Amex Gold - the best value miles/points credit card out there

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  1. tommyl

    tommyl Co-founder Staff Member

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    The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is in my book the best value miles and points credit card out there, by some way.

    I set out below a full summary, but in short:
    • It's free for the first year, then you can cancel it.
    • You will earn 22,000 bonus points for signing up and meeting the reasonable initial spend target.
    • You get two free airport lounge entrances each year
    Bonus points available: 22,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £2000 in the first three months- an excellent American Express UK sign up bonus, given the card is free.

    What that can get you: Among many other things, 22,000 Avios – so a return flight from London to Moscow, for example (20,000 Avios). In total, you can transfer your points to 15 major frequent flyer and hotel programmes.

    Ongoing points earning rate: 1 point per £1 spent. Double points on supermarket and petrol spend for your first year. Double points on all travel and foreign spend for life. 7,500 bonus Membership Rewards points each year your card fee is paid if you have spent £15,000 in the previous year.

    Key additional perks: two free airport lounge passes each year.

    Fee: No fee for the first year (£125 a year thereafter)

    How do I get the bonus points?: Apply via this link, or alternatively private message me, and I will send you a referral link. The bonus if you are not referred is lower, at 20,000 points.
     
  2. TTGLOBE4L

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    I love this card but also love the BA Premium Plus card. Yes I know it has a fee but that 2-4-1 voucher has been invaluable for getting me long haul business class flights for less than the price of seats in economy. I don't currently have it as I churned and switched to another card to get more points but I am about to reapply so do you happen to have a link for that card so I can earn some extra points please?
     
  3. tommyl

    tommyl Co-founder Staff Member

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    Good timing! I've just published a post on how to avoid the fee on the BA Amex!

    I totally agree that the BA card is excellent if you secure the companion voucher/"two-for-one". More on this later, on the blog...

    This link will get you an extra 1,000 Avios for the sign-up bonus. (The link will take you to the free card - if you want the Premium Plus card, just click on it in the left hand corner of the screen).
     
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    Yay I saw that post yesterday! Am I ok to share this link with others too! I believe I have to leave six months since I cancelled the card before reapplying so will give it a few weeks and reapply.
     
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    Just a query on the platinum card if I have my voucher and then cancel to restart the clock for the sign up bonus, I presume that doesn't prejudice my companion voucher?

    I've signed up by the way. Thanks for the extra points.
     
  6. tommyl

    tommyl Co-founder Staff Member

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    Good question. You won't lose the voucher if you cancel the card after you have used the voucher to book flights. If you haven't yet booked flights and cancel the card, strictly speaking you are breaching the terms and conditions (see clause 15 here) and there is a possibility you may lose it.

    As such, my recommendation is you don't cancel the card until you have booked the flights using the companion voucher.
     
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