New Biggest-Ever 60,000 Point Offer For My Go-To American Express Card

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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.

For rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, click here.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. I have this card and love it. It looks like I can refer my husband for this card – he will get the 60,000 points and I will get 10,000 as well as +3 points/dollar!

  2. May have been interesting in the past but I was looking to see more about the $100 airline incidental benefit and see under the terms & conditions “100 Airline Fee Credit
    Benefit is available to American Express® Gold Card Members only. To receive statement credits of up to $100 per calendar year toward incidental air travel fees, Card Member must select one qualifying airline at https://global.americanexpress.com/card-benefits/enroll/airline-fee-credit/gold. The benefit will be ending on December 31, 2021.”

    Since the airline Fee credit will be ending on December 31, 2021, this means that unless they add other benefits to the card, the overall value of the card loses significant value.

  3. Gary, have you had any luck (or heard of others having it) getting AmEx to provide a credit or some other benefit in lieu of the airline fee one, seeing as travel has ground to a halt for many of us due to COVID?

    I have a Gold card now, called up AmEx about this earlier this year. They basically said, “we’re looking at it, but…. no.” Didn’t offer any sort of credit, points, alternate benefit… nada.

    Planning on trying again before my renewal comes around, but between that experience and the news they’re scrapping the fee credit altogether, I have a hard time seeing myself keep this one.

  4. @Justin
    There is one way to get the credit without flying in the near future.

    Book a flight on your favorite airline any flight for any time will do. Upgrade your seats and Amex will reimburse you for the seat upgrade. Then, cancel the flights and ask the airline for a credit for the seat upgrade.

    Yes, you will have a flight credit for the flights, but the airline will refund the seat upgrade back to your Amex. UAL did it for me.

  5. @ Justin @ WileyDog,

    There have been numerous posts this year about Amex clawing back these types of credits in the last year. Sometimes years after the credit was received. If you cancel the flight I guess Amex expects you to contact them and tell them, so they can reverse the credit.

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