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Final call for the 20,000 point bonus (worth 25,000 Avios) with the Starwood Amex

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February 1st is the last day to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card and pick up the 20,000 SPG points bonus.

Full details of the card are here.

The headline details are:

  • 20,000 SPG points when you spend £1,000 within 3 months
  • 1 SPG point per £1 spent going forward
  • £75 annual fee
  • £30,000 household income requirement
  • No problem getting the bonus even if you have a BA, Platinum, Gold or any other Amex

SPG Amex

Now, the obvious thing to do with Starwood points is to use them for Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft etc hotel staysHere is the reward chart if you want to see how far 20,000 points will get you.  When my wife got this bonus, I redeemed them for a hotel in Greece that got me £370 of value for my sign-up bonus – see here for that story.

For many people, though, they are more valuable at airline miles.  This is especially true when you have 20,000 of them – as you will – since Starwood gives you a 5,000 mile bonus when you convert 20,000.

SPG has a huge number of airline partners20,000 SPG points will get you:

  • 25,000 Avios
  • 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
  • 25,000 Miles & More miles
  • 25,000 miles with Air Canada, airberlin, Air China, Alaska, Alitalia, ANA, American, Asia Miles, Asiana, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Hawaiian, Japan Airlines, Qatar, Saudi Arabian, Singapore, Thai, US
  • 12,500 United miles
  • 50,000 LAN LANPASS miles
  • 385 Air New Zealand points

There are two other perks to this card which are not clearly mentioned on the application form:

  • If you cancel, you get a pro-rata refund of your £75 fee.
  • Starwood points can be transferred – for free – between two members who live at the same address.  You can therefore get a card in the name of your partner, move the points to your SPG account and then redeem them into your airline account

Based on 2011 and 2012, the bonus will drop back to 10,000 SPG points after February 1st and will not go back to 20,000 until the Autumn.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (24)

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  • RB says:

    I’ve received an email from SPG saying that the offer is open until 14th Feb just in case anyone needs a few extra days to mull it over.

  • Jonathan says:

    Just applied for this card and awaiting a reply as to whether it will be approved or not. Thanks again for the tip and reminder Raffles. Jonathan

  • MBX says:

    Just received my SPG card, now I just need to be careful when and where to use it (i.e. not supermarket, fuel or travel as I get double MR on Gold). Will capitalise on the 4Sq deals twice now!

  • ups says:

    After a lot of mulling over, applied for it last night. Oddly I didn’t get an instant decision – even though I got it when I had applied for the Gold card. Oh well, now gotta wait for a letter in the post!

  • Raffles says:

    Already having an Amex does not mean you get accepted automatically, or indeed get accepted at all. They will look at the credit you already have, look at your salary and then decide if they want to increase their exposure to you. If you want to hold numerous Amex cards at once, you need to be careful that they don’t give you stupid credit limits (my wife had £20k on her BA Amex and then couldn’t get anything else, so I reduced it to £10k and all was then fine).

    PS. I know that the Gold doesn’t have a credit limit, per se!

  • Jonathan says:

    Just been declined for this card stating I have too many Amex cards already. I cancelled one on last Friday but that can’t have taken effect on my card numbers yet.

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