American Express recently unveiled a series of enhancements to the Gold Card, making it even more covetable for anyone seeking both style and premium rewards offerings.
For a $250 annual fee, the American Express® Gold Card already boasts 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants, 4X points at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X) and 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com, plus 1X points on everything else. The card also offers up to $120 in annual credits ($10 monthly) at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House or participating Shake Shack locations (enrollment required) and a $100 airline fee credit.
Whether you already have the card in your wallet or you’re on the fence about submitting an application, the Gold Card’s newest benefits will go a long way for anyone who values a night out or trip abroad. Here’s what you need to know:
Now, in addition to standard dining and rewards offerings, cardholders can enjoy 4X Membership Rewards® points at restaurants worldwide and use the $120 annual credit at Boxed, an online, membership-free wholesale retailer.
The already-stylish card is also getting a temporary design upgrade. As of June 6, the Limited Edition Rose Gold Card is back by popular demand and available by referral only until July 17.
If that’s not enough, there’s another benefit for new applicants: those who are referred and approved for the card will receive a welcome bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $2,000 within the first three months, which is a significant increase from the previous 35,000-point welcome bonus with the same spend requirements.
The welcome bonus is applicable whether you choose the classic Gold or metal Rose Gold design. According to The Points Guy, 40,000 Membership Rewards® points may be worth up to $800 when redeemed for travel through transfer partners.
While it may not be advisable to apply for a credit card based on its visual appeal, now could be an opportune time to both reap the improved rewards and enjoy the sleek rose gold and metal design if the Gold Card’s benefits already align with your spending.
How to get the Limited Edition Rose Gold Card
In order to take advantage of the limited time offer, you’ll need a referral from a current American Express Card Member.
Nearly any friend or family member with a personal or business Amex card can refer you, with the exception of co-branded cards. American Express co-branded cards from Delta, Hilton and Marriott, among others, are ineligible. You can find a comprehensive list of cards ineligible cards for referral on the issuer’s website here.
If you’re approved for the Rose Gold Card, not only can you earn the 40,000-point welcome bonus, but the person who refers you can earn bonus Membership Rewards® points as well, through the American Express Refer a Friend program.
If you already have a Gold Card and want to take advantage of the limited edition design, you can reach out to Amex directly to request the metal Rose Gold Card.
If you’ve considered applying for the American Express Gold Card in the past or you missed out on the Limited Edition Rose Gold offer in 2018, now may be a great time to take the plunge.
“We know our Gold Card Members are not only food lovers but they also are avid travelers, and these new perks bring together both of these passion points,” Sabrina Sodja, vice president of US Consumer Premium Products, American Express said in the issuer’s statement announcing the changes. “Coupled with our new at-home dining and entertaining partner, Boxed, Gold Card Members are rewarded whether they are dining out, at home, or while traveling the globe.”
Bankrate considers the Gold Card among the top credit cards for travel rewards, especially if your everyday spending allows you to take full advantage of its benefits. These new enhancements bring even more value for Card Members, especially frequent international travelers, and help offset the card’s $250 annual fee.
You can learn more about how you can redeem the Gold Card’s rewards with our American Express Membership Rewards Guide and explore more card offerings with Bankrate’s guide to the Best American Express Cards for 2019.