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The “best” credit card is not the same for everyone. You need perks that are meaningful to the way that you live. The most popular cards offer big sign-up bonuses ($500 or more) and/or great rewards for spending, particularly in high-volume categories, like travel or dining. But your needs may differ: Some cards offer zero interest or no annual fees, while others get you primary rental insurance,

Whatever benefit you’re looking for, we’ve got a great card to fit the bill. The cards below are listed in the order of their total bonus offer values.

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

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dollar Annual Fee: $695

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

Offer: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).

A great card for flights and prepaid hotels earning 5x points, and for large expenses over $5,000 for 1.5x points. It earns:

  • 5X Membership Rewards points on flights and prepaid hotels booked via AmexTravel
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards points on any single purchase that is over $5,000
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards at Construction material and hardware suppliers, Electronic goods retailers and software & at cloud system providers, and with Shipping providers
  • 1X Membership Rewards points on other purchases

(1.5X purchases are capped at $2,000,000 in spend per calendar year.)

Card Benefits

  • Hilton Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Marriott Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Receive up to $100 as a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry or every 4.5 years for TSA Pre✔®
  • Access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access (enrollment required)
  • Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits
  • $200 airfare credit for incidentals like luggage fees on your chosen airline. (enrollment required). Terms apply.
  • $200 in Dell statement credits twice annually, up to $400 total (Jan-June and July-Dec; Enrollment required / terms apply).
  • Up to $120 a year in wireless credits; up to $10 per month, Enrollment required / terms apply.
  • Up to $360 in Indeed credits ($90 per quarter; enrollment required, Terms Apply)
  • Up to $150 in credits with Adobe on annual prepaid plans for eligible Creative Cloud for teams and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign, enrollment required, Terms Apply.
  • Up to $189 in fee credits for a CLEAR® airport security service plan. (Enrollment required; credit is a statement credit.)

Note: When displaying Estimated Rewards Values and calculations, this card is factoring in airline and hotels at 5x. This requires booking at AmexTravel.com and, if you do not, your earned rewards will change. Hotel bookings made via AmexTravel will generally not earn points or elite benefits.

Offer: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,360

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dollar Annual Fee: $695

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,360

Offer: Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)

The Platinum Card® from American Express is full of caché and its heavy metal design will catch more than a few looks. While the fee isn't small, you get a lot back in the form of statement credits and other perks and benefits.

Statement Credit Offers

  • $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month with a $20 bonus in December)
  • $100 in annual Saks Fifth Avenue shopping credits per year ($50 January-June and $50 July-December) as statement credits (Enrollment required)
  • $200 in annual airline fee credits (as statement credits) for your chosen airline (Enrollment required)
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit which is good for up to $20 back each month on select digital subscriptions with Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times.(Enrollment Required)
  • $200 Hotel Credit as statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, with a two night minimum stay, with American Express Travel. (Enrollment Required) 
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit as statement credits when you pay for your CLEAR® membership with your Card. (Enrollment Required) 
  • $300 Equinox Credit as a $25 statement credit valid each month at Equinox, valid for Equinox All Access, Destination, or E by Equinox membership fees, or for Equinox+.(Enrollment required)
  • $300 statement credit when you purchase a SoulCycle At-Home Bike, up to 15x per calendar year. An Equinox+ membership is required to purchase a SoulCycle at-home bike and access SoulCycle content. Must charge full price of bike in one transaction. Shipping available in the contiguous U.S. only. (Enrollment required)
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: The cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership is covered with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. (Plus Ups are excluded.)

(All above offers require enrollment after you receive the card.)

You also get access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes the Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, and Delta SkyClubs when you are flying Delta. (Enrollment required)

In addition, you get elite status in two hotel programs (enrollment required):

  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite
  • Hilton Gold

While the Bonvoy Gold status is mostly good for small room upgrades and bonus points on stays, Hilton Gold confers free breakfast - a benefit that can really add up!

More Platinum Card benefits:

  • Reimbursement (as a statement credit) for your Global Entry or PreCheck membership fees every 4 years.
  • Secondary Car rental CDW/LDW collision/damage coverage
  • Lost, damaged or stolen baggage insurance
  • Extended warranty, purchase protection and return protection on covered purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Access to the Platinum Concierge line

Cell phone protection:

Coverage for a Stolen or damaged Eligible Cellular Wireless Telephone is subject to the terms, conditions, exclusions and limits of liability of this benefit. The maximum liability is $800, per claim, per Eligible Card Account. Each claim is subject to a $50 deductible. Coverage is limited to two (2) claims per Eligible Card Account per 12 month period.

  • Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions and Limitations Apply.
  • Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details.
  • Underwritten by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.

NOTE: This card earns 5x on airfare and hotels, however, the airfare must be booked direct with the airline or at Amex Travel and the hotels must be prepaid at Amex Travel to earn 5x. This site's Estimated Rewards Values will calculate all airfare and hotels at 5x points, so if your hotels are booked directly (which you generally need to do to earn hotel points and status/benefits) please note that they will not earn 5x and your actual rewards value will vary accordingly.

Offer: Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,190

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dollar Annual Fee: $295

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,190

Offer: Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)

The American Express® Business Gold card is a powerful earner for business owners with high spend on the included bonus categories.

You will earn 4 points per dollar on any 2 out of 6 categories, automatically selected each calendar month based on which ones you spent the most on, up to $150,000 per year. Terms apply.

Categories include airfare purchased directly with airlines, US advertising and media, US gas stations, US hardware/software/cloud computing services, US restaurants, and US shipping.

Our page on the Amex Business Gold Card has the American Express definition of hardware, software, and cloud computing merchants.

Also, get a 25% rebate on airfare booked American Express Travel using Membership Rewards. Applies to all First/Business Class tickets and economy tickets with your one selected airline.

Offer: Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within first 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,020

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dollar Annual Fee: $250

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,020

Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)

Is the American Express® Gold Card the best credit card for dining and groceries?

The Gold Card offers 4x Membership Rewards points at restaurants (including takeout and delivery) and at US supermarkets (up to $25,000 a year; 1X thereafter), as well as 3x on flights.

And at long last, American Express is once again offering both new and existing cardholders the opportunity to get the Rose Gold version of the Gold Card. (Simply select it when applying.)

It also offers $20 in monthly dining statement credits - $10 monthly at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment and $10 in Uber Cash each month. Enrollment required / terms apply.

(Note that the airline incidental credits will no longer be offered after 2021 and are no longer available to new applicants.)

While many Amex bonus categories are US-only, this card earns 4x on all restaurants, including internationally.

American Express defines a supermarket as offering a wide variety of food and household products such as meat, fresh produce, dairy, canned and packaged goods, household cleaners, pharmacy products and pet supplies. (Superstores, convenience stores and warehouse clubs are NOT considered supermarkets.)

It's also important to note that as a card product that American Express used to classify as "charge" - meaning that it has No Preset Spending Limit - so it is not counted against your 5 Amex credit card limit. The Gold Card will still be in the category of cards (former charge products) in which you can have up to 10. Those include the Green, Gold, Platinum, and Centurion.

Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$250

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dollar Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$250

Offer: Earn a $250 statement credit after spending $3,000 within your first 3 months. Terms Apply. (Rates and Fees)

The American Express Blue Business Cash credit card allows you to earn a simple 2% in cash back (on up to $50,000 a year of purchases) without paying an annual fee.

0% Intro APR

0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable rate, 16.99% - 24.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors as determined at the time of account opening.

Offer: Earn a $250 statement credit after spending $3,000 within your first 3 months. Terms Apply. (Rates and Fees)

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