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American Express Membership Reward points are (arguably) the most valuable points on the market. And the best way to obtain MR points is by obtaining a card that earns the transferrable currency.
Personally, I love using the American Express Gold Card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide (including takeout and delivery), 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per calendar year), and 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines. In my opinion, there’s no better card particularly if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets often.
THE (SECRET) INCREASED WELCOME OFFER
Generally, the welcome bonus for the Amex Gold Card is 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months. Let’s be clear…$4000 in 90 days is not easy for many of us but right now we are seeing secret increased offers for this card.
It is now possible to earn 60,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $4,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Yes, you read it correctly… 6 months!!
Here is the DIRECT LINK to the card. You may have to open the window in incognito to see the offer. If you’re interested but the offer does not say 60,000 points, DO NOT APPLY!
Additionally, if you have applied for this card in the last 90 days, with a lower welcome bonus (e.g. 35,000 miles), give Amex a call and explain that you applied for this card, was approved, and you’re now seeing an increased offer for the card, and ask (politely) if you can be matched to the 60,000 point offer. There is no harm in asking.
Buying groceries (something I have to do anyway), in exchange for a business class flight? Yes, please!!
At the time of publication, the American Express Membership Rewards program has 19 airline and 3 hotel transfer partners and many of them have a 1:1 ratio transfer rate. In other words, 60,000 MR points = 60,000 Delta miles or 60,000 Emirates miles. At the very minimum, you’re well on your way to having a premium class experience and depending on the loyalty program where you choose to transfer your points, you may have enough points to secure a business class seat just from the welcome bonus.
Are you planning to apply for the American Express Gold Card? What airline would you like to fly the most?