American Express Card Promos: 2 Free Plane Tickets, Cash Back Bonus, Double Points, and More

American Express is running a variety of promotions for their different credit cards right now. Use them wisely!

American Express Starwood Card – Up To 40,000 Frequent Flier Miles
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express BigTo start off, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is currently giving out 10,000 Starwood points for signing up and making any purchase. You earn 1 Starwood point per $1 spent on the card. Finally, the current promotion also gives you an additional 15,000 Starpoints when you spend $5,000 in 6 months. That can be high for some folks, but if you prepay your property tax, car insurance premiums, tuition, whatever you might get there.

Why? 10,000 sign-up bonus + 15,000 normal points from spending + 5,000 points from spending bonus = 30,000 Starpoints = 40,000 frequent flier miles on a bunch of different airlines, which is at least one free domestic round-trip ticket! Alternatively, every 9,500 Starpoints can be converted to $100 in Amazon.com gift certificates or other stores like Banana Republic.

I’ve written before about the many uses of this Starwood Card. My favorite use remains as a mix of a hotel and miles card. I convert the points as needed to “top-off” the rest of my airlines miles. The rest goes to cheap rooms. I am actually trying book some free rooms right now for February which should give me a value of 4 cents per point ($125/night room for 3,000 points). If you consider that a 1% back card is the same as 1 cent per point, this is like getting 4% back. You also automatically get Gold Starwood status with this card, which has gotten me several free room upgrades. The first year is free, and after that the annual fee is $65.

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express OPENAMEX Starwood Business Card – up to 25,000 bonus points
For new sign-ups, the AMEX Starwood Business Card is also offering 10,000 free points after your first purchase and another 15,000 when you spend $5,000 in 6 months – enough for up to 6 free nights at a Category 1 or 2 hotel. These points can be redeemed at over 1,000 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries, for flights on more than 350 airlines and with no blackout dates.

This luxury card is only $65 a year, a fee that is kindly waived for all first year cardholders.

True Earnings Card from Costco and American ExpressAmerican Express Costco Card – 2% Cash Back Bonus
For existing cardholders TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express is offering an extra 2% cash back on online retail purchases in December, giving you 3% total. Login to check if you qualify and to enroll.

Through this offer you may earn an extra 2% cash back for your qualifying purchases made between 12/1/2007 and 12/31/2007 on an eligible Card. This is in addition to any rebate you may earn per the terms and conditions of this Card. Qualifying purchases are purchases made online, by phone or by mail order from eligible U.S. retail, department store, home improvement, drug store, wholesale club, consumer electronics, publishing and grocery store merchants. Charges for payments made via PayPal and other online payment intermediaries and for purchases from online auction sites do not qualify. This extra cash rebate will be awarded on up to $25,000 in qualifying purchases, for a maximum extra rebate of $500.

American Express Business Gold Card – Double Points (This offer is now expired)
The New Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN is offering 3 points on airfare, 2 points on advertising, gas and shipping and 1 point on everything else. The annual fee for this card is $175 but this fee is waived for all first year cardholders. You can also get unlimited additional cards for an extra annual fee of $50, but this fee is also waived for the first year.

As a current cardholder, I also got an offer for double Membership Rewards points if I spent more than $500 each month. Again, login to check if you qualify. Terms and restrictions apply.

Enroll now to earn double Membership Rewards? points from November 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008. Each month, as usual, you can earn 1 Membership Rewards? point for virtually every dollar you spend. Then, you can earn 1 additional point for virtually every dollar you spend over the threshold specified in the offer you received by mail or e-mail. You must enroll by December 15, 2007.

Comments

  1. I received a mail offer recently for a regular American Express Gold Rewards card. It offered 50,000 points for spending $500 before the end of November.

    It’s by far the best credit card bonus I’ve ever heard of.

  2. Does anyone else just not see the point in signing up for more credit. It is just tiring at times. I think my new goal will be to have a credit score of 0.

  3. I agree signing up for more cards can become tirinig. I think I’ve gotten around six this year while I had to sign my wife up for three (and for those wondering my credit score is great). Although flying first class outweighs the tiring aspect. We take 3-4 trips a year and always sit first class. I would never pay for a first class ticket, but with the points it’s definitely worth it. I will hope to sign up for another six next year :)

  4. It takes a LOT for me to sign up for a new credit card. Basically, two things will make me jump.

    - 0% Balance Transfer for life
    - more than $250 of cash or rewards

    Less than that, it’s not worth the hassle, time, and credit score hit.

  5. I thought I would go for American Express Starwood Card but stuck at …..the first year is free, and after that the annual fee is $45.

    What you say guys? seems to be good card but $45 fee after first year. Keep it or cancel it after 1 year?

  6. Danny Tsang says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with signing up for more credit. I think this is an awesome deal. I want those 2 free plane tickets. I’ll pay off my card at the end of every month and therefore have convenience, rewards, and build my credit at the same time which will allow me to look good when I need credit in the future for big real estate purchases. I think credit cards are what you make of them. I like them.

  7. hem – That’s a question that just depends on your spending style.

    - If you usually have an airlines card anyways, $45 is on par or cheaper than the other airlines cards like the American Airlines Citi card. And this card is so much more flexible.

    - Do you take advantage of the 1.25 miles per point, which is also better than any other airlines card? Or the Starwood rewards, which offers cheap access to Four Points to Sheraton to Westins to W hotels?

    - If it matters, this is the only card I’ve ever voluntarily paid an annual fee for. I use the points in a way that is better than 2 cents per point.

    - If you just want the bonus promo, just sign up and cancel. There is a chance they’ll waive the 2nd year as well to keep your business, or offer some more bonus Starpoints. Even if you cancel, it won’t really hurt your credit much.

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  8. The guapo, can you email me that offer? I have that card but haven’t seen it… dmk112@gmail.com

    Thanks,!

  9. hey Jonathan…..thanks again for posting & also clarifying reader concerns…you rock!!

  10. I currently have the Starwood Am/EX Card. I found the bonus mile offer online. Since I was already a cardmember, I called AMEX and asked if I could also be elgible. They said no, but gave me 3,000 starwood points just for asking. I encourage you to do the same. I was going to have my wife sign up for the bonus, since we share my card, but I figured it was too much hassle. I already signed up for a United MIles and AA Advnatage card, so no more Credit Cards this year.

  11. My understanding is that lots of places don’t accept AE card…….anyone has the same experience before?

  12. Maybe a few small mom and pop restaurants, but overall most people take it now. Also, I shop at Costco a lot and they only take American Express (any kind, not just the branded one).

  13. And there’s an interesting Starwood sweeps for Amex cardholders or anyone who likes to travel. Free trips if you win.
    http://www.starwoodglobaladventures.com/index.html?EM=WEB_BANNER_AMEX_MBLOG

  14. This card is certainly a good choice for those who often flies. Just think you can benefit from the trips you will take anyway. Though the annual fee is the thing to consider…

  15. Shucks. I called and asked if I’m eligible even though I’m already an existing cardmember and they said no. No bonus points for just asking as mentioned above. Worth a try though.

  16. Jonathan – Big fan of your site. Thanks for blogging. What do you use as your default credit card? Starwood AE or the Fidelity 529 credit card? I’m trying to figure out which one is more advantageous to use as my go-to card when “category buying” for rewards isn’t involved (i.e., gas, groceries, etc.).

  17. I signed up for the Starwood card a few months ago under the same promotion. I was transition my primary rewards card, and found the starwoods card the best for my needs. I like traveling. The starwood hotel program is probably one of the best, and with the mileage conversion it was a no brainer for me.

    As for signing up for cards. At this point I’m with theguapo, I only sign up now if the deal is enticing enough.

  18. I applied for the American Express card with the 50,000 point offer. It said I had to use the card for $500 by the end of August. I’m still waiting for my rewards. I called American Express a month ago and they said it takes 4 to 8 weeks to apply the points. It’s now almost 3 months and still nothing. Has anyone else gotten their “free” points?

  19. Guava – I interchange between the 529 card and the Starwood AmEx depending on what I want more – more miles/points, or more general cash. After I use up a lot of points I start to accumulate them again. Hope that helped :)

  20. Hey Ron…Do you have any documentation about spending $500 to get 15000 more points?

  21. theguapo

    I got the same card offer also and it really worked. Best deal ever

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