The Remaking of The American Express Green Card
American Express has revamped their iconic Green Card with some big changes. This card was widely considered a total dud prior to these updates. The card offered minimal rewards and bonuses. All of that has changed. Let’s take a look at the new perks:
- 3x Points For Travel and Dining
- 45,000 Point New Customer Sign Up Bonus
- $100 Statement Credit For Away (Luggage Vendor – Temporary Offer)
- $100 Annual Credit For CLEAR (airport security)
- Current offers subject to change 1/15/19
- Annual Fee of $150
What Has Changed?
The previous version of the Green Card offered few rewards. The only bonus point category was 2x points with AMEX Travel. Conversely, the new version of the card now offers 3x points for dining and travel – two of the most sought after bonus categories for credit card rewards.
The new sign up offer for this card is also new. Customers now have the opportunity to earn 45,000 bonus points when they open a new account. To complete the offer, customers will need to spend $2,000 within the first 3 months of opening their new account.
Additionally, the Away and CLEAR statement credit are both new features. The Away offer may be temporary but it appears the CLEAR statement credit will be here to stay for now. CLEAR allows you to register and be processed in airport security lines more quickly (where available).
One final change to the AMEX Green Card is the annual fee. The previous version of the card came with a $95 annual fee. This has been increased to $150.
Applying For The New Green Card
Applications for the AMEX Green Card were temporarily closed by but have been re-opened. Customers can view the full card benefits and features online. The application can be found by visiting the main Green Card website.
Potential applicants will also have the option to compare the Green Card to other AMEX credit cards like the popular Gold Card and AMEX Everyday Card.
Does The Green Card Earn a Spot In Your Wallet?
American Express offers a variety of valuable rewards card. For the first time in many years the Green Card can now be considered one of them. This card will primarily appeal to customers who are big travelers and can take advantage of the CLEAR statement credit.
If you are a current CLEAR user then this card is almost a no brainer. Very few cards offer this incentive and it will cover most of the cost of the annual fee. CLEAR is not offered at all airports. You can check here to see which airports provide CLEAR.
The dining and travel bonus categories will provide additional broad appeal for this card. Furthermore, the sign up bonus is very competitive among similar credit cards. This card provides many of the features of the AMEX Gold Card at a less expensive annual fee.
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