AmEx Gold Card for Ameriprise: 25k Offer

The Gold Card from American Express for Ameriprise Financial Review

Note that this and the AmEx Gold Card regular version are different cards. They don’t affect each other’s sign-up bonus. The link for the 25k Offer is from reddit.

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Features

  1. Earn 25,000 Membership Rewards (MR) Points after spending $1000 in first 3 months! This credit card usually doesn’t have a sign-up bonus, and this is the best offer in recent years.
  2. We estimate that Membership Rewards (MR) are worth about 1.6 cents/point, see below for a brief introduction. So the 25k highest sign-up bonus is worth about $400!
  3. Earn 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent directly at airlines and at US restaurants; 1 Membership Rewards Point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  4. With this card, you have access to Amex Offers, which often offers very good discounts at some stores. In the past we have seen offers like: Spend $15 or more and get $5 back at Walmart; Spend $75 or more and get $25 back on Amazon.com.
  5. No foreign transaction fee.
  6. This card is very easy to get approved for because it is a Charge Card, not a Credit Card. Charge card means that you don’t have an option to pay a minimum payment, you have to pay your balance in full on the due date. Note that Charge Card applications will still result in a Hard Pull, just like a Credit Card applications.
  7. Charge Cards have no pre-set spending limit.
  8. Although the term says you need to be an Ameriprise customer to apply for this card, anyone can apply.

Disadvantages

  1. $160 annual fee, but waived for the first year.
  2. There is no annual fee for up to 5 Additional Cards. But the annual fee for 6 or more Additional Cards is $35 for each Card
  3. The 2x bonus categories are limited within the United States.

Introduction to MR Points

Recommended Application Time

  1. You can get the sign-up bonus once in a lifetime, so be sure to apply when the historical highest offer appears.
  2. AmEx doesn’t care about the number of hard pulls.
  3. You can try to apply for it when you have a credit history of 6 months.

Summary

The reward rate is not good at all. But its all time high sign-up bonus at 25k MR points is worth $400 so it deserves consideration for people that have a use for MR points. Considering you can combine Hard Pulls when applying for AmEx cards in one day, and charge cards are not restricted by the application interval restriction, you can apply for this card as you apply for another AmEx credit card. If one day you don’t want to keep this card any more, you can apply for the AmEx EveryDay (ED) (no annual fee) to keep the MR points and use them in the future.

Related Credit Cards

Note that, although the look and benefits of the following cards are almost the same, they are different products, and they don’t affect each other’s sign-up bonus:

Recommended Downgrade Options

  • You can not downgrade this card to any card without an annual fee, so I suggest you close it when you don’t want to keep it any longer.

After Applying

  • Click here to check AmEx application status.
  • AmEx reconsideration backdoor number: 877-399-3083. The “real” backdoor number of Amex is well protected. Different from Chase, the representatives from this AmEx reconsideration backdoor number only have the right to help you submit requests.

Historical Offers Chart

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