American Express Business Gold Card Review

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In my American Express Business Gold card review, you’ll find out why it’s one of the best travel credit cards in Canada. The card often gets overlooked because it’s a business card, but what most people don’t realize is that you don’t have to have a business to apply. Sure, it’ll ask you for your business information, but you can put in anything you want.

But why would you want to apply for a business card if you don’t have a business? For the welcome points of course! You’ll get 60,000 Membership Rewards points (with a referral) when you spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership. Keep reading for my thoughts on the card and why this card is a winner.

American Express Business Gold card review

American Express Business Gold card benefits

  • $250 Annual fee
  • 60,000 signup points (with a referral) after charging $5,000 in purchases
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all purchases
  • Earn 1 additional point per $1 spent at three selected suppliers
  • 55 interest free days
  • Employee card misuse protection
  • Disability plan for small business
  • Some travel insurance included (no emergency medical)

Usually, you get The regular welcome offer is 50,000 points when you sign up for this card, but with my referral link, that jumps up to 60,000 points. To get those points, you need to spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership.

60,000 points are worth at least $600, but if you transfer those points to Aeroplan on a 1:1 basis, they can be worth much more. The annual fee is just $250, so this card is very attractive.

From a consumer standpoint, the American Express Business Gold Rewards card is not that appealing. You earn 1 point per $1 spent on all purchases. There are many personal credit cards that give you a higher earn rate, but again, this is for business users mainly.

With this card you get 1 additional point per $1 spent at 3 suppliers of your choice. This can be highly appealing to business owners since you’d earn 2 points per $1 spent with your chosen suppliers. If you spend a lot on them, then you could rack up those points quickly. Additional business perks include employee card misuse protection and a disability plan for small businesses. However, the travel insurance included is not as comprehensive compared to say the Gold Rewards Card.

How do Amex rewards work?

American Express Membership Rewards has a few different quirks to it which makes it one of the best rewards programs out there. At its core, 100 Membership Rewards points allow you to claim $1 in travel rewards which effectively makes your points worth 1% or 2% for your chosen supplier categories.

To claim your travel rewards, you must book through the Amex Portal online or call in to have an agent book the travel and redeem the points for you.

What makes Membership Rewards points so valuable are the transfer partners. You can transfer your points to Aeroplan or Avios at a 1:1 ratio.

Remember those 40,000 bonus points you got? Well, if you converted them to Aeroplan, you would have 40,000 Aeroplan points. It costs 25,000 Aeroplan points to claim a free flight to anywhere in the continental US or Canada which easily has a value of $600.

You can also transfer your points to Starwood at a 2:1 ratio. If you weren’t aware, you could transfer SPG points to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio, in other words, 2 Membership Rewards points is equal to 3 Marriott Rewards points.

How it compares to other cards

The best card to compare the American Express Gold Business card is the American Express Platinum Business card. Both have similar features, but the Platinum card gives you 3 points per $1 spent on restaurants, 2 points per $1 spent on travel, and 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. In addition, it comes with better travel benefits including travel insurance and lounge access.

If you’re an actual business owner, you should look at the supplier list offered by the Gold Business card and see if you’d get value there. If you don’t spend a lot on those suppliers, you’re probably better off just getting the Platinum Business card.

That being said, if you’re applying for this card just for the signup bonus, then, of course, it’s worth it. The first year is free, and easily ranks as one of the best travel credit cards in Canada.

Final thoughts

My American Express Business Gold Canada review is positive. The signup bonus, multipliers, and referrals make this one of the best credit card deals available. Although the multipliers aren’t that impressive if you’re a regular consumer, business users may like what this card has to offer. 

American Express Business Gold Card Review

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

2 Comments

  1. FRANKLIN on February 15, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    I’m confused on the last line of this quote “That being said, if you’re applying for this card just for the signup bonus, then of course it’s worth it. The first year is free, and easily ranks as one of the best travel credit cards in Canada.” How is the first year free when you clearly said there is $250 annual fee that can’t be waived in the first year?

    • Barry Choi on February 15, 2019 at 8:28 AM

      Hey Franklin,

      That’s actually a mistake on my end. There was an old promo where the first year was free. Looks like I missed correcting that line when I update the article.

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