Amex is out with some new nuttiness this morning that kicks up the beat on the Amex Points Parade. First up, there are incredible new offers that kick things up a notch on both the consumer Platinum and consumer Gold cards — each adding $200 in statement credits for purchases within the first 3 months to their already-incredible points offers. These high offers are only available via referral and only some targeted cardholders can generate a direct referral link to them. And that’s where it gets even nuttier: There is a new offer out on many Amex consumer cards to get +5 additional points per dollar at U.S. Supermarkets for 3 months on up to $25K in purchases when referring a friend to an Amex card. That stacks on top of the points you ordinarily earn from referring a new cardholder — and for those with the ability to refer to these new offers, it stacks with an amazing offer for your friend.
The Offers & Key Card Details
For more details and to find a link to apply, click the card names below to go to our dedicated Frequent Miler card pages for these cards.
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These offers are terrific. The Amex Platinum and Consumer card offers that have exclusively been available via referral from chosen customers have been two of the hottest offers on the market given the incredible value you can get out of these offers thanks to the many Amex Membership Rewards sweet spots.
Our Reasonable Redemption Value for Amex points is 1.55c per point, making both of these offers incredibly strong, particularly when taken together with ongoing card benefits. Adding another $200 in statement credits on top only makes these offers better.
As mentioned above, only some select cardholders have the ability to generate a referral link directly to the offers above (and these offers are only available via refer-a-friend). In this case, it seems that most people who previously had the ability to refer to the 90K or 150K offers now have a link to the offer including the extra $200, but you’ll need to generate a new link. In other words, if you saved your referral link to the 90K Gold card offer last week, that link doesn’t provide the $200 statement credit. However, if you log in to your Amex account and pull a fresh referral link from that account, I believe it will be for the 90K + $200 offer. If you’ve referred a friend who hasn’t yet applied, you’ll want to generate a new link.
As you can see above, we currently have this new best offer on our Best Offers page. We will be setting up a brand new referral thread for each new offer in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group, so be on the lookout for that to share your links to these offers. Please do not share referral links in the comments on this post as they will get caught in our spam filter and will not post.
How to find and share your referral link
Keep in mind that the ability to refer people directly to the 90K and 150K offers detailed above is targeted. Only targeted cardmembers will be able to generate a link to the above offers.
You can check the referral offers on your cards at this link.
Please do not share your referral link in the comments of this post as it will get caught in our spam filters and will not post. Instead, head over to our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group and share your link as a reply to my first comment on the appropriate card thread. Here are links:
- Share your Gold card 90K + $200 referral offer links here
- Share your Platinum card 150K + $200 referral offer links here.
We only share the best publicly-available offers, so please only share your link if you are targeted to offer the elevated referral bonuses above. Thank you!
New U.S. Supermarket bonus for referring friends
American Express is offering a limited-time additional spending bonus at U.S. Supermarkets for those who refer friends from an eligible American Express consumer account: an extra 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar or 5% cash back (depending on the eligible card) on eligible purchases at U.S. Supermarkets for 3 months on up to $25,000. These are the Amex cards currently eligible for this special bonus:
Amex EveryDay® Credit Card
Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card
American Express® Gold Card
American Express® Green Card
Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
Platinum Card® from American Express
This is a great deal for anyone with a consumer card that earns Membership Rewards points since these bonus points stack on top of the points you earn for each referral and on top of category bonuses. It is a particularly fantastic deal if you have an Amex Gold card and refer others since the +5 bonus stacks on top of the usual category bonus offered on that card.
In other words, if you have this offer on an Amex Gold card (as shown above) and your Amex Gold card offers you 25,000 Membership Rewards points per referral (YMMV as the amount per referral can vary), for a single referral you would earn:
- 25K bonus points for referring a friend
- +5 at U.S. Supermarkets that stacks on top of the Gold card’s 4 points per dollar on the first $25K per year in qualifying purchases at U.S. Supermarkets (then 1x). That’s a total of 9 points per dollar at U.S. Supermarkets if you’re still under the cap on that!
- Your friend’s undying gratitude*.
*Note that we can’t guarantee that last one
Keep in mind that even if you don’t have a direct link to the best offers on these cards, your friend might still get targeted for them when they open your link. I always have the best luck finding targeted offers when I open a fresh browser – perhaps one I haven’t used before.
Of course, if you’re not able to refer a friend to one of the best offers on the Gold or Platinum cards, remember that your friend can click “all personal cards” or the link for business cards after clicking through your referral to choose almost any other Amex card and you’ll get the bonus advertised on the card from which to generate the referral link. See this post for more detail.
@Nick Reyes Reyes – Any idea why someone wouldn’t qualify for this bonus? I tried to refer my player 2 and got the pop up saying she wouldn’t qualify for the bonus. She has only ever had 2 Amex cards a plat closed years ago when they raised the fee and a Marriott card opened in ’21 for the 5 night free promo still open and in good standing.
Does the platinum 150K+200 offer have no lifetime language?
I had the 150K link this morning, but now it’s back down to 80,000 points.
Any of these offers have no lifetime language? I got the Gold in 2018 and took a 100k upgrade offer to Plat in Nov 2021.
Just checked my referral offer and its 30K bonus for me and 5+ more points for groceries which in itself is enough for me to refer P2. P2 offer says 90K but not the $200. OK, still good enough. BUT, P2 is at 5/24 so not wanting to add another consumer card. I do want P2 to get AMEX Delta or Marriott card. Anyone know if I still get the 30K and the 5extra if P2 navigates to one of these and opens one instead of staying with the Gold?
To clarify, I mean get the Delta or Marriott BIZ card, not consumer.
Does anyone know if AmEx will increase the welcome bonus to match this (and add the $200 statement credit) if I’m in-progress on the 150k referral offer from last month?
fyi, if you are trying to share a link for your P2 my referral link only offered 60k plus $200 for the rose gold card but when I opened the referral link incognito it increased to the 90k plus $200 offer.
let me get this right, do you mean 90k showed up for P1 or P2? Trying to generate the referral link in incognito in all 3 browsers, I can only see 60k pts.
Quick data point. I had the Gold card 90k special referral offer before, but now I only have 75k+$200. I wonder if it will take time for the links to refresh.
I have the referral available from my Gold card… am I missing the thread for sharing those on the Facebook group, or have you just not posted it yet?
Just haven’t posted it yet. I had a couple of links ready to put in for today and I’ll be in and out of cell service for a little while this afternoon, so I intend to post it there later today.
I find that because I have the Schwab Plat card, the refer-a-friend just bundles my personal Gold along with the Schwab into the “$100 referral” option that that card provides, and it provides zero information about what the friend would receive.
I’m on the same boat. It’s frustrating.
Is there a place we can submit our referral links to you to be placed in the rotation?
For going on three years now, I’m unable to refer personal cards. I have a mix of business and personal Amex cards, but the only cards where I can generate referral links are the business cards. I assume this is kind of like pop up jail? Does anyone else have this problem or, better yet, has anyone found any backdoor ways to being able to refer personal cards?
Following up on my own post, for whatever it’s worth. From my Amex account, I was able to generate a link to refer business platinum for 25,000. I was then able to have a family member apply for personal gold using that link, with an offer of 75,000 (4k 6 mos.) plus $200 statement credit. Not quite as good as being able to refer for 90,000 or get the grocery store kicker, but we’ll end up with 100k points plus the $200 credit, which almost covers the first year fee. I think that’s pretty good.
This can be fixed by saying you lost the card and asking amex for a replacement and the new card will have a new card number. Referrals should be once again active on the new card number
Ahh, really? I may try that. Thanks!
Does Warren Buffet, owner of 20% of Amex thru his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, know about this?
I’m seeing an offer to upgrade my personal AMEX Gold card to a Platinum card. The offer is 100k points for $6k spend in 6 months. It says my account number would not change. This sounds like a potentially great deal. I’ve had and recently closed a vanilla AMEX Platinum account, but I don’t see any lifetime language for this offer to upgrade. I assume this would also not count against 5/24? Here is what it says about the $695 annual fee: “Annual Membership Fee: Approximately 45 days after your account is upgraded, you will be charged a prorated Annual Membership Fee for your new Card based on the time remaining until your next account anniversary date. You will also receive a prorated refund for any annual fee paid on your previous Card.
Went through the same on Amex Business Gold to Platinum Business. Yes, a good deal, no pull on credit and everything you wrote is accurate. Now I get offers to get the Amex Platinum Business card like I don’t have one. Probably pull the pin on my second card in late April offer 150K, but $15K spend (pretty standard on this card). I think my spend and points the same as your offer. Go for it!
Any idea how the $200 statement credit works? The terms say “up to” $200 on eligible purchases in 3 months, but even in reading the T&Cs I didn’t get a clear picture of how to actually works. Like, idk you have to meet the min spend in 3 months (rather than 6) to get the extra $200? Something else? Doesn’t affect me personally but it seems odd to me that amex didn’t better define it, even in the fine print.
This means you have to spend at least $200 on actual purchases (not cash advances, fees, etc.) in the first 3 months to get the full $200 credit. Anything less and you get less credit. That’s all.
If getting the additional 5x on the Gold card referral for a total of 9x spend at supermarkets, is that like a SUB period where it’s better not to touch gift cards? Or it is more like regular spend time and gift cards are okay? Probably wouldn’t really get close to 25k in a three month period even with gift card purchases.
Wondering the same thing, but my “gut feeling” is that it’s more like regular spend.
I’m still going to be careful. Probably a lot of Amazon gift cards, not many VGC’s, etc.
For someone debating between the 90K CIC offer and the new 150K + $200 Platinum offer, which would you recommend?
I think CIC first because the offer ends sooner 3/21 and because of the 5/24 rule. Once you finish the SUB for CIC you should still have time to get the 150K + $200 Platinum offer which ends 6/7.
I’d go with CIC if under 5/24, then apply for Amex down the road.
CIC for sure.
Nick, the question has been floated regarding how much longer these insanely good offers will continue.
The interchange fee covers benefits from ongoing spending. The interest earned covers the SUBs and is where their profit is really made.
The fact is that carried balances have increased over the past couple years. The card issuers will make far more on interest than they pay in SUBs. The card issuers don’t look at individual consumers (some of whom will smartly not carry a balance). The card issuers look at the population of consumers as a whole. It’s a numbers game. Expect the bonuses to continue.
And we savvy pay-off-cc bills-every month- crowd depend on those who need to carry balances to pay for our vacations. Insane
I believe you are misinformed re profits.
Listen, we know what offers are terrible because the cc companies tell us as part of their reporting requirements. Amex offers have been fine. C1 looks ok. The ones that shit the bed were chase sapphire reserve back in the day (annual fee priced too low) and Citi prestige (pulled the card because they couldn’t figure out the right mix of benefits and AF)