Amex has been on a roll over the last year with welcome bonuses. Along with massive welcome bonuses for The Platinum Card® from American Express and no lifetime language offers for existing cardholders, Amex has also come out with some very high bonuses for the American Express® Gold Card. Let’s take a look.
Amex Gold Card Welcome Offer
You’ll find a variety of welcome offers for the Amex Gold card, depending on how and when you apply. At this point, we’re seeing offers varying between 60,0000 to 90,000 points — which is amazing for a card with just a $250 annual fee (rates & fees).
We value Membership Rewards points at about 2.2 cents per point, which means that a 90,000-point bonus offer is worth ~$1,980 and a 60,000-point bonus offer is worth ~$1,320.
In order to find these offers, there are a few different methods you can try.
Option 1: Check on Amex Directly (Try This First)
If you’re looking to pick up the Amex Gold card, we recommend you start your search directly on the American Express website. A recently added feature allows you to see if you prequalify for offers without impacting your credit score — and may even land you an increased bonus compared to publicly available offers.
Option 2: Check on CardMatch
If you strike out on the American Express website, then the second option we recommend is checking through the CardMatch tool. This tool completes a soft credit check to see if you’re eligible for any elevated offers. Like the Amex check, it’s not a hard pull, so it won’t count against your credit.
In order to receive matches, you’ll need to fill out some personal information, such as your name, your address, and your email address.
You can also look for targeted email offers so long as you are opted-in to receive New Card and Credit Offers in your Amex account’s General Marketing Email Preferences.
Option 3: Snag a Referral
The highest welcome offers we’re currently seeing are coming from targeted referral offers. This means that you’ll want to find a friend (or 2) with an Amex Gold card. Have them send you their link and check out if it’s for the 90,000-point bonus. If not — try again.
Benefits of the Amex Gold Card
The Amex Gold card doesn’t come with a ton of different benefits, but it does feature strong earning categories and a couple of monthly credits:
- Up to $120 in Uber Cash: Received as a monthly $10 statement credit. Valid for both Uber rides and Uber Eats orders in the U.S.
- Up to $120 Dining Credit: Received as a monthly $10 credit and valid at a variety of locations, including Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
Maximizing Your Membership Rewards Points
If you do manage to grab those 90,000 Amex Membership Rewards points, what would you want to do with them? There’s a world of opportunity available with so many points and so many transfer partners.
Fly United Polaris to Europe and Back
ANA, a transfer partner of Amex, charges just 88,000 miles roundtrip for a Polaris business class flight to Europe. As a Star Alliance member, you’ll be able to enjoy sundaes in the sky by redeeming miles on other Star Alliance partners, including United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Swiss.
Fly 3 Times to French Polynesia
Qantas points transfer over from Amex at a 1:1 ratio — and Qantas charges just 27,500 miles one-way for an economy class flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT). With 90,000 miles, you’ll be able to make this flight 3 times and still have a few points left over.
Spend 11 Nights in Tokyo
Choice Hotels isn’t well-known in the award travel world, but it should be. Thanks to its sprawling portfolio of hotels and cheap redemption rates, you can find hotels for as few as 8,000 points per night, even in uber-expensive cities such as Tokyo.
Hot Tip: For more inspiration, check out the best ways to redeem your Amex Membership Rewards points (we also have guides for redeeming just 60,000 points) and how to upgrade your flight using Membership Rewards points.
If you don’t already have the Amex Gold card, now is the time to get it. With a 90,000-point welcome offer on the books, there is a whole smorgasbord of redemptions from which to choose.
For the rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, please click here.
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