American Express just released a new version of its Premier Rewards Gold Card, with a new name and new look. The now-christened American Express Gold Card has a few perks (as well as a few downsides), including an industry-leading 4X membership reward points at U.S. restaurants and supermarkets.
These 4X points (on up to $25,000 in purchases at supermarkets) are double the card’s prior earning potential for restaurant and supermarket spending.
Other benefits include an annual $120 dining credit, or up to $10 per month, when you dine at Shake Shack, The Cheesecake Factory or Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The credit also applies to dining via services Grubhub and Seamless.
For travelers, a new benefit with the card is a free membership with Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group. This membership comes with various travel discounts and special amenities and services.
Of course, the card didn’t remove its other much-loved benefits, which includes triple points on flights booked direct with airlines or American Express’s travel portal, a $100 airline fee credit per year for things like baggage fees and a $75 hotel credit for stays at properties within The Hotel Collection.
But we mentioned a new look as well – for a short time period, you can snag yourself a limited-edition rose gold version of the card, through Jan. 9.
What are the downsides?
- The sign-up bonus (or rather, ONE, of the sign-up bonuses) is pretty bad…but we’ll get to that in a second
- There’s no waiver for the annual fee for your first year ($250)
The Sign-Up Bonus
There are two sign-up bonuses that you can find for this card.
The offer being promoted on the AmEx website states that you can earn 25,000 reward points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months. Likewise, through Jan. 9, you can receive 20 percent back in statement credits on dining purchases at U.S. restaurants, up to $100 per account.
There’s another offer, though, for 50,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months that is available via referral.
An Easy Way to Get Your Referral
Want an easy way to get a referral link? Readers can leave their referrals in the comments of this post, for usage by other readers. Spread the wealth, so we can all take advantage of the 50,000 points offer!
- Leave your referral as a new comment not a reply.
- Leave your referral link only, no hashtags, twitter handles, etc.
- If you use a reader’s link, post a reply to let others know