Earlier this month, I wrote about the elevated offers on the Amex Green card and Gold card. The Amex Green card is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 points, whereas you can earn a welcome bonus of 75,000 points with the Amex Gold card. However, these cards carry significantly high annual fees of $150 and $250 respectively. If you’re looking to get a card for everyday purchases and keep the card long term, then the Amex Everyday Preferred Card may be a great fit for your needs.
Amex Everyday Preferred Card
With this welcome bonus, you’ll earn 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. This is double than the standard welcome bonus of 15,000 points.
Also, if you’re looking to finance some purchases, then this card is offering a 0% intro APR. The 0% intro APR will be valid for the first 12 months. The annual fee for this card is $95.
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BONUS SPEND CATEGORIES
This card offers great return on everyday spend. Following are the bonus categories on this card:
- 3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on groceries (supermarkets)
- 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at gas stations
- 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at AmexTravel.com
- 1x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on all other purchases
If you make 30 purchases in a month, you’ll earn 50% extra points. In effect, the 3-2-1 spending categories will become 4.5-3-1.5 bonus Membership Rewards points categories per dollar spent. However, Amex caps your bonus points earning in the supermarkets category at $6,000 spent per year.
If you have this card, you can transfer points to Amex’s airline and hotel partners. If you use this as your go-to card for everyday purchases and make 30 transactions each month, then the points could add up pretty quickly. Moreover, if you max out the Supermarkets category, you’ll end up with an additional 27,000 points in a single year. If you add the sign up bonus, then you’d have earned a minimum of 57,000 points after the very first year. That’s amazing return on spend for a card charges an annual fee of $95.
In addition, Amex offers many other standard benefits that are similar across many of their cards.
- Car rental loss and damage insurance
- Dispute resolution
- Fraud Protection
- Pay It/Plan It
- Return Protection
THE PUNDIT’S MANTRA
After the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we had to cut back on travel drastically. During the last couple of years, I’ve primarily focused on earning points so that I can travel extensively whenever the world returns to ‘normal’.
Firstly, I’ve signed up for limited time offers which were offering really bonuses. Secondly, I’ve tried to max out bonus spend categories on existing cards to earn additional points. The Amex Everyday Preferred card has been a card that I’ve carried in my wallet for many years, thanks to it’s amazing return on everyday spend.
Which has been your go-to card for everyday spend after the pandemic hit? Tell us in the comments section.