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On Friday I shared the good news that some lucky folks were seeing big targeted 100,000 point Amex Platinum welcome bonuses available via CardMatch™. Those 100,000 point Platinum offers are still on CardMatch as of today (12/5/2017), but the news is better than just that eye-catching headline as there are other special offers also available to some without the big $550 annual fee that comes along with the Amex Platinum Card.
I’ll use my dad as an example, as I don’t believe he has ever had an Amex Membership Rewards card, and he is apparently a prime target for lots of good American Express increased offers in CardMatch. In addition to the 100,000 point Amex Platinum bonus, he has a few other increased offers also available that I will outline below.
Variety of Increased Amex Sign-Up Bonuses Available to Some in CardMatch
Another Membership Rewards earning card, the Premier Rewards Gold Card, has an increased offer available to him via CardMatch that awards 50,000 Membership Reward points after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. The standard offer is currently 25,000 points after $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months, so you can see why this targeted offer is twice as exciting. There is a $0 introductory annual fee on this card the first year, then $195 in subsequent years. This really is a very good offer, especially since the card also has an annual $100 Airline Fee Credit, among other perks and benefits.
The Blue Cash Everyday Offer presented to him today on CardMatch awards a $200 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months instead of the current standard bonus of $150 after the same spending requirement. There is no annual fee for this card.
With the Blue Cash Preferred Card, he is seeing an increased offer today in CardMatch that comes with a $250 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months instead of the standard $200 statement credit after the same purchase requirement. This card does have a $95 annual fee.
Finally, for the no annual fee Amex Everyday Card, he is seeing an offer for 15,000 Membership Reward points after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months instead of the standard 10,000 points that are available publicly with the same spending requirements.
Amex Points and Perks Without the Big First Year Annual Fee
While I’d personally be most excited about the 100,000 point Platinum offer if it was available to me, I can see why some would hesitate to pull the trigger on a card that carries a $550 annual fee even with the 100,000 bonus points, $200 annual airline fee credit, lounge access, and $200 annual Uber credit. I totally get that $550 is still a lot of money to pay to have a credit card for a year.
To get lots of perks and points without a big upfront annual fee, the increased 50,000 point Premier Rewards Gold offer available to some in CardMatch is also really worth considering, especially since the $195 annual fee is just a $0 introductory annual fee in the first year.
You can use the Membership Reward points you could earn with that card starting at just 7,500 points a pop when booking a flight with British Airways on their partners such as American Airlines or Alaska Airlines, or to fly Star Alliance partners such as United when booking via the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program (such as on the 30k round trip to Hawaii award!), or you can transfer them to Delta SkyMiles to fly from about 5,500 miles each way. There are many very practical and family-friendly ways to get big value out of your Amex Membership Reward points, so jumping on the chance to get a bigger than normal infusion of them via an increased sign-up bonus, whether it is from the Amex Platinum or a different Amex card, is a great move in my book.
Sadly these increased offers aren’t available to everyone, but if you want to take a look and see if they are available to you, you can head over to CardMatch™ to take a peek. Let me know if you get lucky and have an increased special offer waiting for you!
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