The Starwood American Express is widely acknowledged as the best rewards card for day-to-day spending. Here are some links to excellent summaries of why:
- Starwood Amex: Why you should get a hotel credit card (Smarter Travel)
- Not Using AmEx Starwood? 10 Reasons You’re Losing Money (Brad’s Deals)
- Multiple Uses For The Starwood American Express Card (My Money)
There are also plenty of write-ups on the various travel blogs/forums. Believe, me, if you don’t have it, you should get it.
The current offer for the Starwood American Express is, by far, the easiest the offer has been. It’s 10,000 points for signup, plus $20,000 more after you spend $4,500 in 3 months. The “normal” offer is 10,000 points for signup, plus 15,000 points after you spend $10,000 in 6 months. So, not only is the bonus higher, the spend is lower (though roughly the same pace).
The last benefit that I’ll mention is the refer-a-friend bonus. You get 5,000 points for each friend that you refer who is approved for the card. If you’d like to apply for the card, feel free to ask me for a referral. I’d be more than happy to do it! Email me with your name and email address and I’ll get it out to you within (at most) a few hours of your request. If mailto links aren’t your thing, you can post a response to this message with your information. The comments are moderated, so it won’t get posted to the site.