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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Platinum Card from American Express. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.
American Express just came out with an offer to earn 75,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you apply for the Amex Business Gold charge card by June 26, 2012, and spend $10,000 within 4 months.
You must apply using Bonus ID A2QQ though the code seems to be automatically factored into the application page. Though this isn’t one of my links and I can’t guarantee you’ll get the 75,000-point sign-up offer, the terms of the offer are explicitly stated on the application, so I don’t think there should be any issues.
Amex hasn’t had too many juicy sign up bonuses lately, and the current public sign-up bonus is 0 points, so this one definitely piqued my interest. I actually got in on a similar one-day deal back in February, which was a great way to boost my Amex Membership Rewards points.
Here are some of the key features of the deal and the card itself:
–Apply by June 26, 2012
-Sign-up bonus: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within 120 days
–Category bonuses: 3x points on airfare, 2x points on purchases in the U.S. for advertising in select media, gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations, and shipping and 1x points on other purchases. Update: Now you will also earn 2x on purchases made with from select computer hardware, software and cloud computing providers.
–$175 annual fee waived for the first year
Though the $10,000 spending requirement is a bit high, I think if you had enough expenses to put on the card, this deal is definitely worth it.
Before you take advantage of this offer, though, the terms state that the “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product or any Business Gold, Green or Platinum Card account within the last 12 months.” So if you’ve opened another Amex OPEN business charge card in the last 12 months, you can’t apply for this one.
However, you should still be able to qualify for this offer if you just have Amex’s personal cards like the Platinum or the Premier Rewards Gold, or Amex’s other business cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Amex or the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express.
Remember, even if you don’t have a major business you can still qualify for business cards like this one though American Express OPEN cards are exclusively for business owners. Most issuers will let you get a business credit card by applying with your own social security number if your business is a sole proprietorship (a business run by one person). Plus, since Amex is going to run a credit check anyway, it should be possible for you to apply for a personal card on the same day if you were considering getting a personal Amex card anyway, so it counts as a single hard credit pull.
As always, if you recently applied for this card and got a lower (if any) sign-up bonus, you can call Amex’s account services department at 877-399-3083 and ask them if they will match the current 75,000-point offer. They’ve gotten a lot stricter about this lately, but it never hurts to ask!
Unfortunately, I can’t apply for this card since I got in on a similar offer back in February, but I do have my eye on two personal American Express cards, the SPG Amex with a 25,000-point sign-up bonus (though hopefully it’ll go up to 30,000 again this summer) and the Mercedes-Benz Platinum card with a 50,000-point sign-up bonus.
Hat tip: Million Mile Secrets. Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.
Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.