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Last chance to get 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the Starwood Amex

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Just a quick heads up that tomorrow is the last day to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card with the current 20,000 point bonus.  This can be transferred into 25,000 airline miles with most airlines including BA and Virgin.

Full details of the offer are in this article here.  My full review of the card is here.  The official Amex page is here.

SPG Amex

Remember that you can still get the bonus on this card even if you already have a Platinum, Gold, Nectar, Green or British Airways Amex card (or indeed any MBNA or Lloyds Amex card).

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (58)

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  • MKB says:

    Annoyed that I’ve had Raffles’ referral link sitting in my inbox for a month, and just went to do the application to find the offer has been pulled early, as others have also found. Lesson learned not to trust Amex in future about closing dates for promotions.

  • Georgie says:

    Same problems as everyone else with this card. Once I have finally got those points sorted, I will be cancelling this card for good as it’s too much grief in phone calls to get what you are due. I will be welcoming back the AMEX gold.

  • Ian says:

    My wife just cancelled her card. When can she apply again? Is the same 6 months as per the other Amex?

  • stuartB says:

    Growing very tired of waiting for my joining bonus now ! My minimum spend was completed on November 26th, appeared on the December spend, and was paid in full on December 30th.

    I was PROMISED PROMISED PROMISED that the points would be awarded at midnight last night. Nope! I have read them the riot act this morning and it is now being investigated (again).

    Separately, there is an ongoing issue linking my Amex SPG card to my SPG account, so no points are sweeping across. Seems it may be related to slightly different address entries in each account which have now been rectified.

  • Matthew says:

    My 20,000 points appeared in my AMEX account but still 0 points in my SPG account….which should have over 40,000 in it now! Missing out on award tickets with the wait 🙁

    • Rob says:

      They haven’t got your SPG number or there is an address mismatch.

      Amex should zero out 6 days before your statement date and they appear at SPG 2 days later.

      You must have a charge of over £1 on your SPG statement for the transfer to happen.

  • AndyGWP says:

    Big news / update from me….

    Like others, I accumulated approx 2k(+) points thru normal expenditure on this card, and they never moved over to Starwood, they just disappeared from Amex and never appeared anywhere else.

    Chased the first month and they said they’d look into it
    Chased the second month and they completely replicated the address on my SPG account (think there was only a minor difference)

    3rd statement dropped the other day, and the 2k(+) points have magically appeared and moved into SPG.

    20k bonus is also now sat in my Amex account waiting for the next statement to move over.

    I’ll be doing some small expenditure on the card shortly, to hopefully keep the point transfers ‘alive’

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