Ending This Week: 10x at Restaurants, 2x Elsewhere, and More!

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THE BLUE FOR BUSINESS OFFER REFERENCED BELOW IS NO LONGER OFFERED. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED OFFER.

Earlier this month a pretty under-rated credit card sign-up bonus was scheduled to end, but it then got a last minute extension through this coming Wednesday, February 22nd. The new expiration date is coming this week, so if you missed it on the first pass and are looking for a card that won’t impact your Chase 5/24 status due to being a small business card, this may be worth a look.

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express awards 10,000 points at the first use, gives you 10x at US restaurants for the first six months, 2x points on many other purchases the first year, and more.

THE BLUE FOR BUSINESS OFFER REFERENCED BELOW IS NO LONGER OFFERED. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED OFFER.

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has a multi-faceted limited time sign-up bonus through Wednesday (2/22/2017) made up of the following components:

  • 10X points at U.S. restaurants for the first six months, on up to $2,000 in purchases for a total of 20,000 points
  • 2X points on all qualifying purchases on the first $50,000 for the first year, for a total of 100,000 points
  • 10,000 Membership Rewards points after making your first purchase in the first 3 months
  • 30% annual points bonus based on the past year’s purchases on your Blue for Business Card.
  • Terms & Conditions Apply

While it used to be the norm, it is very rare these days to see any sign-up bonus points awarded after just the first purchase on a card. While the initial 10,000 bonus points probably aren’t life changing, this type of “first use” bonus could be useful if you either don’t have a whole lot of natural spending to put on a card right now, or your spending is tied up meeting the spending requirements of other cards.

Equally intriguing as the first use bonus is the 10x points at US restaurants awarded by the Blue for Business Credit Card, up to the $2,000 limit in the first six months. That is a pretty massive 20,000 points from just $2,000 in spending in that category. If you average that spending out over 6 months it comes to about $333 per month, which for better or worse is an amount I know my family spends eating out each month.

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10x points on your burger and tots

With this relatively unique sign-up bonus you also get 2x points on other eligible purchases in the first year (up to $50k max), which is the highest I know of outside of defined bonus categories on any similar Amex card. This all comes with no annual fee and shouldn’t impact your Chase 5/24 status since it is a small business card.

One other thing to note is that the Membership Reward points earned by this card are not transferrable to hotel and airline partners like British Airways, Delta, Singapore, and more unless you also have a premium Membership Rewards card. Many of those in this hobby already have another Membership Rewards earning card, but you don’t, you can get one of those even with no annual fee via The Amex EveryDaySM Credit Card.

This card doesn’t have a eye-catching huge initial sign-up bonus, but it does have some earning potential that will make sense for some, especially because it shouldn’t interfere with your Chase 5/24 totals and comes with no annual fee. While I suppose it is possible that the deadline will get extended again, as it stands Wednesday is the last call for this temporarily increased sign-up bonus.

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

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