UBER + SPG combo on top of AMEX Membership Rewards = #WINNING!

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Talk about perfect timing. With the value of Delta SkyRubles going down and down each day, I find myself shifting to save much more valuable points like SPG StarPoints and AMEX Membership Rewards points from cards like the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card. Both points are valuable on their own and have tons of transfer partners.

This latest cross company tie-in is really rewarding much like Delta’s Crossover Rewards. As you can see from the screen shot to THIS SIGN-UP LINK at SPG everyone who is an SPG member a.k.a. a “preferred” member can get 2x points per dollar spent on a stay that is a “paid an eligible rate“. Then 3x for Gold or Platinum SPG members and lastly 4x for those who stay 75+ nights. But more on the points in a bit. First the sign up (note: if you are not a member you can get $20 credit HERE).

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You want to, before you use the link, check to make sure your last name spelling and your email for both your SPG and your UBER are the same or you will get an error. Once they are checked then you can go to the next step.

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Once you have signed in to SPG you can then “link” the two accounts.

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You are giving a bunch of rights to both companies, but that is how they are tracking and doing all of this. Plus, keep in mind they are not doing this just because they love giving away points – no they are harvesting data for advertising and working to drive your lodging choices and behavior.

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So now you are all set to enjoy, without thinking about it, more (BONUS) SPG points when:

“Uber ride pick-up time occurs at any time between the date you check-in for such Stay (any time between 12AM through 11:59PM local time on such date) through the date you check-out from such Stay (12:00AM through 11:59PM local time on such date).”

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So 1 point standard, bonus during stays, but you are not done yet. Notice this promo does NOT require you to have or pay for your UBER ride with an AMEX SPG card and you really shouldn’t anyway. Here is why. Qualifying Membership Rewards cards pay 2x Membership Rewards points.

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So, once you enter that card as your default payment choice you are earning 2-4x SPG points during your stay AND on top of that 2x Membership Rewards points. That is an amazing set of points perks. And this gets better.

If you get the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card, or even for say your wife / +1 the add on user card, both can get FREE, as long as they hold the card, SPG GOLD status as a perk of card membership. Not only does this card qualify as a 2x UBER earner but bumping you up to SPG GOLD gets you 3x from them (plus all the other perks of being SPG GOLD).

I am really thrilled about all these cross company promotions and bet we will see more and more as time goes by – these are great ideas and great deals for points enthusiasts! – René
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15 comments

  1. My understanding from reading other blogs is that you definitely need to have at least 1 stay at a Starwood hotel to activate this promotion. And the stays you get by just having the SPG Amex don’t count.

    As for the detail about the email address having to be the same I find that a not very smart part of this promo. I use my business email on my Uber account because it sends me the receipts to my company’s email so it is easy for me to expense. And I use my personal email on my SPG account. Guess what? I could not link my accounts. Go figure.

  2. Bob is correct – section 2.2 in the T&C you posted.

    You earn one point at all times, but more during a stay (depending on elite level).

  3. @Kevin @Bob – I stand corrected. Even BETTER! 🙂 Also even better Gary View from the Wing posts that even an award stay will count as your at least 1 stay needed! This is the way to have a promotion. Really sweet.

  4. I use this promotion all the time…but I not only have my SPG and Uner accounts linked, but I now use my Citi ThankYou Premier card for Uber payment in my Uber account–since that earns 3x points vs the mere 2x points from Amex MR (or 2x points from Chase UR). I’m not sure why everyone is so excited about the Amex MR bonus since the Chase Sapphire Preferred also gives 2x points for all travel and Chase UR points are generally more valuable and useful for more awards than MR.

  5. If you use Amex Everyday Preferred, you can earn 3X Membership Rewards points if you hit the 30 transaction threshold in a billing statement(50% more points).

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