Amex Premier Rewards Gold 25,000 Sign-up and 10,000 Point Referral Bonus

by on January 16, 2012 · 41 comments

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Update: The Premier Rewards Gold offer has expired. View the current offer here.

For select Premier Rewards Gold cardholders, American Express is offering a 10,000-point bonus when you refer people who get approved for the card through March 15, 2012. This is a 100% bonus from the normal referral bonus of 5,000 points so this is a good way to rack up a bunch of valuable Membership Rewards points. Additionally, the card sign-up bonus offer for each recipient through this promotion is much better than the current public sign-up bonus of 15,000 points for the Premier Rewards Gold: they get 25,000 points after spending $2,000 within three months and the $175 annual fee is waived for the first year. I’ve written about this card many times- check out this post for my rundown of the key benefits.
This is a solid card, so I wouldn’t think twice promoting it- especially to beginners in the points game. For me personally,  the Premier Rewards Gold is one of my workhorse cards – especially for airfare spend (3 points per dollar) and 2 points per dollar on gas and groceries. The card also gives a 15,000 point bonus when you spend $30,000 within a calendar year, so its almost like earning 1.5 points per dollar towards the first $30,000 per year if you can hit that spend level.

To refer someone, use the online form, log into your account and then fill it out with the names and email addresses of your referrals (note- you will get an error if you were not selected for this promotion). For each person who gets approved you get 10,000 Membership Rewards points and a maximum of 500,000 total.

If you want to apply for this offer, but don’t know anyone who can refer you, email me (info at your First and Last name and email address and I’ll send you one of my invites.

The terms do state this is only good for First Time American Express Consumer cardholders, but it then also says “This offer is valid for first-time American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card members only.” My guess is that as long as you haven’t had a Premier Rewards Gold card, you should be eligible for the 25,000 point sign-up bonus.

Terms & Conditions
1. You are eligible to earn 10,000 bonus points for each approved referral, up to a total of 500,000 bonus points. Referrals must be submitted by March 15, 2012, and referred individual(s) must apply by March 31, 2012 and be approved. Please allow 6-8 weeks for bonus points to post to your account after each referred prospect is approved for the Card. Due to the confidential nature of the credit approval process, you will not be notified of whether we approve or decline any application(s) from individual(s) you refer. Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply. Visit or call 1-800-AXP-EARN (297-3276) for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice. Bonus ID 7845.

2. Offer not available to existing consumer American Express Card members. The annual fee for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express will be waived for the first year. Then, the annual fee will be $175 for the Basic Card and up to 5 Additional Cards. The annual fee for the 6th or more Additional Cards will be waived for the first year and then is $35 per year for each Additional Card.

3. Offer not available to existing consumer American Express Card members. To be eligible to get Membership Rewards® bonus points, referred individual(s) must be enrolled in the Membership Rewards program (they will be automatically enrolled in the program upon account approval) and must charge their first $2,000 of purchases on their American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card within 3 months of Card membership. 25,000 Membership Rewards bonus points will be credited to their Membership Rewards account 6-8 weeks after the first $2,000 of purchases appears on their monthly billing statement. This offer is valid for first-time American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card members only. Referred individual(s) are eligible to get bonus points for only one Card account. Additional Card members are not eligible. Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards® program apply. Visit or call 1-800-AXP-EARN (297-3276) for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice. Bonus ID 7704.

4. You understand and agree that the referred individual(s) must apply through an e-mailed link (provided by American Express) by March 31, 2012 and be approved for you to receive the bonus. Due to the confidential nature of the credit approval process, you will not be notified of whether we approve or decline any application(s) from individual(s) you refer. NOTE: Your friend(s) may not receive this e-mail if they have previously “opted out” of receiving e-mail marketing communications from American Express.


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  • PJ

    i am happy to let known: on the last AMEX GPR blitz, amex credited me 3X10K for 3 out of 3 successful referral and finally gave me 2X10K for 2 referreal before I recived the mail announcement on “REFER a AMEX Premier for 10K”

    in addition, I was fighting hard to get the 5th bumped up 75K MR for those 5 cards behind my referal. finally ALL OF 5 got 75 K ; they were not targeted with 75K I acting as account manager called in to get accounts notated : 3 out of 5 came in right away after the SPEND was met 1 was dragged out until about 6 weeks later and last one was a really tough fight.. after I raised voice on them ” 4 other accouts with me as manager got it why not this one with the same promotion code and all of them were approved in about the same week ? ”

    So were you let down? raise the issue with AMEX dont give up

  • PJ

    this is not a joke: since I fully appreicated how good the promotion was for getting amex gold premier with 75K and I could get 10K bonus to boot I sent out invitations to colledge classmates karaok bridge friends with special bonus ” when I get my 10K bonus I send you 100 amazon gift card ” sad to say; no takers… my wife tickled me ” see we have been lucky you were never a marketer … or we would have been starving no $ to send kids to Stanford Upen..”

    Brian would love to hear many of my classmates friends family memeber did use the link here to get their Sapphire Preferred the hit ratio is 1000%

  • Nic

    Brian, although a great card I will hesitate to promoted at 25K. If they get a good pool of applications at this level, they don’t have any incentive to come with 50K or 75K. Plenty of cards out there with better promotions.

  • Eric_sharp_8

    This entire post could have just been one referral hyperlink. Brian, I like your blog a lot when you give tips on how to get better at this game. Posts like this steer many readers away in my opinion.

  • Angela

    Hi Brian, I recently applied and was accepted for this card but it was under the 15K bonus. Do you think I could write AMEX Customer Service and ask for the extra 10K. Obviously, I could have found someone to refer me if I had know…..your advice is appreciated. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    This blog is about maximizing the way to earn and redeem points. The point of this post was to recommend my readers (many of whom have the premier rewards gold card) to get points by referring the card under this special promotion.

    I only added my referral info because this offer is better than the one that I get paid for. Damned if I do and damned if I don’t I suppose.

  • Lark

    I am an AMEX Plat card holder…

    Would they let me sign up for this one?

  • The Deal Mommy

    I logged into my platinum consumer account and found a 50k referral bonus for friends there, but only 5K for myself. I only see 25k available to the public, so you may want to check yours as well. (Don’t want to be a troll, but thought I’m mention if anyone wants 50k for a personal platinum AMEX and can’t find an offer out there, feel free to shoot me a message at my site.

  • The Deal Mommy

    They should.

  • Anonymous

    Agree to an extent, but its been 15k for a while now and Amex has cut back across the board. I surely hope they consider raising it to be more competitive, but 25k and fee waived is pretty good for this card

  • Anonymous

    Dear Brian, I have a question a little off the topic; I got a target offer, Amex Gold Business 50K MR Bonus, spending $5000. Is 50K very good offer right now? I missed the last year’s 100K, so 50K doesn’t seem like a lot…..thanks for your time.

  • PanAm

    I’m a bit torn between the 25K gold and 50K platinum referral offers. Obviously 50K is more points but at a steep fee compared to $0 the first year. The Plat lounge access is great but most of my travel this year will be on DL where I have a SkyClub membership already; already have Global Entry; the $200 fees reimbursement seems to be the only sweetener along with the extra points for me. Anyone else weighing the two that has any thoughts?

    And folks stop whining about blogger referral links – we all know they exist and the good blogs like TPG still tell us when there are better offers… anyway one still has to think independently, referral links or no, as to what is a good deal for them. I’m sure Brian is just out there buying a new yacht with the windfalls from referral links, lol!

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s a good deal since that card has a 0 sign up bonus right now! I wouldn’t hold your breath for 100k

  • Anonymous

    Never hurts to ask!

  • PJ


    correct me if i am wrong here one pice of good news for Amex MR points

    I just spotted MR=Virgin Elevate is one to one transfer and SFO IAD ( WAS) NON STOP RUN requires tiny shy of 15K Elevate points

    >> would this mean to fly around : i do long hauls on Virgin and short ones on BA a wonderful british combination

  • PJ

    I should have volunteered a credit card seminar last fall to promote “Get a AMEX gold Premier for 10K ” during the AMEX MR rain storms. I only referred casually but i went net longer by 50K on 5 out of 5 applications .. can you imagine if I was good enough to talk about 100 people into applying on my referral link ?

    meant to say many ” should have had ” 5K is still a very decent incentive 25K signon offer is not bad after alll how many times in the past you also applied for 25K ?

    a quick reminder: SPG has same 5K incentive and the signon bpnus is also 25K we all know 25K spg points are worth more than 25 K MR

  • PJ

    I bet $1 you will be approved ; i was the other way around got gold first in sep 10 for 50K and grabbed the 100K on platinum with $450 fees

    i also have Blue SPG and authorized user ( account manager) on all my family members’ gold premier card

  • PJ

    i side with Brian; remember the advantage you ALWAYS has SPEND to meet ( big chunk points to flow in ) . if you dont have one and this one can come what is the problem? Getting this one does not take off your chance to get another signon off from Chase or Citi

    pls tell me if you experience differently ; US bank is the only bank ever shot down my application citing ” too many credit card activities with OTHER finanical institutions”

    btw, my credit score has been higher since I joined the hunt ; still well into the EXCELENT range

  • Igor

    “I surely hope they consider raising it to be more competitive, but 25k and fee waived is pretty good for this card ”

    TPG …. I hope you’re kidding. In 2011 …. they were giving out gold card at 75K and Business Gold at 100K. I’d never get this card for anything under 50K.

    I suggest waiting for a better deal. ………….. and I actually hope that you’ll suggest the same to your readers/followers instead of trying to make that extra 10K for yourself. Sorry man … I know we’re all hungry for points, but this is not a good deal.

  • Anonymous

    The 75k last year was never a public offer- it was a targeted offer that everyone was able to convince Amex to extend to them. Those days are long over.

    The business card currently has a 0 point sign up bonus and was only 75k for one day. The Amex Premier Rewards has had a 10-15k sign-up bonus for over a year. Of course I’d like to see a 75k+ public offer, but I don’t believe that is going to happen anytime soon, though I would love to be surprised.

    The bottom line is that this is the best available public offer for a very good card. I don’t care if people use my referral or not (frankly I have more Amex points than I can use), but I still stand by that this is a good deal.

  • Pabsroskell

    Do you know if the 25k bonus is available to gold card supp holders?

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Supplementary cardholders are generally not excluded from sign-up bonuses when they decide to get the card themselves

  • Bonesaz

    Where will the referral code be listed on the Amex site, I can only find one for a 5k point bonus for a referral with no fee, $2000 spend in 3 months and 25k points.

  • Anonymous

    I have a question. How do you get one of those Delta Key chain cards? I saw a photo of one and I have to get one of those cards.

  • Laputians
  • PJ

    Helllllllllllo Brian Can you hear me? :) Can we please hear your official update on Virgin America ?

    I can not believe I see this on the Amex Membership rewards page

    How many Flying Club Miles do you need?
    1,000 Flying Club Miles =
    1,000 Membership Rewards Points

    NO MORE 2:1 as reported by Brian in his last report on Virgin America

    Please refer to and discover how many MR points you need to fly to LAX SFO LAS from other major cities such as BOS JFK FLL MCO etc. Warning: Fasten your seat belt when you check ORD LAX SFO SJD ( Cabo) paid in Elevate points.

    Personally I think Vrigin trumps Southwest big time if I can find out that Virgin also goes with ” Change fees dont fly with us” rule.

    I hope this time my posting is very understandable :)

    Let’s pray to see Amex brings down SPG to MR to 1: 1 ratio from 3:1

    We all know and hope Amex has to catch up with Chase

  • Anonymous

    Flying Club= Virgin Atlantic. I just checked and Virgin America Elevate is still 200 Amex = 100 Elevate.

  • JMSL

    TPG: I got the Platinum card last summer (targeted for 100K), and now that we are in to 2012, I am thinking of getting rid of it since I don’t use most of the benefits and it only earns 1x points.

    I do want to have a MR card, though– either a PRG or Green, I guess. What’s my best strategy here? Should (can?) I get in on this 25K offer for the PRG and then cancel my Platinum? Should I simply have the Plat downgraded to a PRG? What are the implications for my credit report?

    Thanks for any insight!

  • PJ

    YOU ARE CORRECT what a let down thanks

  • PJ

    I was wrong 1 to 1 is for Virgin Atlantic and for VIRGIN AMERICAN still a 2:1

  • Asdfasdf

    those days will be back soon.

  • Asdfasdf

    have another beer?

  • Anonymous

    I hope so!

  • PJ

    wow 10 K on referring a starwood card as well; I was shortchanged and I have not received my 5K yet time to call them again

  • Jason10170
  • Dan

    I’m sure you’ve reported this already somewhere, but I have the same 10k referral bonus appearing for Delta Gold Amex.

  • Dan

    50k offer in my mail box today. $1k spend in 3 months and waived fee…

  • sean

    pj, u till looking for more referrals?

  • derrick dong

    I clicked the link, Referrals must be submitted by February 13, 2012 and referred individual(s) must apply by February 28, 2012
    so the link already expired?

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