An all-new SPG Credit Card from American Express for Canadians

| December 17, 2009 | 5 Comments

beachpiggybankforamex An all new SPG Credit Card from American Express for Canadians

SPG reveals the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express...

Update (March 31, 2010) — It’s here—and according to American Express—more rewarding than ever! The new SPG Credit Card from American Express is now in Canada. Along with a number of travel benefits, the SPG Credit Card from American Express provides you with the only way to earn Starpoints on a credit card in Canada. Check out our post on the new card here.


The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program and American Express have just announced a new credit card for Canadian residents: the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Starwood runs the Sheraton, W and Westin chains, among others, but its array of branded credit cards give you a lot more in the way of options for redeeming points than just hotel stays.

The new card will launch in the first few months of 2010 and will provide new benefits, including an accelerated points-earning feature. While it’s still too early to share all of the details, Starwood has posted a few of the benefits:

  • 1 Starpoint earned for every C$1 in purchases charged to the Card
  • Earn 10,000 Starpoints upon sign-up—enough for up to three FREE nights

According to Starwood, the full range of benefits will be announced soon at their site.

amex card1 An all new SPG Credit Card from American Express for CanadiansExisting Starwood MasterCard members will continue to earn Starpoints on their Starwood Preferred Guest MasterCard from MBNA until February 28, 2010, after which time MBNA will send you a new MBNA credit card. You will not earn Starpoints with this card. If you want to continue to earn Starpoints, you will need to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Applications for the new card will begin to be accepted in early 2010.

More information can be found here.


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  1. Compared with the MBNA SPG card, this card looks better in terms of Starpoints. You you get a one-to-one dollar to point conversion regardless of spending. There doesn’t appear to be a limit. 10,000 bonus points to start will be nice too.

    Hopefully, it will be structured like the US SPG American Express, where you’ll actually get a ‘bonus’ at 30,000 points by achieving ‘Gold’ status—good if you stay at Starwood properties.

    Only downside is that it is American Express, which isn’t as widely accepted as Visa or MasterCard.

  2. Patty says:


    Me and my hubby are also preparing for our first time world trip next year. Right now we are looking into the best options for the travel credit card.

    We end up opening a TD bank select account, it requires 5K minimum balance in the account otherwise it’s 24.95 per month. If you have 5K in the account all the time, you get TD first class infinite travel Visa card, US dollar visa card, US daily interest account all free of charge. The biggest bonus is that is has free ATM charges if we travel oversea and need to take out money anytime. The transaction fee is waived if I keep the 5K balance as always. The visa card itself comes with medical insurance (8 days), trip cancellation, baggage insurance..etc.

    Even though we have to keep 5K in the bank but it’s good as emergency backup later. And the points with the travel card can be redeemed for the flights/hotel…etc. So far it’s the best one I’ve seen.

  3. Danny says:


    Rather than using credit cards, my approach was to save and simultaneously take long service leave. I took leave at half pay meaning I had almost six months of income. This allowed me time to travel slowly and also find work to pay for accommodation and food. It was well worth the effort. I now have a good job with a local work permit and I still can travel within the country I currently work in.

  4. Mathieu says:


    Danny, that is interesting! Credit cards when traveling can be a saving, particularly when you move through different countries. So obtaining a card that meets your needs and is efficient is what is necessary.

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