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The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card now increased their publicly available sign-up offer from 15,000 to 25,000 Membership Reward points. While 25,000 points almost sounds ho-hum in the day of 50,000 point sign-up offers, this is still a card that is very much worth considering for families since it comes with some pretty solid family-friendly bonus point categories.
First, a little bit more about the improved offer. American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card awards 25,000 Membership Rewards points after $2,000 is spent on the card in the first three months. The $175 annual fee is waived the first year. This offer was previously available by referral only, but considering how many problems I had and heard about with the referral system, I am very glad to see this offer go public. I wish the sign-up bonus were even higher, but Amex has been pretty conservative on the non-targeted sign-up bonuses for a while, so at least 25K is better than 15K.
The two reasons that I think this is a solid card to consider are the bonus point categories and the Membership Rewards transfer bonuses. The Premier Rewards Gold card awards 3X points on airfare, 2X points on gas and groceries in stand alone gas stations and grocery stores, and 1X points on everything else. I absolutely love the 3x on airfare. I have recently started getting 3x by putting airfare on my Business Gold Rewards Amex and it really does add up quickly. For families, 2x on gas and groceries is great. Those are both very large and unavoidable expenses at my house, and earning bonus points on things I have to buy anyway is fantastic. While this is slightly off-topic, earning 5x Ultimate Reward points this quarter when we fill up our car and truck at the gas station by having the Chase Freedom Visa and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and/or Ink Bold Business almost makes buying gas fun. So while I don’t yet have the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card (though my mom does), I can vouch for the awesomeness of earning extra points for otherwise boring purchases such as gas.
If you choose to put a decent amount of spending on this card each year, you will receive 15,000 additional Membership Reward points after charging $30,000 on the card annually. That is a pretty decent bonus and in my mind offsets the annual fee by itself, assuming you can hit that spending threshold.
While Amex hasn’t been perfect to me lately, one of the main reasons why I still like Membership Reward points are the transfer bonuses that they periodically run to hotel and airline partners. Last year’s 50% transfer bonus to British Airways was a very popular transfer bonus around my house. Membership Rewards has historically had some very solid transfer promos to Delta as well. Of course, there are no guarantees about what the future will hold with transfer bonuses, but I know I don’t want to be left on the sideline if/when the next one comes along!
I hope to add this card to my credit card collection at some point this year to fill during the quarters that gas and/or groceries are not bonus categories with my Freedom card. Do you have this card (or hope to get it in the near future)? What do you think about the bonus categories and bonus points that come with this deal?
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