A 65K Premier Rewards Gold AMEX bonus offer is available via AMEX pre-qualified offers to some cardholders. There can also be higher targeted offers available via snail mail, by logging into your AMEX account, or even via LinkedIn (see 75K AMEX Business Platinum via LinkedIn Targeted Offers). Note that the full 65,000 bonus points requires keeping the card for the second year, incurring the $195 annual fee the second year.
Here are the offer details:
- 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending $2000 on purchases in the first 3 months of card membership
- 25,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending $2000 on the card between July 15-October 15, 2017
- 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines
- 2X points at U.S. gas stations and U.S. supermarkets
- 2X points at U.S. restaurants
- 1X points on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees
- $100 airline incidental fee credit per calendar year
- No annual fee the first year; thereafter $195 annual fee applies
How Do I See If I Qualify for This 65K AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Offer?
Go to the AMEX Pre-Qualified Offers and enter in your first name, last name, address, and last 4 digits of your social security number to see your AMEX pre-qualified offers, including whether you qualify for this one.
Am I Eligible for This 65K Bonus Offer If I Previously Had an AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card?
Not per the offer terms, which state “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”
Don't Some AMEX Targeted Offers Allow Prior Card Members to Receive the Signup Bonus Again?
Yes, there are reports of some targeted offers that do NOT have the language that excludes anyone who has or has had the product from the signup bonus. This particular pre-qualified offer isn't one of them, but look closely at the terms of any special AMEX bonus offers you are targeted for, and take advantage of those that don't exclude you as a prior card member.
How Does the Airline Incidental Fee Credit Work–What Can It Be Used For?
The airline incidental fee credit can only be used after selecting an airline (since you can only receive the fee credit for the airline you select). Go to the AMEX Airline Fee Credit – Select a Qualifying Airline page and login with your AMEX user ID and password, or alternatively call the number on the back of your card. The incidental fee credit does not apply to ticket purchases, but rather to incidental fees such as baggage fees, seat selection fees and food/drink purchases, lounge day passes, as long as billed by the airline (so Gogo WiFi and other third party merchant charges do not qualify). I personally prefer to buy AMEX gift cards which tend to get reimbursed if purchased in the amount of $100 or less (no guarantee, however) so that I can use them towards ticket purchases. See AMEX Platinum Airline Fee Credits Posted: $400 Off American Airlines Flights.
What Are the Best Uses of AMEX Membership Rewards Points?
My preferred transfer partner is Singapore KrisFlyer, although it's true that it's gotten increasingly difficult to redeem for saver level Singapore Suites on the A380 awards. That said, Singapore First Class is also good, and most routes will be upgraded by the end of this year (with the possible exception of the Moscow – Houston Fifth Freedom route, where there's not a lot of paid demand).
Aeroplan can also make sense for some redemptions, and Aeroplan awards are more convenient since Membership Rewards points transfer instantly and partner awards can be booked online (Singapore KrisFlyer Star Alliance awards must be booked by calling in).
I've also used Membership Rewards to top up clients' Asia Miles and British Airways Executive Club Avios accounts to redeem for those awards, as well as for Delta SkyMiles awards.
How Long do AMEX Membership Rewards Points Transfers Take?
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