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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
After being stuck without a sign up bonus for the past 3 weeks, the offer for the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express has been brought back to 30,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 spent within the first 3 months. Another feature that has been added to the card is that if you sign up for Amazon Prime using your Business Gold Rewards card within the first three months you will receive a
statement credit for the initial annual membership fee of $79 plus tax. The statement credit will only be received after you have reached the spend threshold of $5,000 spent within the first 3 months.
While this offer is not as good as the occasional one-day highs of 75,000 points or the bonus of 50,000 points it was at for a few months over the summer, at least there are some bonus points headed your way. If you can hold off on applying, you might want to wait and see if Amex increases it even further in the coming months.
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.
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, select computer hardware, software and cloud computing providers, shipping and 1x points on other purchases.
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).
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 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