30,000 Point Starwood Signup Bonus On Both The Starwood Consumer And The Starwood Business American Express Cards!


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Starwood American Express 30K Business Card Linky

This is a limited time offer, you must apply by August 22nd to get it!

The Starwood card is still my favorite and go-to card for general spending.

Starwood’s usual signup offer is 10,000 bonus points for spending $1 and 15,000 bonus points after spending $15,000.
With this offer you will get 10,000 bonus points for spending $1 and 20,000 bonus points for spending $4,500 within 3 months.  So spend $4,500 and you’ll have 34,500 Starwood points!
You need to apply for the 30K offer by August 22nd.

If you’re looking for other cards to apply for simultaneously just look at this forum thread for other great options.

There’s no fee on the Starwood card for the first year and $65 thereafter though you can often get bonus points or account credits for keeping it open for additional years. You can always cancel any American Express card within 60 days of being charged the fee on your statement and you will receive a full refund of the fee. If you cancel after 60 days you get a pro-rated refund based on how many months you had the card.

As points are deposited into your Starwood account you do not lose your points if you cancel your card like with American Express Membership Rewards points.  You do need to maintain some activity in your Starwood account every 12 months though to keep it active.

Starwood’s cash and points chart make expensive hotel stays dirt cheap.  I’ve stayed in $190/night hotels for just $30 and 1,600 Starpoints and gotten upgraded to amazing suites.  Even without the suite that makes each Starpoint worth 10 cents each.

When you redeem points for a hotel stay when using just points you also get the 5th night for free!  Plus there are no blackout dates or capacity controls on standard rooms starting at 2,000 points per night.

Of you can transfer your Starpoints into miles with dozens of airlines at great ratios.  20,000 Starpoints becomes 25,000 miles on most of those airlines.  20,000 Starpoints becomes a whopping 50,000 kilometers on LAN, a South American OneWorld carrier.  LAN is partners with AA and will book you a ticket say from New York to Montreal or Toronto for just 16,000 kilometers.  Or they can book you on BA from London to Paris for just 12,000 Starpoints.  Fly on LAN from the US to Brazil for just 48,000 kilomoters.  Plus LAN never charges any fuel surcharges!

The Starwood card is much better than other cards (Like HAS advantage) for going to Israel.
With HAS you are stuck with just the availability on El Al. Plus El Al charges hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges on award tickets.
With Starwood you have thousands of routing possibilities for free flights to Israel for less points than with HAS. And even if you want to only go to Israel on El Al you can just transfer Starwood points to AA and they will book you on El Al without any fuel surcharges!!!

There are also often bonus miles promotions for even more miles when you transfer points to airlines.  In the past bonuses for transferring have ranged from 25% to a whopping 312% for transfers to Air Canada, AA, Delta, and USAirways.

Starwood Nights and flights option makes 5 night stays even cheaper when you transfer Starpoints to miles at the same time as when you book the stay.

When you have the Starwood card you also get other benefits like 3rd night free at Sheraton and 2/5 elite qualifying stays and nights for each card you have.

Plus the card comes with amazing return, purchase and warranty protections that are worth their weight in gold.  And of course, American Express’ top-notch dispute/chargeback resolution.

Curious about the other 29 Starwood transfer options and ratios? Here they are!  With so may different airlines to transfer to it’s just a matter of figuring out which one has the lowest rates to where you want to go.  I’ve separated them by alliance so you can know which airlines are partners and will therefore let you book award travel on partner airlines.  Of course airlines also have lots non-alliance partners, but by definition they are partners with all airlines in the same alliance.

OneWorld Alliance:
AA: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
British Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
JAL/Japan Airways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
LAN: 20,000 Starpoints=50,000 kms
Mexicana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Skyteam Alliance:
Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Alitalia: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Delta: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Star Alliance:
Air Canada: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Air China: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Air New Zealand: 20,000 Starpoints=385 points
ANA/All Nippon: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Asiana: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Continental: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
Lufthansa Miles & More: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Singapore: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Thai: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
United: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
USAirways: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

Air Berlin (Expected to join Oneworld in 2012): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Alaska (Partners with many various airlines): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Emirates: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Hawaiian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Kingfisher (Expected to join Oneworld later this year): 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Qatar: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Saudi Arabian: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles
Varig: 20,000 Starpoints=12,500 miles
Virgin Atlantic: 20,000 Starpoints=25,000 miles

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Is there a time limit to spend the $4500?

Also, how long must I wait after cancelling the card before reapplying.

Lastly, any idea how long this promotion will be around?


Just got approved on Teusday! I didnt get my card yet. Is there anything I can do?


I already have had both personal and businnes starwood cards in the past. Can this card be churned? Will I receive the bonus points?


There is an inconsistency in the post. It says you need to spend 15000 dollars and then a line later it says only 4500 dollars??



The first line says the “usual” offer. The second line says “this” offer.


is there anyway for me 2 transfer my amex bluecash to spg and still be able to get this promo and no credit pull


I have just applied for the card on monday but have not yet received my card. How can I still get involved in this 30,000 point offer?


-3 Month to spend $4,500
-There’s no official time. You can cancel and apply and if it gets rejected as a duplicate application just call reconsideration and tell them that you don’t have another active Starwood card and they can push it through.
Recon numbers are here: http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=8028.0
You need to apply by 08/22.

You can try sending a secure message asking to match this offer.

I’ve had success, but YMMV.

Nope, but that sure would be nice!


Dan- You say that “With Starwood you have thousands of routing possibilities for free flights to Israel for less points than with HAS.” HAS transfers 54k points into a trip to Israel. Can U please give me a few scenerios that I would do better with Starwood points. I am not that savvy in this whole field so if you can break it down and let me know which airline i would have to redeem how many points to.


Hey Dan! You say here that you can apply for “multiple cards from multiple banks on the same day”, but on the forum you link to, you say that you should apply for multiple cards from the SAME bank. Which one is it? Btw, this week I used this method to apply for a business and consumer version of the same citi AAdvantage Visa signature card and got declined because I had “submitted multiple applications for credit.” Does this trick only work for separate banks?


so frustrating. i need a starwood business line of credit increase. amex wont let me have it because i apparently have too much spending on my credit card. (never late, always pay in full).
ive tried calling several times but they wont increase it. i double checked my credit report, and its good. could be that i am an added cardholder on my parents’ primary account as well (for emergencies) and they see a lot of monthly revolving spending.

either way, any recommendation to increase line of credit? and if not, i will need to get another card. i can make another amex business spg on my wafes name (who is also working for the business) and then add my name. but what guarantee do i have that my line of credit will be something significant? if its only a couple thousand ill be stuck with another credit card i cant use…
any help is appreciated


As you can see from the post below with Air France it’s 40K Starpoints.
I will soon update the “getting to Israel with Starpoints” post with more current information.

Sorry for being unclear.
When you apply for multiple cards from 1 bank at the same time it just makes 1 credit inquiry.
I do this using 3 web browsers, like IE, Firefox, and Chrome.
You can do 3 AMEX cards at the same time, then 3 Chase cards, and then 3 Citi cards and potentially get 9 new cards with just 3 credit inquires. By doing all this right after the other you increase your chances of getting more cards approved.

Nothing to lose by applying with your wife’s name and getting the 30K signup bonus and hope for a big credit line!


I just signed up for the Starwood Amex last week. Is there anyway to get the 30k bonus? I tried calling Amex and they didn’t have any idea about that promo.



What is YMMV?


If i got financially reviewed on Pesach and i chose to close my cards rather than get financially reviewed can i now apply for this card or will i be rejected because of the finsncisl review?


is it true you can open a cd with your cc at some banks to reach spending thresholds? if yeah which banks?


hey, why are there posts on shabbos? diffrent time zones?


Dan- Thanks and I am looking forward to the update! I am sure others will be equally as excited!!


If i received the 10,000 bonus in the past, am I still eligible for this bonus?


Dan I have just switched out of my starrwoods card about 6 weeks ago to a dif amex card. Can I apply agin now? amex told me they only alow 1 sign up bonus per person in a life time?


yah im now in israel

david g



Thanks David


when i click the business link i dont see the 30k offer i only see the 10k offer


Which browser are you using? Have you tried using Firefox?


when you originally put the post on friday i applied with the link you put then i dont remember if i saw the 30k offer on the application web page do you know if ill be getting the 30k or 10k?


There was no link in the post on Friday. When I posted it I said you had to email me for a link to the 30,000 point deal.
If you applied via the email link you definitely will get the 30,000 points.


im using google chrome i see the 30k offer with the non business link.


i just tried firefox it still goes to the10k link


I’ll report it to them.
If it’s still not working for people by tonight then I’ll go back to sending out 30K email referral again.


if i get approved will i be able to upgrade to the 30k offer? i apparently applied on friday for the 10k


You should be able to get matched to 30K with a secure message. AMEX is very good about matching offers.


I have the spg card already. to qualify for this offer, would i need to close that card? or can i have them both.


Just applied for the southwest CC and got approved, do you think it is a bad idea to apply for this one as well? Also how much are starwood points worth, for example how many of these point does one need in order to fly to israel?


I get the 30k promos, but the biz app link says

Currently, our systems are not responding. Please try again later or call us at 1-800-519-OPEN (6736) to apply for a Card. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Anyone else with that problem or a solution – Calling works but it eliminates Dan (my assumption)


i got a starwood card 2 months ago so i am to late for this offer
however i got the 10,000 points but i wasnt awere of the 15000 extra points you get when spent on the card and my limit is smaller however i can send the money in advance
is there also a 3 months time limit for the reguler 15,000?


@Anonymous: yep the same thing happens with me when i try.

Dan any solutions?


how do you do the secure message thing?


Dan- My wife just got the starwood card (a second one…they gave it even though she has one!) right before this new (30k/4.5)offer came out. I sm’d them to match it but they declined because it wasnt available at the time of application. I sm’d them twice more asking to match since it was literally days apart but was denied the match and denied again. Should I keep persisting? calling them? or give it up?


if i got the starwood card 2 months ago will they still respect the offer?


Send me an email and I’ll send you a direct link for the offer.


dan, if i signed up yesterday for the amex starwoods WITHOUT the 30,000 link, how can i get that promotion? whats a secure message and how do i send them one?

No Vay

Dan, What is the difference between the business card and the consumer card ?


can i combine my wife’s spg account with mine ?


If I applied for this with my current SPG number and I already have a Starwood card, would I get the points or do I need to say that I’m currently nor enrolled in SPG?


Is there any way to apply for these credit cards if I have a social security number but a Canadian billing address?


When you have to spend $2000 in 3 months does the 3 months start from when you apply, get approved or when I activate the card


for the 15000 miles is there also a 3 months spending time?


Will the 2 browser trick work for applying for both the SPG Consumer and Platinum Card?


dan i have the starwood consumer card. can i apply for business card too and get 30k?


There is a message center on americanexpress.com where you can send secure messages from.

@No Vay:
Not much, they both will give a nice signup bonus though and both will get you a 2 stay/5 night elite qualifying credit.

-The business card won’t cover car rental insurance outside of the US. The consumer card will.
-Spending on a business card won’t hurt your credit score as the utilization isn’t reported.
-The business card gives Open Savings on top of Starpoints: http://www.americanexpress.com/opensavings/

You can transfer points between Starwood accounts at the same address with ease.


Just use a US billing address.

You get 10K for spending $1 and 20K more for spending $4,500 within 3 months from when they mail the card to you.

It was within 6 months.

Sure, I would also throw in a Premier Rewards Gold card or Starwood business card to that mix as well for a triple-app.
More info here in the post and comments here:

You can apply as a sole-proprietorship and leave the Tax ID field blank for the business card.


I have some 56,000 Gold Amex MR points. What is the best think to do with them?Should I transfer them to Continental before they stop their relationship with them?


This is off-topic for Starpoints, but that would be my general recommendation, although arguments can be made for Air Canada, ANA for USAir travel, BA with the 50% bonus, Delta with the 50% bonus, Flying Blue, etc, etc.

As for me-I just transferred half a million of my AMEX MR points to Continental.

Gotta love the current tax-free holiday!


Awesome. I thought the 3 browser trick only works with either Business or Consumer.


If I cancelled my starwood point americanexpress card in April of 2010 am i still eligiable for these sign up bonuses?


Can a consumer card and business card be linked to the same SPG account?


I and many others on the DansDeals forums got them again during last summer’s Starwood promo…but YMMV!

Yes. I have both of those cards linked to my Starwood account and got the points and elite qualifying nights from both.

Dave L

If i apply for 4 cards (2 for myself and 2 for my wife)do i have to keep all 4 cards open after the year in order to keep the points or can i roll all the points onto one card and keep that open?


Can this be churned? Does it make a difference if the old card is still open?


I applied abt a week & a half ago, is there any way for me to get the 30k bonus? I only got 10k….


Just churned personal card a week ago and it’s telling me to call them rather than giving me a decision on the spot as to whether I am approved. I’d rather not have to deal with customer service. Anyone else getting that message? If so, how did that conversation go?


@Dave L:
Starwood points aren’t attached to your card. The points are transferred into a Starwood account that you can manage SPG.com. The points remain in that account even after you close your credit card.

You can transfer points between Starwood accounts at the same address online for free, so they can all be rolled into one account and you don’t need to keep the card open for the whole year if you don’t want to. But it is a great card to keep open for spending on.


Try calling or secure messaging and complaining?

That happens often and is nothing to worry about. Just call them if you want the card.


@Dan: When did the 30k promo start? I tried calling but they said that they can’t do anything…


Just approved! Been following you for months, first time I applied for a card. Thanks Dan! The application was erased in middle so I had to hit the back browser and start again-hope this didn’t disturb the link I followed from your site and you’ll still get the credit for my application


Hi Dan-
Just tried transferring mileage to AA, and the website is telling me that AA is no longer an option.
Have you heard anything like that?
Thanks, let me know.


@dan why did you transfer half a million points to continental, from what i understood you only get 12,500 for 20,00 points?


Click on “Reply” to make a proper link to the comment you are responding to.

Assuming you are referring to comment 53, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m not talking about transferring Starpoints there.

Dave L

Thanks for your response. What is more valuable: starwoods points or american express points (i am primarily looking for flights within the U.S. and to europe and hotel stays in the U.S.) and can one be exchanged for the other? Thanks



Do you have examples of places I should look where you stayed for 1600 points and $30 – the room being valued at $190/night? Thanks.


That was in the excellent Le Meridian Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Actually came out to 1,100 points plus $30 as a Platinum member.

Plenty of other examples of great value with Starwood’s great cash and points awards.
Le Meridian Dead Sea Israel for example has had $450 rooms this summer go for just 1,200 points+$25 (700 points+$25 for spg platinums). That’s a value of 35 cents a Starpoint!


thanks Dan!!!! Got approved after I canceled my old spg.


My wife applied and received the Starwood card one day prior to 30K Offer. She called to match the offer and was declined. We will try secure message as was suggested. In case no luck, does it make sense to cancel the card and to apply again?

Thanks a lot


A bit off topic.
As Dan mentioned, transferring SPG points to LAN make sense for short flights. I wonder if LAN is also good with stopovers? LAN policy says that 1 stop over is allowed but they do not say if it should be along the way or not. For example, I want to go to Lima from New York and do the stop in Buenos Aires while paying 24000 km (24K is for direct flight to Lima). On the way back just direct flight from Lima to New York for another 24000KM



Dan- I applied for the card and began using is last week. How do I link my SPG account to my new credit card?


Dan, can you complete them simultaneously and avoid two pulls?


Hi Dan,

I just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you put in to helping the rest of us.

I’ve been reading the site and trying to figure out which new credit card I should sign up for. From what I can tell your 2 favorites are starwood amex and the chase saphire preferred. I’m having a hard time deciding between the 2. I understand that the starwood offers the most flexibility in terms of transferring miles. My concern is since this will me my primary card im worried about the cards not being accepted everywhere.

danny K

Dan- how much would 100,000 amex points equal if you transfer them to continental? How many miles does continental require to fly to israel?



Does the 3 browser method only work with cards from the same bank?

Can I use this method for a starwoods, a chase, and a citi?



Call AMEX.

Yes! You can even get a 3rd card with just 1 pull if you’rd feeling lucky.

Yup, those are both excellent, top-notch credit cards.

A ctown local asked me the same question last week and got approved for both of ’em. Both have a great signup bonus, so you can take advantage of that now and decide in a year from now when the fee kicks in which you would rather keep.

@danny K:
100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (like the points earned from the Gold and Platinum cards) transfer into 100,000 Continental miles.
Continental charges 40,000 miles each way to Israel and coach and 60,000 miles each way to Israel in BusinessFirst class.

The 3 browser method generally refers to applying for 2 or 3 cards from the same bank at the same time in order to get just 1 credit pull while having a decent shot at getting all the cards approved.

An app-o-rama refers to applying for multiple cards from multiple different banks on the same day. By lumping together your applications from different banks on the same day you will get a credit pull from each bank, but you increase your odds of getting approved for more cards as the other banks don’t yet see the credit pull from all the other banks yet. I don’t think you need to do it in 3 browsers though, you can just apply 1 after the other if the cards are from different banks.

Either way credit pulls really only effect the credit analysts decisions for about 6 months, after that they don’t count against you and they do eventually completely fall off your report.

Also most banks only pull your credit from 1 of the 3 agencies. The agency they pull from varies by state, but if you live in a good state where they pull from different issuers you’ll have an easier time then someone in a state where they all pull from the same agency.

The exception is evil Capital One, they pull your credit from all 3 agencies, impacting your credit score 3 times as much as the other banks when applying for a card.


Dan, how do you get three (3) 30,000 point cards?


what in the world is a credit pull?


Generally speaking, how long does it take for the 10k bonus points to post? I’d love to use them for a 2 night trip I have coming up at the end of October. 10k on the consumer plus 10k on the business would get me 2 nights at a $279/nt hotel in Downtown San Fran for the weekend the Browns play there.


I meant getting a 3rd, different AMEX card.
Although it might be possible to get 3 at the same time, it’s a long shot. I once was able to get 2 Starwood business cards at the same time though.

When you apply for credit they pull your score from one of the 3 credit agencies. Credit inquiries can temporarily lower your score, but in the long run having more credit will raise your score so that it’s higher then it was before you had the card.

Plus AMEX lets you shift credit lines between cards now, so you can transfer the line onto another card if you want to cancel a card so that you don’t lose the available credit, which can lower your score since it can hurt your credit utilization percentage.

The applicable points post on the statement after you make the purchase. You should have plenty of time to get the points by October if you apply now.


Is there currently any offer for adding authorized users to the SPG account? On my old card I recall receiving 1,000 for each of 2 additional cards. Is that over?


applied approved. thanks dan now i have to figure out what to do with it;) i also got a targeted offer for 50k continental card so i guess ill fly somewhere and stay in a nice hotel…


Does anyone know when the 3 months start? Is it when you get the card or when you activate?

danny K

If anyone is interested in opening a Amex Premier Gold, you can get 75K points, as long as you open it by 9/19. Bonus code 6661. Good luck!


hi dan thanks for everything you rock…. do you know if theirs a foreign transaction fees on this card thanks.. pls let me know asap so i can still aply thanks for everything


I would like to do the three browser method but I need these questions answered. Somebody please help:

Do all applications need to be done from the same computer? If not, how can i click all three at the same time? It takes at least a few seconds to switch from chrome to firefox etc. Can I use chrome on three different computers?

Any help is greatly appreciated. A mistake could end up costing a lot of points off my credit score.


It should be done as close to each other as possible.
Using IE, Chrome, and Firefox on the same computer is easiest for me, but you can use 3 computers if you want.



Clicked on the link for the 30K point offer and there’s no mention that you will get 30K points anymore. Is this deal dead? (clicked link on top of your site).


You need to follow the instructions in the post to see the 30K offer.


Dan is their A foreign transaction FEE now that im in Israel it would be hard tospend 4500


I wanted to apply for the SPG Business card using your link but when entering legal corporation name I start with a number, because that is the legal corp name (Real estate corporation, and each building has it’s own Corp, generally starting with the address) I get an error that the corporation name cannot begin with a number – but mine does! Any ideas other than calling (then Dan won’t get his referral bonus…)?



I would just leave off the number, they’ll probably have to do the same thing over the phone if that’s the format they require.


@Dan@Dan: I thought of that, but unfortunately after the number is a single, very generic, word. I doubt they would be happy with me entering that as “legal business name”…???


The main thing is the SSN or EIN number, not the name.
Maybe stick the number after the name?


I know this question has been answered before…. It says on SPG that it takes 2-4 weeks for points to transfer to aa. Does it really take that long?


It’s much quicker than that. Usually within a week.