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It wasn’t long ago that American Express enriched their referral program by letting cardholders refer new members to basically any card in the Amex fleet. This is a really big deal because often times the referral bonuses are much larger than public offers; the best/most recent example is the new Amex Gold card which offers a 50k referral welcome bonus compared to 25k public. That card hit the market by storm and hasn’t looked back – I even named it as the most compelling card of 2018. But, we’re not talking about the Amex Gold card we’re highlighting the American Express Blue for Business credit card which I’ve linked to via my referral code ( so I’ll pick up some Amex MR if you use it ).
Why the Amex Blue Business Plus should be in your wallet. 2x…hello!
- 2x ON EVERYTHING up to $50k a year
- 0% APR for the first 15 months
- *We never recommend carrying a balance
- You can actually spend over your limit as long as you pay it off in full.
There are a lot of cards out there with category bonuses that exceed 2x, but the Blue Business Plus lets you rest assured that you’re earning double points without the fuss of remembering every last card bonus detail.
Personally, I value Amex points at roughly 2 cents a pop and think this is a great card to use against purchases you know aren’t going to earn bonus points like rent, taxes, construction cost, etc. Even on things like taxes which levy a fee, you’re still coming out ahead…even if you value Amex points at just 1.5c – that’s 3c back on every purchase.
How does this compare to the public offer and is it the best ever?
Currently the public welcome offer is without a sign up bonus, and the best ever is 20k. Some people still report getting targeted for the 20k – so the referral 10k splits the difference.
You can use our link here, but also take a look at The best part – What can you do with Membership Rewards? The Transfer partners are amazing – and we included some aspirational redemptions
Lufthansa First Class for 70k points when transferred to Aeroplan.
How incredible is that redemption? 70k points to fly a ticket that would set you back 5 figures?! The only downside is surcharges will be added, but trust me…they’re worth it. Aeroplan is also an instant transfer partner, meaning once you see the space, wham, bam, transfer your points and book your ticket.
Emirates First Class for 85k points when transferred to Emirates
One little “suite” spot of the Emirates chart is flying from Milan to New York on their A380, or Athens to Newark on their 777-300ER for 85k points. You’ll enjoy a suite with doors that close, top shelf champers, pjs, a vanity, and if your heart desires…a shower at 7 miles in the sky ( on the A380 ).
ANA First Class ROUNDTRIP for 110k when transferred to Virgin Atlantic.
One of the best bargains out there, and when you’re earning points in multiple programs that are partners with Virgin Atlantic, it makes access that much easier.
Singapore Suites for 76k when transferred to Singapore Airlines
Again, a mutual transfer partner of both Chase and Amex, and a great opportunity to fly in one of the world’s best first class products: Singapore Suites. For just 76k points you can fly between New York and Frankfurt sipping Krug and feasting on lobster Thermidor. Better yet…Singapore eliminated taxes and fees on their own metal. BYAH!
Asia Miles is a transfer partner of Amex and has many hidden sweet spots. One of which is their multi-partner award chart. Check out the link above if you want to read all the ins and outs, but you can fly A LOT for just 115k miles when you use Asia miles and fly on 2 or more One World partners of Cathay Pacific.
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