American Express® Green Card Review

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The American Express® Green Card has been revamped with a higher rewards structure and added travel benefits. Anyone planning their next adventure should seriously consider this card.

With the Green from Amex, you’ll receive 3X Membership Rewards points on travel and transit, 3X points on dining across the globe and 1X points on all other purchases.

The category definitions have been generously expanded to all travel and transit: this includes, airfare booked directly with the airline, hotels booked directly, car rental, ride-shares, buses, taxis, subways, and tolls.

With the category expansion, you will even earn 3X Membership Rewards points on spending with travel agencies, and on tours and at campsites. This unusually broad category is especially lucrative for vacationing families but offers all adventurers a high return on experiential travel. 

The Green from Amex’s annual fee is now $150 per year. For that fee, you get a whole host of travel benefits, including up to $200 in annual statement credit opportunities that more than offset the cost of the annual fee.

The welcome offer has gone from 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in the first three months to 30,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. If you redeem those Amex Membership Rewards points through the American Express travel portal that welcome offer is worth about $300, however, if you transfer points to some of Amex’s many airline transfer partners (such as Hilton Honors) you can boost the value of your rewards.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the new-and-improved Green from Amex is its three statement credit-earning opportunities.

You can receive up to $100 in CLEAR credit per calendar year — which helps you speed through airport security using eye and fingerprint scanning — when you pay for your CLEAR membership with the card. There’s also an opportunity to get up to $100 in statement credits per year for purchases made at LoungeBuddy. With LoungeBuddy you can get all the perks of lounge access without having to have lounge membership, a first-class ticket, or elite status. And, for a limited time get up to $100 in credits for Away luggage purchases made in the first three months, this offer ends January 15, 2020. 

Rewards

  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on all eligible travel, from subway swipes and window seats to hotel stays and city tours.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points at restaurants worldwide.

Redeem Rewards

  • Use points toward gift cards, merchandise, statement credit, entertainment, and more with over 500 merchants.

Fees and APR

  • Annual Fee: $150.
  • Purchase APR: No interest charges — you pay your balance in full each month.
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: None
  • Penalty APR: See Rates & Fees
  • For the American Express® Green Card‘ full details on the rates and fees, please visit the terms page.
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