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UPDATE: As of 11/29/11 this promotion no longer exists. There currently is no promotion will getting this credit card. To see credit card offers with huge sign up bonuses, check out my Travel and Credit Card Promotions page.
American Express just came out today with their new American Express Business Gold Rewards Credit Card offer – 50,000 Membership Reward points after $10,000 in spend within 5 months. Additionally, the annual fee of $175 is waived for the first year. This is currently a limited time offer without a current end date.
This is an excellent offer where you will not have to beg an agent to apply an offer code to your application! 50,000 Membership Reward points can go a long way, especially when you use then to transfer to a partner airline. With the many bonus offers that occur quite often (like the 50% Delta transfer offer), these 50,000 points can easily be used for a coach ticket to Europe from the US.
This card, along with the personal American Express Premier Gold card, has an amazing value when used to purchase airfare. You will earn 3 points/$1 on all airfare purchases, which is much more than any of the airline specific credit cards will give you. You will also earn 2 points/$1 spent on advertising, gas, and shipping purchases. You will then earn 1 point/$1 on every other purchases. (*for the triple and double points, you will earn this bonus on the first $100,000 of eligible purchases in each category each calendar year, and then 1 point/$1 thereafter).
To apply to this offer, click here. It seems as though calling American Express and trying to get the 100,000 bonus bump that was described in this post is not working much anymore, but 50,000 points still is not too bad, especially when it is guaranteed. Unfortunately, existing American Express OPEN Gold Card members are not eligible for this offer.
And remember, although this is a business credit card, who is to say selling items on ebay, for example, is not considered a business!
Additional Card Member Benefits:
- Annual Travel Benefit: Receive a $100 statement credit when using an American Express card to purchase a vacation of at least $3,000 through American Express Travel. Limit one credit per Card account, per year. Credit posted to Cardmember’s account 3-4 weeks after completion of travel. Not valid for group bookings.
- OPEN Savings: Receive 3-10% credit on purchases made with an American Express Business card with participating merchants – open.com/opensavings.
- Return Protection: Return an item up to 90 days from purchase, up to $300 per item and up to a maximum of $1,000 per Cardmember account per calendar year. Shipping and handling charges will not be reimbursed. Subject to additional terms, conditions and exclusions.
- Roadside Assistance Anywhere: The American Express Roadside Assistance Anywhere services are provided as an emergency service and not a general maintenance type service. Only one disablement for the same cause during any consecutive seven-day period will be allowed. Coverage provided for self-propelled, four-wheel vehicles designed, licensed, and used for private on-road transportation, and trucks with a carrying capacity of up to 2 tons. Towing to the nearest authorized facility, or, upon the Card member’s request, to another location at a maximum towing distance of 10 miles with a maximum of $50 coverage. Fuel provided in emergency situations will be charged to the Card member’s Card Account. Emergency situations do not include: all parts, labor and supplies provided while at an auto repair shop or service station, towing to another location unless the initial service location is closed, service for taxicabs, tractors, boats, rental vehicles, ambulances, trucks, vehicles used for competition, unlicensed vehicles, illegally parked or impounded vehicles, or any vehicles in tow, rental and towing equipment, towing at the direction of law enforcement officer relating to traffic obstruction, impoundment, abandonment, illegal parking, or other violations of law or towing by other than a licensed service station or garage, installation or removal of snow tires, repairs to studs, mounting and dismounting snow chains, repeated service calls for a vehicle in need of routine maintenance or repair, shoveling snow from around a vehicle, vehicle storage, or impoundment charges. Coverage is applicable to the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Limit of 4 services per calendar year.
Terms & Conditions: To be eligible to receive the bonus points, you must (1) apply for the new Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN using Bonus ID 6752 prior to termination of this offer, but in no event later than November 28, 2011, and (2) charge $10,000 of eligible purchases on the Business Gold Rewards Card in the first 150 days of Card membership. The bonus points will be credited to your Membership Rewards® account 6-8 weeks after you have met the purchase requirement. Offer limited to 50,000 bonus points per Card account. Existing American Express OPEN Gold Card members are not eligible for this offer. This is a limited time offer, which may be terminated by American Express at any time. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offers. Membership Rewards program terms and conditions apply.