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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, The Platinum Card from American Express, The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN
On the heels of increased offers for the Premier Rewards Gold and Delta Amex, American Express is upping the signup bonus on the Business Platinum Card to 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months of cardmembership- up from the most recent bonus of 0 points. It is possible to get both a personal and business Amex card in the same day, but in my most recent experience, it will still be two credit pulls. Still could be worth it, since these bonuses are much better than normal.
New offer details:
You might not think 25,000 Membership Rewards points is much, but the bonus offer on this card is usually at a dismal 0 points, so this is a big improvement on that, while not as high as very limited-time targeted offers of up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points that some people have reported getting (or as good as the limited-time 100,000-point sign-up bonus on the personal card from back in January). Still, if you’ve been thinking about getting this card, now might be a good time to do so since this size bonus is only offered periodically and the last time it was around was back in October 2012, and before that in February 2012 I’ve actually been meaning to switch to a Business Platinum card, because it comes with more perks than the personal version including a 20% rebate when using Pay With Points (so each point is worth 1.25 cents), which is no longer offered on the personal Platinum Card (except for some recently opened accounts, in which case it has been extended just until October 2013).
The Business Platinum card comes with the same core benefits as the personal Platinum Card, which I outline in this post, but which include among others: –Annual $200 airline rebate –Airport Lounge Access –Free Global Entry ($100) -Automatic Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status –Fine Hotels & Resorts Program –Premium Companion Ticket Benefit -Purchase Protection And more, which all help make the $450 annual fee more than worth it.
Just note, the terms and conditions state “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product or any other Business Gold or Green Card account within the last 12 months”. I got the Business Gold last February, and I know many of you have gotten in on limited-time and one-day offers on the Business Gold when the sign-up bonus was raised to 75,000 points like the one last month, so technically we wouldn’t be eligible for this sign-up bonus. However, I’ve heard of people still getting Amex bonuses even when they technically don’t qualify, so you never really know, though Amex has been getting very strict with sign-up bonus qualification.
With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards