There have been several terrific, targeted American Express offers floating around over the past year, including 150,000 Membership Rewards points after $6K spend for the consumer Platinum, 130,000 points for the Business Gold after $10K spend. Recently, Amex started allowing certain cardholders to refer others to a 150,000 point offer on the Business Platinum as well (which is what we currently have listed on the best offers page).
Yesterday, Doctor of Credit posted a link to another very interesting Business Platinum offer. This one requires the same $15,000 in spend over three months but gives 120,000 Membership Rewards points, slightly less than the 150,000 points of the current referral offer.
But it also gets better: during the first 3 months of card membership, you earn 10X Membership Rewards points on your first $7,500 combined in the following purchase categories (U.S. stores only):
- office supply
- shipping services
- wireless providers
- hardware suppliers
For most of us in the points and miles world, office supply is the real eye-catcher, due to the frequent fee-free Visa and Mastercard gift card sales at Staples and Office Max/Office Depot. If you are able to maximize the 10x category bonus, you’d end up with a total of 202,500 Membership Rewards points (120,000 welcome offer, 75,000 from the 10x category bonus and 7,500 from the rest of the minimum spend at 1x). That’s really, really good.
So, it’s going straight to the top of the best offers page, right? Nope. Unfortunately, there’s a couple of possible downsides that keep us from being able to recommend it for everyone. Instead, we’re listing it as an alternate offer.
- American Express Business Platinum targeted welcome offer: Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 within the first 3 months of card membership. Earn 10X Membership Rewards points during your first 3 months of Card Membership on your first $7,500 combined in the following U.S. purchases: for advertising in select media; at office supply stores; for shipping services; with wireless telephone service providers; and with materials and hardware suppliers
Direct Link to Offer (Post- targeted DOC link)
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There’s a couple potential pitfalls here.
First off, DOC has a link directly to an application page for this offer. That link bypasses the initial landing page that you normally encounter when you click through an Amex credit card offer, so it theoretically allows someone who isn’t targeted to apply for the welcome offer without needing to call or use various private browsers (it’s called a “post-targeted” link). But no one knows where this link came from. These sorts of links can be dangerous and there have been reports of them leading to a complete Amex shutdown (although admittedly not for a couple of years).
The second issue is that Amex has been known to be sensitive towards folks using obvious gift card purchases to meet minimum spend for welcome offers. This seems to have lessened quite a bit during the points parade of the last couple of years and I’ve used GC purchases to meet minimum spend on several cards and haven’t had any issues with clawbacks. That said, there is a non-zero chance of Amex not liking what you’re doing and clawing back the bonus points. If you can spend $7,500 organically at office supply and hardware stores, this is a non-issue, of course.
In the end, some folks will be fine accepting the risk for this card and others won’t. So, we’ve added it to the best offers page as an alternate offer, for those that feel compelled to take a swing.
Seems like a public offer now, I used incognito browser and google amex business platinum and showed up a couple times for me. Also showed 170k and 150k offer when spending 15k in 3 months. No VPN used either.
Somehow, reading this through, it came to be that this might be a trap of some sort. Haven’t had me coffee yet but what if they dangle that 10X and wait to see who gloms up a lot of GCs, then they make the $$ on fees, then deny the bonus (Profit!)?
Yeah, likely too detailed and nutty, but then again,, the RAT guys might do that.
Anyhow, just a thought!
I agree this is a definite potential trap.
Amex can say if you apply for an offer “not intended for you” that you could lose your bonus.
Potentially they could shut down your Amex accounts.
I wouldn’t apply through this link- not worth it!
Will Amex allow multiple biz plat cards under the same biz name?
Yes. I have 2 myself.
1 opened in 2021 and another in 2022.
Just so everyone is clear, the offer HAS lifetime limit language.