Today Only (April 26, 2012) – 50,000 Membership Rewards Points with American Express Business Gold

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Million Mile Secrets reader Steve (thanks!) commented  with a link to a 1-day offer for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN which offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 4 months.  I don’t earn a referral for this link.

The $175 annual fee is waived for the 1st year and you earn:

  • 3X points on airfare
  • 2X points on advertising, gas, and shipping
  • 1X points on other purchases

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47 responses to “Today Only (April 26, 2012) – 50,000 Membership Rewards Points with American Express Business Gold

  1. Lol. I did not even realize this was a one day deal when I posted that. doh!

  2. If you leave email, and dont want to apply now. It will send you an application which is expired in May 26 2012. I dont know will the link is still in my email good for 50000 points.

  3. Can u transfer to aa or ua?

  4. That was incredibly easy. As an existing Amex cardholder, I just had to put in my card information, confirm my name and address, and then basically stay on the phone with a representative for about 5 minutes while he finalized the app. Will be receiving the card in 7-10 days. Thank you!

  5. Yup super easy for me too as a Delta Amex holder. No phone rep needed, just a minute or two at most, on the online app.
    Thanks for the post. Delta miles are what i need.

  6. This is a little disappointing. I jumped on one of these “one-day biz gold” offers back in November, but it was for 75k points w/ $10k spend. So from a spend perspective, good. Points? meh.

  7. Looks like a great deal! Trying to consolidate debt into 1 card for our business. I was wondering if you knew of a card that will give rewards points for balance transfers? Does Chase do this? Or AMEX? Any credit card? If not I guess we’ll take the points and still transfer the balance.

  8. In this context, what’s the value of 50,000 points? Could someone throw some light on this, please?

  9. @ Srini It looks like maybe 1:1 points for miles according to their website.

  10. @PR Thank you for your response. That sounds awesome…

  11. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Srini – For instance 50 MR points can be converted to 75K BA miles (with the current limited time 50% bonus). 75K BA miles give you 3 r/t tickets to Hawaii from many West Coast locations (Seattle, SF, LA San Diego and etc). Or you could convert them to Air Canada Aeroplan miles 1:1, with 50K, you can get 2 domestic tickets if you fly on United or US Airways. I wouldn’t use them to fly on Air Canada as they will tack on huge fuel surcharges on their own metal. Hope you got some idea on how much 50K MR points are potentially worth.

  12. @CanadianMillionMiler,
    Thanks a ton for a detailed response.

    One small question – If I get BA miles (British Airlines right?) – can I book (for example) SFO -> HAWAI tickets with BA miles?

    Thanks in advance,

  13. @Srini
    One thing I love about AMEX points are the bonuses offered like what CanadianMillionMiler stated. I personally don’t use BA since living in Alaska makes it harder to use those miles 😉

    I do love the Delta/AMEX relationship and even though they haven’t offered any bonuses recently, you can get more out of your miles with them. I have been waiting for a promo with Delta and during that time I have built up 591k AMEX points. The last Delta transfer bonus I was involved in was for a 40% bonus. Meaning if you had these 50k points, and Delta/AMEX came out with a 40% bonus, you could turn your 50k points to 70,000 mile. Almost enough for 3 round trip economy tickets.

    Going to Hawaii will cost you more on Delta and from SFO to HNL an economy ticket in June cost 65k miles. While I could go from Anchorage to Seattle on 25k miles. You will have to shop around, but most of the time I redeem rewards at 25k miles.

    I have also found it hard to redeem BA (British Airways – miles are called Avios and are redeemed through American Airlines, their partner). But maybe living in Cali its easier for you.

  14. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Srini – Yes BA is British Airways. You need to use BA miles to fly on Alaska Airlines. My apologies, from the Bay Area, AS actually flies from San Jose and that will be 25K BA miles r/t in economy. The tax will be minimal, about $5 or so/ticket.

  15. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Srini- Just to clarify, that is 25K Avios (BA miles) from San Jose to Honolulu r/t in economy. I believe they fly to Maui as well for the same miles. Here is Alaska route map:

  16. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Derek – From ANC (Alaska) to HNL (Honolulu), it will take you 25,000 Avios miles to fly on Alaska as well. So converting MR points to Avios with the current 50% bonus promo might be your best option to Hawaii

  17. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Derek and @ Srini- at the currrent MR:Avios conversion rate, that is basically 16,667 MR points for a round trip economy ticket to Hawaii. A steal!

  18. @CanadianMillionMiler – And you have been able to get a seat or use Avios? The last 3 times I have called they have ‘conveniently’ been out of rewards seats. I’ve tried many different destinations and time frames and could not ever get a ticket booked using BA.

    But yes.. that’s an awesome deal! Especially to Hawaii!

  19. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Derek – Yes, I have got availabilites from Bellingham and Seattle. Non peak seasons, it has been pretty easy to get seats but during peak season, you either have to book 1 year out in advance or 1-2 days prior to flying. The good thing about Avios is that they do not charge any close-in fees.

  20. @CanadianMillionMiler – Thanks for the info 😉 My wife and I live in Alaska and are looking to move back to the Seattle area sometime this year. We’ll definitely have to give Avios another shot because I know I can maximize my AMEX points with BA and BA usually offers more transfer bonuses.. instead of waiting for Delta

  21. CanadianMillionMiler

    @Derek – As Seattle is AS biggest hub, there are always lots of options to fly to different Hawaiian Islands. Best of luck!

  22. @CanadianMillionMiler & @Derek – Thanks a ton to both of you guys. That’s a lot of information and I’m very happy to know all that info. Once again, I appreciate your response and thank you 🙂

    – Srini

  23. Re. availability: I booked two seats to Kona (Big Island of Hawaii) from LAX using BA miles in January (when MR had a 30% bonus on transfers). I had to be flexible with dates and the search engine is ridiculous. For example, you enter a date and it tells you there is no availability. Then you go forward 7 days and then back 7 days (ending up on the same date) and suddenly there is availability! Does not work for all dates, of course, but it did for the dates I wanted.

  24. Am I doing something wrong? I checked The Wandering Aramean’s Avios redemption calculator, and it said SFO>HNL is 34k r/t. Not seeing the 25k?

  25. @noah, check this out – it’s 12,500 one-way:

  26. @noah: I think you get a different value because there is no direct flight between SFO and HNL and Avios calculations are done per segment. Try SJC and HNL instead for a direct flight. Hey, if that BART extension to the VTA is built, that would be like the same thing 😉

  27. So if I got this card a year or two ago and then cancelled it, I won’t qualify for the bonus on round two right?

  28. @Eric Since it’s a Chase card I believe not.

  29. @Cory – what? This is an AMEX, not a Chase card?
    That being said – @eric – anectdotal evidence indicates your card needs to be closed for 24 months before you can get another bonus with AMEX on that card.

  30. @kate: thank you, thank you! SJC>HNL works! thanks 🙂

  31. Looks like I missed it :(. Landing page shows an error now.

  32. drat, i missed it too… the points were not as great as last time, but the low spending requirement was great.

  33. @All
    I’m happy to share that I applied for this card on 26th and got an approval email today.

    I’m curious to know the following: If I buy a VISA Giftcard from Officemax, with this card, will I get 5% cashback? If that’s the case, it’ll be amazing! Kindly let me know.

    I’m looking for ways to meet this minimum spend requirement of 5k..

    Thanks in advance for your valuable suggestions,

  34. same as Srini, I also got the approval email today.
    @D: Hope you write a blog on MR points soon.


  35. @mulbry
    Did you get a snapshot from anyone yet?
    If not – you can send a secured message to the amex customer care asking them to confirm about your card’s eligibility for the 50,000 MR points after $5k purchases in 4 months.

    I sent a message to the customer care and got a confirmation myself.

    Hope this helps.

  36. @All
    I’ve a question about using British Avios…
    I tried to browse and see if I can find any flights in the next 4 months from SJC to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines – it says that none are available….
    Do all you see the same problem? (I didn’t hear a lot of positive words about British Airways Avios…so just wondering if I can dig up some information from you, the experienced folks)

    Thanks in advance for your kind inputs.

    Best Wishes,

    • Thanks to everyone for helping out! It was a crazy week at work and I didn’t have time to get to the comments.

      @Srini – You can’t search for Alaska Air on I’d search for the flights on the AA website, write the flights down, and then call BA to get them booked. Sometimes, though, BA agents can’t see the Alaska flights, but hang up and call back.

  37. @MMS
    Thank you for your inputs.
    Hope it won’t be too difficult 🙂 – I can surely take a little difficulty in my stride, hey after all it’s free points 😉

  38. I received the “reminder” email that says I have until 5/26 to apply. When I click on the link provided in the email, however, I get an error message on the AMEX page. Think if I call a customer service rep they could still potentially honor this deal?

  39. @All,
    I was looking at some tickets on the Alaska Airlines website – almost all the tickets (round-trip) from SJC->HNL are being quoted at 50,000 miles (at least) — in one of the messages above it’s mentioned that one-way ticket between SJC-HNL is only 12,500 Avios – but it looks 50,000 right now?
    Or Avios valued differently than Alaska Mileage Plan points?

    With this I’m confused if I’ll really get two roundtrip tickets with this 50,000 MR points offer (even after the 50% bonus on BA is taken into account) will be sufficient for 2 round-trip tickets to Hawaii.
    I may obviously be missing something or the ticket prices went up steeply in the last month.

    Could you throw some light on this, please?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Best Wishes,

  40. @srini
    pretty sure you need to find availability with the off peak saver awards on to be able to book with Avios. and you have to call BA to book the flight if its Alaska Airlines. I hope i am wrong, but i think BA can only book awards with 12,500 Avios if the flight is listed as an off peak saver. I have been trying to find any direct flight from Seattle to Lihue which i know Alaska flies everyday, but can’t get any availability except for the 40k-50k price. I think that means BA won’t book it. Maybe Darius will make our day and tell me i am wrong.

  41. @mulbry
    Thank you for your insights on this.
    I was trying for an off-peak ticket…in January 2013 (I heard from people that it’s off-peak, I may be wrong???)

    In any case, I would welcome others also to chip in with their insights.
    Thank you in advance.

    Best Wishes,

    • @Srini – Search for the Alaska Air flight on If you see it on at the milesaaver rate, you should be able to call BA and have them book it at 12.5K miles. However, if your routing is not a direct routing, you’ll pay extra for each segment if you use Avios. You can fly 1 way in coach for 17.5K AA miles, though.

      @mulbry – Nope, you’re right! You can only book milesaaver AA flights using BA miles or the low level Alaska Air flights.

  42. @MMS,
    Thank you for your response.
    on the alaskaair website – 20k is the lowest I see for a one-way (alaska airline only) trip from SJC to KOA. I was looking at the award calendar for the next 9 months!!!
    In this process – is 1 Alaska Airline mile equivalent to 1 Avios?

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