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Wildcat_1
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Points transfer to partners

Postby Wildcat_1 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:54 am

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Thanks so much for help with all of my newbie questions. I do have another after looking around many of the forum posts and this is about points transfer.

It seems that from most posts and blogs I read the 3 most favorable points transfer options are Chase (Ultimate Rewards), AMEX (Membership rewards) and Starwood Preferred Guest due to the flexibility you have when carrying these 3.

My question is that as a Platinum AMEX card holder I believe you still get SPG Gold status automatically therefore can you gain 2 benefits by carrying that one card ? In other words earn SPG points through using your AMEX platinum card therefore giving you access to all 3 key points transfer options with just AMEX plat and say Chase Sapphire Preffered. Or am I wrong and to gain the SPG benefits would instead need to sign up for an AMEX Starwood Card ?

Thanks again

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Postby Z06Biker » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:02 pm

It pays (literally and figuratively) to have both the Amex Platinum and SPG card, since - as you correctly noted - the Platinum gives you auto SPG Gold status, which means 2 points per dollar spent at any SPG property. However, with the SPG Amex you get an additional 3 points per dollar spent at SPG properties, which totals 5. This is hugely worth it as long as you:

a) mostly use Starwood properties or eat at their restaurants.
b) find use with their abundance of airline transfer partners, which actually beats that of the Platinum's MR points.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is awesome for filling in the gaps - specifically, all the partner airlines and hotels that Amex/SPG don't reach (Marriott, Priority Club, AmTrak, United Airlines, etc.).
AMEX: PRG Gold, Business Simply Cash, Business Costco, BCE.
Chase: United MileagePlus Club, Sapphire Preferred, Amazon Rewards
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HSBC Cash or Fly World Mastercard
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Postby Wildcat_1 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:29 pm

Thanks Z06
I was concerned that may be your answer ;)

Right now I am thinking that adding:

AMEX SPG (Extra perks at Starwood + redemption partners)
AMEX PRG (Points)
AMEX PLAT PERSONAL (Perks)
AMEX BCP (Cash Back)
CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED (Gaps on Points + Redemption Partners)

Of course the concerns I have are 1) could I pull off all apps, credit last I checked was high 7's and 2) the AF's could easily outweigh the rewards unless I put every one of those cards to full use :)

Like you mentioned in the other post if AMEX combined rewards from Gold and perks from Plat that would be a great help.

I guess I could start with Chase (covers dining which AMEX doesn't and 2 x groceries for when the BCP hits its $6k limit as I spend about $12k or more per year on groceries), BCP and PRG but man would be great if one card covered all wouldn't it ? :)

WC

Z06Biker wrote:It pays (literally and figuratively) to have both the Amex Platinum and SPG card, since - as you correctly noted - the Platinum gives you auto SPG Gold status, which means 2 points per dollar spent at any SPG property. However, with the SPG Amex you get an additional 3 points per dollar spent at SPG properties, which totals 5. This is hugely worth it as long as you:

a) mostly use Starwood properties or eat at their restaurants.
b) find use with their abundance of airline transfer partners, which actually beats that of the Platinum's MR points.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is awesome for filling in the gaps - specifically, all the partner airlines and hotels that Amex/SPG don't reach (Marriott, Priority Club, AmTrak, United Airlines, etc.).

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Postby Wildcat_1 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:49 pm

Z06

Another question if I may. I assume even if I stick with the Platinum route for SPG, by getting the Gold Status and accruing points on it I can still use that complimentary Gold Status to access the SPG partners for reward redemption ? In other words only difference between the free Gold Status with Plat and the SPG Card is the ability to earn more of those points but redemption through SPG partners is the same ?

Thanks

WC

Z06Biker wrote:It pays (literally and figuratively) to have both the Amex Platinum and SPG card, since - as you correctly noted - the Platinum gives you auto SPG Gold status, which means 2 points per dollar spent at any SPG property. However, with the SPG Amex you get an additional 3 points per dollar spent at SPG properties, which totals 5. This is hugely worth it as long as you:

a) mostly use Starwood properties or eat at their restaurants.
b) find use with their abundance of airline transfer partners, which actually beats that of the Platinum's MR points.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is awesome for filling in the gaps - specifically, all the partner airlines and hotels that Amex/SPG don't reach (Marriott, Priority Club, AmTrak, United Airlines, etc.).



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