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A 50,000 point American Express Premier Rewards Gold offer for new members?

by on Wed January 14, 2015 • 5 Comments


What’s the deal?

The American Express website is now defaulting to showing a ‘special’ 50,000 point offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card after $1,000 in spending. There’s no annual fee the first year, and it’s $175 after that. The card earns 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines and 2x points at US gas stations and supermarkets.


What’s the catch?

The terms of the offer say you need to be a brand new American Express cardholder to be eligible for the bonus, as in not having any American Express card accounts.

This is in addition to terms that say previous or existing card members of this specific card can’t get the offer. Our sense is the definition is if you have any American Express branded card like the Green or Platinum Card, or the EveryDay Card you’re not eligible. But if you only have a ‘co branded’ card like the Delta SkyMiles American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest American Express you’re fine.


So the rule probably is you must say yes to both:

  1. You don’t currently have a personal American Express Green, Gold, Platinum, EveryDay, or other solely American Express branded card
  2. You haven’t had a bonus from this Premier Rewards Gold Card in the past

With an intro spending amount this low it makes sense American Express is only trying to reach people brand new to its own cards.

If you don’t see the deal when you follow the link, opening it in a ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ browsing window will display it. However, it’s probably not displaying by default because it’s not designed for you, since existing holders of American Express branded cards might not be eligible.

You can also see if you’re targeted for larger deals via other channels here.

What can you do with the points?

These points are full Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer to several airlines, most notably Delta Airlines.

Delta SkyMiles now lets you book one way awards for half the price of round trips, and SkyMiles are among the best for getting to Europe, especially during the peak summer travel season. So this could be a great way to earn points that help you avoid the big fuel surcharges when trying to use American AAdvantage miles.

Thanks to onewayonlytoday on Reddit and Dr. of Credit’s blog, which thinks a 70k point deal may come in the future and that the ‘having an American Express Card’ limitation only applies to having the exact same card.

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5 thoughts on A 50,000 point American Express Premier Rewards Gold offer for new members?

  1. Michael

    I have a Platinum Amex card (with a 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus) and just applied for the Premier Rewards Gold Card – I asked 2 different Amex service reps if having the Platinum Amex card would disqualify me from getting the 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus. The answer I got both times was an unqualified no – this would not disqualify me. I would be eligible for the 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus. So I applied.

  2. Dwayne

    Thanks for the heads-up! My wife and I both applied and got approved. Had been waiting for a good bonus on this card to pop-up. Thanks again

  3. JL100

    I have stopped applying for Amex cards since I have already received all of the bonuses once. I know this is their goal to stop repeat bonuses, but I hope they change their mind because they are losing tens of thousands in spend from me per year. I usually put much more spend on the card than the minimum required for the offer, but I know that may not be typical.


      @JL100 – These companies tend to operate on 1 – 2 year lags with these experiments, since so much of it is based on who ultimately renews and lifetime value. So give it a year or so and maybe things will adjust if they see the strategy lost a significant amount of spend.


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