You Got the American Express Gold Card, Now What?

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The American Express Gold card is a very popular one right now, not only for its 4x points at U.S. restaurants and U.S. supermarkets, but also because if you looking to get the limited edition “Rose Gold” metal they are closing the doors on it next week! Not only that, the 50,000 points from the sign up bonus via a refer-a-friend link is also set to expire on January 9, 2019. Since many readers have been approved for this card over the past few months, I wanted to make sure you are all aware of three benefits that you’ll only receive if you actually “Enroll” in them. You can learn more about the card and the sign up bonus here.

NOTE: Make sure to apply through a refer-a-friend link as it will give you 50,000 points — the publicly available offer is only for 25,000 points!

3 Things You Must do Immediately Upon Activating the Card

Enroll in Your Airline Fee Credit

One the best perks of this card is that you’ll receive a $100 airline fee credit every single year. With a $250 annual fee on the card, using this credit is imperative to help offset this fee. You are able to select one qualifying airline per calendar year to receive the credit when certain incidental fees hit your card. Such fees include: baggage fees, WiFi, in-air food, lounge access, etc. However, based on this FlyerTalk thread and my own personal experience purchasing gift cards also triggers the statement credit (Southwest, Delta, and American). 

The importing thing to note is that you must actually enroll in your airline of choice. If you make the purchase prior to enrolling, you will not automatically receive the statement credit! If you are not sure whether or not you’ve already enrolled, you can check here.

All the major domestic US airlines are listed, although they clearly need to do some cleaning up by removing US Airways and AirTran! If you fly Spirit or Frontier Airlines often, then you’ll easily be able to use the credit with just bag fees and seat selection fees. Southwest, Delta, and American can get you gift cards. JetBlue flights sometimes credit if you are booking cheap fares. And the others you’ll actually have to use towards some “incidental” fee.

Enroll in the Dining Credits

Another benefit of the card is that you’ll receive $10 in dining credits per month. Unfortunately, the credits cannot be combined, so you’ll want to try to maximize the $10 purchase every single month. Participating restaurants include: Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and participating Shake Shack locations. My plan is to purchase The Cheesecake Factory gift cards at the restaurant once a month. Although there will be times I’ll find myself at Shake Shack or ordering Seamless when in NYC so those credits will easily be used on purchases I’d be making anyways. I also do normally eat at The Cheesecake Factory a few times a year, but not once a month!

Similar to the airline fee credit, you’ll actually have to enroll your card to receive the statement credit. I am not sure why American Express doesn’t automatically enroll their customers into the program, so just make sure to enroll now so you are not surprised later on when you do not see a statement credit appear!

Enroll in ShopRunner

This is a benefit that comes with many credit cards, but if you are not already a free member, take this opportunity to enroll. ShopRunner will give you free two-day shipping at many stores. I’ve had a ShopRunner account for awhile now and find myself using it often enough where taking a few minutes to enroll in a free membership is definitely worth!


The American Express Gold card comes with many money saving benefits, but you must actually enroll in the offers first! So go ahead and make sure your offer is activated to start receiving your entitled perks!

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