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American Express Relaunches Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card with New Bonus Categories

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Blue Cash Preferred Adds Streaming and Land Travel to Bonus Categories

Blue Cash Preferred

American Express today relaunched the Blue Cash Preferred credit card (a cash back earning card with points redeemed as statement credits), adding two new bonus categories and removing one.

Gone is 3x on department stores.

But in the additions column, we now get 6x points on streaming services like Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, ShowTime, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music and Video.

The other new 3x category is transit. Amex is defining this as taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, and buses.

The other previous features of the Blue Cash Preferred still apply, meaning:

6% cash back at US supermarkets for up to $6,000 in annual purchases and

3% cash back at US gas stations

Keeping in mind that you can buy gift cards for places like Amazon in most supermarkets and that category gets just a bit more attractive even if you don’t buy $6,000 in groceries.

Is is the best cash back card?

As always, that depends on you. For people that prefer cash back over points and spend heavily on supermarkets and streaming, and/or gas, it could be. But with the 1x on everything else, it’s best paired with another cash back credit card where you can earn 2% on non-bonused spend. You can also the rewards optimization tool at Your Best Credit Cards to see if there’s an even better card for your personalized spending habits.

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