Changes to The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN Start Today!

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I wrote about changes to the The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN last month.

Those changes are now confirmed and take effect today, January 30, 2015.

You’ll now be able to choose your 3X points category.  Previously, you’d earn 3 points per $1 you spend on flights purchased directly from airlines.

Changes To AMEX Business Gold Rewards Start Today

You Can Pick Your 3X Category With The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN, Including Gas Stations

What’s the Deal?

Link:   The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

As of today, you’ll earn 3 AMEX Membership Rewards points per $1 you spend on 1 of the following categories that YOU choose:

  • Flights purchased directly from airlines
  • US advertising in select media
  • Shipping purchased in the US
  • US gas stations
  • Buying directly from US locations of certain computer hardware, software, and cloud computing stores

This is a great way for folks to get the most points from their purchases, depending on their spending habits.

Changes To AMEX Business Gold Rewards Start Today

Not Just Airlines Anymore – Now You Can Choose Where You Earn 3X Points From 1 of 5 Categories

And you’ll earn 2 points per $1 you spend in the categories you don’t choose.  You’ll get the extra points on a maximum of $100,000 in spending per year, per category.

The 3X category you pick will stay in effect until the end of the year.  Then, you can pick a new category for 2016.

Bottom Line

The updates to the The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN card take effect today, January 30, 2015.

You can now choose 1 of 5 categories to earn 3 points per $1 you spend.  Previously, you’d only earn 3X points on airfare purchased directly from airlines.

Which category did you choose to earn 3X points?

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4 responses to “Changes to The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN Start Today!

  1. Very interesting!
    Can we get 3x points shipping on fedex on top of the 5% back via OPEN?
    And does stamps.com purchases count as shipping under 3x?
    Thanks!

  2. I just linked my Chase Sapphire to my Chase checking account (as the overdraft protection). Now I can:
    a. transfer all funds from my checking to my savings (so I keep my cash)
    b. pay all my bills ie mortgage and such with my checking account
    c. wait one day and all bills are paid from the checking account and the sufficient funds being transferred from the credit card (there is a 10$ charge fro each day a transfer is made).
    d. pay the credit card from the savings account funds as soon as the balance is posted to the credit card.
    e. enjoy many many Ultimate Rewards points

  3. Being able to choose your 3X category is a great change. Since you can sell your Membership Rewards points for about 1.3 cents each, they’re probably worth at least that much when used well. So that makes your chosen 3X category almost a 4% category — nice.

    You can get 5% on gas and 4.25% on airfare with other cards (with no annual fee), but nearly 4% toward advertising, shipping, or computing products is unique, as far as I know. (e.g. You can get only 3% toward shipping with the AmEx SimplyCash card).

  4. @michael smith

    Although your comment is not related to the Amex article, it is very interesting to me. When the credit card kicks in as a overdraft protection, does the charge become a regular purchase or a cash advance? The T&C I found says

    “If the transfer is from your credit card, you will also pay interest from the date of the transfer.”

    It sounds like a cash advance? Do you usually just pay back the next business day? And you would trigger a 1-day interest charge? Isn’t the rate pretty high? Do you get UR points for cash advances?

    Could you share your experience with slightly more details? Thanks!!!