Starting today the Starwood Amex Card has lowered its minimum spending requirement for the second bonus from $15,000 to $5,000 within 6 months. This definitely makes it a more attractive card for most people. You earn 10,000 points after first purchase and 15,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 6 months.
I really like this card for its flexibility. I’ve talked about this many times before on the blog. Starwood points can be transferred to a number of frequent flyer programs. And if you transfer 20,000 at one time, you get a 5,000 point transfer bonus. These points can also be used at Starwood Hotels which include Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Four Points, aloft, and element Hotels.
I personally have this card and I am very careful as to how I use the points. I used some of our points on our trip to Hawaii last year. I love the Cash & Points option when redeeming at their hotels. We stayed at the Westin Ocean Resort and Villas for $90 plus 4,800 points/night. They’ve now upped the category for that specific hotel to a category 6, so it would cost more now.
You can see some of my other posts about Starwood here.