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Got Amex Gold? Get 3,000 free Membership Rewards points by adding the Gold credit card

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I know that a lot of Head for Points readers have taken out an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card in the last few weeks as they try to top-up their Avios before the April 28th devaluation.

As a reminder, Amex Gold is free for the first year and comes with 20,000 or more Membership Rewards points (full details in my review).  These can be converted into 20,000 Avios points or a whole load of other things.

If you’ve already got one, you are eligible for a further 3,000 Membership Rewards points for free.

Take a look here. You can apply for the Amex Gold credit card, to sit in your wallet alongside your Amex Gold charge card.

The representative APR is 14.9% variable.

Why would you want this? Well, there is one good reason – you receive 3,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up!  As the Amex Gold credit card is free, you are getting points for literally nothing (except for possibly a ding on your credit report).

There isn’t much else to add:

You need to spend £500 in three months to receive the 3,000 Membership Rewards points

You will earn 1 Membership Rewards points for each £1 spent

There is no annual fee

In theory you must cancel your Gold credit card if you cancel your Gold charge card. The Gold credit card is not available as a stand-alone product. (This is important, as otherwise it would be an easy way of keeping your Membership Rewards account active if you chose to cancel your charge card.)

However, some people report that they are allowed to keep the Gold credit card.  There is no pattern as to why, but if Amex allows you to do this then you do not need to empty out your Membership Rewards account.

Is there much point to having this card? Fundamentally, Amex is encouraging you to run up debt that you cannot afford to instantly repay (otherwise you would use your charge card). It will make your wallet thicker without adding any extra flexibility to how you spend, since it can’t be used anywhere where your Amex Gold isn’t accepted.

That said, 3,000 Membership Rewards points is worth having – that is 3,000 Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles.

Got a Platinum charge card?

Don’t worry, there is a similar deal for you too.  A while ago I wrote about the ‘private’ Platinum Credit Card from American Express which also offers 3,000 Membership Rewards points.  Not to be confused with the Amex Platinum cashback cards, this card is ONLY available to Platinum charge card holders.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (48)

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  • David says:

    After some discussion and scratching of heads they credited my account with the missing MR points. However, i have now spent £500 and no additional 3k points have appeared. May wait until first statement arrives later in the month. Not impressed by AMEX.

  • David says:

    Hope you are not in a hurry for the 3k Avios as I have been advised today that they can take up to 90 days to be credited to your a/c.

  • richard says:

    was there a deadline for applications for the gold credit card? as just called amex and they said it’s not available now. I also can’t get the on line application form to work!

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