Amazing Deal Alert – 75,000 Points For Amex Business Gold

by on June 20, 2012 · 50 comments

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here The current offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is 50,000 points after $5,000 in spend during the first 3 months.

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business.

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.

This is the best Amex Gold offer we’ve seen since February, and you have almost a whole week to apply.

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 Delta SkyMiles Business Gold card.

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.

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  • Wany May

    Higher and higher spending requirement is the de facto trend of these cards in the year 2012.

  • Rob

    Thanks for the tip! The AmEx SPG card is always on my wallet, I value an SPG point at $0.03 at the low end, but I’ve gotten $0.0918 out of the fairly consistently with Cash&Points, so as far as I’m concerned, that’s a 3x card and 5x on SPG properties.

  • nsfw

    We didn’t do this on purpose but it worked.. My wife bought something near the statement date, we were credited with the miles and then she ended up returning the item. It happened it was one of the AA 100,000 mile cards and the spend was a trigger to meet the bonus requirements.
    Anyways, after the return they didn’t take any points away. I believe she didn’t earn any regular miles on AA until she spent what she had already earned miles for. So say if the item was $2,000, she had to spend another $2,000 before she earned more miles.
    So, I bring this up because I wonder if its possible to buy some jewelry at a store with a nice return policy for $10,000+? Get your bonus… Of course keep using the card after the return, but just spend $10,000 over say 6 months to a year instead.

  • Ddawk1504

    What are the real value of 75k American express points/best use of them to get biggest bang for your buck?

  • ad

    What do you put for legal business name?

  • LarryInNYC

    What does “not available to applicants who have had this product or any Business Gold, Green or Platinum Card account within the last 12 months” mean?

    Does it mean you RECEIVED a card in the last 12 months?

    Or does it mean you HAD AN OPEN ACCOUNT for the card in the last 12 months?

    That is, do you have to wait 12 months from last application, or last card closure?

  • J9

    As someone without my own business, how simple is it to sign up for a business card? Also, would it be a damper to my credit score if I applied for the card, got the 75k point bonuses, then canceled the card before I had to pay a fee a year later?

  • nsfw

    It seems like you get a couple point drop when you do this. It also seems to recover in a short period of time.

  • Martin

    I’m in Sweden but I follow you anyway! Do you think this offer would be valid outside of the US? Thanks /Martin

  • The Points Guy

    It means if you’ve had an account open. So even if you got any of those cards 5 years ago and the account was still open within the last year, you’re not eligible.

  • The Points Guy

    You can put your own name and use your own SSN.

  • Guoyuus

    I have a Amex Simply Cash rewards card, am I eligible for this offer?

  • Kathy K

    If I’m approved for this, is there any recommendation on how to go about canceling the gold personal card (which is due for renewal soon)? Do I have to do anything to have the “amex points” recognized under the business card, if I have them under the personal card? what are the major differences between the gold premier and the gold business? Is it primarily that you don’t get 2x for groceries at the business card, and you don’t get 2x for shipping at the personal card? Thanks as always!

  • SkylineSafaris

    Thanks Brian! have been waiting for this – just signed up. I also sent you an email to info@.. can you please respond when you get a chance! Thanks

  • thepointsguy

    Your accounts will automoatically link, so even if you cancel your personal gold, your points will be safe since the Business Gold is enrolled in Membership Rewards.

    Major differences is that business cards have less consumer protections/purchase protection benefits and the business card doesn’t have grocery 2x as you mentioned.

  • thepointsguy

    I don’t see why not

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately not!

  • thepointsguy

    Canceling a card will have a temporary negative effect since you’ll have less available credit and you’ll lose the average age of the account.. but generally not a huge deal as long as you have god credit and pay your bills on time every month

  • thepointsguy

    I’d be conservative and say that its “had an account open” with one of those cards… so based on card closure

  • thepointsguy

    Whatever your new side business name is :-)

  • thepointsguy

    Maximizing transfer bonuses like the recent British Airways 50% and then redeeming for expensive awards.. like 100k roundtrip to South America in business class

  • thepointsguy

    Technically they can take the points back and I’m pretty sure they will in the case of people who do this with large purchases.. then again, it could always slip between the cracks. Ethically it doesn’t feel right to me

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately so :-/

  • Guoyuus

    Thanks for the reply and info!!

  • Ticketace

    Just applied, approved!!! Thanks for the link!

  • PJ

    oh yes have we been spoiled ? Last fall, all members in my family ( except our cat) got 75K MR points for spending $1000 in 3 months last fall 5X75000 plus the 5X10K sign on referral bonus

  • PJ

    3k ( 10 nights booked before the upgrade) to get a weekend night stay at LAX Gateway Sheraton. It is well cheaper than most Motel 6s on this planet.

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  • StockShooter

    Annual fee?

  • Matthewlee07

    Does the expense have to be “business” related? For instance, could I pay 10k of tuition with it, at a 2.3% fee, and still be OK?

  • MW

    TPG – i applied for and received the 75k card feb 29 for one business that I have. And now just received a targeted 100k platinum offer for a 2nd/different business that I have. So the app would be under my SS# but the business is different. Does that still count as having already rec’d the bonus once in the past 12 mos?

  • JayAdvisor

    Approved this evening. $10k in 4 months is definitely doable IF you have actual business expenses.

    I’m lean on Avois. I wish the BA transfer bonus was still going on :(

  • The Points Guy

    Annual fee is $175, waived for first year.

  • The Points Guy

    No, Amex doesn’t really care as long as you’re not doing anything shady. See this related post:

  • Asdf

    Oh, great – we’re about to refi our home mortgage, so me and the wife agreed we would lay off the cards for a few months. Of course, we were planning an Amex for our next card. And our credit is spectacular. Hmmmm. Very tempting. Dilemma.

  • RJ

    tried that with chase saphire and nordtroms and they took points back… even if you spent points immediately they put your account in a deficit. (happened to me) so the next time you earn or transfer points into your account it is credited towards your negative points balance… sucks. you would have to spend them immediately then close account and get a new account number, if possible. i didnt try that.

  • Guest

    What personal card has the best current sign up offer?

  • Kathy K

    Amex declined (saying I had a payment returned on an Amex acct, but customer serv confirmed that no payments were returned), so I’m sure theyd approve on recon. However, I’m getting cold feet on the min. spend. Even using Amazon Payments, gift cards, etc. its still a big haul that I could be earning points on elsewhere. Wondering whether its worth it just to pay the renewal on the Premier Rewards card and not bother with this. U know me — Any thoughts?

  • StockShooterMexCityNow

    (3) cards offering 25K-pts each often
    much much easier $$-wise than
    one card offering 80K-pts…?

  • Mm

    Can you do a 3 card application for the amex gold?

    Is there other cards with amex that you can apply for at the same time?

    Also I got an offer for same card 50,000 for spending $5,000. Which do you think is better?

  • Jackknife

    If I set up the business as a sole proprietorship, can I still request additional cards?

  • dfz

    Does the spend from additional card members add together to help make a minimum spend ($10k), or is it just the primary cardmember / business owner?

  • Asdk

    Just took the plunge – got instant approval. Now, for that $10 spend requirement…well, we *have* been talking about remodeling our bathroom…

  • Dd

    Can I apply if I don’t have a business?

  • Mm

    THEPOINTSGUY any thoughts on what you think is better?

  • LivelyFL

    I received my new AmEx Gold Business card last week (50K points for $2K spending by December 22nd). I just got off the phone with a AmEx representative….trying to get bumped up to 75K points. She said no.

  • Andrew

    Got the card 2 months ago, spent 10K in 2 months, -the best part, the day after I hit the 10K spending minimum, 75000 points were deposited into my membership rewards account.. Have been traveling a ton recently – got the Amex Membership Rewards Balance up to 336,000.

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