Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express Changes Kick In Soon!

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For years the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has been taking up a large share of my wallet thanks to the double points on dining and travel which it offers, plus all the other benefits that come with the card.

Then the past couple of months I’ve picked up the Citi Prestige Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which are also extremely rewarding for everyday spend.

The refreshed Premier Rewards Gold Card is coming!

Well, next up we should be excited about the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, which is undergoing a serious refresh as of June 1, 2015.

As a reminder, as of June 1, 2015, the AmEx Premier Rewards Gold Card will have a $195 annual fee and offer:

  • A $100 annual airline fee credit, which should work similarly to the one on the The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Improved bonus categories on spend:
    • Receive triple points on airfare
    • Receive double points on gas, dining, and groceries


Membership Rewards points remain one of the most valuable points currencies out there, and these bonus categories will certainly accelerate the rate at which you can earn Membership Rewards points.

Should you sign-up now or wait?

In general American Express hasn’t been offering huge publicly available sign-up bonuses on most of their cards for a while.

The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express offers a sign-up bonus of 25,000 Membership Rewards points after $2,000 in net purchases on the card within the first three months of card membership.

The annual fee is currently $175 (it adjusts to $195 as of June 1, 2015), and it’s waived the first year.

What we don’t know is whether the first year’s annual fee will still be waived when they refresh the card. It’s definitely possible, though I wouldn’t count on it, given that they’re adding a $100 airline fee credit, which isn’t presently a benefit.

Conversely, it’s possible that they’ll increase the sign-up bonus to compete with the bonuses from Chase and Citi, though it’s also not something I’d count on.

Regardless, color me excited about the changes coming to this card!

Do you think American Express will continue waiving the first year’s annual fee on the Premier Rewards Gold Card when they refresh it, and do you think they’ll offer a promotional sign-up bonus?

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  1. I understand the reason to get the Premiere and Prestige cards. After the minimum spends are met and the $250 travel credit is used, though, is this card really a superior value? Wouldn’t the Barclay Arrival+ be a stronger card for putting non-bonused spend on? The Citi cards = 1.33 (1.66 for American) while Barclay offers 2.2% points for any charge that can be redeemed for travel. Thanks.

  2. Really there’s not much else we can count on other than 1) AA going rev-based in the future and you can say goodbye to maintaining status through aimless mileage runs on mistake fares and 2) you aging faster than someone going through tricks at a “video booth” on a Saturday night back in the 1960s.

  3. Really there’s not much else we can count on other than 1) AA going rev-based in the future and you can say goodbye to maintaining status through aimless mileage runs on mistake fares and 2) you aging faster than someone going through tricks at a “video booth” on a Saturday night back in the 1960s.

  4. There’s a 50k offer in incognito that’s very easy to access if you want to share with your readers. TPG hates sharing links that don’t get him cash so not sure if this is something you want to be public knowledge.

  5. I heard a rumor that Amex is now only offering 1 personal signup bonus for all cards per lifetime, as opposed to for each card. Meaning (using myself as an example) that since I got the SPG personal bonus, I am ineligible to receive any other personal Amex bonus, especially for the PRG, which I’ve never had.

    Any truth to this?

  6. @ Travel123 — It all depends in which categories you’re spending the most money. Keep in mind that the Barlcaycard Arrival offers the equivalent of ~2.22% cash back regardless of the category. While the Citi Prestige only offers 1.33/1.66 cents per point, keep in mind you earn 2-3x points per dollar on many categories. So if a lot of your spend is in the right categories, you could come out ahead with the Citi Prestige. That’s the case for me, for example, since so much of my spend is on travel.

  7. @Ken Y.: You seem to know a lot about Saturday nights in the 1960’s. Either you’re old enough to have been one of those sad little video booth jerkers, or your mom was one of the tricks. Makes sense you would have been conceived at a glory hole.

  8. Is there anything we need to do to enroll and take advantage of the airline credit offer?

  9. @Kenny: I got the Amex premier rewards gold recently and got the bonus (50k offer which you can find on flyertalk), even though I’ve in the past had the SPG personal card. So I can confirm that it works, for now. But yes that is the fear. You definitely can never get the bonus for the same AMEX personal card ever again, that is confirmed!
    (all of this does not apply to business cards btw, only personal ones)

  10. @Kenny: So the terms for this card state you can’t earn the bonus if you’ve had this card of any Amex Platinum personal cards before. So sadly while I was not eligible for the bonus, my wife was.

  11. I received the following email from Delta with details that sound very similar to this card, but it does not sound like any fee will be waived (also the offer expires 05.31.15 just before this refresh). What does it all mean? Should I get this card?!?

    With the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, you can earn 60,000 bonus miles and 5,000 MQMs after spending $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.1 In addition, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.2
    Plus enjoy these exciting travel benefits and more:
    • Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta3 and earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases with no mileage cap4
    • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin companion certificate each year upon renewal*
    • With Miles Boost you can earn 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000 or more in purchases on the Card in a calendar year5
    • No foreign transaction fees6
    • Enjoy discounted Delta Sky Club® access for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight7
    All this for an annual fee of $195. Don’t delay — this offer ends May 31, 2015.8
    * Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for round-trip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
    APPLY NOW >”

  12. Lucky,
    is it possible to apply the $100 airline credit toward airfare?
    if not, would inflight duty free purchases count as such?
    your response is always appreciated.

  13. Thanks A & Kevin, my only other Amex card is the SPG personal card, so I’ll look for that 50K offer link on FT. Still working on the min spend for the TY Premier, but after I’ll be on the lookout…

  14. @ Nate — That’s just one of Delta’s co-branded American Express Cards, which is different than the Premier Rewards Gold Card. Ultimately the Premier Rewards Gold Card has a better points earnings structure, given the bonus categories. At least in my opinion.

  15. @ Steeler — Yeah, you’ll have to designate an airline once the benefit launches in June. Stay tuned!

  16. @Kevin Piercy — in my experience that’s not enforced. I have the personal Platinum card but just received a sign-up bonus on the personal PRG last month. However it *is* my understanding that if I were to cancel either of those cards and sign up for that same card again in the future, I would not be eligible for another sign-up bonus on that same type of card.

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