Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
UPDATE: IT APPEARS THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED
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:
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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