American Express Credit Cards: $1,500 Value Bonus Offer

[Expired] Three American Express credit cards offer big bonuses up to 150,000 points and perks for travelers and foodies.

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American Express® Green Card - Variable rewards

This is a solid travel card, offering three points per dollar spent on travel, transit and restaurants. The card recently reduced its welcome bonus from 60,000 points to 40,000 points, but it's still worth considering for consumers who want American Express rewards without a high annual fee. See rates and fees.


American Express® Gold Card - Variable rewards

Amex Gold has a hefty annual fee of $250, but it comes with a helping of side benefits for those who dine out frequently. Plus, new cardholders can get 90,000 points after spending $6,000 in the first six months, worth about $900.

This is a great card for foodies who like to travel or cook. The card has no foreign transaction fee and a host of perks like travel protections, up to $120 in Uber cash and dining credits and three points for flights booked through the American Express travel portal. If travel rewards are your main objective, however, we recommend a card with more flexible travel booking options. See rates and fees


The Platinum Card® from American Express - Variable rewards

At nearly $700, Amex Platinum’s annual fee has climbed to a level that may seem out of reach for the typical card user. But the card packs in a laundry list of perks to overcome the fee. Points are redeemed for travel, not cash back, so this card is intended for the serious traveler.

Earn five points per dollar on air travel and hotel bookings made through the company's travel booking program, up to a value of $500,000 per year. Earn one point per dollar for all other purchases.

The card boasts a strong introductory offer of up to 150,000 points if you spend $8,000 in the first six months, worth about $1,500. Plus, you get up to $200 in hotel credits annually. Terms Apply. See rates and fees.

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Amex Cards Bonus and Annual Fee by Tier
American Express Credit Cards - Tier LevelsGREENGOLDPLATINUM
Annual Fee$150$250$695
Intro Offer40,000 Membership Rewards® Points 90,000 Membership Rewards® Points 150,000 Membership Rewards® Points
Value of Intro Offer for Most Travel Purchases$400$900$1,500
Additional Offer ValueNoneNone$200 Annual Hotel Credit*
Value of Intro Offers Less Annual Fee$250$750$805
Points Earned Per Dollar Spent on Air Fare at AmexTravel3x3x, plus 4x points on restaurant and grocery purchases5x
Points Earned on Other Purchases (Not Included in Promoted Categories)1x1x1x

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor,

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.