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American Express Green Card

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American Express Green Card

Annual Fee: $150

Bonus Offer: 30,000 Membership Rewards when you spend $2,000 within 3 months


Bonus Offer: 30,000 Membership Rewards when you spend $2,000 within 3 months

★ This card earns bonus points for spend in the following bonus categories:

Airfare3x
Car Rentals3x
Dining3x
Hotels3x
Other Travel3x

Best for:

Those looking to earn Membership Rewards points on Travel spend.

Card Features and Benefits:

    American Express has relaunched the Green Card to more directly compete with high performing mid-tier cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offering a bit more than each of them in exchange for a $150 annual fee (vs. $95 on those other cards).

    3X Membership Rewards on Travel and Dining

    The biggest feature of this card is 3X American Express Membership Rewards points on Travel, Transit and Dining (globally), besting the 2X offered on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and equaling the 3X points offered by the Chase Sapphire Reserve (albeit with a $550 annual fee / $300 travel credit on the Reserve, making that card essentially the same $150 fee but feeling like more).

    What Counts as Travel?

    Amex counts airfare, hotel, cruises, and car rentals as travel. Gas is not included in this bonus category.

    What counts as Transit?

    • Trains
    • Taxi cabs
    • Ride share services
    • Ferries
    • Tolls
    • Parking
    • Buses
    • Subways

    The new Amex Green card also comes with a few annual credits:

    • $100 credit towards a CLEAR membership for expedited airport security lines.
    • $100 credit to Lounge Buddy (airport lounges - a competitor to Priority Pass lounge access

    Overall, Amex has substantially upped the game compared to the legacy Green card and it gets even better if you can use the multiple $100 credits offered.

    Note that while this is a great way to earn the 3x points on travel, you would do even better on dining (4X) with the American Express Gold Card.

    The Amex Green Card Functions as a Credit Card

    The new Amex Green card is part of the same family of Amex proprietary charge cards that aren't technically credit cards. (Technically they are charge cards). However, the Green Card has a built-in Pay Over Time feature, making it function in just about all ways as any other standard credit card, with a revolving balance line.

    What this means: Amex generally limits a cardmember to 5-6 credit cards (personal and small business combined), while they have no limit on proprietary Amex charge cards.  This means that even if you already have 5-6 Amex credit cards, you would still be eligible for a Green Charge Card.

    Bonus Eligibility: They still state that if you had the Green Card before, you are not eligible for a welcome bonus on this card. So you'll be eligible if you have less than 5-6 Amex charge cards and have never had the Amex Green card before.

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American Express Green Card

Offer: 30,000 Membership Rewards when you spend $2,000 within 3 months

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