News You Can Use – 50,000 Point The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN & Business Class to Europe for ~$1,500

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1.   50,000 Membership Rewards Points.  The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN which used to offer zero points is now offering 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months for applications before November 26, 2012.

This isn’t as good as some of the 1-day offers for 75,000 Membership Rewards points, but which had a higher ($10,000) minimum spending requirement. 

I’ll share my thoughts on this offer next week, but I wouldn’t apply for this card unless I had a specific trip in mind and had researched how American Express Membership Rewards points were going to help me get there.

American Express Membership Rewards points do have value, but they aren’t as easy to use as Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

2.   Business Class to Europe for ~$1,500.   MileValue explains how to buy TACA airlines miles and then redeem for award flights on Star Alliance airlines.

You can’t take part in this offer unless you had a TACA account set up before September 3, 2012, but register now for next time!

I wouldn’t stockpile miles to use later, since the redemption rates could increase.  But this is a good trick for trips which you will book soon.

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20 responses to “News You Can Use – 50,000 Point The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN & Business Class to Europe for ~$1,500

  1. I have a question on amex in general- how long does it take to see points posted? I have reached the buying level needed, paid it off 3 weeks ago,today is new statement month,still 0…..any advice (other than just wait?)
    BTW, they do send out other offers, mine was spend 1k,get 50k personal amex gold…..

  2. J.M. My data point: I’m in the same position as you are. 1K spend, which I met in a week or so. I paid off the balance within 2 days of statement close in August. I called yesterday and the rep said it would post on Sept 12th my next closing date. But IMHO it takes too long for Am Ex points to post. Much longer than the Avios points or other Chase Points.

  3. Why do you say this: “American Express Membership Rewards points do have value, but they aren’t as easy to use as Chase Ultimate Rewards points.”?

    I find that AMEX rewards are just as easy to use as UR points.

    I also got the 50k after 1k spend offer. Waiting for the card in the mail

  4. That TACA registration is an impossible site. 15 different user names were “already taken” and the site kept asking me to enter area code where the zip code went I finally abandoned efforts. Also it asked for so much info that I felt I was giving my life story to a terrorist group which was going to steal my identity. No thanks

  5. Hi Darius,

    I have 50,000 AMEX points which I can exchange for either Delta or British Airways miles. Since British Airways is American Airlines’ alliance, can I exchange for AA miles once I receive British Airways’ miles?


  6. “unless I had a specific trip in mind”
    Why? Who wouldn’t want 50k AMEX ready to use whenever needed….after all a key cornerstone of this hobby is diversification.

  7. @tsui, The answer is: No, you cannot.

  8. @tsui – The other answer is, “No, you cannot. You can, however, book trips on AA flights with your BA miles.”

  9. @David That is obviously an error on their part and you do not need to worry about it. Just enter your username and it should be fine. That happened to me but I just put a name and moved on. In fact you already should have received an email without having to enter all of your personal information. You should try to register again in case another 100% bonus rolls along.

  10. @tsui @traveler but you can transfer to BA and use the avios to book AA flights. If the flights are short you ll actually save miles because BA is distance based.

  11. A few weeks ago I got a targetted offer for 75,000 membership reward points for spending $2,000 by early December. I applied and got my American Express Gold Business after about a week. $175 membership fee waived for the first year.

    • @J .M. – The points usually post once the statement in which you’ve completed the minimum spending requirements closes.

      @Steve @Zz – For someone new to the game, Chase Ultimate Rewards points are easier to use – primarily because of United and Hyatt as transfer partners. You can’t apply for everything at once, so better to plan out a trip and see what you need to get there!

      @Chris – 75K points is a great offer!

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  13. @chris – what was the code?

    maybe they will put it on other accounts like they used too.

  14. Most of the new Business Gold cards (e.g. the one-day 75000 or 50000 MR bonus links above) say “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product or any other Business Gold, Green or Platinum Card® account within the last 12 months”, but I received a targeted email through the Delta Skymiles Amex channel for a 50000 MR/$5000/3month (similar to the 50000/5000/3 card above), but it has a slightly different language: “Existing American Express OPEN Business Gold Rewards Card members are not eligible for this offer.” — has anyone seen this language and/or have experience with this one? I had cancelled my Amex Business Gold about 3 months ago, so clearly would not be eligible for the 75000 one-day or 50000 offers linked above, but am not sure about the targeted one.

    • @skdelta – I don’t have personal experience, but the terms seem to suggest that you would get the miles again. But I don’t know what recourse you’d have if you complete the spending and don’t get the miles.

  15. Can you meet the minimum spend for this card with purchasing AMEX gift cards through their site?

  16. Followup to my question of 12 sep — the 50000 MR points did post, so it looks like the targeted offer’s language of “Existing American Express OPEN Business Gold Rewards Card members are not eligible for this offer” did apply, and my three-month prior cancellation of the same card didn’t interfere with the offer.