American Express is one my favourite credit card issuer in Canada. In addition to the excellent bonuses for the increased SPG American Express cards, the Gold Rewards Card is one of the best cards for beginners, letting you earn up to 30,000 points with the first year free.
Update: Annual Fee Now Charged.
Today is the last day to get the card with the first year annual fee waived. Starting tomorrow, September 14, the card will charge a $150 annual fee with the 30,000 point signup bonus. There are three other cards earning Membership Rewards that are not affected:
- American Express Business Platinum Card: Get up to 75,000 Membership Rewards Points!
- American Express Business Gold Card: Get up to 40,000 Membership Rewards Points!
- American Express Platinum Card: Get up to 60,000 Membership Reward Points!
American Express transfers at a 1:1 ratio to Aeroplan and BA Avios. There is also a 25% transfer bonus to Avios – so this is a great card to earn fantastic rewards with. 30,000 points is enough for two business class round-trips to Los Angeles, or over half-way towards a one-way business class trip to Europe, which starts at 55,000 Aeroplan points.
The current offer is as follows:
Earn our American Express Gold Rewards Card of 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in the first three months of card membership and an additional 5,000 Membership Rewards points for one approved Supplementary Card added to your account at time of online application. That’s a total of 30,000 Membership Rewards points that you could earn! / No annual fee for the first year – A value of $150.
Other benefits with the card include a comprehensive bundle of travel and purchase insurance, as well as a category bonus of 2x points on eligible travel purchases, gas, groceries, and drugstores. While this card does contain the one bonus per cardholder language, current reports are that this is not being enforced. So even if you have had this card before, it is worth trying to apply again to get this card free for the first year.
Apply for the American Express Gold Rewards Card Now – Last Day!