Apart from staying at Starwood hotels, the only other major source of SPG points in through the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card from Amex and Starwood preferred Guest Business credit card from Amex.
These cards come with an annual fee of $95 and it was due on our personal Starwood Preferred Guest Credit card. Since Marriott and SPG are going through a merger, the future of this card is not very certain. So, I called the number on the back of the card and asked to be connected to the “Membership consulting” department.
I explained the concern to the agent and was immediately offered 10,000 Starpoints as the retention bonus, I asked if there are any better offers available and was told that this is the best offer available, and immediately checked Flyertalk if there are any better offers available and found that this is the best offer in the recent past.
I accepted the offer and the bonus points posted with in a couple of business days. This is a nice offer for $95 and could easily worth double that money. Not to forget the Amex offers you could take advantage of with each card.