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The American Express® Gold Card is my go-to for 4 membership Rewards points per dollar on restaurants worldwide and on the first $25,000 spent each calendar year at U.S. supermarkets.
This is one of the best points-earning cards. It’s my primary American Express card for earning points, and Membership Rewards is my favorite points program. It also earns 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com. The card has no foreign transaction fees, offers an annual $100 airline fee credit, and up to $120 a year in dining credit ($10 monthly when you pay with the card at participating dining partners).
But until now there hasn’t been a big, exciting initial bonus. There’s been a standard 35,000 point offer, and there have been targeted and referral offers that would come and go for more. But right now American Express has launched a big 60,000 point offer which is amazing: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after $4,000 spend on eligible purchases within the first 6 months.
- It’s more points
- And a generous six months to meet the spend requirement.
This is a $250 annual fee card (see rates and fees). I value Membership Rewards points at 1.8 cents apiece, largely because of their wide array of transfer partners many of which offer exceptional value:
- Star Alliance: Aeroplan, ANA, Singapore, Avianca
- oneworld: AsiaMiles, British Airways, Iberia, Qantas
- SkyTeam: Aeromexico, Alitalia, Air France KLM, Delta
- Non-alliance: Etihad, Emirates, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic
- Hotels: Choice, Hilton, Marriott
ANA often has the premium cabin long haul awards with the lowest points prices. Avianca LifeMiles has no fuel surcharges. Singapore offers access to premium cabin awards on their own flights. Etihad is one of the airlines I’ve redeemed the most on (often for travel to the Maldives, Mideast, and India). Air France KLM offers its own members good business class award availability to Europe. And Emirates has some of the best premium cabin products in the world.
Since I try to share not just what I think, and what’s news, but what I also actually do here’s my card.
This is a great mileage-earning card, a great card for road warriors when we’re back in the sky, and the best public offer for the card there’s ever been. If you’ve ever thought of getting the American Express® Gold Card this is the offer to jump on.
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® Earn 65,000 AAdvantage miles.