SPG American Express card

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card is popular among miles and points collectors in the UK because of its sign-up bonus. The SPG points you receive can transferred at 1:1 into 29 different frequent flyer schemes or redeemed for free hotel nights.

 

Our main article reviewing the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card is here. You can learn more and apply for the card via the Amex website.

There are now 48 UK hotels (up from 4!) who take your SPG Amex free night voucher – but is it a good deal?

American Express has announced two changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card in the run up to the merger of SPG and Marriott Rewards next month. One change is a statement of the obvious – the earning rate will move from 1 SPG […]

What are the best credit card sign-up deals for July? – plus a news round-up

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. The market is slowly coming to terms with the interchange fee caps and is moving forward.  The key […]

Bits: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing, Amex Esso cashback deal, Cathay Pacific sale

News in brief: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing Just a few months after their last round of reward price changes, Etihad Guest is launching another belt-tightening measure – variable redemption pricing. From 30th June, the mileage price shown in the redemption charts or […]

Bits: Qatar Airways “hopes to launch Belfast”, £30 Harrods Amex cashback, Clubcard to Virgin transfer offer

News in brief: Qatar Airways hoping to launch Belfast services I was in Cardiff yesterday to watch the First Minister of Wales and the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive inaugurate the new service from Cardiff to Doha.  It is currently operating five days per week […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

All (?) you need to know about the new merged Marriott and Starwood programme

Last night Marriott held a major event in New York to outline the first steps of the integration of Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. This is what was announced, along with some other information supplied to me in advance.  It covers […]

Top concert tickets at London’s O2 available again for SPG and Marriott Rewards points

There was speculation that Marriott, as the new owner of Starwood Hotels, was not keen to renew the lease on the Starwood Preferred Guest box at London’s 02 and at similar AEG-run venues around the world. It seems a deal may have been done. A […]

How to use Billhop to pay your new council tax bill by Amex

Council tax bills for the new tax year are dropping through letterboxes at the moment. For a lot of people these are chunky (£2,000 is not uncommon in London) and obviously it would be great to pick rack up some miles and points. Following the […]

UPDATED: Amex changed the bonus rules when you are referred for an Amex Gold card – but this morning changed them back!

EDIT:  Amex is clearly reading our articles.  The refer a friend rules for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold have been changed back this morning.   They now say, as they used to: “Please note, bonus points will appear in two instalments of 2,000 and 20,000 and […]

Why 2 people + 2 Starwood Amex cards = 25,000 Avios or other miles

Long term readers may recognise that I ran a version of this article last year.   The reason I have updated it today is that there is no guarantee that the Starwood Amex will continue beyond the end of 2018 when the Marriott Rewards and SPG […]

Bits: has Starwood given up its suite at the O2?, new Amex cashback deals inc Emirates and Avis

News in brief: Has Starwood Preferred Guest given up its O2 suite? Regular readers will know that there have been some great points opportunities over the past three years to see top musical acts at the O2 Arena in London via SPG Moments. Starwood Preferred […]

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus

We don’t do very many ‘first principles’ articles on Head for Points.  A number of recent emails, plus a discussion in the comments section on Saturday from a reader who had been refused a bonus on an Amex Business charge card, made me feel that […]

Amex loses its final appeal – it must cut its fees to retailers who accept BA, SPG and Nectar cards

The end could be approaching, medium term, for the free British Airways American Express credit card after American Express finally lost a key European Union ruling yesterday. The decision means that the implicit interchange fee on the British Airways, Starwood, Nectar, Costco and Harrods American Express […]

Bits: Iberia Express sale, an Avios booking fact you never knew, £5 off ALDI with Amex

News in brief: Iberia Express sale now on Iberia Express flies from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester to Madrid. They are currently running a series of promos offering 25%-30% off.  This would be handy if you were interested in connecting to a long-haul Iberia redemption booked […]

Bits: 2400 Avios with LEGO, ALDI taking Amex, Plaza Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi re-opened

News in brief: 2400 Avios or 2500 Virgin miles with LEGO City The second LEGO / Tesco Clubcard deal of the year has arrived. Until 4th February, you will receive: 500 extra Clubcard points when you spend £30+ on LEGO City 1,000 extra Clubcard points […]

Bits: change coming to Amex sign-up bonuses?, change already here at Tesco Clubcard

News in brief: Changes may be coming to Amex’s sign-up bonus criteria Two readers have contacted me in recent days to say that they have been told by the American Express call centre that imminent changes are coming to the way sign-up bonuses are earned. […]