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American Express is offering a couple lucrative incentives to spend on their cards at the moment. Not everyone will have these Amex Offers available as they appear to be targeted, although I’ve included a link below that seems to be working for most people that have an SPG card.

  • Earn 2,500 SPG Starpoints for each authorized user (up to 10k) added to your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express that spends $1,000 on their card within three months of being added. We value SPG Starpoints more highly than any other transferrable point (2.5 cents each) because of their extreme versatility–they transfer to a multitude of airlines. At a value of 2.5 cents per point, this Amex offer is worth $250.
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards for spending $500 or more on Virgin Atlantic purchases. We value Membership Rewards at 2 cents each, making this offer worth $200.


SPG Starpoints Authorized User Offer

The maximum bonus Starpoints you can earn is 10,000, which would be how you’d earn if you added four separate authorized users and they all met the $1k minimum spending requirement within three months. The three month clock starts when you actually add them, not when they receive their card. An authorized user can be no younger than 13 years old and cannot have a defaulted Amex account.

Authorized users must be added by September 30, 2017, in order for them to count towards this bonus. You don’t have to pay an annual fee for any authorized user cards.

Membership Rewards Virgin Atlantic Offer

Virgin Atlantic purchase(s) must be made by October 31 but the travel date can be whenever. Flights must be purchased directly with Virgin Atlantic (through their website) and originate in the United States to qualify. Be sure to add the offer to your Amex before buying anything with Virgin Atlantic, and once you do make sure you buy the Virgin Atlantic flight with that card.

The offer is popping up on various types of American Express cards that earn Membership Rewards.

How to Check if You’re Targeted

For the SPG offer, click this link.

If you’re already signed into your Amex online account, a page should appear with info about the authorized user bonuses (even though I wasn’t targeted via email, using this link still worked for me). If you’re not signed into your online account you’ll be prompted to to log on.

For the Membership Rewards offer, log into your Amex online account.

Scroll down below the recent transaction history of each Amex you hold that earns Membership Rewards, to the “Amex Offers & Benefits” section. You can filter out just the travel offers by clicking the drop-down and selecting “Travel”.

Scroll down and look for the Virgin Atlantic offer. I checked my Business Gold Rewards Card account but sadly I was not targeted.

Bottom Line

If you have a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, login here to see if you can earn up to 10k Starpoints via new authorized users.  If you have an Amex that earns Membership Rewards,

If you’re targeted for and can take advantage of both, that’s roughly a combined value of $450 you’ll get in Starpoints and Membership Rewards. Not too shabby.

Whenever you sign into your Amex online account, make a habit of checking out your Amex offers located under your recent transaction history. The deals change regularly and often represent huge savings.

Hat tip One Mile at a Time and Frequent Miler

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