Amex just added limited-time perks to its most popular cards, including bonus rewards for US supermarkets and credits for streaming services

by | May 17, 2020 | Cards | 1 comment

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  • American Express just announced a ton of limited-time benefits for cards including the Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and co-branded cards from Delta, Hilton, and Marriott.
  • Through December, the Amex Platinum card is offering up to $320 in statement credits when you use the card for select streaming services and wireless telephone services.
  • Credit cards from Delta, Hilton, and Amex are also adding new bonus categories for US supermarkets and US restaurants, so you can earn more rewards on the purchases you’re making now.
  • These new perks are meant to add value given the current coronavirus pandemic, since cardholders can’t take advantage of American Express card travel perks like lounge access and airline fee statement credits.
  • See Business Insider’s list of the best American Express cards.

Many American Express cards offer great travel perks like airport lounge access and airline fee credits, but you can’t exactly put those to use when no one’s traveling.

Like other credit card issuers, American Express has adjusted some of its card benefits to account for the fact that we’re currently living in quarantine. For one, it’s tailored its lineup of Amex Offers to include cash-back deals with several wine retailers, moving away from more travel-focused deals. It’s also extended the amount of time new applicants have to earn a welcome bonus, from three months to six months.

Amex just announced even more updates that will make it easier to earn rewards on the types of purchases that most of us are making right now: US supermarkets and food delivery from US restaurants. Plus, select Amex cardholders can get up to $320 in statement credits when they purchase streaming service subscriptions and wireless telephone services.

These new rewards and benefits are available for a limited time. Here’s everything you need to know.

We’re focused here on the rewards and perks that come with each card. These cards won’t be worth it if you’re paying interest or late fees. When using a credit card, it’s important to pay your balance in full each month, make payments on time, and only spend what you can afford to pay.

Money back on streaming, phone services, and shipping

The following three Amex cards will offer cash back on eligible purchases made with the card from May to December:

  • Platinum Card® from American Express: up to $320 in statement credits when you use the card for select streaming services and wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers (up to $20 each month from May to December)
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express: up to $320 in statement credits when you use the card on wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers and shipping purchases in the US (up to $20 each month from May to December)
  • American Express® Green Card: up to $80 in statement credits when you use the card to pay for wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers (up to $10 each month from May to December)

If you have one of these cards, these cash-back credits could help justify the annual fees — especially for the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum, which cost $550 and $595 per year, respectively. Just remember that you need to make your purchases with the corresponding Amex card to receive the statement credits, so if you currently charge your Netflix to another card, you’ll need to switch it over.

Bonus Amex points at US supermarkets and US restaurants

Amex is also making it easier to earn bonus rewards during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the end of July, it will offer new opportunities to earn bonus points with many of its co-branded airline and hotel cards.

Here’s a breakdown of the limited-time benefits you can get with different co-branded Amex cards:

Delta Amex cards

The following Delta credit cards will earn 4x miles at US supermarkets through July:

Hilton Amex cards

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card and the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: 12x points at US supermarkets through July. Plus, with the Hilton Aspire Card, purchases at US restaurants made from June through August will count toward the card’s $250 annual Hilton reort statement credit. 

For those chasing Hilton elite status, bonus points from eligible purchases they make with Hilton American Express cards will be considered “base points” that count toward elite status qualification and lifetime Diamond elite status. Eligible bonus points must post in your account by the end of December.

Marriott Amex cards

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card (the latter of which is no longer available to new applicants) will both earn 6x points at US supermarkets on up to $7,500 in eligible purchases.

Plus, from June through August, eligible purchases at US restaurants will qualify toward the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card‘s $300 annual statement credit.

The The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is adding up to $200 in additional statement credits for US purchases at Dell. This is on top of the current benefit of up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases with Dell, so cardholders can get up to $400 in statement credits for these purchases in 2020. This Dell benefit is in addition to the new statement credit for up to $320 toward select streaming services and US purchases for shipping.

If you have other Amex business cards like The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express and the American Express® Business Gold Card, you’ll get access to resources at ShopSmall.com, and waived fees for new and exisiting customers of Resy, a restaurant reservation platform owned by Amex.

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