Changes to Amex Gold Card Monthly Bonus Reward points

By | June 10, 2017

The change is: Starting 1st July, 2017 you will earn 1,000 Membership Rewards Points when you complete 6 transactions, each worth Rs.1,000 or more in a calendar month on your American Express Gold Card. That’s not a huge change, but yes it does matter for those who already struggling to do 4 txn’s till June 2017. I hope this also affects the MRCC card and lets have a quick look at the changes and its impact.

Amex Gold Charge Card India

Changes to Amex Gold Card Monthly Bonus Reward points Eligibility

Until June 2017:

  • 1000 Bonus Points
  • Eligibility: 4 transactions each worth Rs.1,000 or more

From July 2017:

  • 1000 Bonus Points
  • Eligibility: 6 transactions each worth Rs.1,000 or more
  • Renewal Fee Reversal: Redeem 12,000 Membership Rewards Points to renew your card membership without Paying.

The Renewal fee reversal concept by taking away the reward points has been added recently not only to this card, but also to other cards like Amex Platinum Travel Card as i wrote about it recently, wherein i had to let go of 10,000 Reward points for Membership fee waiver. Apart from redeeming your points for the popular statement credit, you also can redeem it for 18k & 24k carat Gold collection as below.

Amex Gold Card Redemption

So the overall reward rate looks like this,

On achieving 18 Carat Collection by redeeming Points for Rs.7,500 Statement credit,

  • Spend: 3 Lakhs (including spends to achieve monthly bonus)
  • Reward Rate: 2%

On achieving 24 Carat Collection by redeeming Points for Rs.10,000 Statement credit,

  • Spend: 6 Lakhs (including spends to achieve monthly bonus)
  • Reward Rate: 1.75%

if you prefer to redeem for above, you need to spend another 6 Lakhs to accumulate 12,000 Points to redeem it for membership waiver. But hey, do note that, if you happen to redeem it for 24 carat and then spend another 6L, which is total of 12L spend, you may not need to use your points for renewal fee waiver as you maybe eligible for free reversal based on the spend.

Whats your take on recent changes to Amex Gold charge Card? Do share your views in comments below.

7 thoughts on “Changes to Amex Gold Card Monthly Bonus Reward points

  1. Lakahminarayanan

    I have been using Gold charge card for the last 6 months. So far accumulated 24K rewards points. 10K statement credit would be best way to redeem the rewards or any other suggestions?

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  2. Prashant Gupta

    Hey laka how did u manage so much points in just 6 months you seem to have spent almost 7L i think. For that much spends amex travel would have been better.

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    1. Lakshminarayanan

      Hi Prashanth, I am not a frequent traveller hence opted for gold charge card. I accumulated 8k points by referring my friend, 6K – Bonus points for using card 4 times a month for transactions above 1000. And the remaining 10K- Normal usage! Awaiting another 2K points for applying supplemtary card ☺

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  3. Parag

    But the reward rate is much higher in first year i.e. 10.4%, which I think is second highest after Diners.

    12 transactions of Rs.1,000 will get you 13,440 points (1,440 spend points + 12,000 bonus points)
    4,000 Welcome Bonus points
    1,000 points on Standing Instructions
    Total Points = 18,440 points
    Worth Rs. 7,610 (i.e. Rs.7,500 statement credit + Rs.110 for reaming 440 points @ 25paise)

    Rs. 72,000 (6*1,000*12) Amount Spent
    Rs. 1,150 first year card fees
    Total Amount Spend is Rs.73,150

    Return is 10.4%

    My question is, instead of scarifying 12,000 points or paying Rs. 4,500 + tax as renewal fees, is it not better to close your card and apply again.

    My friends in past have managed to either convince Amex to slash the renewal fees to Rs. 1,000 + tax with 5,000 bonus points included or have reapplied again (with Amex never rejecting their re-application)

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      You may close and reapply but you loose the credit history and adds up many short term credit cards on your CIBIL, also affects the score when u re-apply again. Anyways its only matter of time before Amex finds this if misused by many and reject the new applications in such cases 🙂

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  4. Sai

    Does this also mean that we won’t be getting 5k MR points on paying the renewal fee?

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