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Update: This offer for The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is expired, but there’s currently an opportunity to earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Learn more about the special offer here.
UPDATE: This offer is expired. You can find the best current offers here.
Back in September, American Express introduced a limited time sign-up bonus on the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN of 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months of card membership. The annual fee is $175 per year, though waived for the first year. The offer was supposed to be valid through November 28, though is now being pulled tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20, at 5PM EST.
Oddly the card usually doesn’t come with a sign-up bonus at all, though in the past they’ve sometimes had one day offers for 75,000 Membership Rewards points, though that has always come with a $10,000 spend requirement within three months.
It’s worth keeping in mind that nowadays you can earn the bonus on American Express cards multiple times, as long as you haven’t had the same card or a similar card (in this case defined as the Business Green, Business Gold, or Business Platinum cards) in the past 12 months. So the sooner you apply for the card, the sooner you can potentially earn the sign-up bonus again.
This card accrues Membership Rewards points, and you earn triple points on airfare, double points on gasoline at US stand-alone gas stations, for advertising in select media, and shipping, and one point per dollar on everything else. American Express has many transfer partners including Air Canada Aeroplan, British Airways Executive Club, Delta SkyMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer, etc., so the points are useful for anyone looking for a diversified “mileage portfolio.”
Overall I think the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card cards still offers a more compelling sign-up bonus. It offers 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months, and have some great bonus categories, including 5x points on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services, and 2x points on the first $50,000 spent annually at gas stations and for hotel accommodations.
Link: This offer is now expired.