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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!
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?