Last chance to get an Away statement credit with the Amex Green Card’s elevated bonus

Jan 8, 2020

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

the iconic American Express® Green Card with expanded earning capabilities, new benefits and an enhanced welcome offer. TPG readers only have one week left to take advantage of that current limited-time offer before it disappears.

New cardholders will earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months. Through Jan. 15, 2020, new cardholders also can earn up to $100 in statement credits on eligible Away purchases made within the first three months. This bonus, while not lucrative, is worth $600, according to TPG valuations, and the Away statement credit is a useful perk if you’ve been waiting to buy a new carry-on for your 2020 travels. There are also targeted and other welcome offers available for this card, so make sure to look at all your options.

Image courtesy of Away
Part of the current welcome bonus includes an up to $100 statement credit on eligible Away purchases made within the first three months. (Image courtesy of Away’s Facebook page.)

Card features and benefits

The welcome bonus isn’t the only aspect of this card that received a facelift when it relaunched last year. The bonus categories were expanded and Amex eliminated the foreign transaction fees on the card (see rates and fees). You now earn 3x points worldwide on travel, restaurants and transit, including flights, hotels, campsites, tours, car rentals, rideshares, buses, subways, third-party travel websites and at amextravel.com.

Cardholders will also receive an up to $100 annual credit when they use their American Express Green Card to purchase a CLEAR® membership and another up to $100 annual credit for LoungeBuddy access. In combination with TSA PreCheck®, CLEAR can make the airport security screening process a breeze, and the $100 credit lowers your out-of-pocket cost to just $79 for a standard membership. You can also get additional CLEAR discounts if you’re a Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus member. The LoungeBuddy credit will likely get you one to two passes covered per year, which is perfect for a beginner traveler who doesn’t need lounge access frequently.

The tradeoff for these enhanced benefits was an increased annual fee. You’ll now pay $150 per year for the Green from Amex , although if you use both annual credits, you’re already completely offsetting the cost of the card.

Bottom line

Although this card is clearly built for points and miles beginners, this isn’t a bad card for even experienced points and miles gurus to pair with the Amex Platinum to earn Membership Rewards points on other travel purchases, restaurant spending and transit. Keep in mind that Amex does not consider the revamped American Express Green Card a new product, which means you won’t be eligible to earn the bonus if you’ve ever held the card in the past.

Apply for the new Green from Amex (made with plastic recycled from beaches) before Jan. 15, 2020 to take advantage of the current bonus offer.

Here’s the link to apply now for the revamped American Express Green Card with a 30,000-point bonus and up to $100 in statement credits for eligible purchases made directly with Away.

American Express® Green Card

WELCOME OFFER: 30,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: up to $100 annual CLEAR statement credit, up to $100 annual LoungeBuddy statement credit, 3x points on travel and transit, 3x points on restaurants worldwide

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on all eligible travel, from subway swipes and window seats to hotel stays and city tours.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points at restaurants worldwide.
  • Receive up to $100 per year in statement credits when you use the American Express® Green Card to pay for your CLEAR® membership at select airports and stadiums across the U.S. and Permissible Biometric Scanning Technology terms: eye scanning, irises scanning and fingerprints scanning.
  • Use the American Express® Green Card to purchase lounge access through LoungeBuddy to any of the lounges in the LoungeBuddy network – no memberships, elite statuses, or first class tickets required. Earn up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year on your LoungeBuddy purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $150 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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