Anyone who holds an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card can save on the £140 annual fee and bag two free lounge passes by getting the new, near-identical credit card alternative.
Amex has stopped offering the charge card version of the card – where you MUST pay the balance each month – to new customers.
Instead, it’s offering a credit card version with the same perks. The new Amex Gold credit card works like a normal credit card where you don’t have to pay it off IN FULL each month – even though you really should as otherwise you face 22.9% rep APR interest which would dwarf any gain from the rewards.
The charge card will remain in place for existing customers – but if you apply for the new Amex Gold credit card (eligibility calc / apply*) you’ll be eligible for many of the same perks as brand-new customers who’ve never had an Amex Gold card before.
For more information on Reward Credit Cards and how they work, see our Credit Card Rewards guide.
I already have a Gold charge card – what perks can I get AGAIN?
If you already have the Amex Gold charge card and apply for the new Amex Gold credit card, you get:
- No fees in year one. After, it’s £140/yr. If you’ve had your existing charge card for more than a year and so currently pay the £140/yr fee, you will get a pro rata refund for the rest of the year if you cancel it. You’ll then have a full year with your new credit card with no fees.
- Two MORE free airport lounge passes, whether you’ve already used the ones with your charge card or not.
However, you WON’T get the 20,000 point sign-up bonus – convertible into a £100 shopping voucher or 20,000 Avios points – that new customers who haven’t had a Amex Rewards card can get if they spend £2,000 in the first three months (though see below for a possible trick to beat this).
A word of warning – if you do decide to sign up to the credit card and don’t cancel your charge card, you’ll be liable for a £140/yr fee on BOTH when each card’s initial fee-free year is up.
The new Amex Gold credit card gives you the same ongoing offers as the old charge card. You get one membership reward point for every £1 spent on the card, which can be converted into 1 airline point per membership point or used to build up further entitlement to vouchers.
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As Amex defines a ‘new customer’ are someone who has not had an Amex Rewards card within the past six months, you could cancel the card now and wait six months to reapply.
The danger with that tactic is it may change the six-month rule or scrap the perk at any time. While Amex says it has “no plans” to do so, it is a risk.
How does the card compare to other reward cards?
Despite the change from charge to credit card, the Preferred Rewards Gold card remains one of our top picks. However those unable to hit its £2,000 trigger spend within three months may be better off with the Amex Rewards (eligibility calc / apply*) card, which gives 10,000 bonus points if you spend £1,000 in the first three months.
For those who prefer cash rewards, the fee-free Amex Platinum Everyday (eligibility calc / apply*) gives 5% cashback for three months (max £100) and up to 1% after. Alternatively, the Amex Platinum (eligibility calc / apply*) gives 5% cashback for three months (max £125) and up to 1.25% after. However it has a £25 annual fee, so is only worthwhile for those spending £9,000+ a year.