American Express® Gold Card

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Card Details and Application Link
American Express® Gold Card
75K Points + 20% back at restaurants ⓘ Non-Affiliate
75K points after $6K in purchases in the first 6 months + 20% back at restaurants for the first 12 months up to $250 back. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
$250 Annual Fee

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Recent better offer: 90K after $6K in the first 6 months + 20% back at restaurants for the first 12 months up to $250 back [Expired 6/8/22]
FM Mini Review: This card offers an awesome return on US supermarket and worldwide dining spend, putting it at or near the top-of-class in both categories. Dining credits and Uber / Uber Eats credits go a long way towards reducing the sting of this card's annual fee.
Earning rate: 3X points for flights booked with airlines or on amextravel.com ✦ 4x points at US Supermarkets (up to $25K in purchases, then 1x) ✦ 4x at restaurants worldwide ✦ 1X points on other purchases. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
Base: 1X (1.55%)
Travel: 3X (4.65%)
Dine: 4X (6.2%)
Grocery: 4X (6.2%)
Card Info: Amex Pay Over Time Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: Up to $10 in statement credits monthly with participating dining partners (Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Seamless/Grubhub, Cheesecake Factory) ✦ $10 monthly Uber or Uber Eats credit (use it or lose it each month) ✦ $100 hotel credit on qualifying charges on stays of 2 nights or longer, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc ✦ Enrollment required for select benefits.

Intro

The American Express Gold Card is a solid option for those who can make use of the monthly dining credits given that it also offers terrific return on spend at both U.S. Supermarkets and restaurants worldwide. Given the strength of Amex transfer partners, it is hard to argue that there is a better card in those bonus categories.

However, if you don’t make use of the monthly dining credits, it may be hard to justify this card’s annual fee given that there are cheaper options on the market for earning only marginally lower return in those same categories.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at earning a new welcome bonus offer. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application, and if you already have an Amex card, they won't usually issue a hard pull when approved for another one. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from earning a welcome bonus offer for the card if you apply now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 90 Day Rule: You can get at most two credit cards within 90 days. This rule does not apply to Pay Over Time (charge) cards.

  • 5 credit card max: Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards or 10 or more charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


Should you apply?

Gold card welcome bonuses are usually worth considerably more than the card’s annual fee. So, as long as you can make use of some of the card’s perks, and as long as you can meet the offer’s minimum spend requirements, it makes sense to apply for at least one year. You can always cancel (or downgrade to a less expensive card) once the annual fee comes due in year 2 so as to avoid paying for the second year.

Amex Gold Card Reconsideration

If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new account holders); 866-314-0237 (current account holders)

How to Meet Minimum Spend requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting their money back. These techniques are referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus offer. For example, most new cardmember bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount do NOT include fees or interest charges, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Annual Fee

The Amex Gold card has a $250 annual fee. Additional cardholders are free (and Amex sometimes offers a small bonus when you add a cardholder and they meet a minimum spending requirement).

Amex Gold Card Perks

Arguably the most important perks of the Amex Gold card are the bonus categories. Earning 4x transferable points on the first $25K in purchases at U.S. Supermarkets per year (then 1x) is certainly an attractive prospect for many. Earning 4x at restaurants worldwide could be icing on the cake for those who dine out frequently.

However, in order to justify the annual fee, you will likely need to be able to take advantage of the card’s key statement credit benefits:

  • $10 monthly Uber Cash. Just add your card to our Uber account and you receive $10 in Uber Cash each month to use on Uber Eats or Uber rides in the U.S. You must use this by the end of the month.
  • Up to $10 per month in statement credits for purchases at GrubHub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, and select Shake Shack locations.

If you’re able to make use of both credits each month, that’s up to $240 worth of credits and Uber Cash. However, you shouldn’t value it at face value since you would expect a discount if paying up front for a subscription to monthly credits.

Redeem Points

In general, Membership Rewards points are worth up to 1 cent each when redeemed for merchandise or gift cards. Fortunately, there are three ways in which it is possible to get more value: redeem points for flights, transfer points to hotel or airline partners, or invest rewards. More on each below…

Travel

Those with Amex Platinum cards automatically get 1 cent per point value when redeeming points for travel. That's not particularly good, but it's much better than the value that people get without an Amex Platinum card. Currently, the only way to get better than 1 cent per point value when redeeming points for travel is with the Business Platinum Card.
The Business Platinum Card offers a 35% Airline Bonus: Get 35% of your points back when you redeem points through Amex Travel for either a First or Business class flight on any airline, or for any flights with your selected airline.
After you receive the 35% rebate, the value works out to 1.54 cents per point. That's very good, but it does require owning this ultra-premium card.

Transfer points

The best use of Membership Rewards points, in our opinion, is to transfer points to airline and hotel partners in order to book high value awards. Your best bet is usually to wait until you find a great flight or flight award before transferring points. One exception: Amex often offers 30% or higher transfer bonuses to certain programs (Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are two common examples). If you’re confident that you’ll use the points for good value, it may make sense to transfer points when those bonuses are in effect.

For specific examples of great ways to use points transferred to airline miles, please see: Amex Membership Rewards sweet spots.

Current Transfer Bonuses

Here are the currently available transfer bonuses from Amex Membership Rewards (this table will update automatically when new offers are found):

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date

Points can be transferred to the loyalty accounts of the primary cardholder or any authorized user or employee on the account.

Transfer Partners

It is free to transfer Membership Rewards points to foreign airlines. For transfers to US airlines, however, Amex charges an “excise tax offset fee” of $0.0006 per point (with a maximum fee of $99). Airlines subject to this fee are noted below.

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioBest Uses
Aer Lingus Avios1 to 1Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Aer Lingus rather than British Airways, Qatar, or Iberia. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar.  See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
AeroMexico ClubPremier1 to 1.6AeroMexico is a SkyTeam partner. Club Premier points can be used to book flights on AeroMexico, SkyTeam alliance members (such as Delta or Korean Air), or on select partner airlines. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.
Air Canada Aeroplan1 to 1Redeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.
Air France KLM Flying Blue1 to 1Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards. Air France often offers very good business class award pricing between the US and Europe & Israel.
ANA Mileage Club1 to 1Redeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed. ANA offers many great sweet-spot awards, including flying around the world in business class for as few as 115K miles! See also: ANA - a terrific Membership Rewards gem.
Avianca LifeMiles1 to 1Avianca LifeMiles can be great for Star Alliance awards. They offer reasonable award prices and no fuel surcharges on awards. They also offer shorthaul awards within the US (for flying United, for example) for as few as 7,500 miles one-way. Best of all, their mixed-cabin pricing can lead to fantastic first-class award prices. See this post for details.
British Airways Avios1 to 1While flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1 to 1Cathay Pacific has a decent distance based award chart, but they no longer allow stopovers longer than 24 hours. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be a good option for booking American Airlines flights with a distance based award chart, especially if other OneWorld Alliance miles aren't available. For long distance flights, it is possible to reduce the cost of a premium cabin award by adding on a lower cabin segment. See this post for details.
Choice1 to 1Choice Privileges points seem to be randomly valuable within the US, but dependably valuable internationally in expensive locations such as Scandinavia and Japan. Points can sometimes offer great value when used towards participating Preferred Hotels of the World.
Delta SkyMiles1 to 1 plus excise taxDelta no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards originating in North America. Flash award sales and flights to/from locations other than the U.S. or Canada can offer great value. See: Best uses for Delta miles.
Emirates Skywards1 to 1The best use of Emirates miles has been to fly Emirates itself. Unfortunately fuel surcharges can be steep. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.
Etihad Guest1 to 1Etihad offers a distance based award chart for flying Etihad and another for its partners. Points may offer good value for expensive but short-distance flights.
Hawaiian Miles1 to 1 plus excise taxHawaiian Airlines’ award prices tend to be quite high, but there are some not-terrible uses: fly to neighboring islands for 7.5K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to South Pacific islands for as few as 95K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to Australia for as few as 130K miles, or use miles to upgrade paid flights.
Hilton1 to 25th Night Free awards. Best value is usually found with very low end or very high end Hilton hotels. Bonus: award nights are not subject to resort fees. Note that Hilton points often go on sale for half a cent each and so its rare for point transfers to Hilton to be a good value.
Iberia Avios1 to 1On their own flights, Iberia offers low award prices and a very reasonable 25 Euro cancellation fee. Partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well, but these are usually nonrefundable. Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways, Aer Lingus, or Qatar. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
JetBlue250 to 200 plus excise taxJetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one of these cards.
Marriott Bonvoy1 to 15th Night Free awards. Opportunities to get outsized value exist but can be hard to find.
Qantas Frequent Flyer1 to 1Best use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. Qantas offers distance based award charts similar to Cathay Pacific. Both are OneWorld Alliance members. I recommend comparing award prices across both programs before transferring to either. Qantas offers round the world business class awards for only 280,000 points (but with many restrictions)
Qatar Privilege Club Avios1 to 1Qatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself. Points are now transferable 1 to 1 to British Airways (and from there to Aer Lingus or Iberia). It is now also possible to book JetBlue flights with Qatar Avios.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 1Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1 to 1Virgin Atlantic offers a few great sweet spot awards including US to Europe on Delta One business class for 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).

Cash back (invest with rewards)

You can redeem points for cash back at a reasonable rate with the Business Platinum Card, the American Express Platinum Card for Schwab or the Platinum Card for Morgan Stanley.  With the Business Platinum card, you need an Amex Business Checking account to cash out points for 1 cent each.  The Schwab and Morgan Stanley cards, meanwhile, offer the option to "Invest with Rewards." With the Schwab benefit you can deposit Membership Rewards points into a Schwab account at a value of 1.1 cents per point. For example, 60,000 points becomes $660.  With the Morgan Stanley benefit, each point is worth 1 cent each.  For example, you can redeem 60,000 points for $600.

Other options

You can also redeem points for gift cards or merchandise. At most, with this approach you’ll get 1 cent per point value, but usually you’ll get quite a bit less.

You can also use points to pay some merchants directly (Amazon.com, for example). Don’t do this. These options offer very poor value. Further, they may compromise the security of your account (i.e. if someone hacks into your Amazon account, they might spend your Membership Rewards points – causing you a headache in getting your points reinstated).

Manage Points

Combine Points

Amex automatically pools all of your points together. When you earn points with different cards, the point total shown when viewing either card is the total across cards.

Share Points

Unlike Chase and Citibank, Amex doesn’t allow members to move points from one person’s account to another. That said, it is possible to transfer one person’s points to another person’s loyalty program account. The key is that the person who receives the points must be an authorized user or employee on the other person’s account. For example, my wife can transfer Membership Rewards points to my Virgin Atlantic account as long as I’m an authorized user (or employee) on any of her Membership Rewards cards.
An authorized user card must be active for 90 days before it will unlock the ability to transfer your points to the authorized user’s loyalty program account.

How to Keep Points Alive

Thankfully, it is very easy to keep Amex Membership Rewards points alive. Simply keep any Membership Rewards card open. For example, if you are about to close your one and only Membership Rewards card, then open another Membership Rewards card account first in order to preserve your points. Amex offers some no-fee Membership Rewards cards, such as the Blue Business Plus and the Amex Everyday, so this shouldn't be much of a burden.

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Practicemage

Looks like 90k points for 6k spend + 20% back at restaurants up to $50 is now available via referal

Stephen Pepper

Would you mind emailing your referral link to stephen at frequentmiler.net

Practicemage

Happy to, just sent!

Tim

Where to see all these 90k referral links ? The FM site now just says 75k points.

Bhuvi

The 90K + 20% restaurant offer is back. I have it through my referral link.

Stephen Pepper

Would you mind emailing your referral link to stephen at frequentmiler.net

Tim

Where to see all these 90k referral links ? The FM site now just says 75k points.

Stephen Pepper

There aren’t any links that always give 90k at the moment that I’m aware of. Sometimes that higher offer will show depending on which browser you’re using, where you’re located, if you’re using a VPN, etc.

Kiki

It says ask my friend for a new referral link

Stephen Pepper

Thanks for letting us know. It looks like that previous best offer has now expired, so we’ve updated the link with the best offer we’re aware of right now.

Owen

The post says “Those with Amex Platinum cards automatically get 1 cent per point value when redeeming points for travel”

But can’t the Gold Card also get 1 cent per point for flights on AmEx travel? And can’t neither one get 1 cent per point on other types of travel (aside from FHR for the Platinum)?

Even though most of us are transferring points, might be worth clarifying that section.

Kyle

I’m getting a pop-up that says

“you are not eligible to receive the welcome offer. In determining eligibility, we considered your history with credit card balance transfers, your history as an American Express Card Member, the number of credit cards that you have opened and closed and other factors.”

Not sure what that means. I only have one AMEX card and haven’t opened a new card in over 6 months.

Tim Steinke

There’s a lot of reasons that you might get that pop-up, many of us do. Sometimes, you might get it on one link for a specific card, but not on another. Greg and Nick cover how to avoid “Pop-Up Prison” on this episode of the podcast.

Last edited 5 months ago by Tim Steinke
Bhuvi

The 90K + 20% restaurant offer is back. I have it through my referral link.

Jo Budim

Something seems to be broken. This is showing $-337 first year value.

rj123456

Are these links NLL?
I found that not to be the case with the first two (Pt and Gold offers)

Greg The Frequent Miler

No, they’re not.

Brett

My referral link for Gold shows the $200 offer but only 60k points

Pedro

My referral link is for 90k on the gold. How can I share on this group?

JimmyJames

I just used your link for the 90K AMEX Gold and it worked (from Oliver). Thanks so much!!!

Ben

Is 90k the highest pure points offer ever? Seems like I’m targeted with NLL.
@tim

McCade

I think there is a new 100k public offering for the gold card for 4k spend in 6 months.

Barbara

Hi. RE: The 90K plus up to $250 statement credit-amex gold offer from “Thomas.” Would like to know if Greg and “Thomas” are one and the same person. Is it safe to click on the above link and apply for the gold card? Thanks.

Greg The Frequent Miler

It is safe but no we are not the same person. Only select people are lucky enough to have this referral offer available and so we collect the links from our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group to use here. That way our readers get access to the best offers and group members with these “magic” referral links earn points.

thomasthorn85

I think the 90k referral offer is dead.

Greg The Frequent Miler

It still works for me

Lin

It worked for me, just tried and was accepted. Love the content Nick and Greg, keep up the great work!!!

Mark P

Which should I go for – referral offer from P2 wherin they would get 30K and I would only get the 60K offer, or apply by myself for the 75K+$250 Resy offer? They seem to be about equivalent in total earnings from signup.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Tough call. The 30K referral bonus will be taxed so that might push you over towards the 75K + $250 offer (but only if you’ll easily earn the $250)