HookEmHorns wrote:I'm thinking of product changing my green card to a Starwood before the $95 fee is due, just for the option of transferring points to AA because I live in Dallas, an American Airlines hub. Anybody else do this? Will my MR points that I earn over this year transfer to a SP account? Does it sound like a sound plan?
Bumping sort of an old thread to see what OP did..
I think most people would agree the SPG card is much, much better than the Amex Green. In fact, some would argue that the SPG card is the single best travelers card out there. You live in DFW, so it's no brainer you need at least a card that transfer to AA, and only the Amex SPG and Citi AAdvantage card does that. However you need to transfer your MR points out first as you cannot transfer them to SPG (unless for the horrid rate at 3 MR:1 SPG). And you can't product change for said reasons already. Some differences:
-SPG: 1.25 pts on everything (free 5000 pts when transferring 20K pts to airlines only)
-Green: 1x MR on everything with occasional bonus transfers.
Winner: Depends, if you need the AA partner, SPG wins. If MR has some partners that you like that has xfer bonuses (i.e. BA, DL, Aeroplan), then it's a personal preference what you like more.
-Green: Hilton, Choice, SPG, Best Western
Winner: MR has more partners but all 4 have horrible transfer rates or have horrid redemption rates. So unless you're really stuck to one of MRs hotel partners, SPG is the winner.
SPG: you pay 100% of it
Green: FREE roadside assistance 4 times a year, up to $50 per occurence when >50 miles from home
Winner: Green is the clear winner here, a lot of people mislook this perk!
So as you see it depends on your actual needs. Most people would have better use of the SPG card, but there are still some out there who benefit more from the Green card.