$250 Statement Credit (After Minimum Spending), up to 5% Cash Back & No-Annual Fee!

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Update:   The AMEX SimplyCash card is no longer available for new sign-ups. 

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You now get a $250 statement credit when you sign-up for the American Express SimplyCash card and spend $3,000 within 3 months!  $5,000 on purchases within the 1st 6 months of opening your account.

You have to be approved by April 28, 2014 September 21, 2015 January 25, 2016 April 27, 2016to get this offer!

Link:  AmericanExpress SimplyCash with $250 Credit (After Minimum Spending)

In my opinion, this is much better than the usual offer for NO sign-up bonus, and is quite good for a card with no annual fee.

American Express SimplyCash

The American Express SimplyCash card is a cash back card, which is great for folks looking for flexibility!

You earn:

  • 5% cash back at office supply stores and wireless services
  • 3% from 1 of 7 categories (includes gas, airfare, hotel, etc.)
  • 1% cash back on everything else
You Can Choose Which Categories to Earn Cash Back!

Cash back cards are a good way to pay for travel expenses that aren’t covered by miles and points (i.e. dining, excursions, and tickets to attractions).

You aren’t restricted by airline or hotel availability when you use the cash back.

You can even use the $250 statement credit for non-travel expenses!

But This is a Business Card

Many folks often aren’t certain if they are eligible for a business card.  You may qualify for a business card if you own an existing business or are starting a business.

SimplyCash Card Benefits

1.   Sign-Up Bonus

You get $250 cash back, in the form of a credit on your billing statement, after spending $3,000 within 3 months $5,000 within 6 months on the SimplyCash card.

This is a very good sign-up bonus for a cash-back business card with NO annual fee!

Here are the 40+ ways to help complete the minimum spending requirement.

2.   Annual Fee

The SimplyCash card has NO annual fee.

Many business cards have annual fees of $50 to $175, so it is nice to see a card with no annual fee.

3.   5% Cash Back at US Office Supply Stores and US Wireless Providers

Here’s where it gets interesting!  It looks like American Express is targeting many of the same categories as the Chase Ink Cash and Ink Classic.

But is also letting folks choose which categories they would like to earn cash back in.

You get 5% cash back for spending at:

  • US Office Supply Stores
  • Wireless Service Purchases in the US

But note that you will only receive 5% cash back on your first $25,000 of spending in each category per year.

So that’s a total of $1,250 in cash back (5% cash back X $25,000 spending limit) for spending at Office Supply stores & for spending on wireless service.

You will only get 1% cash back after you cross $25,000 in each 5% category.

That said, I still prefer using my Chase Ink Bold or Ink Plus for Office Supply or wireless purchases because I like earning 5X Ultimate Rewards points.  I then transfer those Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt hotel points.

But the Ink Bold and Ink Plus have an annual fee after the 1st year.

4.   3% Cash Back in 1 of 7 Categories

You can choose 3% cash back in any 1 of 7 categories:

  • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • Hotel stays (excluding timeshares, banquets and events)
  • Car rental companies listed at americanexpress.com/rewards-info
  • U.S. gas stations
  • U.S. restaurants
  • U.S. purchases for shipping
  • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media

I like that you can get 3% cash back on gas, airfare, or hotel stays with a fee-free card!

Choose Which Category to Earn 3% Cash Back in!

Here’s a link which explains what is included in each category.  There are lots of restrictions so please read this carefully.  I wish that American Express wouldn’t have so many restrictions!

I also don’t like that you have to purchase the airfare directly from the airline and won’t earn points if you purchase via a third party such as Orbitz etc.  Similarly, you won’t earn the full 3% cash back if you prepay for your hotel through a travel site such as Hotels.com etc.

But you have to select a category within the 1st 2 months of getting the card.  After that, you can only change your selection once a year, during December 1 to January 31.

Also note that you will only receive 3% cash back on your first $25,000 of spending in each category per year.

So that’s a total of $750 in cash back (3% cash back X $25,000 spending limit) for spending in any of these 7 categories.

You will only get 1% cash back after you cross $25,000 in each 3% category.

5.   Foreign Transaction Fee

There is a 2.7% foreign transaction fee on this card.

So don’t use this card for purchases which are not in US dollars or which are made outside the US.

Bottom Line

It is nice to see American Express respond to the great offers by Chase!

A $250 statement credit on the American Express SimplyCash card may not seem like a lot, but it is a good deal for a no-annual fee card.  This offer ends on April 28, 2014, September 21, 2015 January 25, 2016 April 27, 2016, so you’ve got ~3 months to decide whether to apply or not.

If you apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®, you will get another ~$420 in cash back which you can use for any type of travel expense!

I also like the 5% cash back on US Office Supply and US wireless purchases and being able to earn 3% cash back on any 1 of 7 categories including gas, airfare, and hotels!


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I applied for the SimplyCash and Amex Surpass on the same day. Surpass was approved and SimplyCash was pending status. I called and the agent told me that if 2 or more cards are applied on the same day, the system automatically puts the 2nd card on hold/pending for 5 business days.

I did an online chat with Amex customer service to check if Gift Cards bought at Staples / Staples.com qualify for 5% CB and he confirmed they do. Only gift cards bought at americanexpress.com do not qualify but Amex or any gift cards bought at Staples physical / online store do qualify for the 5% cashback up to 25K in purchase a year. And the year resets on Feb 1st.

I was intrigued, I spend a lot on shipping and online advertising per year. Unfortunately the 3% categories are capped at the first $25k per year of spend, then drop to 1% after that

Any update on status of GCs on this card? Two questions, really:

1.) Do GCs at office supply stores earn 5% cashback?

2.) Do GCs count towards $3,000 minimum spend, irrespective of 5% rebate?

I’m hoping for at least #2, as that’s really the main reason I got the card. I’d use Ink for anything else otherwise.


Kendra first alerted me to this card so I wanted to give her credit. When she only had a generic link, of course I came to you. Thanks for all your help over the years!

Also @Benjamin, although this is stated, there is some evidence that you can still by gift cards at office supply stores. Above and in the points and pixie dust post. They may start to crack down though. Somehow.

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