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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
If you’re in the market for a solid cash-back card and frequently shop at Amazon, it could be worth taking a look at these two options. Currently, the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express or the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express, are offering 10% back on up to $2,000 spent with Amazon — in addition to the standard welcome bonus for each card. Note that this offer is only available for new cardholders, and it’s available through January 11, 2017.
Assuming you were to max out this offer by spending $2,000 with the e-tailer using one of these cards, you’d get $200 back. The Blue Cash Everyday and Blue Cash Preferred aren’t the only cards currently offering an extra incentive for making purchases through Amazon; you’ll earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined spending at Amazon.com (and at department stores and Sam’s Club) with the Discover it® Card, and if we’re lucky we’ll see the 10%/10x bonus on Amazon purchases on the Chase Freedom Card again this November. Still, the last quarter of the year is a notoriously busy shopping season — and especially if you frequently purchase groceries through Amazon, it might not be hard to max out the $1,500 bonus caps on the Discover It and Chase Freedom.
Below is a bit more info about each of these Blue Cash cards to help you decide if it’s worth applying — note that you may be targeted for a higher offer.
With the current welcome offers, you could get up to $300 back on top of the 10% back on Amazon purchases. And if the Blue Cash Everyday’s bonus categories look familiar, it’s because this is more or less the cash-back version of the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express (with an added bonus category for US gas stations and without the 20% points bonus when you make at least 20 purchases in a month). Of course, with the Blue Cash Everyday, you’ll be earning cash back instead of Membership Rewards points.
With this card, the current welcome offers get you up to $350 in cash back — not counting the $200 back you could earn by spending $2,000 on Amazon. Unlike the Blue Cash Everyday, the Blue Cash Preferred Card carries a fee: $95 per year. But in addition to offering a slightly higher bonus, this card offers higher cash-back bonus rates: 6% back on the first $6,000 spent at US supermarkets (vs. 3%) and 3% at US gas stations and select department stores (vs. 2%). The Blue Cash Preferred Card could also ring a bell if you’re familiar with the Amex EveryDay Preferred Card from American Express — as it offers the same bonus categories, albeit earning you cash rather than points and without a 50% bonus when you use the card at least 30 times in a billing period.
If you’re looking for a cash-back card and you know you’ll be able to maximize the 10% back on Amazon purchases, now could be a great time to apply for the Blue Cash Everyday or Blue Cash Preferred card. They aren’t your only choices for earning extra rewards on Amazon purchases, but if you’ll be maxing out the bonuses offered on other cards like the Discover It, and the Blue Cash card’s bonus categories align with your spending habits, they could make sense for you. Just remember the this 10% offer for Amazon spending ends on January 11, 2017, so make sure you apply and maximize the bonus before then.
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What’s your favorite card for earning bonus rewards on Amazon purchases?
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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