Amazing Deal Alert: Limited Time 75,000 Points For Amex Business Gold Rewards Card

by on March 5, 2013 · 51 comments

in Amazing Deal Alerts, American Express

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here

Offer expired March 8, 2013.

Amex periodically runs 75,000-point limited time offers for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, including one that just went live this morning and will last until Friday, March 8.

The terms of this one are the same as past offers where, in order to get the 75,000-point bonus, you must charge $10,000 of eligible purchases on the card in the first 4 months of cardmembership and the $175 annual fee is waived the first year.

Per the terms and conditions, “to be eligible to receive the bonus points, you must (1) apply for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN using Bonus ID A3TZ prior to termination of this offer, but in no event later than March 8th, 2013,” so in case the landing page with the explicitly stated bonus goes away before March 8, make sure you use it somewhere on your application in order to get all 75,000 points.

Application link and 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. On this card 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.

Transfer Partners

75,000 Membership Rewards can be worth a tremendous amount of value thanks to the program’s 21 airline and hotel transfer partners which include:

Star Alliance:
Air Canada Aeroplan, Singapore, All Nippon Airlines
Oneworld: British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific
Skyteam: Delta, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Alitalia, Aeromexico
Other: Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, El Al, Frontier, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines

Starwood 3:1
Hilton 1: 1.3
Best Western 1:1
Jumeirah 23:1

To read about great ways to maximize Membership Rewards points and why I find them so useful, check out my Top 10 post on reasons I like Membership Rewards cards.

Spending and Qualification

The $10,000 spending requirement might seem a bit high, but if you have a business, you can rack that up in no time usually.  Amex sometimes offers 50,000 points on this card with a lower spending threshold, but the current public offer (and the only previously 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.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 (NOT a personal card) in the last 12 months, you 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 Delta SkyMiles Business Gold card.

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!

Application Day?

I personally like doing app-o-ramas on days when 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 / Plus (50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 months) & British Airways (50,000 after $2,000 in 3 months).

2. Unverified offers as seen on FlyerTalk: Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa or Citi Select AAdvantage American Express for 50,000 miles each (after $3,000 spending in 4 months), or if you need hotel nights the Citi Hilton Reserve with two free nights anywhere after $2,500 spend within 4 months.

3. Amex Premier Rewards Gold:  You may be targeted via’ Card Match tool for an offer of 50,000 points after $1,000 spent within 3 months, with the $175 annual fee waived the first year. Read more here. The current public offer is 25,000 points after $2,000 spent within the first 3 months.

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!

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Trey

    please remind everyone what frequent flyer or hotel programs the 75K AMEX pts. can be transferred to.

  • Marc Hoffmeister

    Keep getting these errors over and over: ‘Currently, our systems are not responding. Please try again later or call/contact us as follows’. Any suggestions?

  • RK

    You say. “So if you’ve OPENED another Amex OPEN business charge card (NOT a personal card) in the last 12 months, you can’t apply for this one.” (Emphasis added.) The terms seem to say that you will not get the bonus if you have HAD such a card within that time period, even if it was opened earlier. Isn’t that right?

  • Marc Hoffmeister

    Turns out it does not like Firefox v19. IE worked fine.

  • jcrotundo

    Hey TPG – does buying gift cards at CVS, Wholefoods, Barns & Noble count toward the spend – especially if I’m buying other products?

  • Mike

    If you already have an Amex account, make sure you are logged out of it and use a different browser from the one you usually use and you should get to the application page.

  • thepointsguy

    Added in, thanks.

  • Vicky

    Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents.

    The above is quoted from the fine print of the application so those who are planning on buying Vanillas or Gift Cards may get unlucky and find out that the spend has been for nothing. Of course all the bloggers will tell you that AMEX don’t know what you purchase, and they may be right, you may get away with it, just don’t go in blindly.

  • Guest

    I read it the same way as you. Seems pretty clear that you would only get the bonus if you don’t already have a Business Amex product, or cancelled any business cards more than 12 months ago.

    TPG: You should reword how you have it, unless Amex, in fact interprets “had” as “opened” (which would seem unlikely). Otherwise a lot of people are going to apply and be disappointed. Anyway, thanks for the info!

  • Lf23

    Amex Platinum card holder for LLC 1. Amex Gold card holder for LLC 2. Both “tied” to my social, but both have separate EINs. Neither one has been opened in the last year, but both are still active. How can I qualify for this promotion?

  • Bundy

    Got it a week ago @ 50k points for 5k spend. Called in and was told it can’t be matched… oh well

  • Jack

    When I click the link it says ending March 14, not March 8?

  • Michael

    I see 3/14 as well

  • Matt

    Got app pending, called recon line and offered to provide any more information they may need. The rep simply said that if they do need more information they will reach out.

    Personal card relationship since 99 (PRG, SPG and Delta). Also have my company’s corporate card as well…not sure if that makes a difference?

  • Eric

    “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.”

    I have a gold CORPORATE card that was issued to me by my employer. Does this disqualify me from the bonus?

  • thepointsguy

    Corporate cards are separate from business so you should be fine

  • RandyP

    Got it, thanks. I had trouble with the AMEX site, after I put in my Name, address and SS#. The site kept getting hung up before I entered my employer info. I got around it by saving my info before clicking the continue button after each screen.

  • Dchen43

    So if I opened a gold business card May 2011 and canceled it May 2012 (10 months ag0), would I be eligible for the sign up bonus?

  • Alpine

    Have you had success, for example, switching between the Amex Business Gold and the Amex Business Delta cards at 12 month intervals while taking advantage of bonus offers AND waiving the first year’s fee every time? I’m worried Amex will notice this behavior on your account…

  • rpm

    Awesome deal! Got instant approval online. Appreciate these posts, TPG. Thanks to them, I got the 100k Amex Plat and now this one. You da man!

  • John

    What if I have the Business Gold Reward card, but for another business entity, different Tax ID, I have? Can I still have the sign on bonus?

  • ran

    Does this require a EIN, or is personal SSN in that field ok?

  • Jason

    Did anyone apply last time and receive the bonus despite purchasing large amounts of vanilla or other prepaid products to meet the minimum spend.

  • Elizabeth

    How do you think Amazon Payments fits into this?

  • thepointsguy

    SSN is okay

  • matt

    Are there any restrictions with transferring Membership Rewards points between business and personal accounts

  • thepointsguy

    They all accrue into one central MR account as long as they are linked

  • Dave L

    Using beans isn’t going to affect your bonus, although there are longterm risks to that approach.

  • thepointsguy

    Pretty sure if you have an existing card you won’t be able to get the bonus per the T&C. Generally only one bonus per person- not EIN

  • Moveplano

    Yes, that’s how i met my min spend. and got the bonus.

  • Moveplano

    It did the last time this offer came around. I put mostly Amazon payments and VR/GC spend.

  • Jeff4jojo

    your had advised in error above regarding using Bluebird and pre paid reloadable cards to meet the minimum spend on this card. the terms and conditions of an eligible spend specifically prohibit this. Am Ex has figured it out apparently. So, I would take that out….it looks like one has to really spend $10,000, no virtual spend.

  • thepointsguy

    Have you 100% confirmed that VR and related spend does not work anymore w Amex?

  • Daisymaysipes

    Ok newbie here…I do have a small business but don’t put that much on credit. If I open a card under my business name is it ok to put personal spending on one? (obviously I’m not going to write those purchases off)

  • Lantean

    honestly, i think you got the better offer. 25k points are not really worth $5k extra spend effort.

  • familyflyers

    I received a target offer for the Personal Platinum Card. 100,000 MR points after a $3K send in 3 months. I used the RSVP code to sign up and was approved instantly but I could not see anything anywhere that mentioned the 100K points. I have the offer I received in the mail. Do I need to be concerned that they will honor this?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes.. I have put personal spend on business cards in the past and I had no issues- I don’t believe they care as long as you pay your bills on time

  • thepointsguy

    I wouldn’t worry about it, but keep the invitation just in case

  • Big Pizza

    Called customer service and was told I MUST have a business in order to apply for this card. Then I used point guy’s link applied online and got instant approval.

    “A confirmation e-mail has been sent and you will receive your new Card by mail at the business address you provided within two business days.Remember, you can always order Additional Cards for your employees simply by calling 1-800-492-3344.”

  • Steve S.

    Question: Does anyone know if having the product in the past 12 months is checked by application date or when the account was closed? For example, I applied for this card in February 2012, but closed it in July. Which date is the applicable one for the past 12 months rule? Thanks.

  • John Wil

    Had same issue. IE worked for me also.

  • Vsr1957

    Thx. man! just read your posting (thank GOD), applied for the Personal PRG and bingo!!! approved instantly for 50K MR, $1K spend and $0 AF 1st yr.

  • Vsr1957

    @Steve S. – your closed out date.

  • Heather

    I did my last churn on Dec 31st and I usually wait 91 days for another one…this is short of that…should I still go for it and apply for other cards as well?

  • dean

    so is it “Stacy” or “Heather”…or neither?? Same question, word-for-word, asked here and on ViewFromTheWing…guessing w/in minutes of each other…

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  • Elizabeth

    I got approved for the card today. Thanks for this!

  • MilesPursuit

    I just bought a VR two days ago with an AMEX.

  • stacey heather

    Stacey Heather…sorry

  • Bundy

    Yeah, But I was probably going to spend that much anyway so it was worth a shot to try and get them to match it…

  • Robby Shields

    I just got my 75,000 bonus miles! I was looking around on Membership Rewards site & I don’t know what the best “deal” is for redeeming them. I could exchange them for 75K Delta Skymiles…but wondering if there is a better use!

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