From my inbox:
So I caved in and switched to the starwood card (The 20,000 point tickets to Brazil was the deal sealer for me, I can flip that for $$$$)
Card came a couple weeks ago and I spent $25,000 on it already.
Just checked my starwood balance and there is over 52,000 points sitting there!
10,000 for opening the card
2,500 for an additional card
15,000 for the 15,000 bonus
25,000 for base spend
You have made a convert of me!
Glad to hear it-and it’s good to know that the 15,000 starpoints post so quickly.
Don’t forget that once you spend $30,000 you’ll be upgraded to Starwood Gold Elite Status-Enjoy!