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The CardMatch tool lets folks see if they have been targeted for better-than-normal offers on certain credit cards. Many offers from Capital One or First Premier Bank won’t be useful to folks collecting miles and points.
But some folks may get a lucrative offer for 50,000 Membership Rewards points on the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express! Or for other American Express cards.
I last saw this offer on December 14, 2013.
50,000 Points Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express
You get 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months on the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.
The normal offer for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express is 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 within the 1st three months.
So the offer from CardMatch is a much better offer! Because you get double the normal amount of points for half the required spending!
Note: I saw the offer on December 14, 2013.
If you weren’t able to see the 50,000 points Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express the last time if was offered, you might be able to see it now. That said, it isn’t likely to be available to a lot of folks, but it doesn’t hurt to see if you’ve been targeted for it.
How To See The 50,000 Point Offer
Step 1 – Go to CardMatch
Some banks make their more lucrative offers, such as the 50,000 points Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, available through the CardMatch link.
Step 2 – Enter Your Information
Enter your name, address, and the last 4 digits of your social security number. Then click “Next.”
Your Social Security Number is used for a “soft inquiry” against your TransUnion credit report. A “soft inquiry” doesn’t impact your credit score.
So it should not impact your credit score when you enter your social security number to see your targeted offers.
Step 3 – See Your Offers
You will see your targeted offers which could include the 50,000 point Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express!
That said, I expect more folks to NOT see the more lucrative 50,000 points Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express offer than those who see it.
American Express usually lets you get the signup bonus again IF you haven’t had the same card within the past 12 months. But read the terms and conditions closely.
Be sure to take screenshots of the application page if you apply.
How to Use 50,000 Membership Rewards Points
Check out my post on what to do with Membership Rewards points.
1. Travel Using Pay With Points
You could get $500 worth of travel when you redeem points using the “Pay with Points” feature and get 1 cent per point towards air travel booked through the Membership Rewards portal.
You get less than 1 cent per point if you book hotels and car rentals through the portal, so best to use Pay with Points for air travel.
And you earn miles on the flights you book with Pay with Points!
So this is a good use for folks who have little flexibility in their travel plans.
2. Gift Cards & Amazon
You can use your points for gift cards. So 50,000 points gets you $500 in gift cards and ~ $350 in Amazon.com credits. I prefer to use my points for travel, but do the math to see what makes sense for you.
You can also redeem for Amazon.com purchases, but you only get 0.7 cents per point, which isn’t a great value. This means that 50,000 points will get you $350 in Amazon purchases.
3. Transfer To Airlines
You can transfer points to different airlines such as Delta, British Airways, and Singapore Airlines, etc. Then redeem for flights.
But many Membership Rewards partners charge fuel surcharges on international awards which vary by the partner airline you fly on.
American Express has frequent transfer bonuses to British Airways, and British Airways Avios are a great use for short distance travel.
If you want to travel on a suite in Singapore Airlines, transferring Membership Rewards points to Singapore Airlines is the best way to get it!
4. Transfer To Hotels
You can transfer Membership Rewards points to Starwood hotels (SPG points), but the transfer ratio isn’t very good. You get only 333 Starwood points for every 1,000 Membership Rewards point transferred.
You usually get 1,500 Hilton points for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred. 50,000 points would get you 75,000 Hilton points.
But you’ll get a better value by transferring your Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio.
You can then transfer Virgin Atlantic Points to Hilton points by calling the Virgin Atlantic service center (800-365-9500 ) at a 1:2 ratio. So 50,000 Membership Rewards points becomes 100,000 Hilton points
You can get 50,000 points from the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express when you apply via CardMatch. I last saw the offer on December 14, 2013.
This offer is only available through CardMatch and gets you double the amount of points (50,000 points)! That said, most folks will not see the offer, but it doesn’t hurt to see what you’re being offered.
The targeting criteria keeps on changing so you could be targeted for a better offer later on.