50,000 Membership Rewards Points (at Least $500 in Travel) With The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

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50,000 Membership Rewards Points (at Least $500 in Travel) With The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

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 How to Fill out an American Express Business Card Application

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is now offering 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

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You Can Get a Lot of Big Travel With The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

This is a better offer than the usual offer on this card.  And it requires less spending than the occasional limited-time offers for 75,000 points which require $10,000 in spending.

I’ve written before that the 75,000 point offers are not worth the amount of minimum spending required (unless you can mange the minimum spending comfortably) because they take away from sign-up bonuses on other cards.

But spending $5,000 within 3 months is much more manageable!  Here’s how to fill out a business card application.

What Can I Do With 50,000 Points?

Here’s a post on what to do with Membership Rewards points.

You can get at least $500 in air travel when you use 50,000 Membership Rewards points to book travel using the “Pay with Points” option.

The advantage of using Pay with Points is that you get lots of flexibility with booking your travel because you don’t have to search for only low availability flights.  If there is a flight for sale, you can use points to book it.  You will also earn miles on the flight you book.

You can transfer Membership Rewards points to airline partners and then redeem for flights within the US, to Hawaii, and the rest of the world.  The bad news is that most partners charge fuel surcharges on international awards which vary by the partner airline you fly on.

American Express Membership Rewards
Membership Rewards Airline Partners

Membership Rewards airline and hotel transfer partners often have transfer bonuses, so you may be able to transfer your points to, say, British Airways and get 40% more points.

The $175 annual fee is waived for the 1st year and you earn:

    • 3X AMEX Membership Rewards points in 1 of 5 categories (you choose):  Airfare purchased directly from airlines, US advertising in select media, US gas stations, US shipping, and US hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases
    • 2x points in the remaining 4 categories
    • 1X points on other purchases
    • NO foreign transaction fees
    • Terms Apply

Who is Eligible For The Bonus?

The terms also say that the: “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 months

You should be able to get the 50,000 point bonus if you have have the American Express personal Premier Rewards Gold and the Platinum card since the terms preclude only business cards within the last 12 months.

But you will not get the bonus if it is less than 12 months from when you cancelled The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN.

Bottom Line

American Express seems to be running limited time mega sign-up bonus offers, but with large minimum spending requirements.

We’ve seen similar offers before for 1 day only, so it is nice to see this offer for 50,000 Membership Rewards points run for a bit longer.  And with a more manageable minimum spending requirement!

Here’s a post on how to fill out the business card application.

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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

  • Welcome Offer: Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases
  • 3X and 2X apply to the first $100,000 in purchases in each of the 5 categories per year, 1X point per dollar thereafter
  • Track, organize, and stay on top of your business expenses with powerful expense-tracking tools
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
  • Terms and limitations apply
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Hi Daraius,

I got the targeted 75K MR points offer, with $5000 spend needed in 3 months (to which I applied and got approved 🙂 )

Do variable load gift cards purchase count toward the minimum spend?

(I can get those at Walmart for $4.94 fee, load $500 into it, and can offload them to my Bluebird).

When I called Amex for clarification, they did not give a straight answer, but read what is written in the card member agreement.

Thanks.

D,

I got the 75k MR points and would like to transfer ultimately to Iberia for travel. Question: is 40% bonus still available when you transfer MR points to British airways for Avios? Also, once Avios available in BA can I transfer free of charge to Iberia? Thanks

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@Ron – The transfer bonus isn’t currently available, but could be back.

Hi there. I have a question. I applied for the Amex gold card and am supposed to receive 50,000 points if I spend $5000 within 3 months. I thought I was going for a trip which will easily rack up that amount but the trip was cancelled. Now I’m not sure how I’m going to spend that amount. Of course, I can just go crazy shopping but no, I’m not doing that. i thought of purchasing Target or Trader Joes gift cards since i shop there often, but was told that it doesn’t count towards the accumulation. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. And no wasteful crazy shopping suggestions please 🙂 Thanks for your help!

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@kips – Buying Target and trader Joe gift cards should count towards the minimum spending requirements.

Hi Daraius,

Thanks again for your great column. I am considering applying for an Amex business card and personal gold (MR) card on the same day. I got a targeted 75K business gold offer with 2K spend. Is it possible to get approved for both? I don’t currently have any Amex cards and I have minimal business income (e.g. under $100 – eBay, etc.). Considering a mini app-o-rama with US Bank hotel card.

Also, I have 5 hard pulls on credit report and 6 new cc accts in past 6 months, though 750+ credit score.

Thanks!

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Million Mile Secrets

@BG – It should be possible to get approved for both the AMEX cards, but I can’t comment specifically on your chances for approval. But folks do manage to get 1 personal and 1 business AMEX card.

Darius, sorry in advance but I couldn’t find answer so if I have Mercedes Platinum (3/13) then I cannot apply for Business Gold?

thanks, robin

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Million Mile Secrets

@robin – The terms suggest that you can’t have a business platinum and get the business gold. You should be fine if you have the Mercedes Benz Platinum (a personal card) and then get the Business Gold card.

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