About once a year the SPG Amex offers an increased sign-up bonus of 30,000 points, which is 5,000 more points than normal. This year the time is now through September 14, 2015. Note that you must be approved by September 14th to receive the bonus, not just apply by that date.
If you’ll allow me to refer you for a personal card, I’ll get a 5,000 point bonus as well, once you’re approved. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All I need is your first name and the email address where you’d like the invitation sent.
Starwood points are extremely valuable, not only as hotel points but also because of their value in transferring to a whole host of airlines. In fact most airlines transfer at a 1:1 basis and when you transfer 20,000 points at a time, you receive a 5,000 point bonus so that you end up with 25,000 points in your airline’s frequent flyer account!
And Starwood has recently given the card a make-over, changing it from the familiar maroon to a snazzy purple design that includes chip + signature technology.