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Starwood Lurker IV Jun 3, 15 6:16 am

American Express and Starwood enhance cobrand credit card benefits
 
Today, American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce a host of new benefits adding more value to the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card from American Express for US residents*.

In addition to existing benefits, effective August 11, 2015, SPG Card Members will enjoy the following:

· No Foreign Transaction Fees
· Complimentary, Unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi
· Complimentary Premium In-Room Internet Access
· Access to Sheraton Club Lounges for SPG Amex OPEN Card Members

American Express and SPG have created a card for travelers providing Card Members with an enhanced luxury travel experience, both domestic and international, for business or pleasure. The card enhancements complement existing benefits including:

· Earn up to 5 Starpoints® on purchases at participating SPG hotels
· Receive credit for 5 Nights and 2 Stays toward Elite status each year
· Upgrade to SPG Gold status after you spend $30,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year

With the enhanced product benefits, the new annual fee will increase from $65 to $95 effective August 11, 2015. The first year of Card Membership is free and $95 annually thereafter.

For more information on the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card from American Express, please visit

www.americanexpress.com/newSPGCardbenefits

*Includes consumers residing in the fifty (50) states comprising the United States of America and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


Alexis Lhopital
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

[email protected]

ckendall Jun 3, 15 6:36 am

Hallelujah! My multiple interviews with American Express (responses to their surveys) have been answered! This is great.

tompoints Jun 3, 15 6:38 am

Finally, been waiting for no foreign transaction fees!

TMM1982 Jun 3, 15 6:48 am

Meh. I was looking for more points from Starwood purchases.

Boingo is garbage.

No FTF is good but I already have several cards that have that so not necessary here.

Sheraton Lounges, don't use them.

Certainly not worth the extra $30 bucks. Will definitely be cancelling now when year is up.

pricesquire Jun 3, 15 6:52 am

Psyched!!!

No forex fees. Check.

Boingo. Check.

WiFi. Check.

Yes, I got the last two from 'other sources', but now I can cancel a few other pesky cards.

drewp123 Jun 3, 15 6:57 am

I was about to post this.

I became excited and then quickly disappointed. The only added benefit here is no FTF. The free wifi now comes for all SPG stays not booked through an OTA, so it's hardly a card benefit.

This would be useful for golds who value club access, but for plats we're really paying $30 extra for not much, especially when there's STILL no anniversary benefit
:(:(:(

luna6 Jun 3, 15 7:16 am

Really pleased to see the FTF is going away. Will be torn every time paying now on whether to pay with AMEX SPG or Chase SPP.

Also I've wondered for a while now why it says

Earn up to 5 Starpoints® on purchases at participating SPG hotels
Shouldn't that be up to 6 Starpoints? SPG Plat 75 = 4 points + AMEX SPG = 2 points, totalling a max of 6 points? Or is there something else I am not aware of going to 5 starpoints?

yulhammeryyz Jun 3, 15 7:21 am

Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (BB10; Kbd) AppleWebKit/537.35+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.2.1.2141 Mobile Safari/537.35+)

Hopefully a new and improved Canadian SPG AMEX is in the works

sfozrhfco Jun 3, 15 7:32 am

How is the Sheraton Club benefit going to work. If we have one account with several different employees issued cards, does everybody with a card get Sheraton Club access or just the main account holder?

conde Jun 3, 15 7:56 am

I applaud American Express for removing Foreign Transaction Fees for the SPG Credit Card. Now I feel better about using that card abroad for Starwood Hotels, not feeling penalized. Unfortunately, American Express is also raising the annual fee nearly 50%. The other new benefits for the personal card seem rather useless to me. Many hotels have only one tier of internet, and as Gold I get "premium tier" anyway.

For a better value proposition American Express should have added more benefits to the card in conjunction with the higher annual fee, such as bonus spend categories beyond Starwood Hotels (dining, airlines, for example) or more comprehensive travel insurance for lost baggage and trip delays.

RAPC Jun 3, 15 8:02 am

Great news for US card holders - these look like genuinely useful enhancements.

Now if you can just follow-up by making the UK card useful, then I would be much obliged :) For now, I shall just look on enviously across the Atlantic.

HomerJ Jun 3, 15 8:23 am

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Originally Posted by yulhammeryyz (Post 24911796)
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (BB10; Kbd) AppleWebKit/537.35+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.2.1.2141 Mobile Safari/537.35+)

Hopefully a new and improved Canadian SPG AMEX is in the works


G2244 Jun 3, 15 8:41 am

So the lounge access is only for the business version of the card?

MSPeconomist Jun 3, 15 8:46 am

Welcome to even more overcrowded Sheraton lounges and probably downgrades in F&B offerings.

BlissWorld Jun 3, 15 8:50 am


Originally Posted by MSPeconomist (Post 24912185)
Welcome to even more overcrowded Sheraton lounges and probably downgrades in F&B offerings.

Exactly, and SPG is trying to change their image of Sheraton and make them more "Grand?"

This is the exact opposite of that.

Of course, leave it to the current SPG team to destroy their brands even further.


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