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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, The Platinum Card from American Express
Earlier this week, I announced a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card of 75,000 points when you spend $10,000 in four months and the $175 annual fee is waived the first year. The offer is only around for another day, and will officially end at 2:00pm ET tomorrow, March 8, 2013.
Application link and Card Details:
Before you apply, remember, per the terms and conditions,“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 Credit Card from American Express or the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express.
Update: The current offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold is 25,000 points after $2,000 in spend during the first 3 months.
Offer expired: March 19, 2013
Like the Premier Rewards Gold card, which is also currently offering a lucrative 50,000-point sign-up bonus, this card has a similar 3/2/1 spend bonus structure where 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.
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, but one of the major reasons is the program’s numerous transfer partners, giving you the ultimate flexibility when redeeming your points.
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
Hilton 1: 1.3
Best Western 1:1
If you are considering doing an app-o-rama to get multiple cards before this offer expires, the other top rewards credit card deals on the market are below, and 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 Visa Signature Card (50,000 after $3,000 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 Creditcards.com’ 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.
Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. The current 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! 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.