Back in July, American Express announced new spending bonuses aimed at holders of the two consumer Marriott Bonvoy cards that it curates. The bonuses have now been available for almost two months and can continue to be earned through the end of September, but if you haven't enrolled your card(s) yet, you have just days left to take part.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is the top Marriott credit card on the market and it offers a variety of excellent benefits in return for a $450 annual fee. To some, that annual fee may sound a little high, but if you’re someone who stays with Marriott more than once or twice a year, this card's benefits can easily make that fee more than worthwhile.
Not long ago, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express Card was just another co-branded business credit card that offered a good earning rate at Marriott properties and a few good benefits too. Then, in late March 2020, came a small but key policy change that made the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express Card an invaluable tool for anyone seeking easy Marriott Bonvoy status.
The American Express Gold Card is a key card in Amex's Membership Rewards ecosystem as it offers the best earning rates out of any American Express card in select major spending categories. It's a card that offers valuable benefits that help cardholders offset the annual fee, and with the currency that it earns being transferable to an impressive variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs, it's a card that can help cardholders make significant savings on aspirational travel bookings.
Coming just ten days after launching two offers for savings at five different Hilton brands, Amex is back with another offer for Hilton loyalists. This time, the targeted offer features three of Hilton's higher-end brands and as it runs through to the end of the year, there's plenty of time for cardholders to lock in the savings on offer.
To get the most out of a miles or points balance takes work and often quite a bit of effort. People with busy lives and families to look after generally don't have the time or energy to deal with all of that and this a big reason why cash back credit cards are so incredibly popular and why the Blue Cash Preferred Card is a card that would work well in most wallets.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card From American Express is a favorite card of mine and it's a card that rarely leaves my wallet. Now and a little unusually, this card is awarding new cardholders a 15,000 point welcome bonus when they meet a set spending target in the first three months of card membership at that just makes an already great card even better.
The Platinum Card® from American Express got refreshed today and although it's a refresh that has been rumored for some time, the changes that have been made are significant and not entirely what a lot of us have been expecting. Opinions on how good or bad these changes are almost certainly going to vary quite a bit, so rather than try to predict how the wider world will view what Amex has announced today (a futile task), I'm just going to focus on how I view the changes to the Platinum Card.
Yesterday morning, a PR agency that works for Amex told me that we would be seeing increased welcome bonuses on three of Amex's four consumer SkyMiles cards and that the welcome bonuses on the business cards would be increasing as well. Well, the consumer cards have all now had their bonuses boosted but there's no sign of the increased offers on the business cards...yet.
For most of this year, American Express has been offering select holders of its consumer Platinum Card up to 20,000 points when they sign up for its 'Pay Over Time' option. Now, with that option still open, Amex is back with another 20,000 point offer for any Platinum cardholders that are fortunate enough to be targeted.