The refreshed Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express features new card art, an increased introductory bonus and updated bonus categories.
Some of the offers below are no longer available and may be out of date.
American Express has announced several changes to the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express. The updates, which are effective as of May 9, 2019, include new card art, an increased introductory bonus and updated bonus categories. Along with a $250 welcome bonus when you spend $1,000 in the first three months, the card offers 6 percent cash back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions and 3 percent cash back on transit.
See the card changes at a glance:
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The Blue Cash Preferred card will continue to offer 6 percent cash back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year, then 1 percent), 3 percent cash back at U.S. gas stations and 1 percent back on all other purchases.
New bonus categories
With the refresh, the Blue Cash Preferred card no longer offers a bonus at U.S. department stores – which could be a major disappointment if you spend a large amount on clothing, household appliances and other department store purchases each year.
However, the addition of the streaming subscriptions and transit categories offer great opportunity to earn a generous rewards rate on more than 20 streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, HBO, NBA League Pass, Apple Music and more, as well as a variety of transit services, such as public transportation, tolls, parking, rideshares, taxis and trains.
Note, if you applied for the Blue Cash Preferred card prior to May 9, you will continue to earn a 3-percent cash back bonus at select U.S. department stores until July 31.
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Why use it?
Along with its generous rewards rate on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, transit and U.S. gas stations, the Blue Cash Preferred card offers one of the highest bonuses at U.S. supermarkets available.
Annual fee: $95
Plus, new cardholders can benefit from the higher welcome bonus – which is $50 higher than the previous offer.
When can you apply?
New cardholders can apply for the $250 welcome bonus offer starting May 9.
If you are an existing Blue Cash Preferred cardholder, you will automatically begin earning the updated rewards rate on May 9. If you are interested in receiving the updated card art, simply call the number on the back of your card and request the new design.