Amazing Deal Alert: Limited Time Amex Business Gold Rewards 50,000 Points Bonus Offer

by on April 16, 2013 · 28 comments

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

Offer Expired: October 25, 2013

The current public offer for the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express carries no bonus or spending requirements, but for a limited time, American Express is offering new cardholders 50,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months and the $175 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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Every so often, American Express offers limited-time bonuses on this card that last anywhere from a day to a few weeks. Most recently, the bonus was 75,000 points when you spent $10,000 in 4 months back in March (I personally got in on one of the 75,000-point offers back last February) so if you’re not dying to get this card right now, it could be worth waiting for a higher bonus. On the other hand, while 50,000 points isn’t as attractive as 75,000 points, the fact that the spending requirement is just half might be a major consideration for you.

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 Amex or the Delta SkyMiles Business Gold card.

Like the Premier Rewards Gold card, 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. Update: Now you will also earn 2x on purchases made with from select computer hardware, software and cloud computing providers.

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). Plus, since Amex is going to run a credit check anyway, it should be possible for you to apply for a personal card on the same day if you were considering getting a personal Amex card anyway, so it counts as a single hard credit pull.

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 50,000-point offer. They’ve gotten a lot stricter about this lately, but it never hurts to ask!

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.

Transfer Partners

50,000 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

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 on my Top Deals page.

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  • ZJ

    ZJNote that I just read in my statement that effective this summer Marriott, Dun & Bradstreet, and MS Store are no longer part of the OPEN savings program.

  • Scott Elowitz

    The mention that if you “opened” an other Amex OPEN business card in the last 12 months you can’t apply for this one. What if you have another business card like platinum but it was “opened” more than a year ago?

  • Matthew McColm

    I did the 75,000 in jan , just got the points this month! great deals.

  • Tom

    Do you lose your points if you cancel before your membership fee hits?

  • Matthew McColm

    you should not

  • disqust101

    What’s “amazing” about a 50K offer? They have them regularly. Last good offer was for 75K MR bonus.

  • disqust101

    Er, should be self explanatory…

  • Destination360

    just attempted to sign up with online form and your referral code. the form wouldn’t submit so i called them and they said the form is having problems so they took it over the phone. Sorry no referral but it was approved.

  • Destination360

    yes they told me you lose points if you cancel. i would open another at 11months under another company and transfer points before cancelling card.

  • thepointsguy

    No worries- glad you got in on it!

  • thepointsguy

    50k Amex points on a card that has no annual fee the first year is “amazing” to me. Just because they run these in the past doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to do so in the future. Delta/Amex used to run frequent transfer bonuses and many people got used to to them and held out for a bigger bonus and now there hasn’t been on in over a year.

    I mentioned the 75k offer in my post (I got in on that one personally), but the spend threshold is $10,000, which is too much for some people.

  • thepointsguy

    As long as you transfer them out or maintain another Membership Rewards card, you won’t lose the points if you cancel your card

  • thepointsguy

    Nice! Now let’s just hope for a decent transfer bonus sometime soon!

  • thepointsguy

    You should be fine, but I’d call Amex to verify your eligibility

  • thepointsguy
  • Adam

    I recently signed up for the Match Tool at to get the 50l points Amex Premier Rewards Gold card and the 45k points Gold Delta Skymiles card. Would I be eligible for this Amex Business Gold Rewards card too?

  • Matthew McColm

    im saving ALL my AMEX MR points for a trip to Bora Bora in a couple years for my 10y wedding anniversary Any tips on this? I also have SPG points.

  • DC

    I messaged Amex because I closed my Business Gold Card 5/4/12 (Opened ~ April 2011) and was told Amex is counting it from the date you last had the card so in my case I wouldn’t be eligible for a Amex business sign up bonus until after 5/4/13. So it sounds like Amex is not counting down the 365 days from when you “opened” your Amex but rather from when you “closed” it!

  • Billy D

    My mother is 87 years old and has 52,000 MR points and only flies United; don’t ask me why; I’m just happy she flies now; she doesn’t have any Mileage Plus miles left; is there a way, some way, shape or form of tranferring those points to her United her account or do I have to use a Star Alliance parter like Aero Plan/Air Canada to book her tickets or try and do something on I tried to ask Amex if they would allow her to transfer the points to my MR account since I have enough miles to combine with her to send her first class to Europe in June for her birthday but they said no; Thanks

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  • rid021

    I already have a AMEX premier reward gold card. Are you saying if I get this card and cancel before the fees, but keep my original AMEX I can keep the points? Can points be revoked or canceled after they have been transferred to another program?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes. The only prohibition is 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.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes as long as you have one MR card open you keep the points. They don’t revoke points – at least I’ve never heard them do so

  • Ed

    I work for a company that reimburses me for all my work-related travel expenses (I travel a bunch domestically). Can I explain this situation to apply for this business CC and/or SPG business Amex? Does wanting to separate work-reimbursed and personal expenses work as a valid reason to get a business card?

  • barry

    the T&C states no points awarded for GC purchases.What about these purchases in CVS. I buy vanilla cards there and it is coded as a CVS purchase. Would this apply for the spend requirement???

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  • Mayank Khanna

    Should we cancel the card before the fees hits. Whats the advantages/disadvantages of canceling this business gold card

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