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American Express has brought back the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.

Today, Monday, is your last full day to apply. The offer will be withdrawn at some point on Tuesday 9th April.

These are, genuinely, on a scale unlike anything else we see. If you or someone you know qualifies, you should seriously think about applying. It simply won’t get any better – no-one else is going to be offering 60,000 points for a free card or 120,000 points on a fee paying card.

This article looks at American Express Business Gold which is free for a year and comes with 60,000 points.

The bonus has also increased on its sister card, American Express Business Platinum. Business Platinum comes with a huge bonus of 120,000 Membership Rewards points, although you must spend £12,000 within three months to trigger it and keep the card for 14 months. You can apply here and we looked at this deal in detail on Saturday.

60000 points American Express Business Gold Card card

The key facts about American Express Business Gold

In this article, I want to look more closely at American Express Business Gold. Here are the key things you need to know:

  • American Express Business Gold is free for the first year (£195 thereafter, which should be a tax deductible business expense)
  • You receive a sign-up bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards points
  • You need to spend £6,000 in three months to qualify for the bonus
  • You receive an additional bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points if you hold the card for 14 months (you must make one transaction of any size during months 14 to 17)
  • This special offer ends during Tuesday 9th April 2024

Key link: American Express Business Gold charge card application page

Why Amex Business Gold?

The American Express Business Gold charge card is issued directly by American Express.

The card is aimed mainly at small businesses and sole traders.  The criteria for applying are fairly lenient:

  • You have a permanent UK home address
  • The business has a UK bank account
  • You are over 18

There are no turnover or profitability requirements for the company itself, but you must have an income of £20,000+.

If you are a sole trader, you do not need to have a business bank account.

Note that the American Express Business Gold card is a charge card, not a credit card. You MUST clear your balance in full at the end of each month.

Get 60,000 points - and no fee in Year 1 - with Amex Business Gold

What is the Amex Business Gold sign-up bonus?

Until Tuesday 9th April, you will receive 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points when you spend £6,000 within three months. This is an exceptionally generous incentive.

You will get an additional 20,000 Membership Rewards points – for a total bonus of 60,000 points – if you hold the card for 14 months.

The card is also free for the first year.  The annual fee for the following years is currently £195, although you receive a pro-rata refund if you cancel.

To put it in context, I had never – in the 20 years I have been interested in miles and points – seen a bonus as high as 60,000 points on a card which has no annual fee for the first year until Amex first offered this deal last year.

The standard bonus on this card is just 20,000 Membership Rewards points.

What can you do with 60,000 Membership Rewards points?

Membership Rewards points can be converted into a range of goodies.  The most valuable options are converting into frequent flyer miles (including Avios points and Virgin Points) at a ratio of 1:1.  This means that the sign-up bonus is worth 60,000 Avios or 60,000 Virgin Points.

Amex points also convert into Hilton Honors (at 1:2), Marriott Bonvoy (at 2:3) and Radisson Rewards at 1:3.

There are also a lot of non-travel redemptions including retailer gift cards, but the best value will come from travel redemptions.

Do you qualify for the 60,000 points?

American Express states on the Business Gold website that “you will not receive the sign-up bonus if you have held a Membership Rewards enrolled card [ie Platinum, Gold or Green American Express card] in the 13 months before you apply.”  This includes personal and business cards.

Note that the rule here only looks back 13 months. This is more generous than personal American Express cards, where they look back 24 months.

For clarity, you will definitely receive the sign-up bonus if you already have, or recently had, a British Airways Amex, Marriott Bonvoy Amex, Nectar Amex, Harrods Amex or Platinum Cashback Amex.

You will also qualify if you have the British Airways Accelerating Business SME card.

60000 points American Express Business Gold Card card

Is there a bonus for on-going spend?

Yes, although it will only benefit high spenders.

You will receive an additional 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points whenever you spend £20,000 in a calendar quarter (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, Oct-Dec).

If you spent exactly £20,000 in a quarter, you would have earned 30,000 points in total. This comprises 10,000 bonus points and 20,000 base points.

Any other benefits?

You receive £100 credit per year to spend with Dell. No minimum spend applies but the credit is split into two parts. You can earn £50 cashback between January and June and £50 cashback between July and December. This is a very generous benefit especially as you are not paying a card fee in the first year.

You can apply for supplementary Amex business cards for your employees at no extra cost.

You will receive one consolidated statement showing the spend on your card and all of the supplementary cards.  All of the Membership Rewards points earned on the supplementary cards will flow into your personal account.

Depending on when in your monthly cycle you make a payment, you will effectively receive up to 54 days free credit on your spending.

What is the Amex Business Gold annual fee?

There is no fee for the first year.

For future years, there is a fee of £195. This should be a tax deductible business expense.

The fee is refundable pro-rata if you cancel part-way through your membership year.

What do you earn per £1 spent on the card?

You receive 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on the card.

What is a Membership Rewards point worth?

Anything from ‘quite a bit’ to ‘a lot’ is the answer.   This article outlines my view on the most valuable American Express Membership Rewards transfer options.

In the very worse case, you can transfer your 60,000 Membership Rewards points into £300-worth of High Street gift cards. You should be able to get more value – at least double – if you use your points for a premium cabin air miles redemption.

You can take a look at the full list of American Express Membership Rewards redemption options here.

Any downsides?

The only major issue with Amex business cards, including American Express Business Gold, is the lack of acceptance by some suppliers.

Realistically, you will need to have a Visa or Mastercard as well to ensure that you can always get a card accepted.  I recommend the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card which I review here.  Capital On Tap offers 10,000 Avios for signing up – plus an extra 500 points for HfP readers – and a very generous earning rate of 1 Avios per £1.

The Head for Points verdict:

If you are a sole trader or own a small business (even a service company) then the American Express Business Gold card has always been worth a look. 

60,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up is an outstanding incentive, and with no fee for the first year you have nothing to lose. Be sure that you can spend £6,000 within three months of applying, however.

How to apply

The official Amex Business Gold website, which contains full details and the application form, is here.

The offer of 60,000 Membership Rewards points runs until some point on Tuesday 9th April, so for safety you should apply today.

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Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 2024 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

HUGE 60,000 POINTS BONUS UNTIL 3rd JULY and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points 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:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 Business Credit Card

1% cashback uncapped* on all your business spending (T&C apply) Read our full review

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