American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card Review – 25,000 Bonus Membership Points

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American Express Premier Rewards Gold CardAmerican Express is again promoting their newest flavor – the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express®, which is slightly different from their other Gold/Zync/Platinum cards. This is a charge card, so it is intended for folks that pay off their balance in full each month (as all of you should do anyway). If you are not a current AMEX *charge* card holder, then you are eligible for their current sign-up incentive:

  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you’re traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • With The Hotel Collection, you can get up to a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade at check-in if it’s available, when you book a stay of at least two consecutive nights.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.

Extended warranties and roadside assistance. As with all such “premium” AMEX charge cards, everything you buy with the cards comes with a free automatic extended warranty. American Express will double the length of the original U.S. manufacturer’s warranty for up to one additional year on eligible purchases with warranties of 5 years or less. This can be very handy for electronics like home theater equipment and laptops. Read more at their official FAQ and at this Consumerist article about a guy who got a new laptop.

Historically, there have also been varying promotions for specific airlines, for example a 20% bonus for transfer to British Airways last year, and currently 50% additional miles (expired) for transfer to Delta Skymiles. This means you can be getting more than 1 mile per dollar spent.  In summary, this card has some new features and a nice sign-up incentive, but the target demographic seems to be higher-income cardholders that are big spenders, especially on airfare.

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  1. They’ve been flogging this to me for a while though weekly mailers. First offer was for a free Kindle and $100 Amazon gift card, then it was 50,000 points after spending $500 in three months, now it’s up to 75,000 points after spending $500.

  2. This is for the Gold card? If you get a targeted mailing that offers you 75k points and no annual fee the first year, I’d jump on that for sure. I’ve seen 25k for limited time periods, but nothing that high.

  3. Yes, Jonathan, it’s for the exact same card and conditions, except for the higher amount of points. I do plan to apply before the deadline. Time to monetize my high credit rating!

    I really appreciate your website.

  4. I signed up for this card about 6 months ago and have been enjoying it, although Amex was definitely slow to give me all the rewards points and bonuses.

    I would highly recommend taking screenshots and recording the exact details of the rewards you are supposed to receive.

  5. So, if I already have an AmEx (Small Business w/ 50K bonus: Thanks Jonathan!), and I get this card, do they share point accounts? Or will it add a new, separate, point account? Anyone have multiple AmEx cards, and know?


  6. I got a mailer for the 50,000 points after spending 500 in three months. I just got the points applied to the account and it worked out to .001=1 point on airfare and about .008 on travel packages (air and hotel through the amex website.).

  7. I don’t see the fine print that excludes current charge card holders. Can you point this term out?

  8. I’ve been getting hit with offers for this, they upped it to 50000, and the last one was 75000 bonus points and i just couldn’t resist that. I just hit the $500 spending requirement and they say the points will post after something like 4-6 weeks, so we’ll see!

  9. today I received a similar offer except it gives 50000 bonus points if spend $1000 within the first three months. Not sure I should apply for it, or wait for the 75000 bonus points.

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