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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
Amex periodically runs 75,000-point limited time offers for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN using Bonus ID A3P6 prior to termination of this offer, but in no event later than January 28th, 2013, and (2) charge $10,000 of eligible purchases on the Business Gold Rewards Card in the first 4 months of Card membership. Generally the Bonus ID is coded into the application, but it is always good to take screenshots of your application anyway in case Amex says you didn’t apply for that bonus.
If you can swing the $10,000 spend requirement, this is a great deal. Amex sometimes offers 50,000 points with a lower threshold, but the current offer (the only one available to me in the affiliate network) is a measly 0 points, so I’d say 75,000 is pretty good! While $10,000 spend in 4 months is a little steep, if you can swing leveraging Bluebird or other prepaid cards to generate spend, it may not be as hard as you think.
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. 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.
I personally like doing app-o-ramas on days when super limited time offers are available, so if you’ve been planning one- you may want to do one before this offer expires. In my opinion, the other top rewards credit card deals on the market are below- you can always check the Top Deals
page for more info: 1) Chase: Ink Bold
(50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 months) & British Airways
(50,000 after $1,000 in three months, 25,000 more after $10,000 and 25,000 more after $20,000) 2) Citi AA 50,000 offers
(Two in one day for 100,000 AA miles and 1 hard credit hit), or if you need hotel nights the Citi Hilton Reserve
with two free nights anywhere after $2,500 spend within 4 months. 3) Amex Mercedes-Benz Platinum
: 50,000 points Just make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew and you can meet the minimum spend requirements for all of the cards you apply for!