Exploring My City with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express


***Special thanks to Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***

With Spring break right around the corner, I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling up for a nice getaway, even if it’s just a quick staycation. I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with American Express as an Ambassador for its Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. If you’re a rewards junkie like me, you’ll love this Card — especially if you sign up now through April 5, 2017, because you can earn up to 35K Starpoints!

What is the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express?

The SPG Amex Credit Card allows you to rack up Starpoints that you can redeem for reward nights at hotels and resorts in the SPG Program, as well as complimentary premium Wi-Fi access. Additionally, the Card doesn’t incur any foreign exchange fees, allowing Card Members to truly enjoy worry-free international travel.

How Does It Work?

New card members who sign up now and until April 5, 2017, can earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints when they meet the minimum purchase requirements:

– Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after using your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.

– Earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints after making an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months.

Learn more about the offer here!

Once you get the card, you can redeem Starpoints for reward nights starting at 2,000 points a night at one of 1,300 participating SPG hotels & resorts in over 100 countries.

Where Can I Use It?

There are a plethora of participating hotels in the SPG program. Whether you enjoy traveling locally or venturing off to new places, this card will come in handy. Some of my favorite locations that are part of the program include Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le MΓ©ridien, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and one of my go-to hotels in Hollywood — The W.

Have another hotel or resort in mind? Check out theirΒ full list of participating hotels.

How I’m Playing Tourist With My SPG Amex Card

This past weekend, David and I decided it’d be fun to play tourist in our city. We started our adventure at the W Hollywood. This is one of my favorite places to “escape” to because it’s in a central spot. And did I mention that their lobby is totally Insta-worthy?! For those new to the Hollywood area, there are plenty of fun things to see and do in the vicinity. Of course, there’s the infamous Hollywood Boulevard where all the hustle and bustle happens. If you’re up for a 15-minute drive, the Griffith Observatory is worth checking out. This iconic locale features a gorgeous overlook of Los Angeles.

Planning on traveling more in the warmer months coming up? Learn more about the benefits the SPG Amex Credit Card has to offer and apply for the cardΒ here. Terms & conditions apply.

Where in the world are you dying to visit?

Photos by David Potter

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  1. Omg the W Hotel in Hollywood is soooo pretty on the inside! I only passed it on the outside when I was visiting and it looked so ordinary haha. I’ll be traveling more in the coming months so will definitely look into getting this card! Thanks for sharing ❀

    1. It really is! I’ll be honest; it doesn’t look all that fancy from the outside but the inside is breathtaking πŸ™‚

  2. I always love learning about new credit cards with major travel perks! Thanks for sharing this one πŸ™‚

  3. Wow that hotel looks amazing! I really want to take a spring break vacation so I’ll look into both the card and the hotel! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  4. Wow lady, your imagery is incredible! This hotel looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the idea of a staycation. I used to have a Starwood card and just never educated myself on all the benefits, kicking myself now! Def going to check them out again!


  5. Wow! Great post. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and your pictures are so on point. I enjoyed reading!! Now I want to take a trip!!

    1. Yes!!! Gotta love credit cards with major perks, especially travel ones with spring/summer coming up xx

  6. First off, I love your photos! That spot is totally instagrammable. Tom and I were just in that area 2 weekends ago watching a magic show at the huge Pantages(?) theatre. I have been a Starwoods Preferred Member for I think around 14 years. This point system sounds amazing. As an avid traveller and jetsetter who basically leaves the city around twice a month or more, I love a good credit card with perks. I’ll look into this one.


    1. Thanks Miki! It really is a really Instagrammable shot haha. That’s amazing how you’ve been such a long-time Starwood Preferred Member! I bet you’ve racked up a lot of points already haha

  7. This sounds like a great credit card deal. You can gain some serious points for some awesome trips using it! I wish I could go to California right now. I hope by next year to do a month-long trip up and down the coast to visit all my blogger friends!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    1. Thanks Stephanie! You need to visit California soon for sure! The weather has been great lately πŸ™‚ Getting warmer in time for spring, finally!

  8. These photos are amazing – you look beautiful, girlie, and the hotel is so elegant! The little pops of purple color just get me.

    Kathryn β€’ simplykk.com

    1. Thanks Kathryn! I knew I loved this hotel the moment I walked in because of all the purple too LOL (my fave color)!

    1. I totally feel you girl! Even staycations can be really relaxing. I hope you and your family get to go somewhere exciting this spring break πŸ™‚

    1. It really is beautiful! Next time you’re in the Hollywood area, I definitely recommend you check it out πŸ˜‰ xx

    1. Thank you Melynda! Spring is practically here now with daylight savings & warmer weather… I think spring break is calling πŸ˜‰

  9. Oh dear, my secret is revealed, but then again, you outed it first. I’m a huge reward junkie and I don’t know if these Starpoints are available in Europe, but I’ll have to check with American Express. Right now my American Express is connected to my frequent flyer program so yeah, I’m a mileage junkie at the moment, but this sounds amazing with the hotels! πŸ™‚


    1. Lol! My dream is to travel with you one day Thomas! I think my dad would enjoy it too LOL! Your #1 fan πŸ˜‰

  10. I was a Hilton gal forever. But I have to say Starwood properties are just stunning. I love staying at these properties and the amenities are out of sight.

    1. Where are you moving to girl!? Haha it seems like a lot of people I know are moving for some reason! I’ll be moving next month too but just 2 hours away haha x

    1. I am trying to do the same thing! Would really love to incorporate more travel on my blog as well πŸ™‚ Happy traveling darling x

    1. Thanks Jessi! It looks more like a navy blue in person but yes! I’m all about nautical stripes for spring πŸ™‚

  11. The stunning setting of the W Lobby definitely suits you! The SPG AMEX is a must get card for any churner!

  12. Thank you for sharing this great tip. I use my American Express for so much because I am all about the points. I am always looking for specials and deals to help with the high expense of traveling ( considering its my favorite thing to do ) . I am going to have to check out this offer πŸ™‚
    xx, gracie

    1. So glad to hear I’m not the only one! Haha gotta keep things exciting even in your hometown you know? πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Sharon! You look lovely as always! Thank you so much for explaining the many benefits! And congrats on being an ambassador! The hotel looks absolutely gorgeous! Albert, my husband and I are not native Orange County peeps and their are many many many times we feel like tourists in our own hood! Los Angeles is such a fun and lively area too and it would be so fun to explore LA too!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by and reading πŸ™‚ The W is absolutely gorgeous and worthy of checking out if you’re in the Hollywood area. I love Orange County! It’s like LA but a bit less congested to me haha

  14. I have the Amex SPG and I friggin couldn’t agree more babe! Racking points up is so easy especially when I purchase for my clients on my card, lol. Win-win! Stayed the entire time at the Westin Tokyo on my recent vacay to Japan for FREEEEEEE! Can’t beat that ;D

    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back for my latest!

    Xx- Julie
    Haute Khuuture Blog | Instagram

    1. So glad to hear you love this card too! It really is amazing the travel perks you get from it πŸ™‚

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