The Starwood American Express cards are among the most flexible hotel credit cards available and the points are valuable for both hotel stays and flights. The welcome bonus on both the personal and business version of this card just increased to 30,000 points after making $5,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of card membership (OFFER EXPIRED).

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Starwood points are among the most versatile hotel points out there and hands down have the most valuable and numerous airline transfer partners of any card. Many hotel credit cards have a low value transfer rate to airline miles, but you will get a 1:1 transfer when you transfer Starpoints to most airline partners.

The normal offer on these cards is 25,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within 6 months, but historically every Summer the card has a limited time increased offer of 30,000 bonus points.

Both cards are offering the 30,000 welcome bonus this year and are slated to last until June 30th, 2014. I received an email saying I was invited to apply four days early, before the public offer comes out. Be sure to check your email, but here’s the email I received:

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The best part is existing card holders can refer people and earn 5,000 Starpoints for each person referred that signs-up for the card. I don’t currently have this card, so if you have a referral link or email someone can reach you at feel free to share it in the comments below.

If you have an SPG Amex card and would like to get a referral link you can do so through these links:

This is a great way for existing card members to earn a few extra Starpoints and for anyone who has not earned the bonus on these cards to earn a valuable bonus of 30,000 Starpoints. Remember that American Express now only awards one welcome bonus per lifetime on personal credit cards, so if you have had this card before you may not qualify for the bonus.

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