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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.
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 60,000 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!).
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.
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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.