Amex EveryDay Now Comes With Amazon Prime

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Links: Amex EveryDay® Card and Amex EveryDay® Preferred Card

Earlier in the year American Express introduced what are arguably the two most lucrative cards for accruing Membership Rewards points — the Amex EveryDay® and Amex EveryDay® Preferred.

The funny thing is that they seem to be the best Membership Rewards cards almost by accident. Their marketing was focused around the lives of busy moms (with Tina Fey as their spokesperson), with a focus more on cash and merchandise redemptions than Membership Rewards travel redemptions.

But the cards are a blessing for us points collectors, as they’ve introduced two firsts:

  • A card that accrues “premium” Membership Rewards points without an annual fee
  • A card that accrues more than one Membership Rewards point per dollar spent on everyday purchases (assuming you make a minimum number of purchases per month)

Amex EveryDay card benefits

For those of you not familiar with the card benefits, here they are:

Amex EveryDay Credit Card

  • Annual fee: $0
  • Sign-up bonus: 10,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 within 90 days
  • Earnings rates: 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets, for up to $6,000 per year of spend; 1x Membership Rewards point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Spending bonus: If you use the card to make 20 or more purchases during a billing cycle you earn 20% extra points on all those purchases

Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card

  • Annual fee: $95
  • Sign-up bonus: 15,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 within 90 days
  • Earnings rates: 3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets, for up to $6,000 per year of spend; 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar at U.S. standalone gas stations; 1x Membership Rewards point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Spending bonus: If you use the card to make 30 or more purchases during a billing cycle you earn 50% extra points on all those purchases

The sign-up bonuses aren’t huge, but what makes these cards so awesome is how lucrative they are for everyday spend.

Assuming you make at least 30 purchases during each billing cycle on the Amex EveryDay Preferred, you’re earning:

  • 4.5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year)
  • 3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at gas stations
  • 1.5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on everyday purchases

That’s a return that’s tough to beat for a card with a $95 annual fee.

Now with Amazon Prime

The cards are valuable in and of themselves, though if you want a little something to sweeten the value proposition of acquiring the card even further, American Express has an offer just in time for the holidays.

As of today, American Express is offering new Amex EveryDay and Amex EveryDay Preferred card members a year of Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime offers unlimited free two-day shipping, unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV shows, ad-free access to more than a million songs, and a Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Amazon-Prime

Bottom line

I think almost everyone should have one of these cards in their wallet. Which makes more sense depends entirely on your spending patterns (for big spenders the $95 annual fee version is more than worth it, while for those that don’t spend as much, the no annual fee version is probably the better option).

Earning a minimum of 1.3-1.5 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent is tough to beat, and among the best return you’ll get on everyday spend. And that doesn’t even factor in the bonus categories.

You’ll be flying Singapore Suites in no time!

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Singapore Airlines Suites Class A380

Links: Amex EveryDay Card and Amex EveryDay Preferred Card

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Comments

  1. @Lucky AMEX seems to have completely pulled all the online apps for the Preferred version of this card. Clicking on your two links above takes you to the exact same app page, for the regular Everyday only. Even on the AMEX website the only link for the Preferred card is “add someone to your account” for authorized users. No link for the card itself.

  2. @ Robert Hanson — Hmmm, are you logged into your account? I just tried in a fresh browser and it shows both for me.

  3. Ha! That was it. Even though I was no longer officially “logged in”, I hadn’t formally signed out.

    I guess they don’t want me to apply for a second Preferred, but will let me apply for a regular Everyday. I clicked on the link thru “in private browsing” and there it is.

    I’d tried to pull it up last week just to check on the T/Cs, and it wouldn’t come up. Strange that they won’t even let me see the app page though.

  4. Hi Lucky, do you know if this is for new applications only? I logged in to my existing EveryDay Preferred and I don’t see this offer.

  5. Does this apply to new amazon prime members, or can current amazon prime subscribers get a year free? If the latter, the annual fee pays for itself…

  6. Perfect timing, as my Prime membership at the old rate is expiring next month and I was planning to get the AX Preferred.

  7. Would you need to submit a new application or do you think they would include Prime if we converted another MR card to the Everyday?

  8. @ Stannis — Good question. Technically it’s part of the sign-up bonus, so I believe you’d need to apply for the card as opposed to converting another product, unless the conversion also comes with a sign-up bonus.

  9. After the year of free Amazon Prime, are you eligible for 50% for subsequent years that you hold the card? That’s kind of what is implied by the graphic with your name and the 50% number in it.

  10. @ jmd001 — That’s a separate promotion I was eligible for directly through Amazon, so it’s unrelated to this card.

  11. Hi Ben,

    What card do you recommend using for your Amazon purchases to maximize reward points. I have been using Sapphire Preferred but I realize I’m not getting bonus on it. Should I switch to Amex SPG?

    Thanks,
    Michelle

  12. My wife has Amex Premier for double points on groceries, but the $125 fee is coming.

    Would she get the 10K points if she called to switch it to the every day card? Or better to just open a new account?

    The Premier is her only Amex account – and she’d prefer to hold on to her Membership Rewards points than to have to transfer them to airlines at this point. If she opened a new every day account could she roll them over from premier to every day?

  13. Don’t forget you can also share your Amazon Prime with family and friends, up to 4 people I believe for no extra cost.

  14. @ Seth — She wouldn’t get the bonus if she switched products, so I’d recommend applying for the card separately. She could indeed roll them over — just open an EveryDay and then close the Premier Rewards Gold.

  15. Lucky – I currently have the MileagePlus Select card (which I’m sure you’re familiar with) that is not offered anymore. Its rewards scheme seems to somewhat mirror this one and I’ve always felt I got good value out of it. Would it be worth getting one of these nonetheless and transferring all my grocery and gas spend to this instead, or do you think it’s better to keep with what I have? Is it much better stocking up on membership rewards points rather than united miles?

    Thanks,
    Django

  16. @ Django — Yes, I would say so. I value Membership Rewards points quite a bit more than MileagePlus miles nowadays, so I would switch.

  17. @Lucky – One more question, sorry. Do you have a post on the best uses of Membership Rewards and why they are so valuable? I know they’ve undergone some changes recently so just want to make sure that I’ll have good uses for them. Also, unrelated but I just wanted to add that I so enjoy reading your trip reports. I’ve looked at a lot, from many different blogs, and no one does them with the care and attention to detail that you do – so please know your work there is appreciated. Keep taking pictures of the hot towels and bottles of water!

    Ishan

  18. i just renewed my amazon prime membership. if i sign up for this card, would they give me credit for next year’s renewal?

  19. @ Mariana — You’ll receive a promo code which you can apply towards a future Amazon Prime membership, if you’d like.

  20. This sucks…I just got the Everyday 2 weeks ago. I did an online chat with “Peter” and he said they can’t retroactively give me Prime.

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