Along with a four-point bonus at U.S. supermarkets and U.S. restaurants, the new American Express Gold card offers a $120 annual dining credit (enrollment required).
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According to Rachel Stocks, executive vice president of global premier products and benefits at American Express, the updated card is designed to reward “card members’ growing appetites for dining out, eating in and traveling near and far.”
See the card changes at a glance
|Updated offer||Previous offer|
|Card name||American Express® Gold Card||Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express|
|Annual fee||$250||$195, waived first year|
As you can see, the two-point bonus at U.S. gas stations will not be offered with the new Gold card. However, existing Premier Rewards Gold card members will continue to receive the benefit until Oct. 4, 2019.
Other perks include
Along with receiving a four-point bonus at U.S. restaurants and U.S. supermarkets, Gold cardholders can earn up to $120 in dining credits each year. Enrolled card members will receive up to $10 per month in statement credits when they use their Gold card at any of the following restaurant partners: Shake Shack locations, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Grubhub/Seamless.
A valuable offer
Even with the higher annual fee, the Gold card’s new benefits add increased value to the card. By our estimates, the average consumer who spends $15,900 annually on food, clothing, gas and general purchases can squeeze around $380 in value from the Gold card each year – more than enough to cover the card’s $250 annual fee.
If you are an existing Premier Rewards Gold card member, the updated annual fee will go into effect for you starting April 1, 2019 (on your account renewal date).