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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express Review

This card offers excellent opportunities to earn rewards at a wide group of hotels. Plus, you can earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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CardRatings Editor's Analysis: Pros & Cons

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn bonus points at both SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels.
  • Enjoy one free reward night each year (up to a 35,000-point value) after your card member anniversary.
  • The portfolio of hotels is smaller than other chains even though it now includes SPG® and Marriott Rewards® properties. Obviously, if you don't prefer those brands, you'll want to look elsewhere for a rewards card.
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express Compared to Other Travel rewards Cards

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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
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Rewards
Earn 6 points for each dollar of eligible purchases at participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels and 2 points on all other eligible purchases. 
Rewards
2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day. 
Rewards
3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees. 
Rewards
Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at gas stations and restaurants. Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases 
Rewards
Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for each $1 spent at grocery stores, including grocery delivery services. Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases. Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases 
Bonus Rewards
Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.  
Bonus Rewards
Earn 100,000 Miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases in the first 3 months.  
Bonus Rewards
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®  
Bonus Rewards
Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening  
Bonus Rewards
Earn 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. 
Annual Fee
$95 
Annual Fee
$550 
Annual Fee
$99, waived for first 12 months 
Annual Fee
$0 

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  1. Rewards Seeker
     05/15/2012

    After years of preferring cash-back cards to travel / points cards I finally decided to try out a travel card to help save up for vacations.I have had this card since August 2011 and have been very impressed so far. The points go a long way when you redeem for hotel stays--especially since they allow you to redeem for points and cash. I have gotten some awesome deals on stays and have loved all the Starwood properties we've stayed at so far.Overall this is a sweet deal for those who will redeem for hotel stays--high value on points, nothing but top notch service from Amex and Starwood, beautiful hotels, and I have never had any trouble redeeming or finding a hotel in any major city. However, if you redeem for anything other than hotel stays the points are devalued. So, if you are looking for anything other than cheap and/or free stays and upgrades at swanky hotels, then this isn't the card for you.