It’s a weird world out there right now, and while it is, American Express has released a clear message of support centered around “staying connected, dining at home, working and running a business remotely and supporting small businesses”.
The credit card giant just released a limited time refresh of card benefits designed to bring added value to cards across the portfolio, with statement credit offers and increased earning rates across a variety of cards, for things you’re probably bingeing on from home.
Amex is boosting earning rates and statement credits across a number of cards, including more points on things like grocery spending, takeout and delivery and home essentials. A few key boosted credit card earning rates include…
- Delta SkyMiles Reserve, Platinum, Gold and Blue Consumer Card Members will now earn 4X miles at U.S. supermarkets (May through July 2020).
- Marriott Bonvoy and Brilliant Consumer Card Members will now earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $7,500 in eligible purchases (May through July 2020).
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Consumer Card Members’ eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery, will now qualify toward the $300 Marriott Bonvoy Statement Credit benefit (June through August 2020).
- Hilton Surpass and Aspire Consumer Card Members will now earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. supermarkets (May through July 2020). Bonus Points earned through eligible purchases on all Hilton American Express Cards, that post to the Card Member’s Hilton Honors account between May 1 through December 31, 2020 will be considered Base Points and will count towards Elite tier qualification and Lifetime Diamond Status.
- Hilton Aspire Consumer Card Members’ eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery, will now qualify toward the $250 Hilton resort credit benefit (June through August 2020).
Amex Platinum, both the personal and business versions will offer up to $320 in statement credits toward streaming or US wireless telephone services. The statement credits are capped at $20 on each of the two categories, per month, from May 2020 to December 2020.
With the Platinum Card’s annual fee of $550, $320 in fee credits for streaming services or mobile phone plans is huge, not counting the at 18 other key benefits and fee credits. They can’t say it, but Amex is practically paying you to watch all the greatest and trashiest shows on Netflix or Hulu right now, like Too Hot To Handle. It’s the best worst thing ever.
For Business Platinum cardholders, there’s more. Amex is doubling the $200 Dell credit, for up to $400 total on Dell Technologies spend. The new credits are broken up into $100 between May and June 30th, and then a separate new $100 additional credit for the second half the year.
If you also happen to own a restaurant, Resy is waiving the fees to join the ResyOS platform and enjoy access once dining returns.
Up To $80 For Amex Green Holders On Wireless Phone Service
Amex Green, which is “literally” garbage, is adding up to $80 in statement credits between now and December 2020 for wireless phone plans. This means up to $10 back per month on your phone plan to help you stay connected in the interim.
With a $150 annual fee, this $80 goes a long way towards justifying the card on an expense virtually everyone will incur. Given the numerous other benefits of the card, including 3x on restaurants, take out and delivery it’s a clever card to keep around.
Where’s The Good News For Gold?
Amex teased recently of a variety of card refreshes coming in the first few weeks of May, and Amex Gold is noticeably absent from the good news today. With any hope, that means exciting benefits are on the way, and they’re just spacing things out to give us all something to read about while we’re bored at home.
It’s great to see Amex creating increased opportunities for cardholders in categories which effect virtually all cardholders. Most people in the world own a mobile phone, far too many binge shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or another leading platform and now it’s cheaper to do so. Good stuff.