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If you’re a reward geek, October 2018 was quite the big deal – it was certainly marked on our calendar with stars and stickers and unicorn stamps. Why? Amex released their newly rebranded Amex Gold card, and I’d say they hit every nail on its head. It’s hands down the best dining/grocery card on the market ( 4x points ), and they’ve even improved it since. Nearly 2 years later, it gets more use than any other card in my wallet. When the Amex Gold first hit the market we saw public offers at 35k, but referrals in the range of 40 to 50k. Now, the best ever Amex Gold Referral has hit the market with a whopping 60k bonus points.
You can read about all the details in this post, but if you’re in the market for a slam dunk of a card…this is it. In fact, American Express has not only published the highest referral offer at 60k Membership Rewards, but they also changed the minimum spend requirement from $4k in 3 months to $4k in 6 months.
Here’s how it works with our site and referrals:
Referrals are how I make upwards of 500k points a year, but it’s also how I can help you out. Since I’m constantly trying to use points on my travel for the site, I cycle through my referrals first, and usually very quickly I max out. I then work my friends and family through the site, and finally, I start adding your links that you leave below. I leave them up for a few weeks and then cycle in another one.
You can also leave referrals for
- Amex Green
- Amex Aspire
- Amex Platinum
- Amex Biz Platinum
- Amex Everyday Preferred
- Amex Blue Business Plus
- Amex Biz Gold
*I would note that you get more action when the referral is correlated to the article.
Also…keep an eye out for promotions on my YouTube channel where I give away placement on my various referral pages. Our last winner Ism was able to max out he and his wife in roughly 3 weeks and that was only with placement on one referral page.
Prior to the new card being released, I had been targeted for a 50k offer on the old Premier Rewards Gold and applied. Within a day of receiving the card, I loaded it onto my profile, and I can indeed confirm that Amex is populating 50k referrals (35k is the public offer ). Remember, referrals earn a bonus for the person who refers you, so if you’re a Monkey Miles friend, I’ll earn points for your referral, and if you leave a referral below the same goes.
If you’re interested:
Just as an FYI…after all of my bonuses are fulfilled I start adding in new referrals that continue to populate the highest offer I can find.
Referral offers vary, but typically, if you’re referring from an Amex Gold it’ll give 10k. I’ve seen Amex Biz Plat give 20k, and Amex Green yield 5k. It all depends. Some Amex Golds have reported 20k!
Here’s a list of Benefits:
- 4x points at restaurants
- 4x points at US supermarkets ( up to $25k a year )
- 3x points on flights purchased directly with the airline or Amex Travel
- 1x on all other purchases
- $120 Dining Credit at select restaurants
- Grubhub, Boxed, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and participating Shake Shack locations. Excludes Shake Shack locations in ballparks, stadiums, airports and racetracks.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit
- Annual Fee is $250
What’s the best ever for Amex Gold?
There have been a wide range of offers and I believe the highest offer we’ve seen is 75k and that was targeted. In terms of public and referrals, 60k is the best I know about.
If you do get the card – remember to activate your dining credit and airline credit
Targeted Authorized User bonuses started populating roughly 6 months into card-membership
If you were targeted like I was, this would potentially add on an additional 20k points simply by adding people to your account. Go here to read all the details – you are responsible for your authorized users and there are rules so read them carefully. Great thing is that you earn the points and the category bonus spend. If your mother or son dines out…you get the 4x points. BYAH!
Want the big bro to Amex Gold? Some are getting 75k welcome bonus referrals from Amex Platinum
What can 60k American Express MR get you?
One of the best redemptions is utilizing Amex transfer partner Etihad. Etihad has a more advantageous chart for American flights than does AA on their own metal. That means that this 50k welcome offer alone could fly you on AA from the US to Europe or South America in business class. Pretty awesome huh?
If you receive the 60k welcome bonus and 20k from Authorized Users…the grandaddy is now available to you. Lufthansa First Class.
There are a few tricks you need to learn in order to book Lufthansa First Class, but it’s possible via Aeroplan, which prices these first class lights at 70k between the States and Europe. BYAH!
Another insane example? You can fly the new Singapore Suites from Singapore to Delhi for just 53k points.
Feel free to leave your own referrals if you’d like. FYI – periodically I’ll grab someone’s and stick it in the main links above which will earn you points pretty quickly.
History of the referral bonuses:
- 60k Offer debuts in August of 2020
- 50k offers populating consistently again ( 07/31/19)
- You can now get the Rose Gold version of the card again. 6/6/2019. Expired.
- Some are getting 50k offers again
- 50k up until January of 2019 when offer dropped to 40k
- January 2019 to 3/30/19 – 40k and then some starting to get 50k.
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