Amazing Deal Alert: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Gold Rewards Card – Expired

by on September 12, 2012 · 36 comments

in Amazing Deal Alerts, American Express

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Update: 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.

Offer expired on September 12, 2012:

Amex periodically runs 75,000 “one day only” offers for the Business Gold Rewards card and today, September 12, 2012 looks like one of them!

Limited-Time Offer: Get 75,000 bonus points when you spend $10,000 in your first 4 months of Card membership. $175 annual fee waived for the first year. 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.

If you can swing the $10,000 spend requirement, this is a better deal than the recently increased 50,000 points after $5,000 spent within 3 months that is American Express’ best current public offer. If you recently applied for the 50,000 point offer, you can ask Amex to match you to the 75,000 point offer, though within the last year they’ve really clamped down on people switching to offers other than the ones they applied for. Though with all things, it never hurts to ask.

Card Details:

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 as a sole proprietorship and likely get approved if you have good credit and either have a small business or plan to start one. Check out this post for more info on applying for business cards.


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  • Jning5481

    Damn tpg I read it on ft and boom you got it out. Respect.

  • David Guess

    What about if I already have a Platinum Card for one business that I own but want to get in on this deal with the Corp. that I am the CEO of can I do this deal or regardless of the different companies?

  • llcooljayce

    Is this a US only offer? I’m in Canada and would love this deal if it meant that I could transfer 1:1 with either Aeroplan or Avios…

  • thepointsguy

    US only, unfortunately

  • thepointsguy

    My understanding is that as long as you haven’t had a Business Platinum, you should be eligible for this offer. Id call and verify that information though just to be sure

  • Amy

    Has anyone had luck submitting this application? Each time I try I get the error message “Please make sure all required fields are complete and valid.” However, there is no indication that any field is not valid and I’ve checked every single thing multiple times and can’t find anything that could be causing the issue. (Unless my SSN is not a valid Federal Tax ID # with the 2 boxes on the application instead of 1?)

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  • Lively

    Hmmm. They had a 75K sign-up on Aug 8th (my birthday). Now one on Sept 12th. I wonder if this is a once a month thang.

  • Me

    Don’t input anything in the Tax ID field…the 2nd page will have a place for your SS#.

  • davep

    I’ve been trying for the last half hour and keep getting “Currently, our systems are not responding.”

  • thepointsguy

    Amex has a weird issue that if you are logged into your account, it will give you that error. Log out and try it or use a different browser and it should work.

  • Mark Fink

    Can I purchase, as an extreme case, $10,000 in Amex gift cards to make my minimum spend? If so, can I then redeem those cards using my wife’s Quicken GoPayment credit card account? (And vice versa, since I have a GoPayment account as well.) That way, we would be able to quickly meet the minimum spend, then have the cash in our accounts to pay the bill, less the 2.7% processing fee GoPayment charges. Worst case, for a total of $20,000 in spend, it would cost us $540 in fees, or $0.0036 per point.

  • thepointsguy

    $546 for 20,000 points is 2.7 cents per point- not very good, in my opinion. Then again you are also getting 150k bonus points so I can see why this would be attractive, though I’d recommend cheaper ways to create spend, like Amazon Payments and Venmo.

    But if needed, you should be able to do that, but Quicken GoPayment may have rules about “paying” yourself, so you might violate their T&C. I’d double check to be sure.

  • Mark Fink

    Actually, I got the math wrong, as you implied. I’d be getting 20,000 plus the 150,000 for a total of 170,000 points. That comes to .32 cents per point. The only reason I’m looking into this is I just signed up for a couple of Chase cards to get points and have minimum spends in the next three months for them. I can’t meet those AND the Amex ones.

    As to “paying myself”, that’s why I would “spend” my cards using my wife’s GoPayment, and she would “spend” hers on my account. However, I’ll double check the T&C just to be sure.

  • Mark Fink

    Just got off the phone with GoPayment – they have no problem with me processing Amex gift cards from my wife. Therefore, no problem with her processing mine. Sweet!

  • David Guess

    I have a business Platinum for one company but wondering if I opened another acccount for the other company under a different tax ID # if it would qualify.

  • Brabbit

    So after 10,000 in spend, you would earn 10,000 base points and then receive a bonus of 75,000 for a total of 85,000 total points?

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- potentially even more than 10k base points if you spend in the 3/2 bonus

  • thepointsguy

    My guess would be no since you have a business platinum registered already and the rules state you can’t get the 75k if you have business platinum. But I’d call and ask- if they say you’re eligible- have them notate your account in case it doesn’t post



    The T&C’s say not eligible if you had a gold or platinum business cad in the last year.
    If my wife was an additional user on MY business Gold card during the last year does that mean she cannot get this bonus if she applies for her OWN business gold card?

    Or since it would be her own she could get the bonus?
    Let me know ASAP as I only have the rest of the day to do this.


  • Jordan Godbey

    I had the same issue on a mac with Chrome. I switched over to a PC with IE and it worked for me, and I got approved!

  • marc

    What do 75,000 points get me? I’m not too familiar with how AMEX points work. Thanks.

  • Nhoc Quay

    Careful, AMEX gift cards might not count toward the minium spend.

  • Mark Fink

    The T&C says “Eligible purchases are purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits, and do not include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of reloadable prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents.”

    I followed that up with a phone call to Amex, and confirmed that gift cards don’t qualify toward the minimum spend. I’ll have to let this one slip by…

  • Mark Fink

    Posted a reply, but don’t know where it went… According to their terms, and with a follow up call to Amex, you’re right, gift cards DON’T count toward the minimum spend. Oh well…

  • thrashsoundly

    I disagree that this deal is better than the 50K for 5K spend offer. Sure an extra 25K MR is nice, but I could use that extra 5K spend for multiple bonuses on other cards. Unless you have a high spending threshold, I think the 75K offer is overrated and not worth it.

  • Mksheth

    When I select “yes” for “are you already a cardmember” it gives me a system is not responding, call to apply message….hmmm

  • James Jones

    Original submission ran into some trouble but after I called in I was approved within 5 minutes. Putting things into perspective- even if you had no purchases you could prepay your incme tax and spend $270 for a $10K prepayment, assuming you need to make a large estimated tax payment or a property tax payment.. If you can spend $5K, then only a $5K tax payment is needed for $135. Thus, the extra $5K spend requirement would cost $135 but get you $250 more cmpared to the previous offer.

  • sophiemish

    Darn, I missed it! Please continue to post this promotion when it’s available. Love this site!

  • Upnorth

    Just got the deal now – had the problem of systems down when logged in, but it worked when I logged out.

  • davep

    Didn’t get instant approval, but got approved early this morning. Actually, my wife did as I just got a Gold Rewards a couple months ago. Interesting thing is that she already has a Business Gold Rewards for another of our businesses, but has had it for awhile. I guess they don’t mind you have more than one, just can’t get more than one a year. Different business with different tax id, but same ssn so they know how many we have.

  • davep

    And – Thanks TPG!!!

  • lindingh

    I signed up for this offer back in May, made the spend and never got the points. Amex started an inquiry for me and I just received a letter stating they have no record of this “Membership Rewards offer being made to you” HELP!!

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  • Carole Zoom

    i applied and was approved on the one day 75000 offer on 9/12/12, and kept screenshots of my application and offer. but when they had me sign the agreement they put in only 50000 reward points and i didn’t catch it so they are not honoring the 75000. i am furious at AMEX but i do suggest folks going through the applications, no matter what link you use, read and reread your entire contract before signing.

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