IF if you have ever in your lifetime received the new card bonus for either card, you cannot get it again. But is there any kind of workaround? Maybe. I say maybe because it is not whether or not you have had the card before that matters its whether AMEX says you have had the card before!
I have a post detailing how you can get American Express to tell you ALL the cards THEY say you have had. You will then have proof that you can do a screen shot with and show whether or not THEY say that you have received or had a card before. That means even if you potentially have in the past held an SPG card you may be able to get this HUGE new card bonus again if they say you did not hold it in the past!
Anther advantage of doing this online chat to learn what cards you have held is that you may not realize you have never had the business version of this card or your wife / +1 may not ever have had the business card before. Yes, anyone can get AMEX business cards, just be honest about your business income. Let’s take for an example that you maybe be buying and selling on Ebay. If you do not make much income from this just put that down as there will be a field for your total income from other sources to prove you can still pay the bill each month.
What about a second business card if you have a second business or if you used your SSN or social security number for your current card. Could you use an EIN number help you get the current bonus. Maybe, but most times new card bonus offers are tied to your social security number. Just know there is a high likelihood of being approved for the card, and then not get the bonus points, if you are using an EIN for a different business than the one (or SSN) you used before. However the credit pull may be worth the risk for this large of a bonus point offer and see what happens. Just know YMMV on this one.
Another good tip if you got this card before is calling or chatting to get a one time bonus to match this higher offer. Most times AMEX does not match current offers if you got a lower offer. But places around the web are reporting that by reaching out customer service reps are offering a “one time” courtesy bonus of 5,000 or 10,000 points if you applied for either the personal or business card within the past year. Spending 5 minutes of your time would well be worth 5 or 10k SPG points!
Lastly another big reason to consider the business card if you have never had it before. Sheraton lounge access. I have on a number of occasions when I was a Gold SPG member been upgraded to the club floor and thus gained access. But with the business SPG card, when staying at a Sheraton hotel, you get access free. Most Sheratons have a very nice spread, even with free drinks at times, in the evening. Some Sheratons club breakfasts are really very good. Just remember this perk is part of holding the SPG business card.
Bottom line this current 35,000 point new card bonus is possibly the last time you will be able to get something this big as we just have no idea what will happen to AMEX SPG cards once the merger with Marriott is completed (Marriott hotel cards are with Chase). You have until the end of the month to apply for either card to get the current bonus offer! – René
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