Limited-time offer: 75k elevated bonus opportunity for the Brex Card
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Editor's note: This post as been updated with new offer details. It was originally published on July 30, 2019.
Apply for the Brex Corporate Card for Startups through TPG's official application link by March 31, 2020, to earn 75,000 bonus points.
Brex is celebrating this holiday season with a limited-time offer for new cardholders. Eligible startups will earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $1,000. There is no time limit on when you can earn the bonus, but most businesses that qualify for the Brex Corporate Card for Startups can easily hit that spending threshold in a short amount of time.
Brex turned some heads when it first introduced the Brex Exclusive Rewards program, and garnered more attention throughout the past year when it launched its own travel portal and then surprised us again with its first six airline loyalty program transfer partners: Aeromexico Club Premier, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Qantas Frequent Flyer Program and Singapore KrisFlyer. Now, Brex has elevated its 75k offer until March 31, 2020, along with waived card fees for life when companies sign up for the Brex Corporate Card for Startups.
TPG’s latest points valuation puts Brex points at 1.7 cents each, making the 75k bonus worth a generous $1,275, and that doesn’t even include other sign-up benefits such as the WeWork or Google Ads discounts, all of which you can read about on the Brex rewards page. This package easily vaults the Brex card into our best business credit cards, so if you’re a business with at least $100,000 in cash and/or equity, it’s worth seriously considering.
The two Brex cards that offer Brex Exclusive Rewards are the Brex for Startups card and Brex for Life Sciences card, both of which have no annual fee.
The bonus categories are uncapped, but you'll only qualify for Brex Exclusive if you use your Brex card exclusively for all business expenses. This isn't a big hurdle for most businesses though, as Brex says the vast majority of its customer base qualifies for Brex Exclusive. As such, most cardholders earn as follows:
|Earning Rate||Brex for Startups||Brex for Life Sciences|
|4x||Travel booked through Brex travel portal||Travel booked through Brex travel portal|
|2x||Reoccurring software subscriptions||-|
|1x||Everything else||Everything else|
The addition of Brex's six transfer partners has brought more value to the Brex Exclusive Rewards program. Although none of these partners are U.S.-based, each one is part of one of the three worldwide airline alliances that feature Delta, American and United. In fact, there are two partners for each alliance, so you'll be able to travel to almost any destination served by these alliances — and will even have two options for each — using Brex Exclusive Rewards. Each partner allows transfers at a 1:1 ratio.
Let's take a look at how you can fly on the U.S. carriers with these Brex transfer partners, along with the effective return of the various Brex Exclusive Rewards bonus categories based on TPG's valuations of the transfer partners:
|Transfer Partner||Alliance||U.S. Carriers On Which You Can Fly||TPG Valuation of Partner Currency||Effective Return|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||SkyTeam||Delta||N/A||N/A|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||SkyTeam||Delta||1.2 cents||7x: 8.4%
|Avianca LifeMiles||Star Alliance||United||1.7 cents||7x: 11.9%
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||Oneworld||American, Alaska||1.3 cents||7x: 9.1%
|Qantas Frequent Flyer Program||Oneworld||American, Alaska||N/A||N/A|
|Singapore KrisFlyer||Star Alliance||United, Alaska||1.3 cents||7x: 9.1%
As you can see from the table, you get a great return from spending in the bonus categories. For instance, if you transfer your Brex Exclusive Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles, TPG's valuations estimate you'll get a staggering 11.9% return on the 7x category (rideshare or conference travel, depending on your card type). And, TPG's valuations estimate that you'd get an impressive 6.8% return on the 4x category, which is all travel booked through the Brex travel portal for both card types.
Avianca LifeMiles is the partner that has the highest valuation by TPG, but the value of each transfer partner may be completely different for your business. Indeed, if your business (or your clients) are based in a city that's served by American, Alaska, Delta or United, and the cash fares are often high when you book travel, you may find that you can get significantly more value from your Brex Exclusive Rewards than you originally expected.
If you have an eligible startup, the Brex Corporate Card is a solid option. The rewards earning potential alongside its other features of Brex — such as no requirement of a personal guarantee and expense management features like accounting integration, user limit setup and receipt capture — can make Brex cards particularly attractive to modern-day startups. So, if you're looking for a corporate card for your business, now is a great time to sign up for Brex and take advantage of the 75,000-point sign-up bonus before it disappears along with the end of January.
Apply for the Brex Corporate Card for Startups through our official application link by March 31, 2020, to earn 75,000 bonus points.
Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.