The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN has added a new bonus points-earning category.
The card offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $5000 spend within 3 months, has a $0 introductory fee ($175 after the first year) and already earned:
- triple points on airfare when purchases are made with an airline
- double points on purchases in the U.S. for advertising in select media
- double points on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations
- double points on shipping
Now the new additional bonus category is Computer Hardware, Software, and Cloud Computing. This website offers details:
Effective September 16th 2013, you will earn additional rewards ONLY when you purchase directly from a U.S. location of a company on this list of select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers that accept the Card
- Rack Space
- Sage Software
- Tiger Direct
You will NOT earn additional rewards if the purchase is made through a third-party (including resellers and online marketplaces) or through a third-party payment account.
One interesting thing I noted on that page is that all of the bonus categories say Only select Business Gold Rewards Cards (Please call the number on the back of your Card for more information)” which I had never seen or heard before, so I wonder if there are legacy Business Gold Rewards cares which are not eligible.
I like further the confirmation on that page (which matches what I’ve seen) that Google and Facebook ads earn double points as advertising, something i’ve gotten semi-frequent questions about in the past.
Overall I like the Ink Plus credit card and Ink Bold charge card more in he small business space, both also have 50,000 point signup bonuses after $5,000 spend within 3 months and a $0 fee the first year. The advantages are quintuple points at office supply stores (I buy my Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, iTunes gift cards, etc. at my nearby Staples) and on telecommunications (my internet, cell phone, and cable tv) and also that points transfer to United (great Star Alliance award availability with no fuel surcharges) and Hyatt as well as others.
But both because the signup bonus on the The Business Gold Rewards Card® is generous and especially if the bonus categories are ones you’ll benefit from, this American Express business card can be quite lucrative.
(HT: The Hustle Blog)
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