American Express Promotions of 2015

Some people might argue that any American Express card is worth consideration, even without a sign-up bonus. In fact the last two AmEx cards I acquired (Blue Cash Preferred and Simply Cash) were at a time when there wasn’t even a promotion being offered… I didn’t care because the rewards and benefits sold me.

But what’s even better is getting some extra cash or bonus points along with your application. For 2015, below are a few of the current American Express card offers that I recommend checking out that are popular with our forum members. American Express is a CreditCardForum advertising partner.

Premier Rewards Gold Card

With a $195 annual membership fee, this charge card definitely isn’t for everyone. But if you have a higher income and do a decent amount of traveling, the benefits and rewards are worth it.

The benefits are too involved to be covered here but I encourage you to check out my review for full details. As for the ways to earn Membership Rewards, here’s a quick rundown of what you get:

  • 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2x points at U.S. gas stations.
  • 2x points at U.S. supermarkets.
  • 1x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Terms and limitations apply.

The number of points you’re earning is not that special. But what is special is what you can do with them!

American Express Membership Rewards points let you transfer them directly to around a dozen airline frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs, often on a 1-to-1 conversion. This can make your points worth a lot more, since true frequent flyer miles usually have value above 1 cent each. For example, transfer 25,000 points to Delta and get 25,000 SkyMiles.

Here is the current promotion:
Earn 25,000 bonus points and get $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195 (Bonus given after you spend $2,000 during your first three months of Card membership).

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

Starwood Hotels include The W, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridian, St. Regis and a number of specialized high-end boutique properties.

If you stay at these hotels regularly, the Starwood Preferred Guest card is worth considering. But even if you don’t, it’s still worth considering. Why? Because the funny thing is that this hotel card also functions like a flexible airline rewards card. Through the Star Alliance, you can convert your Starpoints to frequent flier miles on nearly 30 airlines, usually at a 1-to-1 conversion. This includes Delta, American, US Airways, Lufthansa, Alaska, JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and more.

Right now this American Express promotion features enough bonus Starpoints for a weekend getaway at a Category 4 Hotel. Alternately, convert the points to frequent flier miles. The flexibility makes this a true travel rewards card. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

Apply here to earn up to 25,000 bonus Starpoints + no annual fee for first year

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Written or last updated April 2017

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I deleted the promotion you recently sent to me regarding the American Express
Platinum Credit Card. The offer was 1500 Air Miles plus waiving the first
years fee. Would you please send that offer to my e-mail again as I have
another friend who is interested in this promo. Thanking you in advance

Good collection, Eric, appreciate it. Bookmarked and shared 🙂

I am looking for a promotion Amex ran on the Producers of Broadway about 10 years ago. We are working on a memorial service for Ashton Springer who was in the picture and we would like to use it on sunday, Sept. 15th. Can you help?