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

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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 have teamed up with American Express as an Ambassador for its Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. If you are 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!

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WHAT IS THE STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS CREDIT CARD?

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.

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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.

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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 Méridien, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and one of my go-to hotels in Hollywood — The W. Have another hotel or resort in mind? Check out their full list of participating hotels.

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PLAYING TOURIST

This past weekend, David and I decided it’d be fun to play tourist in our own 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.

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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 card here. Terms & conditions apply.

Where in the world are you dying to visit?

Photos by David Potter

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

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140 Comments
  • Denise Fry
    March 8, 2017

    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 ❤

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      It really is! I’ll be honest; it doesn’t look all that fancy from the outside but the inside is breathtaking 🙂

  • The Fashion Folks
    March 8, 2017

    That hotel looks so so pretty, what a gorgeous lobby! And lovely idea to play tourist in your own city! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you hun xx

  • Julia
    March 8, 2017

    Amazing place, love the design and layout of your blog!
    xx

    http://www.julialisblog.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Aww thank you Julia x

  • Leah Ferguson
    March 8, 2017

    Such a beautiful hotel! And your pictures are amazing! Great post!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Leah xx

  • Miranda Sterling
    March 8, 2017

    I always love learning about new credit cards with major travel perks! Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Yay! It’s definitely worth looking into if you travel a lot 🙂

  • Mariann yip
    March 8, 2017

    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 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      That’s amazing babe! Where are you jetting off to?

  • Jenny
    March 8, 2017

    Looks amazing! I love SPG, I collect them religiously. It really pays off!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      So glad to hear it babe!

  • Stella
    March 8, 2017

    My goodness!! This is amazing! What a place and your dress! Interesting system with the card!

    http://www.sugarpopfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you Stella xx

  • Carlie
    March 8, 2017

    First of all these photos are gorgeous!! That chandelier is breathtaking! I also love your dress and think you look so gorgeous!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Carlie! xoxo

  • The title of your post caught my eye, as I used to work for American Express! The Starwood is a popular card, the benefits are amazing. Your photos are (always) gorgeous, oh my goodness! 😀

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      That’s amazing Sam! xx

  • Lucy Hernandez
    March 8, 2017

    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!

    XO

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you love! xoxo

  • Erin
    March 8, 2017

    Oh my god, this place looks INCREDIBLE! W’s are always fabulous though.

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Erin! You’re so right about that — love W’s!

  • That hotel looks amazing! Great photos x

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you Maria! xx

  • Filipa Jackson
    March 8, 2017

    I love spg, we use it wherever we go

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      That’s incredible babe! So happy to hear that xx

  • Nicole
    March 8, 2017

    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!!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Nicole!

  • Jenn Hanft
    March 8, 2017

    I’ve heard such amazing things about Amex cards! I think I might jump the gun and get the SPG. All the perks sound amazing and that hotel is gorg!! Can’t wait til my next trip 🙂

    With love,
    Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

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

  • Miki
    March 8, 2017

    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.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      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

  • Jennifer
    March 8, 2017

    Wow! What a beautiful hotel.
    I’m dying to visit Tokyo. I hope to go there someday. 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you Jennifer! My mom just got back from Tokyo and loved it. I hope I can go visit soon too!

  • Angela
    March 8, 2017

    Love these shots of you! I’ve been dying to visit Greece <3

    Angela | Ohh Angie

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Ah, I would love to visit Greece too! Hopefully one day soon! Thanks darling xx

  • Mercy
    March 9, 2017

    How timely is your post, I’ve actually heard about Amex and Starwood program and this post is giving me more information. Thanks Sharon.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Aww yay! So glad to hear that darling xx

  • Merel van Poorten
    March 9, 2017

    Wow, this place looks stunning. Such a great capture <3

    x Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you!

  • Samantha Mariko
    March 9, 2017

    This credit card sounds so cool, and that there are so many benefits in using it! Glad you enjoyed your quick stay-cation in Hollywood 🙂 sounds fun!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Samantha! It was a ton of fun exploring the city 🙂

  • gail
    March 9, 2017

    I love the Starwood’s hotels! Most of the hotels I have been to were very chic and modern, and I enjoyed my stay very much! Also, love your outfit babe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.thequinoxfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear it darling!

  • Renee
    March 9, 2017

    Amazing city and photos . Kiss
    http://www.therosestrawberry.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Renee! LA definitely has its bits of beauty 🙂

  • Stephanie
    March 9, 2017

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

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

  • Ophalyn
    March 9, 2017

    This is beautiful my gosh! Take me there:)

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you! It is really beautiful there indeed!

  • Shannon
    March 9, 2017

    This is such a great idea & looks like a great way to explore some places for (almost) free! That hotel looks really stunning by the way!

    TFM BLOG

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Yes!!! I love seeing new places and the W in Hollywood was incredible!

  • Sushmitha Gururaj
    March 9, 2017

    How pretty are the interiors of the W hotel?! Love your striped dress, Sharon!
    xo Su
    http://www.missminussized.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      I know right? That’s literally what I thought when I walked in too!

  • Linh Dao
    March 9, 2017

    wow what a beautiful hotel! I love how vibrant the colors are and you look super cute in that dress!

    Linh
    http://www.xcapewithlinh.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Linh! xx

  • Kathryn
    March 9, 2017

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

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

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

  • Rina
    March 9, 2017

    That rewards program sounds awesome! I love playing tourist in my own city too, you discover so many great places that way!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Yes! So much fun right?! I love discovering little gems in my area 🙂

  • Deddeh Howard
    March 9, 2017

    Oh wow!! How did you guys make this place so beautiful!! I’m in love, thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Haha it was already beautiful! The W in Hollywood is simply breathtaking 🙂

  • KUSUM
    March 10, 2017

    I am all about trying credit cards that provide a ton of miles and benefits, need to look into this one. And can we talk about how amazing that hotel looks, wow!!!

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      I am totally the same way babe! xx

  • John
    March 10, 2017

    Beautiful photos! Sounds like this card has some interesting benefits

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you John! It’s literally a traveler’s best companion 😉

  • That hotel is gorgeous! I could use a vacation or even a staycation. Maybe I should plan something for my family and I to do over Spring Break. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      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 🙂

  • Stacy
    March 10, 2017

    I love the W. The post is great and I love getting cards that will give me the most points/miles for my dollars.

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Stacy! You’ll definitely love this card then 🙂

  • Atsuna Matsui
    March 10, 2017

    OOOH THE W HOTEL IS SOO PRETTY! I don’t think I have actually ever been, so I definitely need to check it out. 🙂 I’ve had an AMEX card since 2010.. so nearly a decade now 😛 I really love their service and the miles and benefits they give you!

    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      It really is beautiful! Next time you’re in the Hollywood area, I definitely recommend you check it out 😉 xx

  • Melynda Sorrels
    March 11, 2017

    This site is beautiful! Love the pictures! Looks like I need to go ahead and book that vacation 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you Melynda! Spring is practically here now with daylight savings & warmer weather… I think spring break is calling 😉

  • Sarah
    March 11, 2017

    Beautiful!! Such a fun post.

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Jo
    March 11, 2017

    That sounds like a great point system from American Express! I’ll definitely be looking into those travel benefits. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      It totally is especially if you love traveling! xx

  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    March 11, 2017

    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! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

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

  • Morgan
    March 11, 2017

    This sounds awesome! And that hotel looks gorg- such pretty pics!

    http://www.liliesandlambs.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks love! Btw, totally random but I love your blog name so much! <3

  • “Hello my dearest, thank you for always sharing inspiring posts!!!!

    xx
    Hadasah Love || http://www.styletolove.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thanks darling xx

  • TANIA
    March 12, 2017

    The dress is ideal

    http://www.elespejodetania.es

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you Tania!

  • andrea
    March 12, 2017

    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.

    • Sharon Wu
      March 12, 2017

      Ahh, I love Hilton hotels as well! 🙂

  • Susana
    March 13, 2017

    This is awesome babe!! This is an amazing deal. Great detailed post and gorgeous photos xx

    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com/this-weeks-pick/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thanks Susana! Hope your week is going well xx

  • Rachel R Ritlop
    March 13, 2017

    My father in law is obsessed with his starwoods card! I have the amex gold and enjoy it

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Haha I can totally understand why!

  • Len Parent
    March 13, 2017

    That hotel is absolutely amazing! You look super beautiful as well Babe. What a perfect dress!
    Happy Monday!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thank you so much Len! xo

  • Face to Curls
    March 13, 2017

    The interior of the W Hotel is beautiful! I could use a vacation there now. Those are some great benefits from the American Express Card. I love credit cards where you can get great rewards like these.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      It really is beautiful! I feel like the photos don’t do it justice haha!

  • Julia
    March 13, 2017

    What a great idea to play tourist in your own city and that hotel looks amazing! I love your dress too!
    That sounds like a great credit card too , with a lot of great benefits!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thanks Julia! It was really fun and surprisingly refreshing to play tourist in my city!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye
    March 13, 2017

    This hotel is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Love the hints of pink in the decor!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thank you babe xx

  • Zunera
    March 13, 2017

    Amazing photos! nice place to visit.

    https://zunera-serena.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thank you darling!

  • Candace
    March 13, 2017

    I need to play tourist in my city before I move this summer. You have so much more to do in yours though…haha! That credit card sounds handy to have. I need to look it up to aid in my future travels!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      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

  • What a gorgeous hotel!! I am trying to break into a bit of travel blogging this year and we are hoping to do New Orleans, Vegas, and an Alaskan cruise!!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

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

  • Jessi Malay
    March 13, 2017

    The hotel looks absolutely stunning babe! I’m obsessed with that black and white dress you wore in this post.. so classy and chic at the same time! Hope you have another amazing week babe <3

    XO Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/ootd-recap-4/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Thanks Jessi! It looks more like a navy blue in person but yes! I’m all about nautical stripes for spring 🙂

  • Bryan
    March 13, 2017

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

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Haha I know right?! The pops of purple totally make it very “me” haha 😉

  • gracie
    March 13, 2017

    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 🙂
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      Yay! Glad to hear it! I think you’ll really enjoy the perks of this card 🙂

  • Rachel Vogt
    March 13, 2017

    This place looks so amazing and it’s always so fun playing tourist in your own city.
    xoxo, Rachel
    http://rachelvogttrends.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 13, 2017

      So true! I couldn’t agree more haha 🙂 xx

  • Taislany Gomes
    March 14, 2017

    Wow, the interior of the hotel is stunning!! #InLove

    Thanks for sharing babe!

    Happy Tuesday! Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

    • Sharon Wu
      March 16, 2017

      I am in love too!

  • Josie
    March 14, 2017

    I personally always like to play tourist in my own city. I think there is always so much to see …. the W Hotel looks so luxurious 😉 When managed wisely a credit card can indeed offer amazing perks!

    xo, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 16, 2017

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

  • marcy
    March 15, 2017

    Really need to sign up for this!! Sounds like a great deal and love Starwood hotels!
    This hotels looks so beautiful.

    xoxo
    Marcy

    • Sharon Wu
      March 16, 2017

      It would definitely be great for you since you travel so often!

  • Renee
    March 15, 2017

    Stunning selection . Kiss
    http://www.therosestrawberry.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      March 16, 2017

      Thanks Renee!

  • Bernice
    March 16, 2017

    That’s so cool! I wish I could sign up and redeem some points for my stays!

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/03/16/Why-he-put-a-ring-on-it—from-Michael-Hill

    • Sharon Wu
      March 16, 2017

      Gotta love a credit card where you can get hot perks like this one!

  • Jordan Chapman
    March 17, 2017

    I’ve got the AMEX Delta card and it’s great! I love what they stand for and it’s a great card!
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 19, 2017

      That’s amazing babe! So glad you like it!

  • Debbie Savage
    March 18, 2017

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      March 19, 2017

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by and reading 🙂 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

  • Molly Xiao
    March 19, 2017

    Amazing post lovely!

    http://bit.ly/2mXcYzN

    Molly X

    • Sharon Wu
      March 19, 2017

      Thanks Molly!

  • Adelina
    March 19, 2017

    WOW!! What an amazing amazing post!! You look gorgeous as alway and HECK I need the Starwood preferred guest credit card ASAP! :))

    xx Adelina
    http://www.thecharmingolive.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 19, 2017

      Thank you love! The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is a must-have for avid travelers 🙂

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    April 7, 2017

    This card seems like a must have, Sharon! Great post as always!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2017

      Thanks lovely xx

  • Julie Khuu
    April 24, 2017

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2017

      So glad to hear you love this card too! It really is amazing the travel perks you get from it 🙂

  • ZuneraSerena
    May 14, 2017

    Love to see you post and have fun. Good Luck as Always, stay awesome

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