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INSIDER SECRET: Amex usually limits you to having five (maybe six) Amex credit cards at one time, but Amex charge cards, like the Business Green Rewards Card from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, won’t count toward this limit.
The Amex Business Green Rewards Card has gotten a makeover, with an interesting intro offer and an increased earning rate on travel purchases. Now, through Nov. 6, 2019, you can earn 3x Amex Membership Rewards points on these combined eligible purchases (up to $50,000) made in the first three months of account opening:
- U.S. restaurants
- Hotel stays booked directly with the hotel
- Airfare purchased directly from the airline
In addition to that intro offer, you’ll also earn 3x American Express points on all travel booked through the Amex travel site and 1X points on all other purchases. The Amex Business Green card has a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees).
Previously, this card had an intro offer of 5,000 Amex points after making your first purchase, and only earned 2x points on travel booked through the Amex site. So the new benefits make the card slightly more valuable, but there are still much better Amex card options.
If you’re going to spend the full $50,000 (in three months) on travel you’re likely to be better off applying for the American Express® Business Gold Card or the Amex Business Platinum card. The Business Platinum card currently has an increased offer of 100,000 Amex points after you spend $25,000 in qualifying purchases in the first three months of account opening and it earns 5x Amex points on flights and prepaid hotels booked through the Amex travel site. The Amex Business Gold card earns 4x Amex points (on up to $150,000 in combined purchases each calendar year, then 1x) in the top two of these categories you spend in each month:
- Airfare purchased directly from airlines
- U.S. purchases for advertising in select media (online, TV, radio)
- U.S. purchases made directly from select technology providers of computer hardware, software, and cloud solutions
- U.S. purchases at gas stations
- U.S. purchases at restaurants
- U.S. purchases for shipping
Personally, I also consider The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express to be a better card; it earns 2x Amex points on all purchases (up to $50,000 a year, then 1x).
If you’re looking for a personal card that earns transferrable Amex Membership Rewards points, here are the best offers:
|Card||Welcome bonus & minimum spending requirements|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||Earn up to 75,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points: 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases made on the card within the first 3 months of account opening.
|American Express®️ Green Card||Receive up to $100 in statement credits toward any eligible purchase from Away made within the first three months of Card Membership. Offer ends January 15, 2020. Plus, earn 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months of account opening. Terms apply.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express||No welcome bonus|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||60,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|American Express® Gold Card||35,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Terms Apply.|
|American Express® Business Gold Card||Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.|
|Business Green Rewards Card from American Express||15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express||15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
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