What Are Some Benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express?


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The Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express allows cardholders to collect rewards redeemable for hotel and resort stays at Starwood locations, according to American Express. Starwood locations include Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton and Luxury Collection hotels. Other locations include W, Le Méridien and Element hotels.

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Cardholders collect two Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood Preferred Guest locations, according to American Express. These are in addition to the two to three points already earned by members of the Preferred Guest program. Cardholders also accumulate one point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Moreover, new customers earn a 25,000-point bonus if they spend $3,000 or more within the first three months of receiving their card, as of the July 2015 offer.

Starpoints are redeemable at more than 1,100 Starwood locations across the globe and also can be used with over 150 airlines to purchase flights, notes American Express. This is done by transferring points to nearly 30 different frequent flier programs, with customers being awarded a 5,000-point bonus after exchanging 20,000 Starwood points.

Other card benefits include access to a roadside assistance hotline, car rental loss and damage insurance, the availability of the American Express Global Assist hotline to aid with emergency travel issues and limited travel accident insurance for travel purchases on the credit card, says American Express. Cardholders also have access to special entertainment discounts, pre-sales and member-only events, as well as extended warranty benefits for purchases made on the card. Also covered by the card are return protection for refunds refused by merchants, purchase protection such as accidental damage coverage and assistance in dispute resolution with merchants regarding fraudulent and erroneous charges.

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