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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 Business Credit Card from American Express
Offer expired October 24, 2012.
Today only, American Express is offering a 75,000-point bonus Membership Rewards points when you apply for the Amex Business Gold charge card, and spend $10,000 within 4 months. Every few months, they seem to offer this, so if you haven’t gotten in on it in the past, now’s your chance. I got in on a similar offer back in May, and think it’s a great deal, especially if you leverage it with Membership Rewards transfer partner bonuses like the 50% British Airways one that happened in May as well.
–Apply by October 24, 2012
-Sign-up bonus: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within four months
–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
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 technically 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).
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! 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.