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The Amex Gold card is one of my favorite cards at the moment. With 4X points on dining and at US supermarkets, it’s an easy one to hang on to. The annual fee of $250 is easily offset by the $100 annual incidental airline credit (a bit tougher to use this year, but normally it’s not hard!) and $10 per month dining credits for select restaurants which I cover using GrubHub/Seamless usually by the end of the first week of each month.

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Amex Gold Card

This card has had great referral offers. If you get lucky, I’ve heard of people getting offers for 75,000 points by referral, though others see 60,000Ā for spending $4,000 within 3 months (And until Oct 28th, those referring can also earn 3X bonus points per dollar for 3 months – sweet deal all around!).

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If you aren;’t getting the sweetest of referral deals to show up for you, though, the next best thing will be this new public offer which matches up with the 2nd best possible referral offer:

Welcome Offer: 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 6 months.

I’m not sure of the end date for this offer, but since it matches the referrals, my hope is that it will stick around. No end date has been announced yet.

You can try this standard link and this referral linkĀ and see which gives you the best deal. Sometimes using a Private / Incognito Browser yields an even better deal like the 75k deal.


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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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