(Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19, for eligible Card accounts approved from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 for which you are eligible for a welcome offer, the period to make eligible purchases to earn your American Express welcome bonus will be extended for an additional 3 months.)
- $250 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months.
- 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%).
- 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations.
- 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions. (NEW)
- 3% Cash Back on transit including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more. (NEW)
- 1% Cash Back on other purchases.
- $95 annual fee.
It also worked out that they added 6% back on select US streaming subscriptions (see below for full list), all while removing the ability to earn 3% cash back at U.S. department stores.
Max out your benefit by buying gift cards at US supermarkets. I use this card to buy gift cards at a standalone US supermarket to use up the annual limit and get 6% back. My local Safeway has an entire wall of options, but I usually go with Amazon, Apple iTunes, or Starbucks. You can easily confirm that your purchase still gets 6% cash back on your account online:
Supermarkets details. “US stand-alone supermarkets” means that superstores, convenience stores and warehouse clubs are not considered supermarkets. This means no Super Wal-Mart, no Super Target, no Costco. Examples of merchants that count (and this is not a complete list!) are Safeway, Whole Foods, Meijer, Vons, Winn-Dixie, Gristedes, Shoprite, Stop and Shop, and online supermarkets such as FreshDirect.
Gasoline details. “US stand-alone gas stations” means that superstores, supermarkets, and warehouse clubs that sell gasoline are not considered gas stations. This means no Target, no Costco, no Sam’s Club. Examples of merchants that count (and this is not a complete list!) are Exxon, Mobil, Hess, Shell, Gulf, Murphy USA, Murphy Express.
US Streaming Subscriptions details. These are all included:
• Amazon Music
• Apple Music
• CBS All Access
• Direct TV Now
• Fubo TV
• HBO Now
• Kindle Unlimited
• NBA League Pass
• Prime Video Unlimited
• Sling TV
• SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite
• YouTube Music Premium
• YouTube Premium
• YouTube TV
Annual fee. There is a $95 annual fee, so you’ll want to utilize that 6% cash back on groceries to maximize your value. If you spend the max cap of $500 a month at supermarkets, at 6% back that would net you $360 cash back in a year vs. $60 at 1% cash back. Note that simply spending $31 per week at supermarkets at 6% cash back will result in over $95 Reward Dollars per year to cover the annual fee.
If you don’t like the idea of paying an annual fee, the
Cash back is officially given in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit, gift cards, and merchandise. I always just stick with statements credit to directly pay down my monthly bill.
Bottom line. The
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