Amex Preferred Reward Gold: Boosted welcome bonus

Earn points & cashback worth up to £210

From 29 May to 16 July 2024, the welcome offer is increased on the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card. Plus there’s the chance to get bonus points if you keep the card more than a year.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card?

This card from Amex is free in the first year, but costs a huge £195 a year from the second year onwards – so it’s best to only get this one for a single year and then cancel it.

You’ll earn Amex Membership Reward points with your spending. There’s a set 1 point per £1 spent. These points can be swapped for gift cards or Nectar points at a value of 0.5p per point, or 1:1 to many airline partners.

However there are also bonus points triggered when you hit spending thresholds, so the card can potentially give you a return of close to 0.75%.

You can find more details on how the Preferred Rewards Gold card works, the value of it’s cashback work and other features in our full review.

Standard American Express Preferred Rewards welcome offer

Earn 20,000 points

When you first apply for the card you may be able to get a welcome bonus, usually 20,000 Amex Reward Points. That’s worth £100 as a gift card as Nectar. To be eligible for the Gold card bonus you cannot have had any Amex in your name in the last two years.

There’s also a minimum spend required to trigger the bonus. Spend a penny less and you’ll get nothing. This is usually £3,000 in the first three months.

The generic offer for this Amex card runs all year. You’ll get a little more if you apply via a refer-a-friend offer or a cashback site, but personally I’d always wait for one of the increased offers that tend to run two or three times a year.

CardReward typeNormal bonus
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit cardMembership Rewards Points20,000

Boosted American Express Preferred Rewards welcome offer

Earn 25,000 points

The latest increased offer runs from 29 May to 16 July 2024.

At 25,000 Amex Reward points, it’s worth 5,000 more points than the standard offer.

Sadly this is less than previous iterations of the promotion, which offered a total of 30,000 or 35,000 points (direct and refer-a friend respectively).

Boosted offerRequirementTop up bonusOffer ends
25,000 pointsSpend £3,000 in three months5,000 bonus points if you use the card in month 1516 July 2024

As with the normal offer you need to spend £3,000 in three months to get this offer. Doing that will earn you another 3,000 points and a total of 28,000. That adds up to £140 as gift cards.

As with most other Amex welcome offers you can’t have had any Amex account in your name in the last 24 months (that doesn’t include supplementary cardholders).

Additional offers

Extra 5,000 points if you stay

A new element with this boosted offer is the additional bonus that’s paid if you keep the card beyond the first year. You’ll get another 5,000 points, worth £25 as gift vouchers or as Nectar if you make a single transaction in month 15.

However, since the newly increased £195 annual fee will have kicked in by then, you’re still down £170ish. So personally I wouldn’t bother with this part of the deal, and instead cancel the card when the first year ends.

Extra 5,000 points referral bonus

You can get another 5,000 on top if you apply in the first place via a referral link, worth another £25. That’s a total of 30,000 points, plus 3,000 for the spending, adding up to 33,000 Amex points. That’s worth £165 as a gift voucher or in Nectar points.

However, I think it’s worth skipping this for a cashback site offer instead as that could be worth much more.

£70 extra via cashback sites

There’s the potential to get a bonus of up to £70 on top if you apply via TopCashback or Quidco. The rates do change, so compare both sites to see which pays the most.

Going via one of these sites will give you the increased 25,000 point bonus and not the 30,000 refer-a-friend offer. In total you could be up £210.

This table breaks down what you’ll make from the offer depending on whether you go via TopCashback or a friend’s link at the time of writing.

Welcome points earnedAdditional bonusPoints earned from £3,000 spendTotal pointsValue as gift cards / Nectar
Apply via Quidco*25,000£703,00028,000£140 + £70 c/b
Apply via a refer-a-friend link25,0005,000 points3,00033,000£165
* rate correct as of 29 May 2024

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2 thoughts on “Amex Preferred Reward Gold: Boosted welcome bonus

  1. Hi,I ve got Amex reward Gold since march2024 and managed to get 22000 points +3000 points from 3000 pounds spent already.The best pqrt is converting this 25000 Amex points to 25000 Virgin flying club airmiles very good.

  2. Just a success story on this. I applied in June 2023, hence was entered into the draw for a £200 Amazon voucher, which I won! Also, adding the points accumulated plus points from other sources (converted Nectar points, Executive Club click-through points etc.) I got two return flights with luggage to Santorini for 47,000 points + £45, which would have been £1128 if bought directly from BA, hence I got a value of 2.3p per Avios!


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