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An American Express® Green Card benefit will be improved next week

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Ever since the American Express® Green Card was relaunched in its current guise back in 2019, I’ve considered it to be one of the better miles & points cards that American Express issues but for one reason or another, it doesn’t seem to get the same attention as a lot of other cards in the Amex portfolio.

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The Green Card offers cardholders two good earnings rates and a couple of useful credits in exchange for a $150 annual fee and from Tuesday next week (15 November 2022), American Express will be improving one of the credits that its Green card offers.

The American Express® Green Card

Briefly (very), these are the key things that the American Express® Green Card currently offers in exchange for a $150 annual fee:

  • 3 points/dollar on eligible travel spending
  • 3 points/dollar on restaurant spending worldwide
  • 1 point/dollar on all other eligible spending
  • $100 annual LoungeBuddy credit
  • $100 annual CLEAR credit
  • No foreign transaction fees

Terms apply to all of the above and enrolment may be required

The American Express® Green Card isn’t flash or bursting with benefits, but as a card for someone immersed in the world of miles & points, it can be a very useful tool with which Membership Rewards points can be earned relatively easily.

The upcoming improvement

We have been reliably told that as of 15 November 2022 (next Tuesday) American Express will be increasing the CLEAR Credit that the Green Card offers to $189 and that will bring the Green Card’s benefit in line with the CLEAR benefit offered by the considerably more expensive Platinum Card® from American Express (review), and the Business Platinum Card® from American Express (terms apply and enrolment is required).

Link to find out more about the CLEAR program

For cardholders who only ever travel solo, this won’t be a particularly big deal as although a single-person CLEAR membership can cost up to $189/year, no one should be paying more than $119.

Why? Because discounted single-person CLEAR membership is available for no more than $119/year to anyone who is a member of the free-to-join United MileagePlus or Delta SkyMiles programs.

For cardholders who travel with a companion, however, this statement credit increase will probably be very welcome thanks to the fact that CLEAR allows members to add up to 3 other people to their account for a fee of $60 per person.

What this means is that with the upcoming statement credit increase, two people with just a single American Express® Green Card between them will both be able to have CLEAR membership without any further out-of-pocket spending required.

That’s $179 of savings from a card that currently charges a $150 annual fee.

Is this all or is there going to be more?

I’ve only been told about this one change to the Amex Green Card but I have to admit that this doesn’t look like a typical American Express move. It’s almost too generous.

A standard Amex move is to take a good annual credit and turn it into a much less useful monthly credit in the hopes of inducing increased breakage, so I’m a little surprised to see the Green card’s annual CLEAR credit being increased to above the card’s annual fee with no apparent downside.

Are we about to see a more wholesale makeover of the Green Card which will introduce further benefits and earnings changes alongside an increased annual fee? Or is this it?

I don’t know.

Amex has been doing a great job of not really promoting the Green Card at all and it’s possible that this has been a deliberate ploy while it worked out what changes it wants to make to the card and that it’s now ready to start announcing those changes.

It’s also possible that I’m really overthinking this and that nothing more is on the way.

Your guess is as good as mine so I guess we’ll have to see what next week brings.

Bottom line

From 15 November 2022, Amex will be increasing the annual CLEAR statement credit offered by the American Express® Green Card from $100 to $189. As far as we know, no other changes to the Green Card are on the way but I will be keeping a close eye on things come Tuesday and if Amex announces any other changes to the Green Card, they’ll appear on this site as soon as I hear about them.

One Of The Best Amex Cards Around

The American Express® Gold Card offers the best earnings rates for spending at US supermarkets and on dining out of any American Express Membership Rewards card, and it offers credits for Uber/Uber Eats and dining which help offset the $250 annual fee (rates & fees).

Currently, the American Express® Gold Card is offering successful new applicants 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points after they spend $4,000 on their new card in the first 6 months of card membership.

The Great Benefits (Terms Apply)

  • Earn 4 points/dollar on spending at U.S Supermarkets (up to $25,000 in spending/year)
  • Earn 4 points/dollar on dining and takeout (including Uber Eats)
  • Earn 3 points/dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel
  • Get $120/year in dining credits (at select eateries)
  • Get $120/year in Uber Cash credits
  • Get $100/year Hotel Collection credit

Click for more details on the American Express® Gold Card

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    • Yes. The current credit ($100) is a yearly credit and there’s currently no reason to think that the new $189 credit won’t also be available yearly.

  1. If they make this change, I’ll continue to hold onto my green card.

    Watch this increase in credit be due to a coming increase in CLEAR’s annual fee.


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