Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points when you dine at restaurants worldwide. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X). Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
Earn up to a total of $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations. This can be an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
$100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
No Foreign Transaction Fees.
Annual Fee is $250.
Rates, fees & offers
Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply.
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Pros and cons
High rewards rate in certain categories
$100 airline fee credit; hotel upgrades and credits
No foreign transaction fees
Annual dining credit
American Express isn’t accepted as widely as Visa or Mastercard internationally
No lounge membership
If you're looking for a card with flexible travel redemption options and rich rewards on dining and groceries, the American Express® Gold Card may be your best go-to. Your Membership Rewards points can be redeemed for flights on several major domestic and international carriers, with no blackout dates and no seating restrictions. And you can transfer rewards to several different airline programs and hotel chains. The card also offers big rewards and benefits for foodies, including 4 points per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide, 4 points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 in purchases per year and a $120 annual dining credit for select purchases that comes in $10 monthly increments at partners that include Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required. Terms apply.
If you can't use the card's annual credits, consider a lower-fee card. But if you travel frequently and can maximize this card's benefits, it's well worth it. Read the full review here.
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