American Express Business Gold Rewards Card to add additional bonus category

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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.

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

American Express has just sent out a letter to card members of the Business Gold Rewards Card which reads in part as follows:

Starting September 16, 2013, you can earn 2x points on US purchases made directly from select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers.

No action is required on our part. It is just a new feature of the card.

Per the website about the changes, it appears as if the following retailers will be included for the 2x points:

Effective September 16th 2013, you will earn additional rewards ONLY when you purchase directly from a U.S. location of a company on this list of select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers that accept the Card:

  • Apple
  • CDW
  • Dell
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • Newegg
  • Oracle
  • Rack Space
  • Sage Software
  • Symantec
  • Tiger Direct

I’m especially excited about being able to earn double Membership Rewards points at Apple stores, given that they’re not a retailer that participates in many online shopping portals.

It’s a card I have and definitely recommend getting, given that Membership Rewards points are the primary way I fund my travel in Singapore Airlines first and suites class.

(Tip of the hat to The #Hustle Blog)

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  1. Awesome! Also for Several you can go through a mall ( and pick up several more points! TY AMEX, I own a IT consulting company and this is going to be GOOD for me 🙂

  2. Ben, last time I checked, Discover gave 5 percent on Apple store purchase. Though I haven’t looked recently. Do you really value 1 Membership rewards point higher, than 2.5 cents ?

  3. @ Len — That’s a great question. I’ve emailed a contact to seek clarification, and will update when I hear from them. I sure hope so!

  4. @ milesforfamily — I definitely do. I value Membership Rewards points at 1.5+ cents each, which I think is a conservative valuation.

  5. awesome, i just got this card… with newegg and tiger direct ic i’m in for a ride… bazillion of points for free!

  6. @ John — It’s a great sign-up bonus, and then about 11 months after I got it I received an offer to upgrade to the Business Platinum card for 25K points. While the annual is high, it seemed worth it for the $400 in airline fee credits I’d get, plus the lounge access, plus the points. So that’s where I am on this card right now. 🙂

  7. @Lucky

    do you have to have a lot of spend on this card to receive the upgrade offer? Or does anyone get it? Thank you.

  8. @ Lantean — Didn’t put a lot of spend on the card. Not sure if everyone gets it, but it does seem pretty common based on what I’ve seen.

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