Got a case of wanderlust? Travel a lot for your job? The Starwood Preferred Guest® card from American Express (a Credit Karma marketing partner) could be just the travel companion you're looking for. Since its release, a number of cardholders have recommended it, and for good reason -- the value of its rewards is typically higher than many travel credit cards.
Now, American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have redesigned the card and added more benefits that could further enhance your travel experience. Here are just some of the new perks that come with the card:
- 25,000 Starpoints® signup bonus. Earn 25,000 Starpoints® if you spend $3,000 within the first three months of card ownership. These points can be redeemed for VIP access to exclusive events, gift cards, free flights and more.
- No foreign transaction fees. American Express has removed the 2.7 percent fee you previously had to pay on foreign transactions, so you don't have to worry about that fee when you shop internationally.
- Complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices. Boingo has more than 1,000,000 hotspots worldwide, so this new feature can help you stay connected while you're on the go. Enrollment is required, so you'll need sign up before taking advantage of this benefit.
- Complimentary premium in-room internet access. You can catch up on your favorite Netflix series, check your email and more from the comfort of your hotel room -- your stay at SPG® Participating Hotels comes with free premium internet access.
Remember that these are just the perks that were recently added. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, cardholders also get the features that made the original Starwood Preferred Guest® card great to begin with -- Starpoints® are easy to earn and redeem, and the card comes with numerous other perks, including a Roadside Assistance Hotline, travel accident insurance, extended warranty and purchase protection.
It's important to note that the annual fee has increased from $65 to $95. However, your first year's fee is waived, and these additional perks could make the increase worth paying if you travel frequently.
You should also keep in mind that the Starwood Preferred Guest® is a rewards card, so you may need excellent credit to qualify. You can check your scores on Credit Karma to see where you stand.
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