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UPDATE: IT APPEARS THIS TARGETED DEAL HAS EXPIRED
What’s the deal?
The American Express website is now defaulting to showing a ‘special’ 50,000 point offer for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express after $1,000 in spending. There’s an introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195. The card earns 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines, 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases.
What’s the catch?
The terms of the offer say you need to be a brand new American Express cardholder to be eligible for the bonus, as in not having any American Express card accounts.
This is in addition to terms that say previous or existing card members of this specific card can’t get the offer. Our sense is the definition is if you have any American Express branded card like The American Express® Green Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express you’re not eligible. But if you only have a ‘co branded’ card like the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express you’re fine.
The information related to theStarwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and The American Express® Green Card has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.
So the rule probably is you must say yes to both:
- You don’t currently have a personal American Express card: The American Express® Green Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express, Gold, or other solely American Express branded card
- You haven’t had a bonus from the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express in the past
With an intro spending amount this low it makes sense American Express is only trying to reach people brand new to its own cards.
If you don’t see the deal when you follow the link, opening it in a ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ browsing window will display it. However, it’s probably not displaying by default because it’s not designed for you, since existing holders of American Express branded cards might not be eligible.
You can also see if you’re targeted for larger deals via other channels here.
What can you do with the points?
These points are full Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer to several airlines, most notably Delta Airlines.
Delta SkyMiles® now lets you book one way awards for half the price of round trips, and SkyMiles are among the best for getting to Europe, especially during the peak summer travel season. So this could be a great way to earn points that help you avoid the big fuel surcharges when trying to use American AAdvantage® miles.