Amex Gold Card 50k Welcome Bonus Available Through Referral Links

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – American Express® Gold Card

Just about the only underwhelming feature of the revamped American Express® Gold Card is its welcome bonus of 25,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. The bonus matches the standard public bonus on the old Premier Rewards Gold Card, which the Gold Card replaces, but it’s just not very impressive in light of other currently available offers.

But a 50,000-point welcome bonus appears to be widely available through various online channels. You’ll have to spend $2,000 within the first three months to qualify for the bonus. This offer is subject to change at anytime.

As an American Express cardholder, you may be targeted for this higher bonus when you log on to your account — as I was — or you can grab a referral code from a friend. Referral codes also are available online. (Note: It is TPG policy that referral links are not allowed in the comments section.) Some people have reportedly been able to get the higher bonus offer by calling American Express directly.

It’s unclear how long the jumbo-sized bonus will be available. As long as you can grab it, those points are worth $950 in travel, based on TPG’s latest valuations. You’ll get the most value out of your Membership Rewards when you transfer them to one of the program’s partner hotel or airline loyalty programs.

Even if you can’t snag the big bonus and you have to settle for 35,000 points, the Amex Gold may be well worth the $250 annual fee (See Rates & Fees). (That smaller bonus is worth $500, based on TPG valuations). That’s because the card’s real attraction is its bonus categories:

The card also comes with some compelling benefits. Then, you can qualify for up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the Gold Card at participating dining partners.

Finally, the card retains the $100 annual airline fee credit that was available on the Premier Rewards Gold Card. Each calendar year, you’ll receive up to $100 in statement credits toward incidental airline fees such as baggage fees and in-flight purchases. You have to pick a qualifying airline for the credit.

For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, please click here.

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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.