I'm always checking to see if American Express has targeted me for any special welcome offers or special deals to upgrade (it's how I got a 150,000 point bonus when I upgraded to the Hilton Honors Surpass credit card) and, as things stand, there appear to be improved offers available on the American Express Gold Card and the Business Gold Card for anyone fortunate enough to have been targeted.
After months of drought, it looks like Amex is starting to open the floodgates on transfers from Membership Rewards to other loyalty programs. Not only is there now a 40% bonus on transfers to Hilton Honors but Amex is now also offering targeted cardholders a 40% bonus on transfers to Marriott Bonvoy.
As the seriousness of the travel crisis started to become more obvious, American Express took steps to ensure that the more travel-focused credit cards in its portfolio maintained a bit of relevance in a world where travel wasn't really an option for most. Various new card benefits were added, but for holders of select Membership Rewards cards, the more valuable benefits were the additional monthly statement credits that were introduced in May.
The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express is the only freely available credit card that offers top-tier elite status in one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programs and, when placed in the right hands, it's a card that can more than cover its annual fee thanks to the fantastic benefits and rebates it offers.
The Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express is one of the best hotel co-branded cards on the market because it costs just $95/year and offers all cardholders the most valuable mid-tier hotel status around. Add in a good 130,000 point welcome offer and strong earning rates at Hilton properties worldwide, and this becomes a card that can pay for itself multiple times over when in the right hands.
American Express has announced new category bonuses and new spending bonuses on select Delta co-branded credit cards as the card issuer continues to look for new ways to keep it's travel cards relevant at a time when most Americans are not looking to travel.
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There's aren't many credit cards that I consider to be "must-have" cards for any serious miles and points fan but the Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express is definitely one of them. This card comes with no annual fee and is one of the more rewarding cards you'll find for spending in non-bonused categories.
American Express Membership Rewards offers Amex cardholders the opportunity to earn one of the three big transferable currencies in the miles & points world – Membership Rewards points - and these points can be transferred across to a variety of other loyalty programs affiliated to major airlines and hotel chains.
I'm in the process of trying to plan a trip to a Ritz-Carlton on the Spanish island of Tenerife and, as part of my research into the best way to book the property, I decided to check what offers I could find for the property on the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts site. Annoyingly, the property wasn't there.