Awesome Deal: 50K Bonus Points On Business Amex!

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At the moment there’s a special offer on The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, which I consider to be one of the all around best business credit cards.

The card is offering a special a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of card membership. The card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, and then it’s $175 per year after that.


This sign-up bonus is double the normal bonus, which has been 25,000 Membership Rewards points upon completing minimum spend for quite a long time now.

So a 50,000 point offer is huge, as I don’t remember the last time we saw a publicly available offer on this card for that amount. It’s worth noting that sometimes there are higher targeted offers on the card, though you can’t really bank on getting one of those.

Not only does the Amex Business Gold Card have a great sign-up bonus, but it’s also extremely rewarding for everyday spend.

The card offers bonus points in the following five categories:

  • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
  • U.S. purchases at gas stations
  • U.S. purchases for shipping
  • U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers

You can pick in which category you want to earn 3x points, and then in the other four categories you earn 2x points. For each individual category you can earn 2x or 3x points for at most $100,000 in purchases per year (which I imagine wouldn’t impact a vast majority of us).


This is a fantastic limited time sign-up bonus, and unfortunately I don’t know how long it will stick around. Since this is an American Express small business card, also keep in mind that it’s anecdotally pretty easy to be approved for, even if your business isn’t that established yet.

When there was an increased sign-up bonus on the SPG Amex earlier in the year, I shared Ford’s experience getting approved as a sole proprietorship with limited business income. In theory this card should be easier to be approved for, since it’s a charge card rather than a credit card (meaning you can’t finance charges over time, making it lower risk for Amex).

Keep in mind that Amex lets you have at most four credit cards and four charge cards at a time. This is a charge card, which I’m guessing most people have fewer of — that’s good news!

Bottom line

In general American Express hasn’t offered huge sign-up bonuses lately, especially on their business cards. So this is a fantastic offer, and the best publicly available sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on an American Express business card in quite a while. Anecdotally this card should be pretty easy to be approved for, even if your business is still pretty new.

50,000 points with a card that’s very rewarding and also has no annual fee the first year is awesome!

Do you plan on applying for the Amex Business Gold Card with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus?

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  1. FYI: Last week I received an invitation (via US mail) to apply with an “up to 75,000 points” sign up bonus. It was structured where you’d earn 50k after spending $5k in 3 months, and you could earn an additional 25k after spending an additional $5k also within the first 3 months. I’m not sure how targeted this offer was – check your mailbox.

  2. Very misleading post. To other readers: don’t sign up for this. 75k offers float around VERY often (a few targeted ones are available right now), and since this bonus is currently once per lifetime, I would hold off.

    @Lucky, you know better. Should’ve at least acknowledged the fact that 75k offers are easy-ish to get, and even 100k offers aren’t unreasonable.

  3. Take a looking at other bloggers on boarding area and you’ll, all of a sudden, see this “new” offer being pumped. I agree with the other posters, DO NOT apply for this. While Lucky is smart and shares some great ideas, he constantly pumps credit cards in a majority of his posts. Why? This is how he makes money, but for those that are shrewd, they’ll wait for a better offer to come. Bloggers constantly weave credit card offers, in which they make money, into regurgitated articles they write.

  4. Wasn’t it last year ago they were offering the Gold Card for a 50,000 bonus for only $1K spend in the first 3 months?

  5. Running a little low on CC revenue this month? I agree with others. 75K offer is easy to get and comes around pretty often.

  6. What are the business card bonus restrictions. Are they once per lifetime or different? The terms say ” Limit one offer per Card Account.” what the heck does that mean?

  7. I’ve also seen the 75k offer several times, but for some reason it always appears on my phone. I even got a new phone and it still appears, but it doesn’t appear on anyone else’s that I know. Strange.

  8. This is business version of Premier Gold Reward card, right?
    how come business annual fee is $175 while regular is $195…

  9. Wouldn’t characterize this deal as “awesome”. The 75k offer seems pretty prevalent. I’ve gotten it many times and finally pounced last year.

  10. hint: don’t read this blog for this type of content. Go to “Doctor of Credit.” Not your finest day, Lucky.

  11. Affiliate links must be out. All Boarding Area bloggers running this “deal”. You should have a brewer disclaimer that this is an inferior offer.

  12. In case your readers haven’t noticed, its been a while since you pumped your beloved Citi Prestige Card, I wonder why? Ooohh the Ritz Carlton is offering you a better revenue is it? hmmm!!!

  13. It has been 25k for a long time now and I have been waiting for it to increase but the $5K spend ruins it. I will either wait for a lower spend or higher bonus.

  14. Strongly agree with others that this offers weak. On flyer talk and Doctor of Credit you can learn how to get the 75,000 point offer in Incognito mode.

  15. The policy of One Mile at a Time is clearly stated:

    “These are the best publicly available offers that we have found for each card.”

  16. Trip reviews of this site are awesome as they’re pretty extensive

    The rest of the articles are just pumping products. I mean the guy needs to make money somehow. You’d think he’d stay a little ethical though

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