50,000 Points for Amex Business Gold Rewards Card

by on September 5, 2012 · 28 comments

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Update: This offer expired on October 29, 2013. View the current offer for the Business Gold Rewards card.

Amex just increased the sign-up bonus on the Business Gold Rewards card up to 50,000 points when you spend $5,000 within the first 3 months of cardmembership. The public sign-up bonus for most of this year has been 0, though they have run a couple very limited offers of 75,000 points, but those required $10,000 in spend. The 50,000 point offer only requires $5,000 and is good until November 26, 2012, so I doubt they will run any more 75,000 offers until then, but you never know!

This card is the business version of the popular Premier Rewards Gold card and offer a similar 3/2/1 spend bonus structure. You earn 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. Restrictions: Points are earned only on eligible purchases. Bonus points limitations apply. The $175 annual fee is waived the first year. Note: The card does have 2.7% in foreign transaction fees so I do not recommend using it for travel outside the US or spend with foreign vendors.

This card card also gives you access to American Express’ Open Savings program, which automatically gives you discounts when you use your card at certain vendors: for example 3% at Hyatt, 5% at Courtyard by Marriott, 10% at Hertz, 5% at Office Max and 5% at Fedex.

You don’t need to have a big corporation to get approved for this card- you can apply with your Social Security Number if you have a sole proprietorship and likely get approved if you have good credit. Check out this post for more info on applying for business cards.

Note: “The bonus offer is not available to applicants who have had this product or any other Business Gold, Green or Platinum Card® account within the last 12 months.” I interpret that to mean Business Green/ Business Platinum card and if you’ve closed either 12 months or more prior, you should be good to go.

The points earned on this card are Membership Rewards points and can be transferred to
Star Alliance: Air Canada Aeroplan, Singapore, All Nippon Airlines
Oneworld: British Airways (current 40% bonus), Iberia, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Skyteam: Delta, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Alitalia, Aeromexico
Other: Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, El Al, Frontier, JetBlue, Hawaiian

Hotels: Starwood, Hilton, Best Western, Jumeirah

Points can also be used for giftcards and Pay With Points (purchasing airfare and hotels at 1 cent per point through Amex Travel), though I personally find the most value from airline transfer partners- especially when their are transfer bonuses, like the current British Airways 40%.


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  • PJ

    not bad 5K with 50K. I am laboring on the one to spend 10K in 4months to get 75K

  • Stckfigure

    “The points earned on this card.. can be transferred to…. Starwood”. Does that mean they become SPG points, and can then be leveraged the same way I use points earned on my SPG Amex?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, they become Starpoints, but unfortunately the Starwood ratio is 3 Amex points per 1 Starpoint.. I wish it was 1:1 or even 2:1!

  • thepointsguy

    Is there still a 75k offer out there?

  • Mcole

    would you mind listing what the transfer ratios are? I’m interested in Hilton, hawaiian air, delta air….

  • thepointsguy

    It depends on the country of your Membership Rewards and if you have a Membership Rewards First card.. but for most airlines its 1:1 (Virgin America 2:1), Starwood 3:1
    Hilton 1: 1.5
    Best Western 1:1
    Jumeirah 23:1

  • Hsmamato2

    I got a similiar deal a few weeks ago- amex gold fee waived 1st year,50k points after I spend 1,000- seemed like a good deal- how do I transfer the points into a starwood account? is there ratio to change them over?

  • thepointsguy

    That’s a pretty good deal. Unfortunately the ratio to transfer to Starwood is a dismal 3:1

  • Hsmsmsto2

    Sorry I should have read the other comments first about the ratio- however, it seems the like the deal they offered me was a lot easier,spending only 1k to get the points…thanks for all the good info!

  • LivelyFL

    Do you know the transfer ratio to Priority Club?

  • thepointsguy

    They no longer transfer to Priority Club

  • Tieudang

    Will I be eligible for the bonus if I already have a personal Amex Gold (not Premier) card?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- the only restriction to getting this bonus is “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product or any other Business Gold, Green or Platinum Card® account within the last 12 months.”

  • LivelyFL

    Oh sorry. I’m thinking of Am Ex Personal Gold. Thanks for pointing it outl

  • LivelyFL

    Ugh. They are not available for the Gold Personal Card. I just checked.

  • PJ

    sit tight the 2 MR= 1 spg will pop up at least once a year

  • PJ

    now to BA Avios is with40% bonus; was better at 50% bonus but 40% is not bad either I did act on it to dodge the imminent annual fees $175 on the GPR card we got last year this time with 75K bonus

  • PJ

    I am sitting on a Platinum Invitation for 100K with FEES and blue for 30K with $500 spend .
    30K is worth $400 travel credit. 80% rebate.

    Since I have both of them, I need to talk a family member to take it . Funny or not, the invitation came in with the right last name but we never had the invited persons with first names on the invitation. This happened last year and I stepped into it to get the 100K on Platinum .

  • PJ

    Late last night I finally hopped on the last Starwood train for 30K sign on bonus ( 5K/6Month spend) plus the referral bonus. this is the 4th starwood card in our family spedning 5K to get 40K SPG points is a great deal .

  • LivelyFL

    I had the 100K Platinum invite in July. I didn’t take it (I took Gold instead). Now I regret it.

  • T3pleShot

    Hi, I am eyeing the Premier Rewards Gold card to maximize on the 2x on grocery spending. Historically, what has been the best offer for this card, does it make sense to wait for a better offer. the current offer seems to be pretty dismal.

  • BunMama

    OPEN no longer gives 5% back on AirTran. Very sad.

  • Brian

    Aside from Starwood, I have to say that their transfer program severely pales compared to the SP.

  • BRLfly

    Has anyone tried to convert their 75k MR pts with $10k spend in 4 months to this offer? Has amex typically allowed this? I would rather allocate that extra $5k spend to another lucrative sign up bonus then just an extra 25k MR pts? Anyone have any thoughts?

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  • Andy

    Does anyone have screenshot of this offer? Thank you.

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