30,000 Membership Rewards Points & Amazon Prime with AMEX Business Gold Rewards

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Update:  This offer is no longer available.

American Express has relaunched the Enhanced Business Gold Rewards card and now offers 30,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

In addition, you also get a statement credit for your 1st year of Amazon Prime membership which gets you unlimited 2-day free shipping on Amazon.  Note that you have to complete the full minimum spending of $5,000 within 3 months to get the $79 Amazon Prime statement credit.

Amazon Prime costs $79, so it isn’t a big incentive.  That said, I love how Amazon is increasing the number of folks who have an Amazon Prime subscription.  Folks buy a lot more on Amazon once they experience the benefits of an Amazon Prime subscription.

The previous offer for the Business Gold Rewards card was ZERO points and there have also been 50,000 point and 75,000 point offers in the last 12 months.

The American Express Business Gold Rewards card competes with the Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus which both offer 50,000 points as the sign-up bonus.

As a marketer, I would expect that Business Gold Rewards card will eventually have to match (or exceed) the competitive offer from Chase.

Bottom Line

I’d hold off on this offer and wait for a better offer on the AMEX Business Gold card to come along.

If you’re looking for a limited time card, I’d strongly consider the Chase Freedom with 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points and the Chase Sapphire Preferred with the increased sign-on bonus!

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7 Responses to 30,000 Membership Rewards Points & Amazon Prime with AMEX Business Gold Rewards

  1. Brian baughman

    Good stuff as always D. I wanted to ask if anyone else has had trouble recently with bluebird. I’ve used it 20+ times without a flaw, but today after the first 500 went through the second card wouldn’t allow the transaction to close at Walmart. “Debit not approved” oh no!!! Hoping this is a one machine glitch and not a new trend. :/

  2. @ Brian – I had the same problem on Saturday with my second $500. Went back today and got the same message. I have not reached my 5000k limit for the month. This was with a US Bank gift card from Kroger. Hoping with you!

  3. I had a friend who had the problem with Bluebird, and he called up Bluebird to inquire ; it was an anti fraud measure. He cleared it up when he called back and answered some questions. Hope this info helps.

  4. If I drop my Amex Business Gold now, how long do I have to wait to take advantage of another sign-up offer?

  5. @Allan – The terms say that you won’t get the bonus for at least 12 months after closing your last card.

  6. My CPA recommended that I should not put personal expenses to meet minimum requirement spending. I received my Ink Plus and bought Vanilla reload paks at CVS and load it to Bluebird checking to pay mortgage and car payments. Thinking about getting the Ink Bold card in a few months so we can rack up some points to purchase 3 business class tix to Asia. What do you think?

  7. @ABB – I’d do whatever your CPA recommends you doing. I have mixed business and personal expenses, but try not to do it too often.

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