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SPG Amex Bonus Goes 35K, Share a link

Maybe there has been some falling off of SPG sign ups since no one really knows what the points will be worth once Marriott swallows Starwood. We also don’t know what is going to happen to the SPG Amex card. Will it stay? Will it go? SPG points have always been some of the highest valued in the world of miles and points because they transfer to an very large number of airlines.  They have also been famously difficult to aquire. Having the bonus of 35K for new American Express sign ups is the highest I have seen the offer. Most enthusiast wait until the offer is 30K to jump.

Is it worth blowing one of your American Express sign ups, I would say yes. This card may be gone next year, we just don’t know. You can always transfer the points out to the many airline partners if Marriott devalues the SPG points (which I find likely based on nothing more than my gut instinct).

Comment with your E-mail below for a link to the bonus, I have a limited number I can send out. If you have a link please send to one of the requests below.

Le Meridian Delfino

For out trip to Los Angeles I focused on Starwood properties since I had recently picked up the American Express SPG credit card. (hint: right now there is a 35K bonus offer available If you would like to support my blog,  just ask me for a link in the comment section with your email.) Before the trip began I had also signed up with Starwood for a Platinum status challenge. I needed to stay 18 ‘eligible’ nights. While visiting Los Angeles we stayed at 2 different Starwood properties. The Le Meridien Delfino in Santa Monica near the Santa Monica Pier was our first stop. The biggest issue here is that on our second day our room had not been made up by 5pm and we needed to get ready to go to dinner after a long day of walking the boardwalk. I requested the room be made right away and we went for another walk, at 6:45 the room had not been touched. We showered and went to dinner. I advised the front desk and sometimes between 6:45 and 9pm the room was cleaned. I complained when we checked out and was told we would be given points to compensate, but I don’t think those points ever showed up. All in all it was a lovely room and there is a small pool in the courtyard area. The pool was very crowded with no seats available anytime we tried to go.

Evenings were the perfect temperature for a stroll
The room faced the road and lots of sunshine
I think hotels should always give complimentary water
A robe in the bathroom was a nice touch
Intersting tables in the bar area

Credit Card Hawkers, My Rant

Surely, I will be slammed for this, but it bothers me enough to post it. Some of the veteran players in the travel hacking game have some very strong opinions about bloggers that hawk credit card sign ups. They argue that those people focus on their own advancement and have no consideration for their readers and if their readers are getting good information. I believe that mostly this is wrong. Maybe the seasoned gamer doesn’t want or need credit card links to the best sign up deals but most people beginning out DO need these links.

I know when I began I was constantly comparing the information from different blogs about the current top credit card deals and using that information to make my decision. I didn’t always go with the first deal I saw. I searched other web sites and googled to find the link I wanted to use. I always checked with the credit provider to see what their offer was. I often find that what credit Card Company’s offer on company web sites and typically find they do not usually offer the best bonus.  From these credit hawkers I quickly learned what is bad, average, good, and a great deal on each type of credit Card, when to wait and when to sign up quickly.

They guided me in making informed decisions on how to build my portfolio based on what I thought would be the most beneficial credit cards for my lifestyle.  For all of you naysayers, you make the users of these links sound like idiotic drones with no brain or capability of independent thought. Life is full of advertising; everywhere we turn, we must make informed consumer decisions, why would this be no different for a credit product?

I question you negative posters who continue to bash these bloggers, my question to you is “How did you find out which credit products were offering the best deals?” Did you just pull those offers out of your ass hat? Just let the rest of us know of a better way. Not everyone has access to ‘in person’ options in the beginning.

How about you be more productive and share an alternative and not just slam the people sharing the information. There are still people out there that can use the information. How is it any different from paying any adviser and trusting their information? They could be wrong also. Of course, I do believe a disclaimer is in order as a basic fiduciary responsibility.

Personally, I find that those blogs that focus on credit cards deals are NOT the ones I read on a regularly basis anymore. That info is old to me. I have moved on, I require different input now than I did in the beginning.  And if you are talking down about credit hawking, then you too should move on to blogs with other information.  New people will need this info. It is a service. They should be compensated for providing it. I would not have 26+ credit cards without their information. Does not mean I used their links every time.  Caveat Emptor. This is the internet, just because it is on the internet does not make it true!

This sounds like a case of…. If it bothers you then don’t go there!

For those that are new and trying to decide where to begin with credit card applications, you CAN learn from all the websites. Remember to research thoroughly and weigh the options  for each card. What will you use it for? How can you best use the bonus and when?

Good luck to all the newbies in reaching your travel dreams!

(My credit card take above was acquired in about 18 months along with lots of bonus points. FYI 3 of those cards are canceled now: the US AIR and the DELTA American Express)