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For discussion of the now expired offer for a 35K signup bonus, see Amex SPG 35,000 business and personal cards-2016 [No referral offers in this thread.]

USA-issued card benefits changed on August 11, 2015. (Announcement & extended discussion at American Express and Starwood enhance cobrand credit card benefits.) The benefits are slightly different for personal and business cards:

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- Earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 04/24/2019.

- The Annual Fee is $450.

- Earn 6x at Marriott properties; 3x on restaurants and airfare; 2x on all other purchases.

- Enjoy up to $300 in statement credits each year of Card Membership for eligible purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels

- FREE NIGHT AWARD: Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel.

- COMPLIMENTARY GOLD ELITE STATUS: Enjoy complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status with your Card. Earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status after making $75,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.

- Other Highlighted Benefits: Priority Pass Select Membership, Global Entry credit, No Foreign Transaction fees.


- Earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Offer ends 04/24/2019.

- $125 Annual Fee (If application received before 03/28/19, $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95)

- Earn 6x at Marriott properties; 4x at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services & on U.S. purchases for shipping; 2x on all other purchases.

- Free Night Award: Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel.

- Complimentary Silver Elite Status

- No Foreign Transaction Fees

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Old Jun 17, 11, 5:08 pm
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Unhappy How fast do "First Purchase Points" post?

How fast do "First Purchase Points" post?
I need 'em bad!
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Old Jun 17, 11, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by EWR-6785 View Post
How fast do "First Purchase Points" post?
I need 'em bad!
I'm pretty sure they call come through at the end of the appropriate billing cycle.
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Old Jun 18, 11, 10:50 pm
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should i grab the 25k bonus, or wait for a better one later?
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Old Jun 19, 11, 1:46 am
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Originally Posted by EWR-6785 View Post
How fast do "First Purchase Points" post?
I need 'em bad!
Make a purchase right when you get the card and after your first statement closes, in most cases, you'll have that bonus in a couple of days.
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Old Jun 20, 11, 12:20 am
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Originally Posted by dabaobao View Post
should i grab the 25k bonus, or wait for a better one later?
Wondering the same...finally decided to cancel my AMEX Green and use SPG.
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Old Jun 20, 11, 7:15 am
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I know this is a very basic question, and I have searched but would welcome some reassurance: am I right to think that if I close my SPG Amex, the bonus points I received when I opened it won't disappear (unlike, say, Amex membership rewards)?
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Old Jun 20, 11, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by tsg20 View Post
I know this is a very basic question, and I have searched but would welcome some reassurance: am I right to think that if I close my SPG Amex, the bonus points I received when I opened it won't disappear (unlike, say, Amex membership rewards)?
That is correct.
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Old Jun 20, 11, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by dabaobao View Post
should i grab the 25k bonus, or wait for a better one later?
IMHO it's a 10k+15k bonus, and shouldn't be though of a straight 25k bonus unless $15000 spending is something you do in your sleep.

Remember, if you don't achieve $15000 spending within 6 months, all you get is the 10k bonus.

And I can imagine that almost anything in the future would likely be better than just a 10k bonus!

I can also imagine that most offers in the future would be at least a bit "easier" than requiring at least $2500 spend/month on the card.

And in fact, there is alreayd a current targeted offer that's 30k and far less spend requirement. You just have to wait to see if either (a) you're targeted, or (b) an open offer closer to that comes along.
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Old Jun 20, 11, 2:29 pm
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aye, i'd wait out a better offer. look at what's already come along with most airlines and a few hotels this year. i would think it's only a matter of time before a nice bonus comes up with no more than a $3k spend.
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Old Jun 20, 11, 2:33 pm
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My wife has the DL Skymiles card and we were wondering if she switched it over to SPG AMEX, would she get the bonus miles?
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Old Jun 21, 11, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by leftpinky View Post
My wife has the DL Skymiles card and we were wondering if she switched it over to SPG AMEX, would she get the bonus miles?
If she's never had an SPG Amex and opens a new account (don't "convert" the Delta one - not even sure if you can), then absolutely Yes.
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Old Jun 21, 11, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by leftpinky View Post
My wife has the DL Skymiles card and we were wondering if she switched it over to SPG AMEX, would she get the bonus miles?
Universally (ie, at every bank), bonus miles/points/whatever are never given for asking to convert an existing card into a new card.

They are only given if apply for the new card "from scratch".

If you want to try to "consolidate" the two cards later (ie, transfer the credit history and maybe some credit limit from the older card to the new card and then cancel the old card), you can try that. But you have to do it in that order if you want a bonus from the new card.

Keep in mind that the whole point of bonuses is to attract customers who would otherwise not sign up for the card. If you are asking to convert a card, you are demostrating that you would apply anyway, and so no bonus.

The fact that by applying "from scratch" you can apply and get a bonus even though you intended to get the card anyway is a "loophole" (from the standpoint of the bank). They can't read your mind. But they can (and do) design the bonus as an incentive for new accounts, not as in incentive for converted accounts.
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Old Jun 21, 11, 8:14 pm
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sdsearch thanks you for all the details. I find your responses very helpful. After thinking long and hard I have decided to have SPG Amex.

Do (good) deals on SPG AMEX show up often? I saw 10K+15K deal but saw last year it was 30K points with 3K spending.

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Old Jun 21, 11, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by hellomms View Post
sdsearch that you for all the details. I find your responses very helpful. After thinking long and hard I have decided to have SPG Amex.

Do (good) deals on SPG AMEX show up often? I saw 10K+15K deal but saw last year it was 30K points with 3K spending.
I have not seen any other offers recently, but others may have. If you are interested in a referral, feel free to PM your e-mail address & I can get one out to you!
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Old Jun 22, 11, 12:30 pm
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That's what I thought too. She applied, but was denied for too many inquires (her credit score according to quizzle is 759) so we converted her skymiles card over and lo and behold, she got the 10 welcome points. It's been about 6 weeks and we've spent close to 12k on the cards, so we'll see if she gets the 15k bonus points too. I'm quite hopeful, but you never know.

If someone wants a referral, PM me and I'll give you 5k bonus points!


Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Universally (ie, at every bank), bonus miles/points/whatever are never given for asking to convert an existing card into a new card.

They are only given if apply for the new card "from scratch".

If you want to try to "consolidate" the two cards later (ie, transfer the credit history and maybe some credit limit from the older card to the new card and then cancel the old card), you can try that. But you have to do it in that order if you want a bonus from the new card.

Keep in mind that the whole point of bonuses is to attract customers who would otherwise not sign up for the card. If you are asking to convert a card, you are demostrating that you would apply anyway, and so no bonus.

The fact that by applying "from scratch" you can apply and get a bonus even though you intended to get the card anyway is a "loophole" (from the standpoint of the bank). They can't read your mind. But they can (and do) design the bonus as an incentive for new accounts, not as in incentive for converted accounts.
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