Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
The Gold Card from American Express has been a pretty basic card with a high annual fee for a while. It earned one Membership Rewards point per dollar with no special category bonuses.
And in February American Express let cardholders of the traditional Gold Card know that it would be increasing the annual fee from $125 a year to $160 in June.
But it gave no indication of whether any benefits would change.
But now it has quietly launched new benefits for cardholders:
They are definite improvements, as the Gold charge card wasn’t very competitive before. Charging foreign transaction fees on a card so heavily marketed to international travelers was a real sticking point and it’s good to see them disappear.
But the higher annual fee makes it an even more confusing a comparison with the newly enhanced Premier Rewards Gold card, which now has a $195 annual fee and offers:
So for an extra $35 a year you get a $100 airline fee credit, 2x at gas stations and supermarkets, and an extra point per dollar on airline purchases.
Both earn the same Membership Rewards points, so it’s hard to imagine a situation where you would prefer the Gold over the Premier Rewards Gold card.
American Express has a lot of legacy customers for the Gold card, and some enjoy discounts or waivers on annual fees, so if you’re in that camp it can be worth it to keep the card.
Otherwise, if you like your Gold card, you’re probably better served by the Premier Rewards Gold card with a slightly higher annual fee and more benefits.
If you have neither, the Premier Rewards Gold tends to have good sign on bonuses, while Amex rarely offers any introductory incentives for the regular Gold Card. We think the regular Gold Card may be more of an introductory product for people with a more limited credit or spending history before graduating to an American Express credit card or the Premier Rewards or Platinum charge cards.
You can compare the point earning power of all Membership Rewards cards here, including the no annual fee Amex EveryDay card which earns full value Membership Rewards points.
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