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American Express has relaunched American Express® Green Card and given it really great value.
- Initial offer: 30,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Ongoing earn: 3 Membership Rewards points on eligible travel and at restaurants worldwide.
- Airport lounge access: Up to $100 in statement credits per year on your LoungeBuddy purchases
- Expedited airport security: Up to $100 statement credit per year to pay for CLEAR membership
Dining at Grand Hyatt Singapore Restaurant Straits Kitchen
There are no foreign transaction fees and the card has a $150 annual fee (see rates and fees).
Frequent Miler compares the American Express Green Card head-to-head with Chase’s Sapphire Reserve, which is heady praise in itself but also apropos – both earn 3 points per dollar on travel and dining, both have useful up to $100 credits.
He says Sapphire Reserve wins over the American Express Green Card because a Priority Pass card is better for lounge access than LoungeBuddy credit, and because American Express travel protections aren’t as rich. I’d point out that:
- Membership Rewards points are probably more valuable than Chase points
- That the CLEAR $100 credit is per year while the Chase $100 Global Entry/TRA credit is every four years (and Global Entry credits are a drug on the market, everyone offers this, while CLEAR is a more unique benefit)
- This card seems likely an easier approval (at least readers have told me that Sapphire Reserve has been challenging to get approved for).
However I’d frame the product somewhat differently. Sapphire Reserve is more a competitor to the Platinum Card® from American Express. I have that and also the American Express® Gold Card which earns 4 points per dollar at restaurants and on the first $25,000 spent each year at U.S. supermarkets plus 3 points on flights booked directly with airlines.
The American Express® Green Card is a more entry card in travel rewards, with a lower fee than both, yet offering 3x on travel and dining. That’s interesting. What’s more the card itself is much improved.
This card’s points transfer to:
- Star Alliance: Aeroplan, ANA, Singapore, Avianca
- oneworld: AsiaMiles, British Airways, Iberia, Qantas
- SkyTeam: Aeromexico, Alitalia, Air France KLM, Delta
- Non-alliance: Etihad, Emirates, El Al, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic
- Hotels: Choice, Hilton, Marriott
Cathay Pacific First Class