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Eating My Way to First Class With the American Express Gold Card

May 04, 2019
4 min read
Eating My Way to First Class With the American Express Gold Card
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The revamped American Express® Gold Card has now been out for just over six months, and it has a very solid slot in my wallet. The old American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card was being overshadowed by some of the upgraded perks of the premium The Platinum Card® from American Express, in particular its 5x earning on airfare when booked directly with the airline or via Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), so this update was much needed. The Amex Gold is now one of the best card options for dining purchases at restaurants.

Now that the Amex Gold Card is offering 4x on dining at restaurants and purchases at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x), it has fast become the best card for foodies. My wife and I each got this card along with the Platinum to pair them and help us earn enough points to take our dream flight in Singapore Airlines Suites. We haven't decided which route yet, but it will probably be one of the longer ones to maximize our time in the air.

Now that we have had the card for half a year, what do our earnings look like, and how close are we to flying in Singapore Suites? Let's take a look.

American Express Gold Card Earnings

My wife and I don't have a complicated strategy for this card. If we buy food in the US, we use this card. Simple as that. We love to eat and experiment with new foods, so this card was a must-have. We even had In-N-Out Burger at our wedding, but unfortunately didn't have this Gold Card in time to earn that savory 4 points per dollar.

It has also been our daily spending card for some time. However, we are transitioning away from this card for non-bonus category spending to the Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express. With that card, you earn 2x on spending up to $50,000 per calendar year; then 1x. If you are able to hold the Platinum, Gold and Blue Business Plus, you have the Amex trifecta for earning Membership Rewards.

But let's get back to our earnings with the American Express Gold Card. I personally earned 66,876 Membership Rewards points (worth $1,337 according to TPG's valuations). Not bad earning for roughly six months.

A total of 66,876 so far!

My wife earned just a bit less with hers: 56,223 Membership Rewards (worth $1,124) to date.

Together we earned just over 123,000 Membership Rewards points on our American Express Gold Cards in just over six months including the card's generous 50,000-point welcome bonus after meeting minimum spend requirements (targeted offer; subject to change at anytime). So how close does that bring us to sitting in one of TPG's favorite first-class products?

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Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites. Photo by Brian Kelly / The Points Guy
Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites / The Points Guy.

Booking Singapore Suites With American Express Membership Rewards

Well, we're actually there if we can find saver award availability and want to take one of the shorter routes, such as Singapore to Shanghai, starting at 53,000 miles per person.

However, my wife and I want to enjoy a longer flight, so we will be saving our Membership Rewards for the Singapore to London route, which costs 125,000 miles per person at the saver level.

Bottom Line

My wife and I pride ourselves on traveling frugally to ensure we are stretching our dollars and points as far as possible. However, when I saw TPG himself review this incredible product, I made it a goal for my wife and I to enjoy this luxurious experience. The Amex Gold has been an instrumental product in getting us into the most luxurious product in the sky.

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

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