150 free Starwood Preferred Guest points for everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how you can earn 200 Starwood Preferred Guest points for free by updating your email preferences.

This is a different deal – 150 SPG points, which I value at £2 or so, for updating your security details.

SPG banner

The link to update your security preferences is here.  They want you to add some security questions to your account for added verification.

There is no mention on the Starwood website that you will receive 150 points.  However, if you look at this Flyertalk thread, you will see an official announcement from SPG that the offer is on.

The only ‘rule’ is that this offer is not open to brand new SPG members who joined after 8th October.

The deadline for setting your security questions is 31st October.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Priority Pass 'digital membership card' now available
BA launches Club Europe flash sale from Gatwick - 13 destinations at £150!
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.

Comments

  1. Interesting security questions. Looks more like data mining to me.

    • Think Square says:

      Can you do anything useful with 150 points? I don’t expect to ever stay in one of their hotels.

      • Best thing is to wait until SPG Amex runs the bonus 20,000 + 5,000 points = 25,000 Avios promotion on taking out card (which comes around regularly) and add any free SPG points to this that you have collected during the year.

        One of the easiest ways to get a chunk of Avios for a small spend target.

        • That offer is NOT coming back. Trust me.

          • What’s the best we can hope for?

          • 10,000.

            If that 20k offer came back, I could do 1,000 sign-ups within 24 hours. 990 of those people would cancel within 3 months because the card is useless and has no decent benefits to justify the fee. Amex isn’t going to foot that bill.

            (Well, perhaps not 1,000. But quite a lot!)

          • Then there’s hope, as Starwood themselves might have a budget for it and consider that a membership drive is worth the extra cost. They are obviously quite active in their marketing initiatives.

          • No, I am big friends with the SPG team in Brussels and big friends with the Amex people on Buckingham Palace Road and I am telling you that (unless someone is told to hit a cardmember sign up target or lose their job) it isn’t coming back!

            You also need to remember that Starwood may well cease to exist within the next 12 months.

          • I totally agree re the percentage that would sign-up and cancel, but given that do you have any insight from either team as to why they don’t make it more attractive as a card? It just seems bonkers to have such a useless one on offer! (glad I snagged 2x bonuses previously!)

          • So now is as good a time as any! Do they have any rules (or guidelines) about churning?

          • You can re-apply 6 months after cancelling. It makes no difference what other Amex cards you may or may not have.

          • Thanks Raffles.

          • Do you mean the 20,000 points sign-up bonus, or the conversion bonus? Is it likely to stay at 10,000/11,000 for the foreseeable future? It’s been low for an age, I’ve been hanging on for another bonus.

          • I’m glad I got it while I had the chance! I ended up getting about 30,000 Avios from it as there was a conversion bonus offer not long after my points posted. Happy days!

      • Extend the life of existing points that might otherwise expire?

    • I couldn’t answer half the questions – “favourite brand of luggage”??? – and most of the other answers were the same. It wouldn’t let me put the same answer for 2 questions, so favourite city, first flight and top of my travel list are not actually accurate answers!

  2. There’s a targeted offer on US Amex Membership Reward points transfers to SPG until the end of the month. You get 2:1 instead of 3:1.

  3. How long do the points take to show up?

  4. Completely OT but we are finally using the Shangri-La points for a dinner in Ting in The Shard. Does anybody know which one gives the best views e.g. St.Paul/Westminster direction. Ting Restaurant or Ting Lounge?

    • We went the restaurant (35th floor, right?) and had views of London Bridge / out east.

      Haven’t been the lounge I’m afraid

  5. How long would you expect both of the free point offers to take to appear on an SPG account?

  6. Raffles, you said ‘Starwood may well cease to exist in the next 12 months’ – can you elaborate? I’m sitting on a huge pile of Starpoints and just earned Platinum – has it all been in vain?

  7. Went online and added/answered the security questions.
    Now on updating Award Wallet it stops 4 times to ask my newly added answers before updating my points.