sign up bonus worth potentially $1,350!

Swan & Dolphin
The Swan and Dolphin are technically Westins which means they are in the SPG program and redeemable for free nights using Starpoints! Both the Swan and Dolphin are category 4 hotels meaning that it’ll require 10,000 points or 5,000+$75 for a free night.

With nights costing anywhere from $189+ the Swan and Dolphin can be a great use a your brand new 30,000 points.


Use your Starpoints to stay at the Swan and Dolphin!

Starwood has many other great hotels in the area that you can redeem you points at for free nights, here is a list of them:



Free Night Points

Cash + Points

Tripadvisor Rating

Walt Disney World Swan



5000 + $75


Walt Disney World Dolphin



5000 + $75


Sheraton Lake Buena Vista



3500 + $55


Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas



5000 + $75


Sheraton Vistana Villiages I-Drive



5000 + $75


Westin Orlando Universal Blvd



5000 + $75


This offer will last until June 30th so if you’re thinking about applying you’ll still have a little bit of time to decide. I highly recommend the card – being able to stay at the Swan and Dolphin for pennies on the dollar makes for a great vacation!

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