Details on Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express Perks and Airline Fee Credit!

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The Premier Rewards Gold Card offer referenced below is no longer available.

The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express got a benefits makeover on June 1st that I talked about here, but I wanted to circle back and provide a few more details and data points now that the new perks have been in place for a few days.

First, the public welcome offer is still 25,000 Membership Reward points after you make $2,000 in purchases in the first three months. However, what you get in the first year is really now better than it was before thanks to the $100 airline fee credit (more on that in a moment). T

If you are interested in getting this card be sure to check to see if you are targeted for a better sign-up offer via the CardMatch Tool from or simply be on the lookout for higher offers directly from Amex. 

The card still earns 3x for flights booked with the airlines, 2x at US gas stations, and 1x on other purchases.  Terms and limitations apply.  However, they have now also added 2x points at US restaurants to the mix, which brings it up closer to what some similar rewards cards offer in that category.  They have also eliminated foreign transaction fees, so you can now use this card at home and abroad without additional fees.

The Premier Rewards Gold Card offer referenced below is no longer available.

Info on the New $100 Airline Fee Credit:

One of the coolest new features in my book is the $100 airline fee credit, and I think this addition more than offsets the $20 increase in the annual fee for those who travel.  Amex states that the incidental fees cover things like checked bags and in-flight refreshments for your selected airline (you can change your airline of choice once per year).  Of course, it does cover those things, but in practice, it often goes a bit beyond what is spelled out in the terms and conditions to include things that might surprise you.

$100 Airline Fee Credit

Thus far the airline fee credit seems to be working in practice just like it does for the Amex Platinum cards that have a $200 annual airline fee credit allowance, so see the linked thread above for real-life examples on just how handy this fee credit can be, or read my experience with the $200 Amex Platinum fee credit from earlier this year.

Remember the terms indicate that you can now only get the welcome offer once per personal card, so I wouldn’t expect to get the welcome offer on this card again if you have had it in the past.

How have you/do you plan to spend your $100 airline fee credit?

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  1. “How can you plan to spend your $100 airline fee credit?”

    One possibility: Having checked bag fees reimbursed on UA.

    DH lost Silver status and is closing his Chase MP account after having it for two years and paying the AF once.

    I am similar, too. No status but closing the UA MP card after one year AF waiver. As a matter of fact, I hit Chase up for a WN Plus (not Premier) for the current 50K offer with only a $69 AF. Have Citi AA and Barclay US/AA card with bag check benefit.

    So, it’s just UA that will charge for bag if one chooses to travel on them.

  2. There’s a 50K offer for this card w/ fee waived first year and only $1000 spend in 3 months. I found the link with very little effort. If you can only get the bonus 1X per card then make sure you get more than 25K!

  3. Tried to get a gift card but got this error message – anyone else from NJ?
    Based on recent Gift Card-related legislative action in the State of New Jersey that requires sellers of such products to report voluminous documentation with regard to our customers, we have regrettably elected to no longer sell or deliver Gift Cards to individuals in the State of New Jersey. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Your credit card has not been charged.

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