This deal has ended.
Through 9/3, the American Express Starwood Card, one of my go-to cards, is now offering 30,000 Starpoints via this link, 5,000 more than normal. You'll get 10,000 bonus points after using it once, then another 20,000 bonus after spending $5,000 within six months, plus 1 point per $1 spent, so you'll actually have 35,000 total in your account. Starpoints can be very valuable and are worth much more than $0.01 each. They can be attractively redeemed at Starwood family hotels (Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis, etc.) and can be easily transferred at a 1.25:1 ratio to most major airlines (20,000 Starpoints = 25,000 miles). The card won SmarterTravel's Award for "Best Travel Rewards Card" this past year. For more details, read my longer analysis of 10 reasons to get an Amex Starwood card. Plus, with this offer, the $65 annual fee is waived for the first year. Note: if you have a business, double-down and get two bonuses via this similar Starwood business card offer.