3 Changes to How You Earn Points With The Business Gold Card From American Express OPEN

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Via MileCards, The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is making some changes on January 23, 2015, that in turn could change how you earn points!

3 Changes To How You Earn Points With AMEX Business Gold

There Are 3 Changes to The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN That You Should Know About

I’ll explain what’s changed and how it might impact you.

3 Changes to The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

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Here’s what you need to know:

1.   Choose Your Own Bonus Category

So I’ll give you the good news first.

With The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN you can currently earn 3X points on flights purchased directly from airlines.  But starting January 30, 2015, you can earn 3X points in any 1 of the following categories:

  • Flights purchased directly from the airlines
  • US Advertising in select media
  • Shipping purchased in the US
  • US Gas Stations
  • OR directly from US locations of certain computer hardware, software, and cloud computing stores

The categories you don’t select will then earn you 2X points per dollar spent.

3 Changes To How You Earn Points With AMEX Business Gold

Earn 3X Points on a Business Category of Your Choice Such as Shipping!

You can choose your 3X point category beginning January 30, 2015.  Starting in 2016, the selection period will be from December 1st to January 31st.

Once you choose your 3X points category, you won’t be able to make changes until the following year.

This change is great news for folks who like The Business Rewards Gold Card from American Express OPEN, but don’t do a lot of spending on flights.  Now you have more options and the opportunity to earn more points!

2.   Separate Rewards Accounts

You now have the option to allow employees to collect points in their own account.

Once an employee (or additional card member) gets permission from the Primary Card Member, he or she can set up and link a separate Membership Rewards account to the Additional card.

So when that happens, the employee (or additional cardholder) can earn points in their account from spending, including in the 3X and 2X categories.

Each card will have its own rewards balance.

3.   Only Earn Bonus Points in 1 Category

Some folks were able to earn 2X points twice for categories that overlapped.

For example, you have been able to buy advertising from Bing and get 2X points for computer software purchases and another 2X points for advertising.

AMEX has fixed this loophole.  So beginning January 23, 2015, you will only earn bonus points for 1 category per purchase.

Bottom Line

There are some changes coming to the The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN beginning January 23, 2015.

The most important change is that you can now choose your own 3X points category each year.  This will give you more flexibility.  If you spend more in a category outside of airlines, this means more points for you!

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4 responses to “3 Changes to How You Earn Points With The Business Gold Card From American Express OPEN

  1. Oh the third world dilemma.. LOL Do I choose gas stations or computer hardware.. Tiger Direct and New Egg do sell a LOT more then just computer hardware.. Plus I think they have SOME gift cards. Certain gas stations have a LOT of Gift Cards.. But I drive a hybrid so i really only spend about 120 a month on gas for a potential of 4320 MR points plus whatever I can buy in gift cards.

    With computers at least I have a fighting chance of earning a good bonus.. but maybe I’d be better off using my ink at office supply stores. 🙂

  2. I recently got this card specifically for the 2x points on advertising and the great 75k signup bonus on $2k spend. I spend a lot of money on advertising expenses each year especially on Google and Bing. Being able to increase that to 3x is great news for me but I have a couple questions since I just got the card last month.

    1. Has anyone ever found a complete list of which advertisers this applies to? Or, is it simply based on how the charge is categorized by Amex? Here’s how an Adowrds charge appears on my statement.
    Additional Information: 8114094671 ADVERTISING SERVICE
    ADVERTISING SERVICE
    Reference: 320150060XXXXXXXX
    Category: Business Services – Advertising Services

    2. What is the best way for me to confirm that I am receiving the bonus points so I can confirm which advertisers are triggering the bonus points? Will I be able to see a more detailed breakdown of points earned once they are no longer in a pending state?

  3. The downside of the 3x is that it’s capped at the first $100k, then 1x after that. I just left the page that another site posted the business categories. Google definitely is one of them. I also spend a lot on Google/Bing and was intrigued.

  4. Could someone please let me know how I can choose my 3X point category? I cannot find where to specify this. Thank you!