Being an American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cardmember

Jan 18, 14 Being an American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cardmember

One of the main perks of blogging, aside from all the fantastic wines I get to taste on an almost daily basis, is the fact that I get to visit so many amazing places. So you can imagine how delighted I was when American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts asked me if I would like to take part in their Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card program.

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card by American Express program is a way for card holders to earn points which can be used towards paying for their dream vacation. For example, you can use your points for airline tickets, hotel stays, meals and even excursions.

The folks at Starwood and American Express offered me 100,000 Starpoints to redeem on a travel experience of my choosing within Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Considering that they have hotels on every continent, I could see that it wasn’t going to be easy to choose a destination.

W, Seattle Living Room

W, Seattle Living Room

I usually go away for the holidays and at first I considered going to Asia for a few weeks. Starwood has some amazing hotels in South East Asia where I could redeem my points but in the end, I decided to use my Starpoints on a trip to North America to visit friends and family. One of the great things about the Starpoints is that there are no blackout dates, which meant I could use the points over Christmas and New Years.

W San Diego - Rooftop bar

W San Diego – Rooftop bar

I choose to visit Seattle and San Diego on my two week trip to the States. I could have stayed at the Westin or the Sheraton in both cities (among many choices) but instead, I opted for the cool and chic W Hotel group. Yup, The W is part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts group and there are W’s in both cities. I was able to book in my room for 7,000 Starpoints a night, which once you do the math, meant that I pretty much spent most of my holiday at one W or the other.

Such fantastic hotels, I was really wowed by my entire stays in both and I have Starwood and American Express to thank for giving me such an amazing experience.

Coming soon, Where to Stay in Seattle and San Diego (The W, of course) and what I got up to while I was out on the West Coast.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Representative example: Representative 36.2% APR variable. Based on annual fee of £75 and assumed credit limit of £1200. Interest rate for purchases: 19.9% p.a.

Applicants must be 18 years old or over.

Approval is subject to status and terms and conditions apply. The information relating to the financial information of the Card is the responsibility of American Express Services Europe Limited and SPG accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, registered in England and Wales is an introducer appointed representative for insurance mediation activities only, of American Express Insurance Services Europe Limited. The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is offered by American Express Services Europe Limited registered office: Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom registered in England and Wales, Company Number 1833139, and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (reference number 415532) for the provision of payment services. American Express Services Europe Limited is an appointed representative for insurance mediation activities only, of American Express Insurance Services Europe Limited (reference number 311684) who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services Register. American Express Services Europe Limited also subscribes to the Lending Code which is monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board and is licensed by the Office of Fair Trading for the provision of credit products and related services.

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